Lorraine Mondial Hot Air Ballons, World Record is Broken

 

What a beautiful sight.

I’ve always wanted to go ballooning and this has inspired me again.

Lorraine Mondial Air Ballons®, largest gathering of balloons in the world.
Enjoy the video and check out the festival website.

 

With 343 balloons taking off simultaneously the world record was beaten!

Lorraine Mondial Air Balloon World Record the “GREAT LINE” (in-line mass ascent) record was beaten on Wednesday in Chambley Planet’Air (Meurthe-et-Moselle – Lorraine) during the 12th edition of the World Lorraine air Balloons with 343 balloons distributed on three lines. The previous record achieved on the same site in 2009 was 329 balloons.

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Philip Levine our newest Poet Laureate

What Work Is

We stand in the rain in a long line
waiting at Ford Highland Park. For work
You know what work is — if you’re
old enough to read this you know what
work is, although you may not do it.
Forget you. This is about waiting,
shifting from one foot to another.
Feeling the light rain falling like mist
into your hair, blurring your vision
until you think you see your own brother
ahead of you, maybe ten places.
You rub your glasses with your fingers,
and of course it’s someone else’s brother,
narrower across the shoulders than
yours but with the same sad slouch, the grin
that does not hide the stubbornness,
the sad refusal to give in to
rain, to the hours wasted waiting,
to the knowledge that somewhere ahead
a man is waiting who will say, “No,
we’re not hiring today,” for any
reason he wants. You love your brother,
now suddenly you can hardly stand
the love flooding you for your brother,
who’s not beside you or behind or
ahead because he’s home trying to
sleep off a miserable night shift
at Cadillac so he can get up
before noon to study his German.
Works eight hours a night so he can sing
Wagner, the opera you hate most,
the worst music ever invented.
How long has it been since you told him
you loved him, held his wide shoulders,
opened your eyes wide and said those words,
and maybe kissed his cheek? You’ve never
done something so simple, so obvious,
not because you’re too young or too dumb,
not because you’re jealous or even mean
or incapable of crying in
the presence of another man, no,
just because you don’t know what work is.

music today : Roadhouse Blues

 

1970

 

Roadhouse Blues

Ah Keep Your Eyes On The Road,
Your Hands Upon The Wheel.
Keep Your Eyes On The Road
Your Hands Upon The Wheel.
Yeah, We’re Going To The Roadhouse,
Gonna Have A Real Good-Time.

Yeah, The Back Of The Roadhouse,
They’ve Got Some Bungalows.
Yeah, The Back Of The Roadhouse,
They’ve Got Some Bungalows.

They Dance For The People
Who Like To Go Down Slow.

Let It Roll, Baby, Roll.
Let It Roll, Baby, Roll.
Let It Roll, Baby, Roll.
Let It Roll, All Night Long.

Do It, Robby, Do It!

You Gotta Roll, Roll, Roll,
You Gotta Thrill My Soul, Alright.
Roll, Roll, Roll, Roll-A
Thrill My Soul.

Improv

Ashen-Lady.
Ashen-Lady.
Give Up Your Vows.
Give Up Your Vows.
Save Our City.
Save Our City.
Ah, Right Now.

Well, I Woke Up This Morning
And I Got Myself A Beer.
Well, I Woke Up This Morning
And I Got Myself A Beer.

The Future’s Uncertain
And The End Is Always Near.

Let It Roll, Baby, Roll.
Let It Roll, Baby, Roll.
Let It Roll, Baby, Roll.
Let It Roll, All Night Long.