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Triplemint Meringues

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Triplemint Meringues
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Adapted from The 250 Best Cookie Recipes by Esther Brody. To add a bit of extra flavour (since meringues are notorious for tasting just sweet), I used a minty trifecta of dried peppermint, peppermint extract and mint chocolate chips – its a perfectly light addition to the cookie swap.

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Mona’s Refrigerator Rolls
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My husband’s only sister was named Mona. For many years, she and her husband ran Bob’s Cafe in Grace, Idaho She was well known for NOT sharing her recipes–I never got the one for homemade sweet mustard. She said guys came into the cafe for that mustard, and if their wives could make it at home, she and Bob would lose business. There is even a story, possibly apocryphal, that she gave a recipe to an insistent person once–with an inportant ingredient left out.
She did give me this recipe, though, and I copied it into a steno notebook that has other recipes of that era–in the first two years of my marriage– either written in, or clipped and pasted. The handwriting is recognizably mine; my handwriting still looks very much like this.This page is the dirtiest in the notebook, and testifies to the many times I have made these rolls. It also demonstrates what 50 years will do to paper that is not acid-free. This notebook, and the Betty Crocker cookbook that was a wedding gift got us through our first few years of wedded life. Kraft’s Macaroni and Cheese Dinner was 11 cents at the PX in Lawton, Oklahoma. My husband was drafted into an artillery unit there right after we were married. I served this mac and cheese with frozen peas about once a week; ’twas a very thrifty meal. Said husband gently explained to me that he was tired of it, and would like just a bit more variety.
I got the notebook out today to copy the recipe for my niece, Ekaterina, who is getting married soon. My sister adopted Katya from a Russian orphanage when she was eleven. I can’t go to her kitchen shower, but I will send this, my best recipe. I will write clearer directions about punching down the dough in the morning and how to bake. I am at an age where daughter-in-laws cook Thanksgivng Dinner for me, but I still usually am asked to make these rolls.

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Half a Row
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A mix of ready-to-eat and unripe Concord grapes from our backyard vineyard made for a perfectly set, tangy jam that I canned to give away for Christmas gifts! I have another 5 lbs of grapes in the freezer for a second batch!

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“Bad Ass” Aggie Ring Goes to the Art Deco Edison Memorial Tower and “Big Ass Lightbulb!”
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I could tell that Aggie Ring was impressed. After several moments of silence he spoke out and said, “If my Eyes of Texas aren’t deceiving me, that’s the biggest damn lightbulb I’ve ever seen! I guess it’s true… Everything IS bigger in Jersey!”

The Aggie Ring woke me up early this morning. In fact it was even before 11:30 a.m. so I knew he wanted to do something. I asked the Aggie Ring, “What do you want to do Aggie Ring?” The Aggie Ring replied, “I want to go see the lightbulb!” I wasn’t sure what he was talking about so I said, “What lightbulb?” The Aggie Ring said with emphasis, “Let there be LIGHT!” Then it hit me. Aggie Ring wanted to drive him up the Parkway to the site of Thomas A. Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory so he could see the Art Deco Edison Memorial Tower and “Big Ass Lightbulb!”

Other than the time he told me that he thought Elvis took our change in a tollbooth on the New Jersey State Turnpike, Aggie Ring has great ideas. It’s only about a 20 to 25 minute drive up the Parkway from our house so Aggie Ring and I set off to see the Edison Memorial Tower. The last time we’d been there it had been in horrible shape and they were beginning work on restoring it. That was a bit over a year ago so I assumed that Aggie Ring figured out that they would be finished with the conservation work on the historical site.

When we drove down the little side street where the tower is located the Aggie Ring was overwhelmed with awe at the restored site. Aggie Ring was truly “speechless!” It’s just as beautiful as the day it was built. They did an incredible job on the restoration. After a few moments sitting in the car just looking out the window Aggie Ring broke his silence and asked me, “Did you bring a cigar? Edison loved his cigars and I think he’d have wanted you to smoke a cigar while you’re looking the place over.” Unfortunately I had left my cigars at home so the Edison “smoke out” will have to happen on a future date.

The laboratory building is no longer at this site but it’s still impressive to think of not only the electric lightbulb, but all of the other great inventions that Mr. Edison invented here. Aggie Ring said, “Imagine. He did all this stuff without the help of an Aggie Ring!”

The Aggie Ring and I walked around the tower and took some photos of the “Big Ass Lightbulb” and the historical plaques at its base. The Aggie Ring and I are planning on going back some evening when the lightbulb is illuminated. Aggie Ring said, “It would be cool if you could get a photo during a thunderstorm when there’s lightning behind the tower.” I told Aggie Ring, “You’re crazy! I’m not standing out in a field during a lightning storm with an Aggie Ring on my finger! Maybe if we can get a VMI grad to come with us. Their rings are so damn big a lightning bolt would hit one of them before us!”

Aggie Ring said, “It’s a good thing Edison invented the lightbulb or there’d be a lot of Waggies drinking their tequila shots by candlelight!” I told the Aggie Ring, “True… Those Waggies love their tequila the invention of the lightbulb makes it a lot easier for them to pour the tequila and do body shots!”

Aggie Ring asked me to provide some info on the Edison “Big Ass Lightbulb” Memorial Tower for your educational enlightenment (“Get it?” Aggie Ring said):

Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Menlo Park Museum, New Jersey

"Let there be light." Thomas Alva Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory and Memorial Tower. Those of us on the Jersey Shore call it the "Big Ass Lightbulb!”

The Edison Tower, located on the site of the original laboratory at Menlo Park, New Jersey, to which Thomas Alva Edison moved in 1876, was erected in 1937 as a monument to the great inventor. The Tower is the gift of William Slocum Barstow to the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation Incorporated in behalf of the Edison Pioneers. It was dedicated on February 11, 1838, the ninety-first anniversary of the inventor’s birth.

Rising 131 ft. 4 in. above the ground, the tower looms as the highest discernible object for many miles. Surmounting the 117 ft. 8 in. concrete-slab structure is a 13 ft. 8 in. replica of the original incandescent lamp which, when illuminated, can be seen for a distance of several miles. It once served as an airplane beacon. The Tower is designed for pressure of wind at a velocity of 120 miles per hour. In its construction, which consumed slightly less than eight months, approximately 1200 barrels of Edison Portland cement and 50 tons of reinforced steel were used.

The large bulb on top of the Tower was cast by the Corning Glass Works. The replica bulb contains 153 separate pieces of amber tinted Pyrex glass, 2 in. thick, set upon a steel frame. The bulb is 5 ft. in diameter at the neck and 9 ft. 2 in. in diameter at the greatest width and weighs, without the steel frame on which it is placed, in excess of three tons. Before the restoration, inside this Pyrex glass bulb were four 1000 watt bulbs, four 200 watt bulbs, and four 100 watt bulbs. A duplicate of each was arranged as automatically to cut in should its companion bulb fail.

The Edison Tower has been completely restored and when complete, the bulb is now illuminated with modern Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. Mr. Edison would be pleased with this, I’m sure.

While we don’t have any records of exactly what was said when Mr. Edison perfected his invention, I suspect one of his workers shouted out something like this: “Holy Mother of Baby Jesus on a Donkey!” “Mr. Edison, You’ve done it!!! You’ve perfected the Electric Light!!! You truly are King of Kings!!!!”

The tower is located on a mysterious plot of land and exactly at midnight on the night of a full moon, it would be a perfect site for the ritual sacrifice of virgins. Too bad we don’t have any of those in New Jersey! 🙂

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Aggie Ring says, “The Road Goes On Forever, and the Party Never Ends!”

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Atlanta Laser Engraving and so Much More!

Atlanta laser engraving studios are a dime a dozen, however, our 165+ Google five-star reviews put us into a category by ourselves. We’ve earned the right to brag a little because of the quality of our laser etching and our customer service. Our reviews tell the whole story because they are written by our customers and reflect the quality and level of satisfaction they have experienced with our company. We can help you with laser engraving, cutting, marking and much, much more.

Our Atlanta laser engraving studio specializes in engraving everything from Yeti® tumblers to luggage tags and everything in between. We even stock items such as Polar Camel® tumblers, water bottles and bottle openers, magnets, name tags, cake pans and more. If you’re looking for high quality laser etching, you’ve come to the right place near Atlanta.

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Our Atlanta laser engraving shop can engrave the following materials:

  • Metal (stainless steel, aluminum)
  • Glass
  • Acrylic
  • Crystal
  • Wood
  • Anodized Aluminum
  • Leather (Vegetable Tanned Only)
  • and more!

We use Epilog lasers to perform our laser etching work. These are all designed and manufactured laser machines in the USA. Our engraving is crisp, accurate and detailed. You won’t get this with home or hobby class lasers which a lot of our competitors use.

Atlanta laser engraving on a hat

Our professional lasers are truly remarkable (pardon the pun) and perform way beyond less quality lasers in the Atlanta laser engraving market.

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Our CEO, Desiree Colonna, has been using lasers for 4 years and is an expert in her field. She contributes to Graphics Pro magazine regularly and also runs her own laser engraving group on Facebook.

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“As the CEO, owner and Master Engraver, I believe in excellent communication and customer service with our clients. We work together as a team to ensure the final product is exactly what they were looking for. However, we are human and mistakes can happen. We do our best to fix them to the best of our ability and ensure the client leaves our Atlanta laser engraving studio happy with the work.”

Atlanta laser engraving on wood

Along with our laser engraving and laser etching, we also offer full design services. If you have an idea, we can bring it to life on almost any material. We can also mix our laser engraving with UV printing to make a really unique gift or promotional item.

If you have an idea or need a quick laser engraved gift, please visit our studio in Woodstock, GA by creating an appointment here. You can also call our studio at 833 INK-WE11 (465-9311). We look forward to working with you very soon!

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7 Best Gifts for Daughters in 2021

A daughter is a gift. Her parents would certainly say so. Her grandparents too. There is only one of her in the entire world. So, what do you give to someone so singularly special when you want her to know how special she is? The thought could boggle the mind. But it doesn’t have to.

When it comes to finding a gift for your daughter, there are many to choose from. However, there are fewer options that truly convey the importance of the relationship you share. Gifts that by their very nature are an expression of the bond you share. But those are precisely the gifts she will remember for years to come. Every time she puts on that beautiful piece of distinctive jewelry. Every time she glances over at the thoughtful keepsake given to her from her parents. If you’re wondering where to find gifts like that, we invite you to keep reading.

We’ve put together a list of our 7 Best Gifts for Daughters in 2021. Three of them are gifts of fine jewelry. Four of them are heirloom-quality keepsakes. All of them are gifts created to celebrate daughters. Gifts to help you share your heart with her. Gifts that will always remind her how thrilled you are to have her in your life. Take a look at our picks below. We’re sure you’ll find something extraordinary for the girl that has had your heart since the day she was born.

Jewelry Gifts for Your Daughter

You Color My World Pendant Necklace

You Color My World Pendant Necklace

She brings so much color to your world, now you can do the same for her! This truly unique necklace features a real-working kaleidoscope pendant with a heart-shaped window so your daughter can peer inside. Vivid colored crystals create beautiful patterns as she rotates the 24K gold ion-plated end cap. And the best part is, she can take this reminder of your love everywhere. Arrives with a gift box and a heartfelt poem card.

I Love You to the Moon and Back Daughter Diamond Earrings

I Love You to the Moon and Back Daughter Diamond Earrings

This celestial gift will have your daughter smiling from ear to ear! A glittering expression of your enduring love, this pretty pair of solid sterling silver earrings features a unique crescent moon design. Inside the moon, on each stud earring, is a graceful open heart that holds a dazzling genuine diamond inside. Won’t she be so surprised! This perfect pair even includes a loving sentiment card and a keepsake box for gift giving.

Always My Daughter Diamond Bracelet

Always My Daughter Diamond Bracelet

Wherever life takes her, your daughter will forever be in your heart. Why not share how you feel with this dazzling double heart bracelet. Handcrafted with gleaming sterling silver plating, it conveys the meeting of your two hearts with its symbolic design. Plus, it is set with 2 genuine solitaire diamonds as the emphasis of the loving statement. There’s even a special engraving inside that she will treasure. Includes a custom gift box and jewelry pouch.

Heirloom Keepsake Gifts for Your Daughter

Love You Always Music Box

Love You Always Music Box

A rose by any name would still pale in comparison to the beauty of your daughter. Why not reflect her beauty with this Swiss-inspired antique-style wooden music box. When she glimpses the classic rose artwork and sweet sentiment on the lid, she will be touched. When she hears the melody of “You Are So Beautiful,” she will be moved. And when she reads the special keepsake poem card, she will know your love is something she can always count on.

My Daughter, You Are My Sunshine Glitter Globe

My Daughter, You Are My Sunshine Glitter Globe

Light up your daughter’s heart and her home with this heirloom-quality musical glitter globe. The smiling sun inside perfectly expresses the way she always seems to always brighten your world. With just a shake, a shower of cheerful glitter swirls around inside, all to the tune of “You Are My Sunshine.” It even says “I Love You” on the base to remind her of your devotion every day. Includes a touching poem card to accentuate your gift giving.

A Year of Wishes Music Box

A Year Of Wishes Music Box

What if you could give your daughter a wish for every day of the year? That’s exactly what’s hidden inside this Heirloom Porcelain® wish jar created just for her. Printed on elegant pink parchment paper, each of the 365 messages are meant to deliver blessings and inspiration throughout the year. How beautiful it will look in her home, sparkling with hand-set Swarovski® crystals and simulated gems. And in case she needs a reminder, it plays the tender melody of “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?”

My Daughter, I Love You Forever Candleholder

My Daughter, I Love You Forever Candleholder

Give your beloved daughter a glowing expression of your love. This gorgeous candle gift set features an Heirloom Porcelain® candleholder graced with all-over 22K gold accents, including a beautiful heart filigree design and a meaningful message from you to her. Every time she lights the vanilla-scented candle, she will be reminded of your sweetness and love. Plus, it arrives in its own special gift box so it’s immediately ready to present to her.

So, there you go – our picks for the best daughter gifts of 2021. Thanks for taking a little time to consider giving her a present that has lasting sentimental value. We sincerely hope you found a unique treasure she will adore. People have always said “it’s the thought that counts” when it comes to gift giving. In this case, we were very happy to introduce you to a few special things that put that loving “thought” on full display.

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A Freilichen Purim! Gift Basket Ideas to Celebrate Spring, Community and Life’s Joys

Late winter and early spring are, for everyone, imbued with a sense of rebirth and excitement. It’s a time to escape the long winter—and look forward to the light. For the Jewish people, though, it means something more. It is the time for Purim, to celebrate when they were saved from annihilation at the hands of the Persians. It’s more than a party for the rebirth of spring; it is celebrating the miracle of existence. And what a celebration it…

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Denver Museum Of Contempary Art (Spinning Neon Sign)
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The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) explores the art and culture of our time through rotating exhibitions and public educational programs. Featuring regional, national and international artists, MCA Denver offers a wide range of exhibitions promoting creative experimentation with art and ideas. Through adult and youth education programs and other creative events, the museum serves as an innovative forum for a culturally engaged community.

MCA Denver was founded in 1996, when philanthropist Sue Cannon and a group of volunteers created the first dedicated home for contemporary art in the city of Denver. For seven years, MCA Denver occupied a renovated fish market in Sakura Square in lower downtown Denver.

In 2003, Mark Falcone and Ellen Bruss, members of MCA Denver’s Board of Trustees, donated a gift of land in Denver’s Central Platte Valley in order to realize the organization’s goal of building a permanent home for contemporary art in Denver.

In October 2007, under the directorship of Cydney Payton, MCA Denver opened its new, 27,000-square foot, environmentally sustainable facility in lower downtown Denver designed by acclaimed architect David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates (UK). The building, Adjaye’s first museum commission, was designed to minimize boundaries between the exterior spaces of the city and the interior galleries of the museum. Hidden skylights fill the interior spaces with natural light. Windows look out on the streets of the central Platte Valley. The building has five galleries on two floors as well as dedicated education spaces, a shop, library and rooftop cafe.

In March 2009, Adam Lerner was appointed as the new director of MCA Denver. Upon Lerner’s move from his former position at The Lab at Belmar to MCA Denver, the Boards of Trustees agreed to merge the two institutions.

MCA Denver is an innovative forum for contemporary art that inspires and challenges all audiences, creating understanding and dialog about the art of our time.

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Last minute teacher gifts!
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Thanks for the idea Leila! www.flickr.com/photos/where-the-orchids-grow/6530235381/

Most things were allready in our house, I only had to go out for some cute jars and some chocolat chips, I added a holiday cart and a little bottle of vanilla with the jar, hoping that they like it!

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The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Every Budget

Valentine’s Day arrives at the same time every year: February 14. We all know it and most of us plan for it. In all honesty, the date can be a tricky one since it comes so soon after the Christmas holiday season. If you spent a lot on Christmas gifts, you might have to examine your Valentine’s Day budget with a little more discretion. But that’s okay, there are plenty of wonderful Valentine’s Day gifts available for every budget. Let’s help you find The One for the special valentine in your life.

The Gift Advisors at The Bradford Exchange have hand-selected a list of 9 unique and amazing Valentine’s Day gifts divided into 3 different price points, to accommodate all budgets: under $ 100, $ 100-$ 200 and $ 200+.

These are quality, handcrafted Valentine’s Day gifts that will last much longer than a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates. From romantic personalized jewelry gifts to remarkable expressions of your valentine’s interests or passions, these are our favorite gifts for Valentine’s Day 2021. Whether you want to give something special without breaking the bank or simply splurge a little, we’ve got you covered.

Valentine’s Day Gifts Under $ 100

Simply Meant To Be Personalized Glitter Globe

Simply Meant To Be Personalized Glitter Globe

Does your valentine love Disney and Tim Burton’s magically macabre romance? Imagine the look on her face when you present her with this handcrafted snow globe showcasing an iconic Jack and Sally moment on Spiral Hill. And because you’ve personalized it just for her, she will soon discover a “carved” heart on the sculptural base, joining both of your names together. Forever. It even plays music from the movie!

Every Beat of My Heart Personalized Pendant Necklace

Every Beat of My Heart Personalized Pendant Necklace

Whose heartbeat is in sync with yours? Let her know just how you feel with this beautifully handcrafted necklace. The symbolic design features a double heart pendant personalized with each of your engraved names AND your crystal birthstones, ensuring no one else will be getting a Valentine’s Day gift like hers. Plus, it arrives with a velvet jeweler’s pouch and custom gift box, ideal for gift giving.

Love Is in the Air Essential Oil and Diffuser Set

Love Is in the Air Essential Oil and Diffuser Set

The scent of a fragrant bouquet will never fade with this heartfelt aromatherapy set! Romance and serenity will fill your home when your valentine turns on the Heirloom Porcelain® diffuser, graced with beautiful rose art and a sweet statement of your love. The diffuser features a convenient timer and arrives with 1 bottle of our exclusive essential oil blend with rose, vanilla and coconut. Love will be blooming in no time!

Valentine’s Day Gifts $ 100-$ 200

Loving Embrace Personalized Pendant Necklace

Loving Embrace Personalized Pendant Necklace

Give your valentine an embrace that will never be broken! You can help create this distinctive jewelry design for her when you personalize the pendant with your engraved names and crystal birthstones. Handcrafted of solid sterling silver “waves” accented with 24K gold plating, it’s an elegant statement of your bond she is certain to treasure. It even includes a custom gift box to keep your gift safe until your big reveal

Disney The Magic of Love Personalized Collector Plate

Disney The Magic of Love Personalized Collector Plate

A gift of love and magic she can display for all to see! Acclaimed artist Thomas Kinkade’s serene garden provides an enchanting setting for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on this inspiring personalized collector plate. You even get to “carve” your name and your valentine’s name onto the statuesque tree in the idyllic scene. Just imagine your Disney fan’s face when she opens this loving Valentine’s Day gift created just for her.

Everlasting Love Personalized Rose Centerpiece

Everlasting Love Personalized Rose Centerpiece

Roses are red, this one is too, but it will last, just like my love for you! Present your valentine with the ultimate symbol of romance – a single red rose. This one is perfectly preserved to retain its beauty forever and graced with hand-applied 24K gold plating. You can even have both of your names engraved on a heart charm! And she will love the presentation in a faceted glass vase etched with a romantic expression of your love.

Valentine’s Day Gifts $ 200+

Queen of Gems Opal and Diamond Ring

Queen of Gems Opal and Diamond Ring

Give your queen the Queen of Gems this Valentine’s Day! The star of this handcrafted masterpiece is a genuine Ethiopian Opal of over 1.5 carats. To draw even more attention to the opal, it is surrounded with the sparkle of over 50 genuine white and mocha diamonds, all set within a solid sterling silver band plated with gleaming 18K gold. You are sure to get her attention with this! Includes a deluxe presentation case.

My One and Only Love Personalized Solid 10K Gold Ring

My One and Only Love Personalized Solid 10K Gold Ring

There’s nothing sweeter than true love! Why not let her know with this romantic ring handcrafted of solid 10K gold. Sparkling in the center is a 2-carat white topaz, stunningly supported with flowing ribbons of genuine white and mocha diamonds – 22 in all! But the most elegant expression of your devotion is your names engraved together and the sweet sentiment inside the ring. Includes a custom presentation case for giving to your valentine.

Forever in Faith His & Hers Personalized Wedding Rings

Forever in Faith His & Hers Personalized Wedding Rings

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to say, “I do.” This set of his and hers wedding rings is a perfect fit for couples who share both love and faith. Each of the three bands is handcrafted of platinum- and gold-plated solid sterling silver, and collectively they sparkle with 27 genuine diamonds. But the best feature is that each elegant band is personalized with a custom engraving of your choice, making the set completely and absolutely yours, forever and ever! Each ring arrives with its own custom gift box.

While true love is boundless, our pockets and pocketbooks aren’t always. But budgets are great ways to manage holiday spending, particularly the ones with Cupid at the helm. Hopefully we were able to share some great options for Valentine’s Day gifts that are both high quality and high value, no matter how much you want to spend. Thanks for reading, enjoy shopping, and happy Valentine’s Day.

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“Bad Ass” Aggie Ring Goes to the Art Deco Edison Memorial Tower and “Big Ass Lightbulb!”
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Can YOU find the adorable little Aggie Ring in this photo?

I could tell that Aggie Ring was impressed. After several moments of silence he spoke out and said, “If my Eyes of Texas aren’t deceiving me, that’s the biggest damn lightbulb I’ve ever seen! I guess it’s true… Everything IS bigger in Jersey!”

The Aggie Ring woke me up early this morning. In fact it was even before 11:30 a.m. so I knew he wanted to do something. I asked the Aggie Ring, “What do you want to do Aggie Ring?” The Aggie Ring replied, “I want to go see the lightbulb!” I wasn’t sure what he was talking about so I said, “What lightbulb?” The Aggie Ring said with emphasis, “Let there be LIGHT!” Then it hit me. Aggie Ring wanted to drive him up the Parkway to the site of Thomas A. Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory so he could see the Art Deco Edison Memorial Tower and “Big Ass Lightbulb!”

Other than the time he told me that he thought Elvis took our change in a tollbooth on the New Jersey State Turnpike, Aggie Ring has great ideas. It’s only about a 20 to 25 minute drive up the Parkway from our house so Aggie Ring and I set off to see the Edison Memorial Tower. The last time we’d been there it had been in horrible shape and they were beginning work on restoring it. That was a bit over a year ago so I assumed that Aggie Ring figured out that they would be finished with the conservation work on the historical site.

When we drove down the little side street where the tower is located the Aggie Ring was overwhelmed with awe at the restored site. Aggie Ring was truly “speechless!” It’s just as beautiful as the day it was built. They did an incredible job on the restoration. After a few moments sitting in the car just looking out the window Aggie Ring broke his silence and asked me, “Did you bring a cigar? Edison loved his cigars and I think he’d have wanted you to smoke a cigar while you’re looking the place over.” Unfortunately I had left my cigars at home so the Edison “smoke out” will have to happen on a future date.

The laboratory building is no longer at this site but it’s still impressive to think of not only the electric lightbulb, but all of the other great inventions that Mr. Edison invented here. Aggie Ring said, “Imagine. He did all this stuff without the help of an Aggie Ring!”

The Aggie Ring and I walked around the tower and took some photos of the “Big Ass Lightbulb” and the historical plaques at its base. The Aggie Ring and I are planning on going back some evening when the lightbulb is illuminated. Aggie Ring said, “It would be cool if you could get a photo during a thunderstorm when there’s lightning behind the tower.” I told Aggie Ring, “You’re crazy! I’m not standing out in a field during a lightning storm with an Aggie Ring on my finger! Maybe if we can get a VMI grad to come with us. Their rings are so damn big a lightning bolt would hit one of them before us!”

Aggie Ring said, “It’s a good thing Edison invented the lightbulb or there’d be a lot of Waggies drinking their tequila shots by candlelight!” I told the Aggie Ring, “True… Those Waggies love their tequila the invention of the lightbulb makes it a lot easier for them to pour the tequila and do body shots!”

Aggie Ring asked me to provide some info on the Edison “Big Ass Lightbulb” Memorial Tower for your educational enlightenment (“Get it?” Aggie Ring said):

Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Menlo Park Museum, New Jersey

"Let there be light." Thomas Alva Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory and Memorial Tower. Those of us on the Jersey Shore call it the "Big Ass Lightbulb!”

The Edison Tower, located on the site of the original laboratory at Menlo Park, New Jersey, to which Thomas Alva Edison moved in 1876, was erected in 1937 as a monument to the great inventor. The Tower is the gift of William Slocum Barstow to the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation Incorporated in behalf of the Edison Pioneers. It was dedicated on February 11, 1838, the ninety-first anniversary of the inventor’s birth.

Rising 131 ft. 4 in. above the ground, the tower looms as the highest discernible object for many miles. Surmounting the 117 ft. 8 in. concrete-slab structure is a 13 ft. 8 in. replica of the original incandescent lamp which, when illuminated, can be seen for a distance of several miles. It once served as an airplane beacon. The Tower is designed for pressure of wind at a velocity of 120 miles per hour. In its construction, which consumed slightly less than eight months, approximately 1200 barrels of Edison Portland cement and 50 tons of reinforced steel were used.

The large bulb on top of the Tower was cast by the Corning Glass Works. The replica bulb contains 153 separate pieces of amber tinted Pyrex glass, 2 in. thick, set upon a steel frame. The bulb is 5 ft. in diameter at the neck and 9 ft. 2 in. in diameter at the greatest width and weighs, without the steel frame on which it is placed, in excess of three tons. Before the restoration, inside this Pyrex glass bulb were four 1000 watt bulbs, four 200 watt bulbs, and four 100 watt bulbs. A duplicate of each was arranged as automatically to cut in should its companion bulb fail.

The Edison Tower has been completely restored and when complete, the bulb is now illuminated with modern Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. Mr. Edison would be pleased with this, I’m sure.

While we don’t have any records of exactly what was said when Mr. Edison perfected his invention, I suspect one of his workers shouted out something like this: “Holy Mother of Baby Jesus on a Donkey!” “Mr. Edison, You’ve done it!!! You’ve perfected the Electric Light!!! You truly are King of Kings!!!!”

The tower is located on a mysterious plot of land and exactly at midnight on the night of a full moon, it would be a perfect site for the ritual sacrifice of virgins. Too bad we don’t have any of those in New Jersey! 🙂

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Aggie Ring says, “The Road Goes On Forever, and the Party Never Ends!”

Happy Birthday Tulay
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It`s your most powerful day of the year. Use your power well ! The power of persuasion will be working in your favor as you will be quite articulate in speech and communication. The circumstances now are a natural for self-expression and will lend itself to your particular ideas and thoughts. Words of encouragement come from a close tie. This is a good time to reach agreements with others. You may feel something pulling you towards the social life today and you want to be out and about. This can be a very close time with friends and loved ones. An enjoyable conversation this evening with someone you love is important. This is one of your most favorable times, so pull out all the stops and take a chance on love or money. Make your plans now for a special winter outing with a friend or loved one.