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Wednesday, 10 June 2020 07:11

Psalm 118:24

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

The coronavirus has turned the entire entertainment industry on it's ear. But there is a silver lining for one part of the business that is reconnecting with the movie hungry public. The rebirth of the drive-in has been prompted by the need for social distancing and the memory of the days of past.

The COVID-19 virus has led us to look back to find a path forward. Drive-in theatres should continue to be a popular new norm in American life long after COVID-19 is behind us.

Drive-in's are an American creation that was introduced 87 years ago in Camden, New Jersey. Richard Hollingshead came up with the idea, while working as a sales manager in his father's store, Whiz Auto Products. In 1941 in-car audio speaker technology was developed. This new technology allowed theaters to be built across the country. In 1958, there were 4,063 drive-ins in the United States. Now there are less than 450.

Even though drive-in's have bee on the decline for years, they still have a loyal audience. At a time when patronizing traditional theaters poses a problem with social distancing, drive-in's are providing a safe way to experience movies and other forms of entertainment. American ingenuity is alive and well as many traditional theaters are in the process of converting their parking lots into drive-ins.

Pandemic or not, drive-in's have many reasons that should prompt you to consider attending one. People have space to spread out and they aren't sitting on top of one another. The introduction of FM and Bluetooth makes it easily to have stereo sound right in your own car. Drive-in's are still a great place for date night. High-quality movies will look just great projected on these giant outdoor screens.

While drive-ins associated primarily with movies, that doesn't have to stay that way. At the height of their popularity (during the 1950s and the 1960s) drive-in theaters offered more than just a movie. They also had concession stands, contests and fireworks and of course the double-feature.

The drive-in is generally thought to be better suited to family movies, action flicks, and horror films, but during the height of their popularity, exploitation films were a large part of their appeal.

Technological improvements and a little American Ingenuity are making it possible to use the drive-in for concerts. This idea is being tested in different parts of the country. In May 2020 at the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, New Hampshire a concert was played at noon and 3 p.m. The first performance had a decent attendance, but the second performance was sold out with 75 cars, each paying the $75-per-vehicle fee.

Recently Keith Urban and DJ D-Nice held drive-in concerts paying tribute to frontline healthcare workers and first responders. Other drive-in concerts like these are being planned across the country. Many of these will offer listeners the opportunity to use their car sound systems for a stereo experience much like they heard in past live concerts.

Technological improvements like these allow people to see event movies on really big screens with an enhanced experience. Sitting under the stars might just make the experience more memorable than sitting in a large area.

 

Did you know that your bathroom is one of the dirtiest places in your house? Think of this; you use the sink to brush your teeth and wash your hands, you use the shower and bathtub to clean the dirt and grime off your body, and you use the toilet to get rid of waste. Now that you are spending more time at home, you should use this opportunity to deep clean your house - especially your toilet.

You should clean your toilet at least once a week. Did you know that deep cleaning your toilet can actually help prevent clogs and rust build-up? One of the ways people are cleaning their house wrong is by not wearing gloves when they clean. So, grab some gloves and get started deep cleaning your toilet by cleaning both the inside and outside of the bowl.

To clean the inside of the toilet bowl, start off by flushing the toilet. Then grab a toilet bowl cleaner to pour or spray around the bowl and under the rim. Allow the bowl cleaner to sit for a few minutes or follow the product's manufacturer recommended time. Use a toilet brush to scrub dirt or grime from the bowl or the rim, including the rim’s jet. The rim's jet is something that most people don’t think about cleaning, but they should. After completing these steps, give your toilet one more good flush.

To clean the outside of your toilet, spray the toilet bowl with a bathroom cleaner or a cleaning supply of your choice. Let the cleaner remain on the outside of the bowl for several minutes or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Now wipe the top, front, back, sides and handles of the toilet. Please don't forget to clean the toilet lid!

Finally wipe it down with a paper towel or cloth.

Be sure to wipe down the walls and floor near the toilet. It is easy for bacteria and more from the inside of the toilet bowl to splash onto your walls and floor around the toilet without your knowing it. You should also wipe down and disinfect your toilet paper holder.

Wednesday, 03 June 2020 19:51

Proverbs: 4:18

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.

This all-female team crossed the continent using only muscle power.

After enduring temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees F (minus 40 degrees C), traversing deadly crevasse fields, and pulling sledges weighing as much as 176 pounds, a group of British soldiers made history on January 20 by becoming the first all-female team to cross the Antarctic under sheer muscle power.

"It was really key for me to be part of an all-female team because I really want to inspire other women - specifically women - to get out there and do things they wouldn't normally be doing, or think would be possible," Major Sandy Hennis of the Royal Signals told the BBC. "We set what was an impossible challenge and achieved it, so anything is possible."

Dubbed "The Ice Maidens," the six women began their 1,000-mile journey on November 20 at the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf and concluded it 61 days later at the aptly named Hercules Inlet. The expedition was originally estimated to take between 75-90 days, but good weather and sheer determination by everyone involved absolutely crushed all expectations.

While the team was unsupported, save for two resupply drops spaced every 370 miles, they did lend their support to making a difference for people back home. During the expedition, the team used the publicity surrounding their epic adventure to raise thousands for non-profits Breast Cancer Care and the Army Cadet Force Association.

"I'm just so incredibly proud of the team," Major Nics Wetherill of the Royal Army Medical Corps said after crossing the finish line. "I can't believe how far we've come. This journey has had good times, bad times and great times for all concerned, and each of them, I know, has made us better people."

Despite the harsh conditions swirling around them, sometimes at speeds exceeding 60 mph, the women still found time to embrace the pristine and untouched nature of the frozen continent.

"I have spent the last few days trying to imprint this beautiful landscape in my mind. We have called it home for close to two months now and I will, in a strange way, miss it a lot," Major Natalie Taylor reflected. "The snow sparkles like there is a layer of pearls on the surface and everywhere you look there is beauty and stillness. The photos just don't do it justice."

President Donald Trump has reclassified Atlanta's Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site as a national historic park.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, was approved by the Senate December 22, 2017 and was signed into law January 9, 2018 by Trump aboard Air Force One after landing in Marietta, Georgia, before traveling to the college football national championship in downtown Atlanta. King's niece, Alveda, was present for the private signing ceremony.

"Through his life and work, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made America more just and free," White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters aboard Air Force One. "This important historical park tells his story, and this bill will help ensure that the park continues to tell Dr. King’s story for generations to come."

The now-historic park includes King's birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and the King Center (where King and his wife, Coretta, are entombed) among other spots around Atlanta. The bill adds the Prince Hall Masonic Temple, once the headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, to the holdings.

As a historic park, the roughly 34-acre area will receive more federal resources, park rangers, educational programming and community grants that will help support the park.

College students, staff and faculty and members of scouting organizations can take advantage of half-price admission to the Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX 3D Theater during the month of February. Discounts apply to Aquarium tickets and 45-minute IMAX film screenings as well as combo ticket purchases.

Scouts must wear their uniform or sash to receive the discount, which applies to everyone in the paying party. To receive the discount, college students must be enrolled at or employed by a physical or online institution and present a valid student ID or online transcript. College faculty and staff can take advantage of the discount by presenting a pay stub.

The discount is available to the entire visiting party and applies to all visits between February 1 and February 28.

This discount arrives just in time to offer a reprieve from slate gray winter skies and frigid temperatures. The Aquarium’s Ocean Journey and River Journey buildings are full of charismatic, colorful animals sure to help stave off the seasonal doldrums, from leaping lemurs, romping otters and flittering butterflies to cruising alligators and a world-famous tweeting Electric Eel.

Visitors arriving in February will be able to catch up on many recent additions to the Aquarium, including vividly violet Purple-stripe Jellyfish and a new display of freshwater pipefish.

Arriving in the waning months of 2017, the Tiny, But Mighty Important exhibit features an engaging suite of interactive and high-tech displays - including a holographic animation - that focus on the importance of small fish and human behaviors that impact water quality.

Across the street in the IMAX 3D Theater, visitors will have a choice of two exciting giant-screen films. Amazon Adventure 3D follows the real-life exploits of English naturalist Henry Bates, who spent a decade in the world’s largest rainforest conducting research that provided what Charles Darwin called “beautiful proof” for his theory of natural selection. The newest addition to the theater’s slate, Conquest of the Skies, presents a stunning examination of the 300-million-year history of nature’s domination of the heavens, from Paleozoic winged reptiles to darting hummingbirds and graceful Whooper Swans.

College and Scout Day Discount Rates*:

  • Tennessee Aquarium: $15 (adults and college students) / $9.50 (ages 3-12)
  • IMAX*: $6 (adults) / $5 (ages 3-12)
  • Tennessee Aquarium/IMAX combo ticket: $19 (adults) / $13.50 (ages 3-12)

* Ticket purchases must be redeemed during the month of February. IMAX discounts valid on 45-minute screenings, not feature-length films. 

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