Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving -- 2014; New Dickinson Refinery To Start Accepting Crude Oil Next Week

Night Business Report: OPEC meeting.

MDU / Calumet Refinery West of Dickinson 

This really is quite an achievement: first refinery to be built in the US since 1976 will start accepting Bakken crude oil next week; located four miles west of Dickinson. The Dickinson Press is reporting. There was no mention when POTUS, Hillary, and Pocahontas will hold a press conference to say "they didn't build that."

A Note to the Granddaughters

I had hoped to be in the Bakken over Thanksgiving but that was not meant to be. So, now, not sure when the next visit to North Dakota will be.

It's a beautiful day here in North Texas, not a cloud in the sky as far as I can see. It is a bit cool, brisk, but a nice bicycle-riding day. Target/Starbucks is closed; opens tonight at 6:00 p.m.

The free-standing Starbucks down the street is standing-room only, so that means all the Starbucks will be standing-room only. So, back to Old Faithful: McDonald's. And then they had a line of folks. A lot of grandparents, it appears, taking toddlers out for breakfast. My hunch is that it was a win-win for everyone. The working parents got to sleep in; the grandparents took the grandkids out for breakfast.

I hope McDonald's employees working holidays get triple pay. I know the hourly clerks/cashiers in southern California supermarkets get triple pay for working the holidays. 

Last night, the granddaughters worked on desserts for today, and when they had breaks we watched Midnight In Paris. The first few minutes of the movie is music -- beautiful music -- and "snapshots" of Paris. No titles, no dialogue, just music and scenes of Paris. We paused the movie every few frames to see if the granddaughters -- age 8 and 11 -- could recognize any of the sites and/or sights. I was amazed. From context, both the older and the younger granddaughter "translated" moulin rouge. Color me impressed.

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