Tea Parties

I’ve never been to a tea party, but I did hear some inside information about them.

There was a report of a Democrat agent provocateur infiltrating a recent tea party. He was spotted committing 4 overt acts of a racist nature. We know they aren’t really racist – they are just playing head games to make the real tea party participants look bad. It’s so confusing that it gives me double vision. All I know is that real tea party participants would not hurt a foreigner.

Okay, I just made all of that up. Bonus points to the first person to figure out what all of the key words in this post have in common.

HFCS vs. Sugar

I don’t know all the ins and outs of the High-Fructose Corn Syrup vs. pure sugar debate; however, I do have some observations.

Back in November, I was down in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and I picked up a 6-pack of Dr. Pepper in glass bottles. According to the label, it was made with “Imperial Pure Cane Sugar.” Fortunately, this saved me from a 4-hour round trip to Dublin (the Dublin, TX plant uses pure sugar in its Dr Pepper 24/7/365)

I took a side-by-side comparison between the glass bottle and a can of “regular” Dr Pepper. the glass bottled formula had a bit of a stronger kick to it with a distinctive aftertaste.

Tuesday, I was at a train club meeting in Johnson County. I noticed that one of the vending machines there had in a regular plastic bottle a product labelled as “Heritage” Dr Pepper, made with “Real Sugar.” I tried it and, lo an behold, it did indeed have the same flavor as the Glass bottled product I had picked up in Texas.

Long story short – I can distinguish between Dr Pepper using HFCS from that made with regular sugar.

Some quick stats about the Lawrence Depot

Depot Redux is an organization devoted to the preservation, and to some extent, furthering the usefulness of, the current Lawrence BNSF/Amtrak station. The depot is located across the street from my family’s business and is, to some extent, the reason I became a railfan.

Anyway, they have found members of the community to open and close the building for the two Amtrak trains that come through here, and they also log the time the train arrives, how many passengers boarded and de-trained at the station.

For the month of February, the westbound Southwest Chief had an average arrival time of 11:59 PM, or 33 minutes ahead of the scheduled departure time of 12:32 AM, with 0 late arrivals recorded. The eastbound counterpart arrived on average at 6:10 AM, 21 minutes late. Out of 26 days recorded in the logs, the eastbound Chief was on time on 12 of those days.

For both trains, Lawrence receives an average of two passengers boarding and two passengers de-training at Lawrence.