Soda Jerks: Heroes Of The Past

Originally, what was called a soda fountain was a device that dispensed carbonated soft drinks and fizzy water, but as time went on, it was used as a general term for an ice cream shop and lunch counter, which we know as soda fountains. These began to appear in drug stores and dime stores in the mid 1800s.

Benjamin Silliman, a Yale chemistry professor, introduced carbonated soda water to America as early as 1806 in New Haven, CT home of Yale. It caught on quickly and, along with three partners, he began expanding into New York City and Baltimore. By the mid 1800s they knew they had a winner, especially with the addition of light meals, where anyone could grab a quick sandwich along with a frozen delight. The idea of ​​drug stores was pretty ingenious, since cola syrups were instilled with fizzy water and originally sold as refugees. Soda fountains could be ornate with marble counters and Tiffany lamps or plain, usually with a mirrored back wall and the familiar goose-neck soda water dispenser which the servers, known affectionately as "soda jerks", who worked those black-handled spigots and filled up glasses, creating wonderfully bubbly drinks which ticked noses and delicious taste buds. Creating a popular meeting place for all ages, small town and large cities embroced them and customers often standing in line for a seat during busy hours, happily contemplating their orders. On warm summer evenings, a fizzy fresh lemonade cooled off thirsty patrons or better yet, a banana split could have been shared with a best friend or sister.

Most soda fountains stocked chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream (some even featured New York cherry, butter pecan and tutti-frutti) along with chocolate, strawberry and marshmallow syrups. To top things off, crushed nuts and maraschino cherries added to the visual delight of those glorious concoctions. Hot fudge sundaes were created to serve on Sundays when religions forbade the sale of fizzy water, thus prohibiting the popular chocolate ice cream sodas from being served. (Apparently the ice cream and syrup were not considered sinful but the soda water was – go figure.)

Sadly, in the 1950s drug stores moved in the direction of self service, eliminating lunch counters and ice cream alike, and fast food began to replace the lunch counter with hamburgers and shakes which bore little resemblance to their predecessors. Out with the old, in with the new as more and more space was needed for the hundreds of shelves displaying boxed and bottled products, replacing the soda jerks and less income-generating egg salad sandwiches.

Today, there are still ice cream parlors and vintage fountains sprinkled around the country, continuing the nostalgia of the originals, And in small towns, root beer stands still happily serve floats and soft serve ice cream, but it is not quite the same. Oh sure, you can go to Dairy Queen or Baskin-Robbins and get a sundae or even a banana split, but something is missing. Is it those hats, or is it just a piece of history?

Source by Dale Phillip

Is Affliction a Real Threat to the UFC?

Like two glazing fighters in the ring, the UFC and Affliction are trading blows. Is Affliction a real threat, or will this be another 15-second fight before the final blow comes and the UFC reigns as champion once again?

Affliction has had a fairy tale start. With deep pockets like Donald Trump backing the company, they have been able to put a lot of money into their first card, but can they keep up the frenzied spending pace and still make money off of the venture? That remains to be seen. Fedor was not able to fight on October 11. This may be a good thing for Affliction since it means that they'll still have two fights left on his contract and they'll be able to make money off of him for a little bit longer . But the question remains, when Fedor's Affliction contract is up, who will get the next contract? And without Fedor, does Affliction really stand a chance?

Another long-term issue that may lead to Affliction's doom is the question of getting more fighters that are worth watching. They have Fedor for now, but they need a bigger roster of talented fighters. There is talk that Tito will sign on with them, but at this point a lot of fans are tired of Tito's drama. Let's face it; the UFC has a larger roster and more talent. By comparison Affliction is just an angry wasp trying to kill a bear.

The fans will decide the winner of this fight. The UFC has a lot of loyal fans, as evidenced by UFC ticket sales, but there are also fans who believe that competition will only make MMA better. And then there are those fans who do not like the UFC at all and are more than willing to pull out their cash for the competition. It's not like Affliction is unheard of either. Affliction is well-known by MMA fans thanks to using MMA fighters to market their t-shirts, so it is not like some upstart company is trying to make its way into the MMA market. Whether the more theatrical presentation that Affliction put on in July wins out, or the sporting event presentation that the UFC puts on, remains king of the MMA realm, remains to be seen. But just maybe, Dana White and the UFC are getting worried.

Since White's denials , it is obvious that the card that the UFC hastily dropped together on the same night as Affliction: "Banned" was an attempt to take viewers from Affliction's fight. It did not hurt that UFC's fight was free to watch on Spike. It looks like the UFC is more than a little worried about the Affliction threat. It remains to be seen whether this is a real threat, or just another second rate league that can not touch the legend of the UFC.

Source by Alan Zehr

These Will Be the Big Stories of 2018

Weihnachtsgans with chestnut stuffing … rotkraut … salzkartoffeln … plus a steamed and roasted ente, and, of course, a ham.

And do not forget the mustard, scharfer senf.

Yep … I'm still thinking of the Christmas supper I prepared for family and friends a week ago.

As you can see, I decided to go full-on Deutsch. My family on my father's side came from the Ländle ("dear land" in the local dialect) of Baden-Württemberg in the 1860s, by way of Baltimore.

Sometimes I hear those ancestors calling to me, as I learned they can do when I lived in Africa. You do not hear their voices, of course; you just get a feeling. That's their language. This year, they said: "Gans zu Weihnachten, von Jungen!"

The most important thing I've learned from my German ancestors is this: Nothing is permanent. Eventually, change will come. When you live in the middle of European history, it's inevitable.

Best be ready.

To honor my ancestors' wisdom, here are my predictions for 2018.

I'm no Nostradamus, but I'm going to stick my neck out and make a few calls for Wall Street 2018 based on evidence, logic … and history. And we have all year to see how I do …

Here goes …

Wall Street First Quarter

There will be a strong post-holiday stock market rally as tax-sensitive US sectors like retail and telecoms begin to post big gains on the back of the tax cuts and strong holiday sales. Combined with positive economic indicators and political giddiness from the passage of the tax bill, it's all systems go for 2018 … at least, at first.

Congressional Republicans move quickly on their legislative agenda – above all, cuts to Social Security and Medicare – since they are increasingly worried about their hold on Congress after November.

Bitcoin suffers a big correction after swinging wildly in the last 10 days of December. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has added discussion of bitcoin to its next ministerial meeting. The Chinese are cracking down. For these and other reasons, sometimes in the next three months we will see a sell-off as latecomers panic and sell. Long-term investors will remain in bitcoin and it will creep back up, but will not revisit its December highs.

Wall Street Second Quarter

Initially, there will be a continued uptick in markets as tax cuts beginning to take effect at paycheck level and consumer confidence improvements. But signs of doubt begin to creep into the market as US macro indicators begin to weak – especially job figures.

Congressional Republicans continue to pursue a series of rapid legislative victories, but progress comes to halt as the Robert Mueller probe of President Donald Trump's Russia ties hits a climax – either because of a round of indictments of senior figures or because Trump fires Mueller. Either way, the stock market reacts badly, with a string of sharp swings as investors wait to see which way things go.

Wall Street Third Quarter

As the fallout from the Trump-Mueller issue continues, several new allegations come to light. The US market begins to slide as the prospect of a Democratic sweep of the House and Senate in November grows. The fear is not of specific policy changes … but rather of increased political instability.

Because of this, the Federal Reserve is forced to pass on promised rate increases. A coalition of countries file a World Trade Organization action against the US because of provisions in the new US tax law.

The dollar begins to weakened significantly. The gold price begins to tick upward.

Wall Street Fourth Quarter

As the November election approaches, there is a decline in US equities. Volatility increases markedly until the election itself. Gold continues its rise.

Immediately after the election – and regardless of the output – markets stabilize, but at a lower level, leading to annual stocks index gains for 2018 of half or less than those of 2017. Subsequently, one of two scenarios unresold:

  • A Democratic seizure of one or both houses of Congress initiates a prolonged period of market uncertainty, with no clear winners or losers. Investors know the tax bill will not be reversed, but the prospect of Democratic committee investigations of the Trump administration increase instability, and causes many US corporations to hold off on investment plans in the meantime.
  • Republican retention of the House and Senate steels markets, but more bombshell revelations / allegations against the Trump administration come out, increasing the political temperature as the year ends.

A Final Prediction

So there you have it. I think it's going to be an interesting year on Wall Street. It surprises me that there is not more talk of the market effects of the 2018 elections already. But they will be the big story of the year.

Source by Ted Bauman

Flights Information

Flights Information entails notification of details concerning the arrival and departure of flights, availability of tickets, and the information regarding the various flights available to major cities around the world. In this fast paced world, where people are constantly on the move, they need to keep a constant tab on their flight schedules. The time of arrival and departure of flights as well as information in case of any delay or rescheduling is also made available. To help the passengers reach their destinations on scheduled time, flight information updates have been made available on the Internet as well as on various cell phone networks.

The technological advances have enabled all the major airliners to go on the World Wide Web and provide their passengers with the facility to book flights. People from all across the globe can check the availability of seats of their choice and make on line flight reservations. Prior on line reservations ensures a hassle free journey.

Air transportation has been made easy and affordable in recent years. Almost all major companies operate cheap flights to various parts of the world. The introduction of cheap flights has increased the number of passengers availing flights even for short distances.

Flights from different parts of the world fly to the Big Apple or New York. Cheap Flights to New York are also available. New York City is served by John F. Kennedy International Airport, the Newark Liberty International Airport and the La Guardia Airport. JFK serves as the hub of the Delta Air Lines, Jet Blue Airways and American Airlines. Flights to New York are also available from all the states in the Unites States of America.

Las Vegas, occupying the Western coast of the North American continent, is one of the popular tourist destinations in the world. Las Vegas is served by the Mc Carran International Airport. As many as 125 flights to different cities in the country operate from the Las Vegas Airport. It is in fact one of the busiest airports in the world in terms of air traffic and passenger movement. Flights to Las Vegas connect the city with other parts of the world.

The national capital of Washington DC is served by several airports. These include the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, the Washington Dulles International Airport and the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport better known as the National Airport. Flights to Washington are conducted by several airliners. These airlines include the Midwest Airlines, US Airways and Northwest Airline KLM. Some of them also conduct cheap flights to Washington.

Flights to Paris mainly serve a couple of airports namely Charled de Gaulle Airport and the Ory Airport. Tourists flock the French capital in large numbers each year. Almost 500 flights from 132 different nations fly regularly to Paris. They carry almost 75 million passengers to and from Paris on an annual basis.

Source by Ravinder Singh

Prospection About 2010 NFL Baltimore Ravens

Offensive: Quarterback Margo third year, has impressed during his first two seasons. He thread for 3.613 yards and 21 are affected with 12 interceptions last season. He was on his way to an even better before the leg and hip limited him in the final. With his size and great strength in the arms Flak has the potential to be an elite passer. It has already to be a winner, what the Ravens to three wins in five career games in the playoffs. Further wins certainly follow, as it continues to mature. We have seen a huge step in 2010 with the addition of teacher, the Ravens finally have a number to a receiver.

Permanent dealing with injuries, sentence 84 passes for 1024 yards last season, teacher. He and Derrick Mason, who taught a 73-yard 1028 season is to contribute to the offensive at 213.7 yards per game on average, in the air in 2009.

Teacher and Mason will certainly chances of stars as a defense of the stacking box with the hope of limiting Ray Rice. Rice off a Pro Bowl season, during which he amassed a total of 2041 yards of scrimmage. 1339, the yards came on the ground.

Fight against Jared great Michael brings a new attraction and a huge offensive line.

Defense: Baltimore at # 3 in the NFL in defense last season, scored, yielding only 16.3 points per game. Baltimore and graduated number three series in total defense with only 300.5 yards per game.

Linebacker Ray Lewis is still the leader of the emotional unit. The team with the linebacker Terrell Surges and Johnson and fellow defensive lineman Kelly Gregg and, one of the best Sevens at anchor in football. The project includes Terrence Cody Kindle and additional depth.

Ed Reed was looking security retirement, when he was an interference of nerve pain. But the talk has disappeared, and it looks that is the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year to lead back to Baltimore secondary.

Prediction: First North – Latest current teacher should improve air raid missing moves. Baltimore has a strong running game and see one of the best defenses in the NFL not, I stand in the way of a proof of the North. Pittsburgh is facing the suspension of Ben Ruthless and Cincinnati is not difficult to imagine, dealing with questions on the chemical signature Pagan Jones and Terrell Owens.

Source by Namer Kope