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  •  Outstanding again dsteffen (1+ / 0-)
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    And congratz on making Regular Series at DKU!

    Some day, when I get the chance, I'll assemble some data about a place in the Painesville/Fairport Harbor, Ohio area that used to be called "the nose factory."

    It's official name was Diamond Alkali (later Diamond Shamrock), and I'd love to see a well written, well researched diary about that place.

    "The nose factory" moniker came from a sickening little trick many men who worked at "the sodie ash plant" were able to do with a hanky. I grew up in that area, "The Diamond" was the largest employer, and I knew a few of these old fellas. I remember the little trick vividly. They could stick a handkerchief in one nostril... and pull it out of the other because the interior of their noses had been eaten away by the compounds with which they worked.

    The site is still heavily contaminated. Nonetheless it is currently the site of a residential/recreational condo developement I believe is still under construction.

    Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

    by Pariah Dog on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 05:19:15 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks. (1+ / 0-)
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      Glad you could stop in again.  I was going to reply at noon but I ended up spending all my available time reading your link.  Very interesting.

      I really don't need to see the handkerchief trick, thank you anyway.  The description will do quite nicely.

      So you grew up in that area?  If my plans hold up, Cleveland will figure into a diary in a month or so,

      I just mention it to kind of pique your curiosity and try to keep you coming back...   ;-)

      People with advantages are loath to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages. --C. Wright Mills

      by dsteffen on Mon Mar 09, 2009 at 03:59:07 PM PDT

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      •  Oh don't worry (1+ / 0-)
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        I'll keep coming back! I truly enjoy this kind of diary and wish we had more of them. You, Moonbat and Hadrian aren't around nearly as much as you should be - and aren't as noticed as you should be when you are around.

        Yes, the handkerchief trick is one thing I could have lived without too. But these guys were all older 1st generation Norwegian, Swede, Finn, and Hungarian (aka Finngarians) American. Grew up during The Depression and weren't very well-educated - the corporate exploiter's dream. This was their way of dealing with something they probably instinctively knew was  wrong, but had no way of correcting. I loved each and every one of them, and wished they'd had a better shot at "the American Dream."

        The story of The Diamond is something of a microcosm for what's happened in the entire country. It was like having the weirdness of the late twentieth century (and as I later came to understand the so-called Gilded Age) displayed in small right in front of me. It gave me an in depth understanding of the effects of capitalism's unbridled greed. I could even go so far as to say it helped shape me politically and philosophically. If you ever want to write about it I'll be glad to spill the beans.

        Okay, I can't wait to see what you've dug up on Cleveland. Oy! I could tell you, but you vouldn't believe!

        Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

        by Pariah Dog on Tue Mar 10, 2009 at 04:06:56 AM PDT

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