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Published on October 25 2007

I just thought I'd post a little bit of what Mad missed Tuesday. My family was very fortunate to have been invited by NASA to attend the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery STS-120. My son, my Dad and my Mother were treated VIP style and escorted up to within 3 miles of Launch complex 39B at Banana Creek. I have been to two previous failures to launch so I was really hoping this one would go. Not to mention our Dad was with us and has also never seen a launch even though he has worked with the aerospace industry for many years.  It was a semi cloud covered day and we waited until the one hour built in hold was lifted and the count down clock started ticking. At 4 minutes, one of the NASA public affairs workers came over the loud speaker and sang a beautiful version of the National Anthem. When she finished, the crowed cheered and yelled as the clock spiraled down to 10 seconds and the mission controller began the traditional counted down. Suddenly, a burst of smoke and fire erupted on the other side of the bay near the giant gantry as discovery's rocket engines came to life. There was no sound yet because of the distance but that changed very quickly as a rumble that I can not describe began to reverberate in my chest. My mothers comments were "Oh my God! as she put her hand to her chest. Flames poured out of the Shuttle Rocket engines so bright, that it was almost painful to look at it. The Shuttle climbed up through the clouds and burst through the tops into bright blue sky and began its text book roll maneuver and headed out over the Atlantic Ocean. Within about a minute, we could see the solid rocket boosters separate and begin to fall away from the Shuttle which was little more than a speck of light in the morning sky. The tell tale evidence of the beautiful launch clouded the sky as the vapor trail of the shuttle disappeared into space. All I could say was WOW, That was Awesome! It was a beautiful launch and it was incredible to finally see the Space Shuttle Fly in person. But, the best feeling of all was to be there with my son to watch my Dad as a life long wish was finally fulfilled. This is one I will remember for a lifetime.  

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Published on July 2 2007

This week July 2 through July 8 Libra You love to be part of the social whirl, and if you can't participate as fully as you would like, you become uncharacteristically edgy. Monday you have to cancel some of your favorite activities due to last-minute changes in your schedule, so try to be patient. You may want companionship of the four-legged kind on Thursday, and you could rush out and buy a dog or cat. Be sure you have the time and money before you take on the added responsibility. You might consider a fish or bird, creatures that need less care and attention.
Rudy isn't going to like that part---share his favorite chewtoy (me) with another four-legged critter? No. Way.

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Published on April 11 2007

Eject Eject Eject: SEEING THE UNSEEN, Part 2
Now most normal people do not look at life from within a pit of failure and despair. Our lives are measured by small successes -- like raising children, serving in the military, doing volunteer work at your church – or just doing the right thing in a thousand small but important ways, like returning money if someone makes you too much change. These are simply the small, ordinary milestones of a life of value. They give you a sense of identity. But if I didn’t have that sense of identity rooted in my own small achievements, I wonder how likely it would have been for me to grab onto that sense of sudden empowerment, of being an initiate in some arcane club of hidden wisdom. I wonder what might have happened to me if being the Holder of Secret Knowledge had been my only source of self-esteem…the one redeeming landmark in a life of isolation and failure. Indeed, I wonder what power such a worldview would have over me if I could believe that behind the scenes lurked vast and unknowable dark forces – forces that could topple a president and perhaps even explain why a person of my deep, vast and bountiful talents was not doing a whole lot better in life? I wonder what might have happened to me then.
All this...and chemtrails, too!! :-D

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Published on March 9 2007

Boston lead singer Brad Delp dies at 55
ATKINSON, N.H. -- Brad Delp, the lead singer for Boston, a huge rock sensation in the 1970s, was found dead Friday in his home, police said. He was 55. Atkinson police responded to a call for help at 1:20 p.m. and found Delp dead. Police Lt. William Baldwin said in a statement the death was "untimely" and that there was no indication of foul play. Delp apparently was alone at the time of his death, Baldwin said.
cover.jpg I remember the first time I heard Boston. I was overseas by that time, and already tired of the Beeb-- their music was a wee bit too "poppy" for my taste. I was walking back to the dorms one evening, listening to the tunes being blasted from the guys' dorm. (Back in the days of cheap stereo equipment at the PX, some of the guys had put together some truly impressive wattage, which they were only too happy to share with the rest of us.) As I walked between the dorms, I heard this song echoing between the buildings. I had to stop, to stand still to listen to the whole thing. I still wish I knew who it was that unknowingly introduced me to one of the bands that was the soundtrack to my teenage years.
I looked out this morning and the sun was gone Turned on some music to start my day I lost myself in a familiar song I closed my eyes and I slipped away
I wore out two vinyl copies of that album all by myself. Dense guitar sound with two or three harmonized leads, and of course the incredible vocals of Brad Delp. I can put the first album on today and play it from beginning to end, just as I did a hundred years ago. I still know every word and can hum every melody line. Although "More than a Feeling" was the huge hit from the album, my favorite was another song, cheesy lyrics and all.
Life is like the coldest winter People freeze the tears I cry Words of hail their minds are into I've got to crack this ice and fly Gonna hitch a ride Head for the other side Leave it all behind Never change my mind Gonna sail away Sun lights another day Freedom on my mind Carry me away for the last time Oh yeah

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Published on February 16 2007

"Hey Laur, we want a couple of you experienced operators to learn about the new process control system going in this spring. We need someone who can teach the other ops how to use it and your name came up in the discussion. How would you like to get a road trip the end of March?" "That would be great. I could sure use a change of scenery for a few days! Where am I going?" beer.jpg "Down south." "Oh, that's fantastic!!! Where???!! Georgia? Florida? Texas?" "Um, not exactly....." The ABB Group: ABB University - Columbus, OH
Our Columbus training center is located in the north-eastern suburb of Westerville, Ohio, specializing in ABB AccuRay system, Advant OCS with Master Software, ABB ULMA system, and Process Control courses.
:-< Ohio. In March. Well, it isn't an island in the Caribbean, but even if there isn't a sandy warm beach with a cute young thing bringing me drinks with umbrellas, maybe they'll have a hot tub with beer. And a guy wearing Budweiser cans on his feet.

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Published on December 21 2006

Over All Worst To Best Driver’s Astrological Signs For Tickets & Accidents Never thought the Cable News Network would have such a slow news day that it had to examine the relationship between astrological signs and driving habits. What next, the Astrology News Network? The Horoscope Channel? [Reminds me, I haven't gotten or posted a good horrorscope lately. I'm still waiting for that "tall, dark, and handsome" I was promised a couple weeks back!]
Here are the Astrological Signs that had the most influence over drivers, causing them to have the greatest number of accidents, from worst to best. Number 1 Worst : Libra - Sept. 23 to Oct. 22 Libra is the "sign of the scales", it craves balance and consensus. Libra doesn’t like to make snap decisions. But rush hour traffic is not a time for seeking driver approval, or for being indecisive.
Hey!! Wait just a minute here--that can't be right. I'm a Libra! Okay, I had one teensy little fender-bender in 1985 in my Fiero, but that's it--and it was the other guy's fault anyway! I demand a recount! The worst driver honoree should be Taurus; they're all bull-headed anyway! Oh....hi, Kidbrudder! Have you been here long? Oh. Yeah...."bull-headed"....um....did I say that out loud? :O Let's take a peek at the "best driver" according to the stars, shall we? (how's that for a quick change of subject?)
Number 1 Best : Leo - Jul. 23 to Aug. 22 Leo is generous, and comfortable in sharing the roadway. They‘re known for having a huge ego, which is their driving force to be the best.
Hmmmmm.... I know a couple of Leos, and while they are generous to a fault, "comfortable sharing the roadway" isn't one of the qualities I would have cited. Then we get to the relationship between astrological signs and the number of tickets. I can definitely say, as far as this household is concerned, the chart is absolutely 100% completely true. *I* have never had a ticket in my life, while the soon-to-be-ex....well, let's just say that othere have been a few a lot numerous long roadside chats with friendly officers over the years. As well as a couple with not-so-friendly officers.
Here are the Astrological Signs that had the most influence over drivers, causing them to have the greatest number of tickets, from worst to best. 1. Pisces – Worst 2. Aries 3. Aquarius 4. Capricorn 5. Libra 6. Taurus 7. Scorpio 8. Leo 9. Cancer 10. Virgo 11. Sagittarius 12. Gemini – Best

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Published on December 4 2006

Going to be an extremely busy week, by the looks of it...I better go get some sleep, it's almost 7:30..... yawn.
This week December 4 through December 10 Libra Don't get scammed by a bogus organization that asks for money on Monday. Tuesday an old friend may need a place to stay. Wednesday you might decide to change tactics in how you deal with a coworker, and try to communicate with your colleague a little better. Thursday your lover may call and ask you to join him or her for a quick getaway. Friday, Mercury enters your house of communications, and your imagination should soar. You might try writing through journalism, fiction, or a blog. Saturday you may meet an intellectual new love. Sunday you could look up old neighbors.

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Published on November 18 2006

 

 

Rep. Nancy Pelosi: Bringing the War to an End is my Highest Priority as Speaker

"I told my colleagues yesterday that the biggest ethical issue facing our country for the past three and a half years is the war in Iraq.

This unnecessary pre-emptive war has come at great cost. Nearly 2,900 of our brave troops have lost their lives and more than 21,000 more have suffered lasting wounds. Since the war began, Congress has appropriated more than $350 billion, and the United States has suffered devastating damage to our reputation in the eyes of the world."

After Pelosi's pick for the #2 spot, Jack Murtha, was soundly thumped 149-86, I wonder if she should have remembered that it's the conservative and moderate Dems who brought in the win on Election Day, not necessarily the "bring-'em-home-NOW's". Her highest priority, in her own words, is ending our involvement in Iraq, and what better way to keep it on the front burner than to throw her backing behind Murtha, even though she was not required to campaign for anybody for the post? After all, it was his "courageous leadership that changed the national debate and helped make Iraq the central issue of this historic election”.

Not to mention the fact that Pelosi defeated Steny Hoyer of Maryland, Murtha's opponent, for the position of minority whip four or five years ago--with the help of Jack Murtha as campaign manager.

Sticking up for friends might be a good thing, but  Nancy seems to have backed the wrong horse in that race. Does the Murtha's thumping indicate that not all Democrats are cut and run, for example Hoyer, who at one point commented that a swift pullout "could lead to disaster"?

Kinda makes you wonder who Pelosi will support when it comes time to pick the Chair of the Intelligence Committee in the "the most honest, the most open and the most ethical Congress in history." The too-moderate Jane Harmon? Or one of only six federal judges to be impeached and removed from office, Alcee Hastings?

That's going to be fun to watch!

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Published on October 20 2006

Ford set to produce last Taurus - Yahoo! News
DEARBORN, Mich. - Sometime next week, the assembly line at a Ford plant near Atlanta will come to a halt, signaling the end of a family sedan so revolutionary that its 1985 debut changed forever the way cars look, feel and drive. Say goodbye to the Taurus.
Anybody wanna buy a black stealth Tortoise? That no-hubcap look protects you from radar guns, and the dent in the door only adds to the mystique. And with the "WMD***" license plates, you too could own your very own Weapon of Mass Destruction!!

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