Sunday, May 24, 2009

One Week Early

Memorial Day Weekend

I remember camping one Memorial day, in Sequoia National Forest, with Kathy, (wife #2), in a little pup tent. I think it was 1971. We drove as far as our little VW bug would go, to get away from the maddening crowd. We found a meadow, down a rutted dirt road that seemed ideal for our purposes. We were miles from any pesky humans.

During the night it began to rain and we discovered our new tent was not very waterproof. I got out and made a diversion ditch to prevent the runoff from flooding the tent floor. It was getting pretty cold out and it was a good thing we liked to snuggle in one sleeping bag. As the the first light of dawn began to illuminate the interior of our yellow nylon tent, I noticed our stuff was wet and the sound of the rain had stopped. I poked my head out of the tent flap and discovered a white wonderland. Snow had covered the meadow and hillside, it was about 3 inches deep, and still snowing heavily.

Had we been prepared for cold, wet and snow, we might have stayed, but we beat a retreat while the road was still a road that the bug could climb, and we headed back down from the High Sierra's, in search of a laundromat to dry our stuff.

Remembering The Soldiers
Map The Fallen on Google Earth

Sean Askay, a Google engineer released a Google Earth layer, called Map the Fallen, that contains detailed information of more than 5700 service members who died in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. This is an interactive tool that allows you to see photos, learn about how each service members died, visit memorial websites with comments from friends and families, and explore the places they called home and where they died.

(I recommend a visit to mapthefallen)

Whiskeytown Lake

Picture from the live WhiskeytownCam

Beaches, parks and campgrounds around the north state are booked full for the weekend. I am glad I have so many interesting things to do at home, but I still might go to the aggregate plant and record some echos. Then again, there are those college girls, partying on Lake Shasta. (I sure will be glad when my hernia gets repaired.)

As Time Goes By
The ancient Venus figurine from Hohle Fels, Germany.

I have been reading some amusing
blogs and news articles where people are upset by the idea that this figurine could have anything to do with sexuality. Somehow, the, "puritanical types", figure ancient man didn't think about women as sex objects. "It's just a fertility symbol", they cry out, protesting any analogy that links it to Playboy, pin-ups, or porn.

Call it what you like, but if early women were not sexually attractive to early man, I would not be here writing this. I suspect that the female features attracting men 35,000 years ago, are the same ones that keep us impregnating fertile Goddesses in this day and age.


Does that pirate have a peg lego?

Wow! Frank Loyd Wright, Lego house.

Lego's were after my time, ( I was of the tinker toy/erector set, period), but I have stuck the little bricks together with kids now and then. I had no idea that they had lego architectual monument kits. Read the whole story, HERE.

'Tipsy Tow' program offers rides home

AAA Northern California will offer free rides home this Memorial Day to keep drinking drivers off the road.

Drivers, potential passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call 1-800-222-4357 for a free tow home up to five miles, AAA Northern California spokesman Matt Skryja said. Tell the AAA operator: "I need a Tipsy Tow."

Tows will be offered from 6 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Monday. Callers don't have to be an AAA member to use the service.

Atlantis In California

Landing at Edwards Air Force Base

Touchdown at 240 miles an hour

I first visited Edwards 50 years ago when I got to see the X-15 fly. Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier there 60 years ago, and today Atlantis dropped in for a visit.

Today's Relatively Appropriate Video;

Space Shuttle Landing


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