Friday, June 23, 2017

Six and a half years later . . .

I went back and started re-reading some of these posts, in an effort to trigger my writing mode.  Lots of them are still very interesting after so long.  Then I see that on January 9, 2011, I wrote about the premeditated shooting of a member of the U.S. Congress.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.  So sad.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Taking a break

512 consecutive posts.  I am worn out.  Time to take a bit of a break; no daily posts for a while.

Thanks to those of you who read and comment.  I'll be back.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Underwater atomic bomb test

This video is pretty impressive:



The website offers the following description:
The Hardtack Umbrella event was a Los Alamos and Dept of Defense nuclear explosion shallow depth underwater shot (150 ft.), June 8, 1958, at Enewetak. The test was weapons effects related and the yield was 8 kilotons.
Hard to believe anyone would leave a ship there like that, though.

Monday, January 24, 2011

JFK's watch

As the President prepares for his State of the Union speech, it is remarkable that John F. Kennedy gave his first State of the Union speech 50 years ago this week.  He wore an Omega wristwatch; a few years back, Omega purchased the watch that JFK was wearing at that speech:


The company says it spent $350,000 to acquire it.

It has also created for sale a commemorative version, a copy of the one JFK was wearing at that speech:


This is so classic it seems almost too perfect.

Unfortunately, at $9,100, I am going to have to pass on this beauty.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Spring in January

Sunny and almost 70 degrees here yesterday.  I know it's fun to have snow in the winter (we don't really get too much in the way of seasons), but the the type of weather we are having here this weekend is one of the few remaining things that make me glad to live in California.

Spent much of yesterday working on outdoor yard and car sort of things, but it must be time for a round of golf.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Goalie for a night

The Sharks lost one of their goalies, Antero Nittymaki, before the game against Vancouver last night.  They didn't have time to bring up a minor league player, so they signed Jordan White, a college goalie at the University of British Columbia, to a one-game amateur tryout.  White is a star goalie with UBC:


He spent the entire night on the bench, ready to back up Anti Niemi, but never had to come in, as Niemi put up a brilliant game and the Sharks won 2-1 in a shootout.

What a dream night for White, though, and he leaped onto the ice to join the celebration at the end of the game.  He may never play in the NHL, but he is going to remember that game for a very long time.