Thursday, July 21, 2011

Just Do It

There is something I have been thinking about doing for seven years.  Every year I think about it, and then I reject the idea.  But I've been doing a little checking and some thinking, and well, it's on my bucket list so why don't I just do it?

Maybe I will.

The news is all over the place, and there doesn't seem to be one single article that captures my attention.  I guess I could pick on Casey Anthony, but really, she's old news.  At least until the civil suits start.  Everybody is suing everybody else, which should be a lot of fun to watch. 

Candidates for the 2012 Presidential election are coming out of the woodwork.  I doubt I will be voting this time, first time I will have missed voting for President since 1972.  I voted for Nixon.  Let's not even talk about that. 

I have always voted in the past, not wanting to waste my precious vote by failing to exercise that very important right.  The problem is, each year I ended up feeling like a fool, because no matter which candidate or party I supported, it was a waste.  We haven't had a real choice since ... well, 1972.  Ha, just kidding.  But the last time I felt good about voting for President was the vote I cast for Bill Clinton.  I would vote for him again today if the Constitutional Amendments permitted it, but since that's not going to happen, and Hillary has said she will not run, we're done.

I felt that way when the gubernatorial election took place here in Florida.  And so I stayed home from the polls.  I suppose Alex Sink would have been better than Governor Voldemort, but that's not saying much.  I have no regrets about staying home with my vote clutched tightly to my chest.  I just don't have the heart to throw it away on a loser, and both major parties have done nothing but produce losers for candidates for the past 12 or more years.

<li> STS-107 -- Columbia mission No. 28 (113th shuttle program mission overall)
<li> Jan. 16-Feb 1, 2003 
<li> Landing site: Planned: Kennedy Space Center
<li> Crew:  Rick D. Husband (2), Commander; William C. McCool (1), Pilot; Michael P. Anderson (2), Payload Commander; Kalpana Chawla (2), Mission Specialist; David M. Brown (1), Mission Specialist; Laurel B. Clark (1), Mission Specialist; Ilan Ramon (1), (ISA) Payload Specialist 
<li> Of interest: The 16-day flight was a dedicated science and research mission. Working 24 hours a day, in two alternating shifts, the crew successfully conducted approximately 80 experiments. The STS-107 mission ended abruptly on Feb. 1, 2003 when Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew perished during entry, 16 minutes before scheduled landing. Ramon was the 1st Israeli to fly in space.
<li> <a target="new" href="">More info from NASA</a>

Early this morning, the Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center for the last time.  I know because it's wheels hit the roof of my house twice.  You call it sonic boom, I call it wheels.  I will miss levitating from my bed when the shuttles land and break the sound barrier.  Like the airplanes over my house when I lived near Kennedy Airport, I have come to treasure the sound of the shuttles arriving safely home.  I hope we do not come to regret closing down our manned space program, but I fear we will, and not too far down the road.  (Those are the last mission patches for Columbia and Challenger.)

I have posted a recipe for Little Calzones on the "All About Food" blog.  I hope you check it out and try it sometime this weekend.  Tomorrow afternoon, Rob and I are cutting out and heading up to Atlanta for a taekwando tournament, and I won't have internet access until I return home on Sunday.  Any barbecue joint jaunts will be duly recorded and shared with you.  And that's a promise.
<li> 51-L -- Challenger mission No. 10 (25th shuttle program mission overall)
<li> January 28, 1986
<li> Crew: Francis R. Scobee (2), Commander; Michael J. Smith (1), Pilot; Judith A. Resnik (2), Mission Specialist 1; Ellison S. Onizuka (2), Mission Specialist 2; Ronald E. McNair (2), Mission Specialist 3; Gregory B. Jarvis (1), Payload Specialist 1;
Sharon Christa McAuliffe (1), Payload Specialist 2 (TISP) 
<li> Of interest: Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven crew aboard. The cause of explosion was determined to be an O-ring failure in right solid rocket booster. The shuttle fleet was grounded after the incident. The next launch didn't occur for more than 2 1/2 years after the explosion. McAuliffe was chosen as the first representative in the Teacher in Space Program.
<li> <a target="new" href="">More info from NASA</a>

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