Friday, August 29, 2008

You MUST go see this.

This little animated photo will crack you up.

I'm quite sure of this because it cracked me up.

And we all know, that I know, funny.

Breakin'! Obama pic taken after leaving the convention.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Picture Post, Sunday August 24, 2008

Well, we got plenty of rain this past week.

Tropical Storm Fay made it's way across Florida from the Gulf of Mexico and the center stayed over Brevard County for two full days.

That meant that the southern part of the storm below the eye was right over where we live and work.

The company I work for ended up staying closed for three days, T,W, and Thu. Of course they're making us work weekend days in September to make up for them, but on the whole, I'm glad I didn't have to get out in the storm.

Lovely wife's company is based in Connecticut or somewhere up there and they were open every day, but they kept letting everyone go early, and finally so much of the county was flooded, that they gave up trying to make people come in.

It was a bad storm for three full days, but still wasn't as scary as the hurricanes we've sat through, so although the power kept going off, it would soon come back on, so that we really weren't roughing it. We had air conditioning and cable, and no damage, so we really made out fine.

I believe we ended up getting 15-20 inches of rain at our house, while about ten miles north of us, some got 20-25 inches. Lost of homes got flooded, but thankfully ours wasn't one of them.

A few weeks ago, we went to a part in Titusville, Florida, on the mainland directly across from Kennedy Space Center and visited Space View Park and the U. S. Space Walk of Fame there.

They have monuments to the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions and the astronauts and the people who worked on the space program that ended up putting Americans on the moon.

Here are a few pics from the different areas of the park. (I had already posted some photos of the Mercury monument last November.)

This first photo turned out better than it looked in the viewfinder. It's looking through Space View Park and across the Indian River Lagoon to NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building where the Apollo rockets and the shuttles were and are built, housed, and repaired until being driven out onto one of the launch pads. The VAB is the fourth largest building in the world.

Here, we're about to enter the Apollo memorial part of the park. You can see the "A" shape of part of the memorial in the right side of this next photo.

Here's a closer shot of the Apollo Symbol, that's the moon on the left side of the bar crossing the "A" and the earth on the right side of the cross bar.

Here's Neil Armstrong's hand prints and photograph. The first man on the moon and one of my childhood heroes and a total class act. A great and humble man. They had most of the other Apollo astronaut's hand print with the exception of those like Gus Grissom, Roger Chaffee, and Ed White who were killed in Apollo 1 training, and also missing others who had died before the monuments and hand prints were made.

This is the memorial to the Gemini program which was just before the Apollo program. You can see the VAB in the background of this photo too.

Have a great Sunday folks!

(I posted a couple of photos of a neat customized Chrysler PT Cruiser on my photography blog today. If you don't get over there much, go check it out. The PT Cruiser is owned by, and in front of, Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, Florida.)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Snow Tropical Storm Day

We don't get snow days in Florida, but sometimes we get storm days.

I was working late last night and a company email showed up in my inbox and said the company will be closed Tuesday because Tropical Storm Fay was supposed to whiz by to the west of us Tuesday evening.

That's cool. Although they'll have us make it up later by working a Saturday or something, I sure look forward to sleeping late before the storm gets bad.

I just hope we don't lose power for nine days again in this heat and humidity.

Friday, August 15, 2008


Sorry folks.

Lots going on at work. Life is eat, sleep, work right now.

Be back when I can.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Picture Post, Sunday August 3, 2008

On Saturday, Lovely Wife, Number Two Daughter and I took our niece to the Orlando airport for her to go home to Utah.

She'd stayed with us for two weeks, and gee whiz, that was a fast two weeks. We were bummed to see her go.

I took my camera (of course) and on the way home we stopped a couple of places and I took a bunch of photos, something I haven't done in a while.

This first photo is of a Disney Store in the Orlando airport. Orlando and all of it's attractions are designed by experts to separate you from as much cash as possible. Turns out that the Orlando airport is like a shopping mall, with the intent of separating you from the last few dollars you may have after an Orlando vacation.

This one isn't special, but I liked this small view of part of the Orlando Airport. It was a beautiful day, though really hot.

It had been a couple of years (at least) since I had been to Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, so we stopped by there on the way home. It wasn't too big of a detour out of our way. I love going to the place because it is truly a store that is a tourist destination in it's own right. We didn't spend but a few dollars there, but it's always worth walking around and looking at this amazing store and it's STUFF.

This is a view of the outside of Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach.

And this is a view on the inside of Ron Jon's, and this photo only takes in about on third of the store. I like this place and I've never even tried to surf before, and probably never will.

Here's another shot inside the Ron Jon store.

Have a great Sunday folks!