Our Daily Thread 7-20-19

Good Morning!

Today I have a treat for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

I received an email from a confidential/top secret source with some links to share with you all. They’re fitting too, since today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. None of that would have been possible without these fine Americans. There’s even one who looks like Burt Lancaster. The second link is an interview with him from yesterday…… ๐Ÿ™‚




Anyone have a QoD?



102 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-20-19

  1. Great articles and interview. I copied it all into a Word document so that I could save it.
    And we know him…..


  2. Good morning everyone but Jo.
    Good evening Jo.
    Sure is a lot of commotion about something I couldn’t open.
    When I open the link I get a red screen.
    But I know what you are talking about because Linda sent me a separate post. Unless it is something else.
    I have an article that was written some time ago.
    But this lady called yesterday and we had a long discussion. I don’t know how much real information she got because I wasn’t prepared for the interview. It happened before I got my thoughts together. But I think it was important to her when I mentioned that I graduated from North Charleston High School. a real local guy.
    As for me? I didn’t do nothing. I had four guys and a woman working for me.
    But we did produce the maps that NASA used. And USC has them now.
    I don’t know if the picture is in the link, but I mailed Lynn Schenk and told him that his picture might be posted in an article.
    I may send him a copy if it’s what I think it is.

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  3. Wesley is still working on his dissertation to get his PhD and should be finished in the next year. He has completed all course work so he is well beyond having a Master’s but does not have the formal documentation of a Master’s degree so that is what has caused him to not get to teach as he has been doing. But he will pick up other useful skills and networking contacts in these three other areas of work so it is all good. Teaching would have paid more though, but maybe in the long run these work positions may give him an edge for certain types of employment since college level teaching positions for English majors are scarce. Keeping a positive attitude and praising God for His many varied ways of provision.

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  4. Lovely articles, Chas, and I learned things I didn’t know. What was your degree in that you could map like that?

    Great picture, too!

    I’ve sent the articles over to my engineer and my Stargazer!

    Thanks to Linda and AJ, too!

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  5. Good job, Chas. You added to a very exciting time in my life. I was enthralled by the whole space mission thing, especially the moon landings.

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  6. So glad to have these articles to read!

    Speaking of Burt Lancaster, just yesterday I watched (not for the first time) From Here to Eternity with him, Deborah Kerr, and a bunch of other big names. Couldn’t help but think of Chas. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. The moon landing happened on my dad’s 35th birthday. What a cool present from NASA!

    Obviously, then, today would have been his 85th birthday. He would have enjoyed reading those articles.

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  8. Let us know when the local TV news crews also call and come by, that usually happens when these articles run; TV is always looking for something timely and local.

    I put in another hard night with this “thing” I have, coughing and now head congestion as well. I was up in the middle of the night again, but got back to sleep and slept late. I won’t be doing much today.

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  9. Maybe we need to have some Moon Pies to celebrate. When I was young my parents put banana flavored moon pies in my brown bag lunches. They look much more like the moon than the chocolate flavored ones. I have a cute t-shirt from the Moon Pie store in Chattanooga. That is where the business started.

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  10. I have been outside trying to dig up smilax vines. They are horrible thorny vines with leaves resembling philodendron. I never dug deep enough to get the big part of the root. Art’s father would dig out those crazy roots, and he and Art would paint them up to make some crazy looking monsters (some had faces similar to Sesame Street characters). When we married, Art brought along his collection of root creatures. Endearing to say the least.โ™ก

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  11. Those vine roots are awful and deep. The vines are often pretty, but they also can be so damaging to houses and fences. I know of which I speak. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The wild honeysuckle that grew around here wound up doing damage to my wood windows (now fixed) and (I realize now) blocked the nice cool breezes I’m enjoying through those open windows now.

    Chas’ story and link now shared on FB and Twitter. We’ll push that story to the top-read in the paper by the end of the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. The story also is featured on the front page of the online edition, toward the bottom. And now I’ve probably used up all my free article views for the PC.

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  13. Chas, would you be willing to email with my niece, Teagan? She’s about to embark on her Masters in Astrobiology (whatever that is) this fall. She saw the articles I posted about you and asked if she could talk to you as she loves astronomy and space exploration. She’s the one with extremely high functioning autism. Thank you for considering this.

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  14. Kare @ 1:57
    I am willing to help wherever I can.
    Most of what I know has been outdated by decades.

    Thanks for the compliments everyone. I am really just an ugly old man. Regarding age. I turn 89 next month. And I’m beginning to feel it.

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  15. Chas, I mentioned the articles to 1st Arrow, who is visiting for the weekend, and he was totally in awe of your work.

    Speaking of 1st Arrow, I asked him if he’d heard the nickname his dad has given grandbaby (Potato), and he laughed and said, “Spud!” NancyJill and Janice, I thought of our conversation the other day about spuds, sweet potatoes, great minds thinking alike, etc…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  16. Another storm blew through here a couple of hours ago, and now all the watches and warnings are done with, including the flash flood watch that was originally set to expire at 7 tonight. That’s good, as we don’t need any more rain. We got water in our basement Thursday night into Friday morning from all the rain we got that night, and still have fans running downstairs, trying to dry everything out.

    I mentioned I had quartet practice at church Thursday night. There was a lot of rain and wind on our way home around 9:00 pm that night. When I returned to church Friday morning for 8:30 Bible study, there was a huge tree on the church property that had lost two massive branches. One of them fell on some sort of shed or garage on the property, and smaller branches had blown into the parking lot.

    The weather has been quite wild around here lately. Today is much cooler, though; down to 69 at the moment. Yesterday it got up to 97. The air was so humid that by the time I had walked down to the mailbox yesterday — about 30 paces from the house — my fingertips were wet.

    My glasses kept fogging up, going from air conditioning to the outside, or from the outside (earlier in the day) to the car sitting in the church parking lot only an hour after I’d gotten there.

    Nothing like cold ice cream on hot days like these. But I’m pretty sure that’s what clogged me up, as I woke up with congestion today. Ice cream has a way of doing that to me if I eat it more than a couple of consecutive days.

    Oh, well. I’m feeling somewhat better now than this morning, and am getting laundry and other stuff done — practicing my viola music for tomorrow, and sitting down at the piano to play, among doing other things.

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  17. The discussion here about Chas’s mapping the moon has put a song in my head — Moon River. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I was delighted to discover that I’ve got an arrangement of that in my piano library — for piano duet.

    Here’s the original, sung by Audrey Hepburn:

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  18. Love that song, 6. I remember hearing a neighbor playing that while a friend and I played in my backyard one day, way back when. I liked it even as a kid. And what a young beauty Audrey Hepburn was. She was always one of my favorites.

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  19. Home again, home again. Jiggity jig.
    The concert was amazing. I wasnโ€™t the youngest there and I most certainly wasnโ€™t the oldest. One old guy got mad at me because I spilled his beer. In all fairness he shouldnโ€™t have left it on the ground when he stood to let me out.
    Mick Jagger? Heโ€™s got some moves and a whole lot of energy. Also, no 75 year old should have those abs.

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  20. It is pretty amazing that Jagger is still going so strong, gotta give him that. They did a show at the Forum in 1972 to raise funds for the Nicaraguan earthquake victims (his wife at that time was Nicaraguan) and a friend and I went. They really did put on quite the show.

    “Breakfast and Tiffany’s” and “Charade” — two very good Audrey Hepburn movies

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  21. ‘Roman Holiday’ is a pretty decent Audrey Hepburn film. It was her first and co-star Gregory Peck insisted she be given equal billing in the credits with him because he recognized the calibre of her work. He was correct, she won the Oscar for best actress that year.
    The Audrey Hepburn film that I found most interesting is one of her lesser known, ‘The Nun’s Story’, as it dealt with two of my greatest interests, nursing and missions.

    The most terrifying film I ever watched was Audrey Hepburn in ‘Wait until Dark’.

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  22. It has been the fourth hot and humid day in a row. Ready for the weather to break.

    Chas, I shared your article on FB. Of all the interesting jobs, being a moon cartographer is high on the list – they should have had you on ‘What’s my line’ back in the day ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. Audrey Hepburn’s eyes are stunning. Maybe Kim Carnes’ biggest hit should have been called “Audrey Hepburn Eyes” instead of “Bette Davis Eyes.” ๐Ÿ™‚

    Although I guess I don’t know what Bette Davis’ eyes looked like — maybe they were just as beautiful. I really haven’t watched many older films at all.

    The only one from before my time that I can remember watching was Psycho. Why I chose that one, I have no idea.

    Oh, I did see The Wizard of Oz. Does that count? It used to be on TV every year when I was a kid. Watching it each time was a tradition in the family.


  24. 6, Bette Davis is the woman making saccharine comments throughout this clip from the film ‘All About Eve’ (incidentally, the young woman, ‘Miss Caswell’, who arrives with George Saunders ‘Addison de Wit’ – identifiable by his deep and sardonic British accent – is an early screen appearance of Marilyn Monroe):

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  25. Thank you, Chas. Teagan’s email is bird.lover 4 ever @ hotmail.com No spaces. I don’t know that she needs any help, but she would love ‘chatting’ with you.


  26. Wait Until Dark was very suspenseful, I remember seeing it the theater with a girlfriend when we were teens.

    And The Nun’s Story — I remember that one well, too. Sister Luke, her beautiful long hair shorn (but she was still beautiful). I read the book after seeing the movie.

    And All About Eve, another favorite from the old movies on TV as I was growing up.

    I also remember when they showed Wizard of Oz every year, around Easter time usually I believe?

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  27. When I told my vet this week that Cowboy seemed to be losing his hearing, I said, “He can hear me whistle for him but he can’t hear my voice” — my vet replies, “My wife says that about me.”

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  28. Aw Audrey Hepburn…such class, sophistication and charm. We absolutely loved her in My Fair Lady ๐Ÿ˜Š
    We had a doozie of a storm come through here and our power was out for about two and half hours. Uncertain if the cause was a lightening strike or one of the dozens of auto accidents reported out on the roads up here!
    Why is it when we have no power I really really want a hot cup of coffee? I contemplated getting in the car and driving to a coffee shoppe in the Springs but the car was in the garage and we would have had to disengage the opener to open the door and it just didnโ€™t seem worth it. I have now had my cup of coffee….power has been back on for fifteen minutes! โ˜•๏ธ

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  29. Watching First Man โ€” whoโ€™s seen it? Chas, did you ever go to any of the launches? How closely did you follow the flights when they were in progress?

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  30. Son made it through check in. So that is done. Room is emptied. Still wondering what the brown liquid stuff on the wall is. And the rather rude phallic symbol with my name on it is still there. Working on removing that stuff.

    He says he was upside down hanging from his seatbelt last night. But the other guy’s dad came and got the jeep. A farmer pulled it upright and they got it on the trailer. No deputies involved. The car is only minimally insured so a wash. He seemed fine, though in tears most of the ride over his girl friend. Sounds like he is fifty fifty whether he will stay or run to get back to her.

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  31. I haven’t had computer access all day. I posted “first” and then read the second article, and tried to log on again to say that I enjoyed it, but my computer crashed and I went to bed. Today it wouldn’t boot up, and my husband spent the whole day getting it back to working order. I’ve told him more than once that a freelance editor really needs an in-house IT guy!

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  32. Weโ€™re watching First Man, too. Saw it in the theater last year and were really impressed. The noise!

    This is not from the movie, but pertinent:

    Best #Apollo11 quote came from Michael Collins after he โ€œdropped offโ€ the Eagle for its descent to the moon. He orbited the moon 30 times, out of radio reach while on the back side.

    โ€œNo man since Adam has known such solitude.โ€

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  33. Just finished a book on Audrey Hepburn. It was during the Nazi years and her early career. Quite interesting. I like Moon River, too. I think of Andy Williams doing it. Loved My Fair Lady, too. I remember going to the theater as a teen and loving it. She did have lots of good movies.

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  34. My IT guy is home for the weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Bette Davis — so that’s what she looked like. Watching old movies will have to be on my bucket list. Maybe some day after I finish homeschooling.

    I got a lot of homeschool planning and record-keeping done today, home alone in a quiet house. (Except for when there was thunder, which wasn’t most of the time.) Felt good to get that accomplished.

    I learned this weekend that our neighbors’ son who just graduated from college has been signed by the Philadelphia Phillies. (Major League Baseball team.) We saw his dad throwing his son a lot of pitches out in their yard for many years. Now that boy is an MLB player!

    Another young man we knew — the son of a friend / former co-worker of my husband’s — had been a standout basketball player and football player in high school, then went on to play football in college. After college, he played for the San Diego Chargers NFL team, then the Cleveland Browns. I think that might have been it, or maybe he played for a third team after that. He’s retired now at the early age of 40-something, which isn’t young by NFL standards, I suppose.

    It’s hard for me to believe that now we know two people who made it to big-time sports! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  35. Does that above sound like I wasn’t doing homeschool planning and record-keeping while there was thunder? LOL — all of that was done with paper and pencil, and, no, the thunder didn’t stop me from doing that work. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Thunder kept the house from being totally quiet; it didn’t have me cowering under the table with the pencil and paper abandoned above me on the table’s surface, ha ha.

    Time for me to head to bed, it seems to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  36. I’ve never thought Bette Davis was beautiful–yet when you watch her movies, you keep hearing (in the script) about how beautiful she is. Frankly, I think her eyes are scary.

    The Nun’s Story–also had a significant effect on me, but I’m not sure it’s the right one.

    In the movie, she’s asked to throw an exam out of obedience to Mother Superior so that another nun can get a higher score/feel better about herself. I can’t remember which.

    Even as a young teenager watching the movie late at night, I wondered about that concept.

    I can, now, see slaying your pride but something always struck me as wrong there. I’ll look it up tomorrow, I talk about it in my memoir.

    But I think Audrey Hepburn is beautiful. I finally watched all of Breakfast at Tiffany’s a few months ago. I still don’t care for it..

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  37. I keep feeling worse with this virus, woke up at 4:30 this morning with a pounding headache I still can’t shake, even after taking 3 Excedrin Migraine tablets in the course of 90 minutes. I won’t take any more and it did help somewhat to take the edge off, but oh the aching head, all over, sides, top, back, and face. It hurts more when I lie down so I’m “up” but miserable. I’ve been also trying to use some steam to clear the sinuses, I’ll take a shower shortly but my hot water doesn’t last very long.

    Who gets a cold virus in July?


  38. I see that one of our reporters did a story on the Drag Queen Story Hours for children now being offered at our area libraries. Any comments on the post that are critical (yeah, some are stupid, unfortunately, but not all) are immediately attacked (with much shock and indignation) as “hate.” I really don’t know what more can be said on this topic at this point.


  39. I’ve seen all the Audrey Hepburn movies mentioned so far. One of my favorites, which I don’t think has been mentioned yet, is Sabrina with Humphrey Bogart and William Holden. Another one was Love in the Afternoon, with Gary Cooper.

    I love old movies. I think it’s funny when someone refers to a movie from the 80s or 90s (or even the 70s) as an old movie. To me, they are the ones from the silent era through the 50s, and now I guess I would consider the ones in the 60s to also be old movies.

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  40. That is a nice peaceful header photo for today.

    We had a great church service with a full chapel sanctuary. We are still going through the minor prophet books which are not preached on much so it’s been very interesting.

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  41. Donna, @ 9:21 yesterday

    I visited the space center at Cape Canaveral once, and we went out to see a launch, but it was scrubbed.
    I visited Duane Brown Associates, a contractor (Now DBA Systems) we dealt with a lot.
    It is (was?) in Melbourne, just south of the Space Center.
    As I said on the “Politics” thread. We didn’t think we were exceptional, we did try to get the best,and could because it was a GS-12 position.
    But, as I said, we were just doing a job. But I was upset when they had all those maps and stuff out for destruction. I rescued a lot of it. Some briefing material I already had because briefing dignitaries, et.al. was part of my job. If you see the picture of me and Lynn S., we are in front of a briefing board.

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  42. My parents and I couldn’t go to church because their car is not fixed and there is not room in the Seconds’ car for all of us. But I had a sermon series that I had listened to when I was in Nunavut, so we listened to the first one, and I was reminded of how encouraging it was. Then we sang a couple of hymns together. Our Scripture reading was the passage for the sermon. It was a good time of fellowship, as we talked a bit about the sermon afterward. I often talk to my mother about spiritual topics, but my father is seldom a part of those conversations, so it was nice to speak about things of God with him.

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  43. I got an email about a job application I had made for the northern nursing jobs. The email said that I did not have enough experience and to apply again when I had the experience. I think my unsuccessful interviews were due to the same factor – inexperience. The age old question: How is one to get job experience if one does not get a job?

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  44. Michelle, thinking back about ‘The Nun’s Story’, the elements that I related to are even more relevant to me now. I related to Gabriella/Sister Luke’s drive to become a nurse despite her enormous obstacle of becoming a nun to do so (I was also thankful that nursing is not restricted to nuns in this jurisdication) and also with the continual frustration of her hopes and dreams of ministering to the most needy, as she was constantly balked by her vows of obedience to an order that seemed determined to break her will, until finally, her conscience would no longer let her keep those vows of obedience. That I relate to more than ever. I do not have to be a nun to be a nurse, but the modern secular expectations are as much of a challenge to my will and conscience as the restrictive convent order was to Sister Luke.

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  45. I wish I had an answer to that, Roscuro (1:07). Such a catch-22.

    This morning was the monthly contemporary service. Lots of more contemporary hymns, and various instrument combinations accompanying the vocalists.

    Our string quartet played on one of the songs, but at the second service, the “quartet” was down to a duo. The first violinist and cellist are brother and sister, as I mentioned earlier this week, and their family was going out of town, leaving immediately after the first service. So for second service, the second violinist switched to first violin, and I stayed on viola.

    Because we were a smaller ensemble (a duo instead of a quartet) and the second service was being live-streamed, the violinist and I had a microphone pointed our way.

    So guess what happens? (Roscuro, you’ll be able to relate to this, even if it hasn’t happened to you.)

    The first violin part plays throughout most of the song, but the viola part is mainly in the middle. So she’s playing, the handful of singers are singing, and when it comes time for me to start my part, I lift my viola to my shoulder a few measures before my entrance, and I bump my too-loosely-affixed shoulder rest against my collar bone, and the shoulder rest falls to the floor!

    The floor is carpeted, so it didn’t make a noticeable sound when the thing fell, but I quickly leaned down to pick up the shoulder rest, trying to keep track in my mind how many more beats of rest I have before I have to play, and on the way down as I lean to retrieve it, viola in my left hand, bow in my right, I clunk the bow against the music stand, with the microphone only a few inches from the stand. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Somehow, I managed to get the naughty shoulder rest back on my instrument and raise the viola to my shoulder and chin in time to play, only to have the thing fall off again. !!!

    No time to try to pick it up again, I had to play my first round of notes without the shoulder rest at all, something I’ve had great difficulty with due to my very prominent collar bone.

    It was a miracle I could play without it, but I did.

    But when I had another long series of rests, I picked up the shoulder rest, carefully affixed it, and then played the rest of the piece with it on.

    Neither the violinist who sat to my right (the shoulder rest fell to the left side of me), nor the director or my daughter who was singing, even knew what had happened! So maybe the clunking around I was doing wasn’t as bad as I’m imagining.

    I’m sure the people sitting behind me (some late arrivers to the service, who sat in the overflow area behind where we musicians put our instrument cases) had to see the commotion. Probably an amusing sight. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    At least I didn’t tip my chair over or something! That would be about my speed. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  46. The astronauts took photo lessons as part of their preparation



    Neil Armstrong’s Buzz Aldrin photo is unparalleled in art

    Few would deny that Neil Armstrong’s shot of fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin is one of the most famous and compelling photos ever taken. What makes it so iconic? Of course, he had access to a place that only 11 other human beings have been, but there’s more to it than that. The photo itself is well composed, full of incredible details and charged with the energy of the occasion. How Armstrong got it is a story of not just luck, but preparation and a great eye. …

    … According to NASA,”over the several years prior to the Moon missions, scientific and photographic training was provided. The crews visited geologic sites in Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii… completely outfitted with sample bags, checklists, simulated backpacks… and Hasselblad EL cameras similar to those they would use on the Moon. The astronaut would point his body in order to aim the cameras. Films taken during the practice exercises were processed and returned to the crewmen who would study the results.”

    Armstrong clearly mastered the lessons. The photo conveys what Aldrin called the “magnificent desolation” of the surface, while capturing the wonder and gravitas of the occasion. It paints both astronauts as anonymous explorers, coming in peace to an unconquerable black and white world. In the place of Aldrin’s face, there’s a reflection of the spaceship and nearly everything the astronauts brought, as well as Armstrong himself — one of the few images in which he appears.

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  47. 6, I certainly know all about those shoulder rests! It has never happened to me for the simple reason that since stopping lessons, I have stopped using the shoulder rest. I was having a lot of shoulder impingement symptoms that were really bothering me. I began to connect it to the slight neck discomfort I had holding my violin (for non-musicians, the violin is completely held between your shoulder and chin, as the hand that is apparently supporting it actually has to move freely) with the thickness between the shoulder rest, the violin edge, and the chin rest. I do not have a long neck and there was just too much for me to hold under my chin. So, I ditched the shoulder rest and I have not had any problems since (then again, I do not play my violin as much).


  48. Dj that sounds like an awful virus! If it goes into bronchitis will they prescribe an antibiotic? I hate taking too many meds but if it causes it to โ€œbe goneโ€…I am all for it when the symptoms are so miserable….
    Church was very good…my โ€œfavoriteโ€ Pastor presented the teaching. I did take allergy meds before church thus causing zoned out moments. I did catch most of it as I took notes. I should go back over my notes and see just what I wrote down. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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  49. I think the virus is (slowly) moving out, my chest finally is loosening up so I’m coughing up all the gunk; sinus(?) headache is still with me but not has horrible as it was earlier. I’ve not wanted to go to urgent care unless it felt like this was getting ‘stuck’ somewhere in the process of moving out so I’ll see how I do the rest of today. I’ve lost my appetite for the most part but am having some oatmeal now and will plan to go back to bed after that.

    My “vacation” extends through tomorrow, Monday, so if I’m still not much better I can go to urgent care then. If it’s bronchitis I won’t feel much better; if it’s a cold virus, I should be starting to feel a little better tomorrow, I think.

    The only thing they can do for the cold virus is give you OTC cold medications and maybe some prescription cough syrup, but other than that, not much to do but wait it out.

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  50. Who gets a cold virus in summer, you ask? People who go to those cold LA dog parks, probably.

    Actually, I believe the problem has to do with the fact that since most Americans spend their days indoors, and very few buildings have fresh air circulating, that we are more susceptible to whatever viruses people bring in with them. Think of it. Most a/c systems are closed systems, meaning that the same air circulates through the building over and over again. The filters trap dust particles, but not viruses. We don’t notice it as much in big office buildings, but think of the stale air quality on airplanes.

    It’s just a theory I have, anyway.

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  51. It’s been a long time I have not been to the office. Since I have a new Kindle and wanted to set it up, I came in this afternoon with Art. Unfortunately, the WIFi password is not working. Also some plants that did not get watered properly are dead or dying. It’s the little things . . .
    We stopped along the way had had a meal at a favorite restaurant. Everything was really going swell until . . . no WIFI as I had hoped for. On Friday I got my brother to take us to Zaxby’s for lunch where I thought I would find WIFI. None there either. It is difficult for me to not have use of my Kindle with my vision compromised. I told Art to not worry with it. I will figure out another way. For now I will keep barely reading books on my phone screen.

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  52. School meetings all morning today and then a brief open house this afternoon for kids to see their classroom. Tomorrow is a holiday, so I should have the room to my self to finish up. I spent yesterday working on a very simple newsletter. I also hope to get that done.
    First day of the school year is Wednesday. Holidays are over ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  53. My mother always tells me her father hired young women for his office just to give them experience. He would have one for awhile and off they would go to a better position. We all have to start somewhere. Of course, this was before the time when lawsuits would be used against employers so often.


  54. Well there you go Dj…Peter just solved the mystery. Offices….bad stale air being recirculated and all that nasty air is being compressed in your new walk-in closet sized office. Itโ€™s bad for your health! And you have been getting these attacks since moving into that new space…document document document! ๐Ÿ“ฐ

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  55. That makes sense, except I’ve been working mostly from home. I have read that the viruses (there are 200 of them) “live” on surfaces so many people pick them up that way and at virtually any time of year — and it said most folks get 2-3 colds a year, so maybe I’m not so unusual. I feel like I’m getting too many of these, especially the severe ones that aren’t just a few days of light sniffles and sneezes. These viruses knock me out.

    Wash your hands continually, stay away from sick people, don’t bother with the zinc — that’s the basic advice on WebMD.

    Well, I found what remained of the Sudafed the urgent care prescribed for me last time (expires in December so it’s still good) and took one of those, that may help ease the headache which is just not going away (probably because it’s due to sinus pressure).

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  56. We had a hometown astronaut — Dr. Anna Fisher who was busy at NASA in the 1980s (Michelle’s mom may have taught her at the local junior high school?) .


    Hometown astronaut Anna Fisher to speak at San Pedro preschool opening


    The emergency physician-turned-astronaut became the first mother to go into space in November 1984 aboard the space shuttle Discovery, assisting in the rescue of two wayward satellites.

    At the time, she and her husband, William, also a NASA astronaut, had a 2-year-old daughter.

    A 1967 San Pedro High School graduate (her maiden name was Tingle), Fisher completed her one-year internship at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center near Torrance in 1977. …


  57. Janice- Get a SD memory card for your Kindle and the next time you have WiFi, download your books to the memory card. That way you can read anywhere without the need for WiFi. It also takes a lot longer for the battery to drain when it’s on airplane mode.

    If you don’t know what an SD card is, here is what Amazon recommends for Kindle Fire.

    Also, with the card you can ignore the constant low memory notices.


  58. DJ, July 21 at 10:00am, it sure is exciting! Especially (for me) with our neighbor. The other young man was one I didn’t know — I’d met his parents at a company Christmas party when his dad and my now-husband, then-boyfriend were still working together. Nice people, but I don’t think I ever met their kids, as we moved out of the area not long after that.

    But our neighbor’s son now, well, there’s just so much meaning in his being chosen for a pro team. To see that little neighbor boy (same age as our 3rd Arrow) growing through the years, playing ball out on their lawn with his dad, feels like more of a personal connection. We live here, we saw the bonding over sports, and now he’s playing sports that started with his dad’s involvement in his life.

    Heartwarming, really.

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  59. Roscuro, 2:46pm. I’m glad you mentioned that about ditching your shoulder rest. I was having some pain back in May when I was preparing to play viola in church that time. More back-of-the-neck pain, but it may have originated, or been interconnected in some way, with shoulder tension.

    Maybe my shoulder rest was causing some of that? Your post made me think about it from a different angle.

    Interestingly, during the time I was playing without the shoulder rest today, I had no pain in the collarbone, and no trouble balancing the instrument. Seems strange that I could finally seemingly find exactly the right spot to position the instrument in a pain-free manner against that collarbone of mine that sticks out from here to the Gulf of Mexico. ๐Ÿ˜› Especially on a day where I couldn’t easily get the shoulder rest positioned correctly when I’ve been doing that right for decades!


  60. Lest it appear like I’m racing myself to 100 while everyone else seems to be asleep, well, I’m quitting the run right here.

    Good night, wanderers. Tomorrow we’ll see if anyone takes it past 96, or whatever # this is.


  61. hmmm…. things seam to be pretty quiet here. I am home now. Joan asked if I could come switch routers for her. I told her that I can’t even find things in my classroom so would not know how to switch to a new router.


  62. Somehow there doesn’t seem to be a race going on. Six was racing herself and then she left it to me. What to do, what to do/????


  63. Missed it by *this* much …

    I’m unable to sleep at all with this full-face sinus pain, wheezing and other symptoms. Misery. I’m surrendering and will head off to urgent care as soon as they open at 8 a.m.


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