Archive for March, 2006


Friday, March 31st, 2006

Here are Reader Number One and an younger scout working on dinner at a recent campout. It may look like they were in the wild, but we were actually in the church parking lot. Close to home though we may have been, I think we had fun.

Well, it’s official – I have the whole weekend off. Unless somebody calls and they need me, of course. Whatever will I do? How will I spend the precious time other than listening to general conference? It still remains to be seen. Reader Number One is suggesting the swamp boat ride with large alligator viewing as a major goal. I have to admit that sounds attractive. Maybe it will happen. One thing is for certain, though – I need to take some good pictures. I don’t have my full photo collection here in Florida, and the pickings are getting pretty slim.

I also need to look into the Brevard County Manatees schedule. I need to see a ball game or two while I’m here.

We’re worried that we might have to work every future weekend day during this campaign except for Easter Sunday. That would be a shame, but if it keeps our launch on schedule, we’ll do it gladly. Time will tell.

Had dinner tonight at the Tokyo Japanese restaurant. It’s a Benihana clone. The food was good and plentiful. I tried the sushi. It’s definitely good, but not as good as at Thai Thai, which is the current reigning champion of Cocoa Beach.

I finished my bottle of pina colada V8 Splash Smoothie and opened the strawberry-banana one. Yum! The only thing better would be if I had someone to share it with. However, all the Valued Readers I know of hate the stuff. So I guess it’s just as well that I have it all to myself. And that the company paid for it.

See you on Monday, with a full report of the as-yet-unknown weekend activities. Remember to spring ahead!

Statue guy

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

I don’t think I’ve shown this one here before. It’s a statue guy on a pharmacy in Trier.

Check out the updates to the book club. I just finished Right Ho, Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse. What a hilarious book! I had read it before, of course, but the plot is so clever and amusing that I’m surprised and delighted every time. It’s a definite Must Read.

I’m now working on Psmith in the City, also by Wodehouse. I haven’t read any of his Psmith (pronounced Smith – the P is silent, as in psychology) books before, but I’ve heard say they’re his funniest. If so, I’m really going to enjoy this.

I dumped some of the other books from the list. They were library books that needed to be returned before my current trip is over, so I left them home and Shannon kindly returned them for me. Besides, I just couldn’t bring myself to read some of them, and that’s a sure sign that I should return them. I may be a half-wit, but it would take a quarter-wit to not figure that out eventually

It looks like I’ll have the weekend off – the spacecraft is doing great, so there’s not much to do until the launch vehicle people are ready for us on Monday (we hope). I haven’t decided what to do on Saturday yet. There’s always Disney (link warning – happy, peppy Disney music), which is much better if you have a friend to go with you. However, I’ve gone there alone in the past and still enjoyed it. I might be able to get some new photographic fodder for the blog there. I could also go on a swamp tour, which I’ve never done before. There’s also the possibility of lounging around the condo, walking on the beach, and generally being idle. That sounds pretty decent too. Of course, it’s general conference this weekend, so I also want to catch some of all of it.

Time for bed. Nighty-night.

Cocoa night v.2

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Here’s another version of the Cocoa Beach at Night picture from the other day. I think I like this one better.

No Tuesday post. My laptop didn’t show up until today, so it was impossible, of course. I’m glad to finally have it back and gratified to report that it’s working perfectly and it only took me one day to catch up on all the things I should have been doing yesterday and Monday. Hooray.

Things here in Florida are going quite well – at least on our side of the fence. The launch vehicle people aren’t having quite as much luck as we are, but I’m pretty confident they’ll overcome their issues and stay on track.

I worked a short day yesterday. I had no computer and found myself really unable to accomplish much of anything, so I took the afternoon off. With the computer here today, I spent a lot of hours to catch back up, so it’s all evening out. One of my colleagues mentioned today that we are basically unable to communicate these days without a computer. I think he’s onto something there. I made a few phone calls yesterday but really couldn’t do much of anything. How pathetic! All we ever really do with all that computing power is send mail to each other.

Went directly from work to the new Thai/Japanese restaurant. Roy and I had tried eating there yesterday and the day before, but it was too crowded to get a table immediately and we were unwilling to wait. They have a very small dining room, so it doesn’t take a huge crowd to fill the place up. Anyway, we didn’t get there until about 8:00 this evening, so we pretty much got right in. The food was great, especially the sushi, which was probably the best I’ve had around here.

I haven’t been home all that long, but it’s already 10:30, so it’s time for bed. I think it will be another long day tomorrow, but it looks like we might have the weekend off! I have to start thinking of things to do.

See you tomorrow.

Pink house

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

As suggested by today’s title, here’s a pink house. It was one of those historic buildings we saw in Staunton over last year’s Christmas holiday.

Welcome to a Very Special Sunday Edition of morrowlife. Short post tonight. As previously advertised, I’m leaving for Florida tomorrow morning. Sadly, I didn’t exactly manage to get my laptop home from San Francisco on Friday, so there will be no post tomorrow. I’m hoping to have it overnighted to me sometime on Monday, with the happy possibility of a Tuesday post (and every weekday thereafter).

The San Francisco trip went well, as far as I could tell. My meeting lasted almost exactly one hour (for a trip that took just about 48 hours to complete!) and I felt good about it afterwards. We’ll see what comes of it.

I don’t want to go to Florida tomorrow and be away from home for such a long time. However, it feels much better to be going only a couple hours’ flight away from home as opposed to the two (very long) day trip it takes to get home from Baikonur. Not that I expect an emergency, but it’s just nice knowing I’m not too far away.

Time for bed already. Look for more on Tuesday!


Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Those are a lot of wheels on that Antonov. And a lot of bald tires too.

No post yesterday – my apologies to my devoted Readers. I just got busy and forgot about it. How pathetic is that?

Greetings from Sunnyvale, California. I’m just here overnight. The weather is nice and I have another convertible again, so I can’t complain. I flew first class, so I really can’t complain. The flight back home will probably be in coach, though, and it’s a red-eye, so I’ll complain on Saturday morning. Trust me.

Probably no post tomorrow – I’ll be traveling home without an internet connection, so there won’t be an opportunity. Sounds like another occasion for a Very Special Saturday Post. Watch for it.