Skip to comments.A poem for all (I think that you have never got, A poem as lovely as this zot)
Posted on 09/24/2005 11:23:20 AM PDT by creeperdavis
I'll be ready! James is looking forward to getting out of earth's gravity ... he had an unfortunate encounter with the floor yesterday, and now he has a big purple lump on his forehead. I was at church with Tom, so I'm not sure how this happened; the other (ahem) adult family member was apparently not on the job.
James is well on his way to appreciating the concepts of friction and centrifugal force as it relates to going around corners quickly. I'm sure he'll be fine.
Eventually, we'll make a pilot of him.
I've noticed toddlers wearing foam head protectors, like boxers or hockey players, but we just live with the bruises. Tripped over his feet, as near as I could tell. Usually they do this a day or two before you have an appointment for pictures!
LOL. That wasn't quite what I meant.
That level of protection is usually reserved for those with special conditions, such as a problem with bleeding, or a failure of the plates of the skull to bind together properly. Most kids can expect to bump their heads a few times.
One gets a healthy appreciation for avoiding it at a very early age. What I find amusing is the reaction of adults in the area when a collision is imminent.
"Watch your head!" They say.
I never could figure out how a kid was supposed to do that.
You need to call "rent-a-hunk".
There must a lot of kids with bleeding problems or fragile skulls, then. I figured it was just to keep day-care providers from having to deal with 10 toddlers all bonking their noggins at the same time.
If I have to deal with one more irate buyer I am going to start playing "yankee doodle" on their heads.
Yes, It is true, we are not shipping your orders out of pure spite not because we are under orders from the federal government to prioritize other things. We love losing money.
Mine used to give themselves hair cuts. We had some pretty funny school pictures.
I'm off to run the morning errands, see y'all later.
People are looking for apartment space in New Orleans, so they can get on with rebuilding the city. Thousands of undamaged apartment units are standing empty.
The Governor has extended legal protection to people who were in the process of being evicted from their apartments. The landlords are having trouble evicting people who aren't even there!
And the really fun part is that through FEMA we are paying for these people to be put up else where.
I once wanted to go into the real estate business. Nothing big, just a few rental units. Now I have concluded that I would rather live in the woods and eat bark.
He was doing a "Flaming Moe" that went wrong.
Nice fire breath!! Looks like he went to DQ for a flamethrower burger.
Here in the Northern equatorial region of the Pacific, in the area called Micronesia, it is a typical early morning. The ocean is relatively calm as a phalanx of ocean-going barges maintain their vigil on a small strange-looking craft bobbing in the mild swells hundreds of miles from land.
Conical, and somewhat comical, in its overall configuration, the vessel looks somewhat like the splashdown capsules of the Moon landings of so many decades ago, but the scale has changed -- drastically.
Surrounding the basically squat cone shape are eight sleek looking shuttles. These are the new Gas-Cooled Nuclear Reactor/Rocket Engined craft that will usher in a new day of exploration by giving a level of thrust unprecedented in rocketry before.
It is not without its political cost. This expedition is not officially sanctioned by any government group, although surreptitious support has been arranged in some payload items and navigational and observational hardware.
Still, the explorers are on their own. Even if successful, there will be no publicity. Nuclear energy is too powerful, and still too controversial, to allow a shaky public to interfere with the necessary exploration and development of space.
A moment of tension arrives, and stretches intolerably, as the timing begins to coalesce.
Suddenly the silence is shattered as a fierce and brilliant eruption occurs from sixteen gigantic throats. The craft jumps upward momentarily, assisted by the buoyancy of the ocean, then it begins a slow, inexorable climb and acceleration upward into the dark sky. It is providing its own dawn. The stabbing torches of brilliant fire reach down to lick at, and boil, the surface of the ocean. No sushi in this area; everything is well-cooked.
The brilliant upward-streaking comet continues to rise, slowly arcing over toward the East, and its competitor, the Sun. But the Sun is not its goal. This ship is heading for the Moon.
Arriving at its orbital destination, the craft completes its throttling back of the enormous thrust, and for a time, there is a hesitancy, as the rocket motors cool, and the crew experiences free-fall. Waiting for the correct moment, they circle the planet of their birth, with their attention focused outward. A new attraction has sparked their interest.
Shortly, the rockets fire again, a sustained burn that takes them away from Earth -- toward the Moon!
Rapidly, the Earth shrinks beneath them. Ahead, there is no perceptible change in the distance to the moon, but they are on their way.
After a time, the rockets cease again, and the craft enters a coasting phase. A quarter of a million miles will take a while, even at these speeds. Aboard the excursionary craft, among other duties, it is time for a meal.
Just as "The Donald."
If I did go into real estate I would go either into condos for students or business.
Both of these groups are much easier to evict then your average family.
My internet issues continue... looks like it's the cable into the house itself rather than my equipment. Comcast thinks we have a "leak". Huh? How can a signal "leak"?
Algore, where are you? I need my internet fixed. I'm back in the kitchen on my old IBM Aptiva with a hard connection while my router just blinks at me. Grrr.
We're the only major city in the world that still has rent-controlled apartments, dating back to the 1950s.
In fact, Fernando Ferrer has actually advocated repealing the modest luxury decontrol measures that were passed in Albany during the late 1990s.
My family's getting hooked up to DSL sometime this coming December.
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