Kennedy Space Center – On The Road To Florida

Kennedy Space Center – On The Road To Florida

  Have you ever seen something that caught you by surprise but then realized that you actually did know about it but had just forgotten? Some might consider this a sign of age, but I prefer to think that I just need to have some more personal RAM installed… We arrived in Cocoa Beach on Saturday, found the RV park and got set up. Next was an excursion to Publix, my go-to place in Florida, to pick up a few things. The rest of the afternoon was partially spent lolling (I like that word) in the pool. The park was not at all crowded and we had the pool to ourselves. After nearly an hour, though, we could see approaching young children in the near distance and grabbed our shoes and towels and headed back to the RV. Not a fan of loud kids splashing everything...

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Tucson – Pima Air Museum Redux

Tucson – Pima Air Museum Redux

  For those of you who are readers of this site, you may remember when we visited the Pima Air and Space Museum on our last trip to Tucson a year ago. Yes, you know who you are. Ellen was having some leg issues then and I had to push her around in a loaner wheelchair outside. Because the ground wasn’t conducive to the narrow wheels, I couldn’t see nearly what I wanted of the many aircraft stationed around outside on part of the eighty acres of the facility. We did, however, get to look around at the displays inside the several large hangars there. So I was determined to revisit the museum and stroll the grounds and see some of the many aircraft I missed last time. Ellen’s leg is much better this year so it was a go. Actually, I wanted to...

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Tucson 2013 – Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

Tucson 2013 – Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

  The normally blue skies in Tucson, Arizona, had turned gray by the time we arrived at our first venue of the annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, a group of tents arranged in a gravelly vacant lot on Oracle Street near downtown. The sign declared everything to be of Moroccan origin and my first thought was, ‘How did they lug all this stuff here from Morocco?’ We are talking rocks, you know. It was later suggested that their wares stay in this country and travel to various shows in the southwest so it’s not like they have to shlep it back and forth from north Africa all the time. We next visited a hotel, the Hotel Tucson City Center, which was entirely taken over by vendors, both inside, and out around the pool. This was a much more...

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Still-Life Masterpieces at NC Museum of Art

Still-Life Masterpieces at NC Museum of Art

File this under the heading of things to do when out-of-town company visits in the Raleigh area. You know how you hate to just sit around the house or go shopping? This is an inexpensive (relatively) way to get out and burn a couple of hours and maybe tack on lunch, the way we did recently. The exhibition, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, features a bunch of artists I’ve never heard of plus a few that I have. In the interest of full disclosure, I was not an art major in college, although I did take an Art Appreciation class one quarter. That’s probably why I’ve heard of Georgia O’Keefe and so was interested in her painting titled Sunflower from Maggie, painted in 1937. I also am familiar with (well, I’ve heard of)...

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Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

  I’d been meaning to attend this exhibit since it was announced, and I finally got the chance when out-of-town visitors arrived for a week’s stay with us recently. It’s ironic how the need to entertain company can provide the impetus to finally do the things you’ve been meaning to do anyway. Or at least in my world it is. The museum web site describes the exhibition this way: “On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest ship of its time, sank after colliding with an iceberg, claiming more than 1,500 lives and shaking the world’s confidence in the infallibility of modern technology. One hundred years later, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, which showcases 200 artifacts retrieved from the wreck site of Titanic, arrives at the...

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