Full moon pizzeria in Little Italy, Bronx

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Full moon pizzeria in Little Italy, Bronx

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Union Rat

Jun 2, 2008 by

Union Rat
It was explained to me that this rat is looking onto a construction
site in the Bronx. Those who crossed the line are "rats!"

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The Paramount in NYC is pretty cool

Jun 1, 2008 by

Wow, this was a low-cost hotel not far from Times Square and it's really pretty cool.  The room is small as advertised, but serves as a great encourager to not stay in it.  The cab ride over from LaGuardia wasn't bad, about $30.  The hotel is clean, and almost reminds me of the W line.  The elevators have a very dim, soft purple light–I was trying to hold the elevator for an English couple and could not find the Open Doors button.   The lobby is way cool, SM Radio playing loudly and you feel like you've stepped into some groovy place.  Well, you have.  Or I did. 

Dinner is in a couple hours.  I'm going to see about getting in a few winks.  I got up at 5 hoping to catch an up grade, but since AA canceled the 10:30 a.m. flight today last night about 10:30 p.m., all those fokes were trying and many did, get on our flight, which was supposed to have boarded at 830 and didn't until 10:30 a.m.  So, instead of it being a quick run up here, it has been a long day.  I left home at 6 a.m. hoping to get some rest and didn't get here until 3:30.  That makes for a long day and leads me to wonder what the return flight is going to  be like, as LaGuardia isn't known for being an easy airport to get in and out of.  Sta tuned.  Reviews of The Palm West are coming later tonight.

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Tropical Storm Arthur Christens New Hurricane Season

May 31, 2008 by

Well, it took what,  the first day of the season to have our first storm.  While Tropical Storm Arthur,was already over land and is expected to weaken, you have to wonder if we're not in for a LONG hurricane season if we're into one day and already having a storm.  Perhaps this is a foreboding for a bad hurricane season as predicted prebviously. 

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Minot Bringing Back Memories of ORI at KI Sawyer

May 31, 2008 by

The problems at Minot AFB in North Dakota seem to be continuing. 

That's really amazing to me given the seriousness we used to endure when the ORI showed up at KI Sawyer AFB when I was kid in Michigan.  When ORI (Operation Readiness Inspection) showed up, it was all business. All business.

Now comes news from CNN that the same bomb wing that accidentally allowed B-52s from Offit to fly to Barksdale failed a recent inspection–one I'm assuming is the modern day version of an ORI.

Obviously, we're not sure of all the dtails, but rest assured, there are no doubt some people in a lot of trouble.

   

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Staggering Numbers from China

May 27, 2008 by

My heart continues to hurt for the parents and kids of China who have had their lives devastated by the recent earthquake and now the potential flooding from the lakes formed by rivers being dammed up from the quake.  I saw on the AP today that about 5 million people have been displaced because of these horrific, Biblical-proportioned  catastrophes and that's not also adding in the millions who were also affected by the recent cyclones. They now say 60,000 have died and at least another 20,000 are still missing.

We just don't realize how sheltered we are from so many of these amazing disasters living here in America.  And to think at this moment how many children have lost their parents and don't know where they are and likely never will.   Think of just as painful a fear of having children lost and not knowing whether they are alive or dead, lost or found. 

There is a world of hurt out there and I wish there was something I could do here to help them there.  What can a father of seven children in America do to help.  I beg you to tell me.  Prayers obviously have been offered.  And with the governments involved, it's hard to be sure that funds would actually get to where they were needed.  And with so much devistation, how do you even begin to determine what is needed and in what order? 

God, please be with the hurting people of China and the West who are suffering tonight.  And knowing what these fokes are enduring leaves me thinking the troubles I bear are nothing in comparison.  Nothing at all.

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Phoenix Lander Landed

May 26, 2008 by

Wow.  It made it.  NASA has a success once again.  And in big measure.   A new lander on Mars. Phoenix.   What a fantastic human achievement.  It's the irony of all Hollywood ironies.  How many times in the movies have we seen a Martian spacecraft landing here on Earth to see who we are, and in this case, we're doing just the opposite.  Will we find life on Mars?  The bazillion dollar question, but we're knocking on the door. 

The pictures so far look breathtaking.  Sure, some are black and white only.  And yes, they're mostly of rocks, but think of the accomplishment.  Think of the potentials for tomorrow.  Think of the possibilities of us seeing one of our children taking the first steps there before the end of our days.  And then there is beyond Mars. 

Sure, one step at a time.  Another giant step.  A soft landing on another planet 422 million miles of travel away.  Does science get more fascinating and exciting than that?  I'm sure it does, but for the moment of the day, when there was the potential to crash a multi-million dollar craft into the red dirt of Mars, our scientists made our dreams come true.  Wake up America.  We can go to Mars some day.  Don't you want to get there a day sooner than tomorrow?  What a fantastic journey that shall be, too. 

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