correctiveshoes621: (OHRob)
Happiest of Birthdays - - and thank you, thank you, thank you, Robert.

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correctiveshoes621: (*ache)
Awwww, my dear, dear friend.

Miss Sue P, with the beautiful freckly face (I can see you solemnly and precisely pointing out each scar and how it happened) and lively hazel eyes and that smile - that smile! - that just lit the whole room - Where do I even @#$%^ begin?

SO much love.

So forward-thinking; just a beautiful, wise and enlightened soul - I'm so fortunate to have met you. So tough, you'd been through SO much, and yet, you were so fragile. Such a tender heart. And yet...h i l a r i o u s; I remember when you told that new orient that you'd just gotten out of prison and she believed you! L O L + infinity. You were never just a resident. You were my friend. Damn, Girl.

From the deep, deep south and 92 years old..you literally screamed and clutched your pearls when you found out my mother was possibly voting for..That Thing...And Pox 'News' gave you nightmares..I will miss you so very much; I'm just @#$%^ absolutely gutted - and yet, happy for you. I will miss our talks - about God or the lack thereof; of becoming stars - I remember your eyes, round with the wonder of a child, as I made, 'tinklyfingers' when we talked about molecules rising...sparkling. I was privileged to be witness to this, your epiphany, and it came at such a perfect time - always like that with you. In synch, and both of us with a touch of 'the gift', lol..I remember your nightmare about a plane crashing..two? three? days before my trip...dun dun dun..and your stories about growing up and picking berries; I can hear the cicadas buzzing.

When you spoke, I always heard a little of my grandmother in your sweet twangy accent, and you knew that ♥

I know you and Miss Reenie are dancin' it up with those men in the trees..
correctiveshoes621: (Carl)
Ye Olde End-Of-The-Year Meme:

January: This is so weird to me; so unexpected.

February: Another hero sleeps. Godspeed, Edgar Mitchell.

March: OMG. I got a raise.

April: Ick. Shaky and fever-y.

May: I.

Got.

Tickets.

For.

K R A F T W E R K.


June: So, I'm back.

July: Really, really finding it hard not to freak out, here.

August: Called off.

September: K R A F T W E R K.

Perfect night, perfect venue, perfect company.


October: Nothing? For an entire month? Jeez. Shame on me.

November: Wow.

If this becomes real, if it really becomes true - what I've wanted my whole life, since I was six years old - - I MUST go for it.


December: LOL - while I was away, it seems my paid account has expired. So - severe lack of pertinent icons, omg.

England was even more wonderful than I imagined. I know, now, as I've always known, that my heart is there, and now - it is The Quest.




What a year for me! Both dreams and nightmares, coming true. Not mentioned, above - my first tattoo. For Frankie, of course - and I *swear* I made a post about the passing of John Glenn, but it's not showing up. Last of the Mercury Boys, and the end of an era.

Better days, a'comin' - have to be! Love you all ♥
correctiveshoes621: (Dream Ed)
O M G. I guess we're gonna do this thing. Leaving in a couple hours for the shuttle to Philly.

I'm 65% terrified and 35% excited. Won't lose that fear 'til I touch down in Frankfurt tomorrow morning, lol.

My luggage is full of surprises and boots and weighs an approximate shit-ton. My niece lent me a phone-that-is-only-a-camera, now, and THANK GOD I figured out how to put music on it, as the charger for my wee Ipod-thing literally broke yesterday.

I just talked to Anita on the phone and she sounds lovely. My brother (the hero in all of this, and I mean that sincerely) google-earthed her place and it's a wee adorable brick house with a neat-as-a-pin front garden. Thank God, again, that she has a peacoat that will fit me, so I don't have to try to stuff mine into the overhead bin, LOL.

Pete just started screaming at me, last night, when I tried to call him -- some emergency he was having...IE: his dvd skipped a pause or something..I balked and he heard it in my voice and launched into Lecture #1431: "You don't take anything I say seriously", and was screaming so loud, I just hung up. He fluctuates between pretending I'm not going and calling me with 'Plane disasters', and I just can't afford the negativity. I hate to leave things this way and may still try to call him to say goodbye - because I'm stupid, like that.

My daughter popped in - when I'd JUST left to go get water - - and left me a sweet note, with a feather and a rock from Hibernia Park, to take for good luck. ♥

DJ, of course, is Mr. Casual.

Still can't believe this is happening. Must be brave.

Love, PPLs. Love.
correctiveshoes621: (Jeux)
Happy Thanksgiving to all those that celebrate <3

All that remains is the return trip to Philly, tomorrow, to pick up my passport, then, some last minute laundry/packing. Then, I fly out on Sunday, the 27th..Touch down in Frankfurt, Germany for a few hours..then, on to Birmingham, which is huge.

My daughter. Made me look up schedules online, and *gave me a hundred dollars cash* to take the train to Solsbury Hill. I get a bus to Batheaston, from Bath, blah blah blah..

Yes, I cried.

If we time it right, I will be there at sunset..Twilight, the Magic Time *goosebumps*..when we saw that, we just looked at each other and I knew that she knew.

Christmas gift, indeed. LIFE gift.

You should see the hotel that Anita has booked for us in Manchester. Pretty lah-dee-dah. The Cure will be playing on the 28th, right across the street...and WHOO-HOO! I'M TAKING THE CUREJACKET ™ FOR HER TO WEAR AT THE SHOW.

I can't freakin' wait.
correctiveshoes621: (SiameseTwins)
Wow.

If this becomes real, if it really becomes true - what I've wanted my whole life, since I was six years old - - I MUST go for it. There seems to be so little left for me, here, but a long slow slog unto death.

As my dearest friend said, "I can't think of a better happy ending for you."
correctiveshoes621: (drink up dreamers)
Watching Elon Musk's Big Mars Talk, and it's absolutely thrilling. He's talking reusable/refueling boosters (used up to 1,000 times) and carbon fibre ships - - all, liEk, within ten years or so. With a capacity for a crew of 100 - how, 'Enterprise' - - and reducing costs to under $100,000 per person, with a travel time of 80 days and possibly less. I need to win the lottery :)

I teared up when he casually dropped the fact that he's leased Pad 39A from NASA for the Big Mars Launch - - http://www.jonbrack360.com/launchpad_39a/ - - it just seems so @#$%^ fitting. PAD 39A. That's the sacred ground that Apollo 11 (and many others) slipped the surly bonds from.

What a time to be alive. I hope I live to see it; so sad that Carl Sagan is not. Dang.
correctiveshoes621: (DirtyBoyKirk)
Star Trek and Peanut Chews - Can I get an, 'Amen' up in here?

*clinging to sanity
correctiveshoes621: (Default)
So, I got my first tattoo, I love it, and it's perfect :D

I went by myself, and the people were so nice...To clarify, the two artists I had contact with were really nice and kinda *cute*, and that definitely helped. It literally did not hurt *at all*. I asked my artist, Herbie, if..it was working, as I felt almost nothing -- and took all of a half-hour to do, while I lay back and listened to music. The one guy hugged me when it was done, 'Congratulations' - LOL. And that was that.

http://www.tricountytattoo.com/artists2.php

I knew everything would be okay when I pulled into the parking lot of the shop. The slushie place down the row from it was happily playing -

- wait for it -

Autobahn, by Kraftwerk - over their outside speakers. I swear, on Neil Armstrong's footprint.

WTF are the odds.

If that wasn't a, 'thumbs-up' from Frankie, I don't know what else could have been ♥
correctiveshoes621: (Radioland)
K R A F T W E R K.

Perfect night, perfect venue, perfect company.

I could barely take the bliss, was almost in tears. I *love* their opening and couldn't believe that I was actually *there*, witnessing it live - the vocorder welcomed us, and the hairs literally stood up on my arms. The music was just melting and shimmering, all around us. Such absolute joy. I'm still so high on it, I can't really speak, yet. I want to remember it so -
Read more... )

Just because it's such aching perfection ♥:

correctiveshoes621: (lonely)
A little late to post, but - my annual watching of this gem, in honor of the 47th anniversary of the Lunar Landing....AKA MY SUPERBOWL ♥

correctiveshoes621: (Dubber)
OHHHHHhhhh..I got meine Liebe, back. Complete with new clutch, seal and linkage-y bits. IT DRIVES LIKE A WHOLE NEW CAR. UNBELIEVABLE. It can't WAIT to pull out, and this new clutch..it's like learning to drive all over, again. It LEAPS out - and there were a couple sort of 'burning rubber' incidents, on the way home. Heh. This area is a foothold of loyal, mostly insane Dubbers - and now? When they rev their engines next to me at a stoplight? Mama can give 'em a little lesson. ;)

So much love.

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While talking to Adam - a good egg, and the grandson of the nicest man, ever - at http://www.hausersauto.com/index.html - we talked about the Aigner edition Cabriolet that they'd had for sale, a couple years ago. It was a thing of exquisite beauty - being of the Midnight Blue variety - and my son and I literally piled in the car at one am. to go drool over it, when he first told me about it. It was almost My Dream Car ™ - but sadly, it was an automatic...Even MORE sadly, Adam told me that the car had been sold to a kid that utterly destroyed it.

A true crime..a true tragedy.

He said the kid was now trying to sell it BACK to them, and when my eyes lit up, he assured me that it was NOT worth it, as it would take way too much work to get it on the road. :(

Rest in peace, beautiful:

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correctiveshoes621: (Roberty)
Totally agree with this child's meme; brings to mind a quote from Carl Sagan, that I've always found just so, ♥

“In the vastness of space and the immensity of time, it is my joy to share a planet and an epoch with Annie."

[Dedication to Sagan's wife, Ann Druyan, in Cosmos]

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Got my car into the shop tonight - crossing my fingers. Always.
correctiveshoes621: (Ultraman)
This is *so* funny.

You all know how I have to wait 'til payday to get my car fixed...and am having to beg rides to work and back and everywhere inbetween....WELL. My friend and coworker, Marlene, drove me this morning, and as she was dropping me off said, "Enjoy your time off!" - and I'm liEk, "What time off? One day.." To which she answered, "No - you have vacation, this week."

Now, I never, ever look at our schedules when they come out, as my schedule never, ever changes.

Apparently, I took off this week, until Thursday *BACK IN DECEMBER*, 'in case' I could afford Cure tickets....AND FORGOT.

LOL.

Couldn't have come at a better time! Hilarious!
correctiveshoes621: (Bill)
OMG, you guys. Last night - it was a BIG SECRET, but I can tell you all now - my son did his very first stand-up comedy set at the open mic night, here:

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g53518-d1494702-r129432159-Reading_Comedy_Outlet-Reading_Pennsylvania.html

Annnnnnd he KILLED it! He said one guy almost literally fell out of his chair, and that they didn't believe that it was his first time. He's a natural, and I've always known it, but it's good that others know it, too, now. I was *finally* allowed to tell the fam, and my mother was actually supportive - remembering the school show where he played Santa and stole the show ♥ It was HILARIOUS. I am 100% supportive - do it NOW, when he has a safety net, here at home - he's been writing in a billion wee notebooks, compiling for ages, and knows that he has to pay his dues..and handle the eventual hecklers, etc, but I am so thrilled for him and proud. What cajones. Now that he has had a taste, he can't wait to go back next week.

So you all read it here, first :)
correctiveshoes621: (Default)
OMGah. Now, I *know* I gotta learn this stuff! According to Wikipedia:

SpaceX uses multiple redundant flight computers in a fault-tolerant design in the Falcon 9 rocket. Each Merlin engine is controlled by three voting computers, with two physical processors per computer that constantly check each other's operation. Linux is not inherently fault-tolerant (no operating system is, as it is a function of the whole system including the hardware), but the flight computer software makes it so for its purpose.[119] For flexibility, commercial off-the-shelf parts and system-wide "radiation-tolerant" design are used instead of radiation hardened parts.

AND:

In addition, Windows was used as an operating system on non-mission critical systems—​​laptops used on board the space station, for example—​​but it has been replaced with Linux; the first Linux-powered humanoid robot is also undergoing in-flight testing.[120]

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has used Linux for a number of years "to help with projects relating to the construction of unmanned space flight and deep space exploration"; NASA uses Linux in robotics in the Mars rover, and Ubuntu Linux to "save data from satellites".


The nerd in me sings :)

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