Friday, May 23, 2008

Lest we forget...

We have memorial day for a reason:

This shot is from Arlington National Cemetery. It was originally the estate of Robert E. Lee, Col. USA. After Col. Lee became General Robert E. Lee, CSA things changed. First his estate was seized by the United States Government. Second, Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs felt that there would be some poetic justice in burying the Union dead coming from the battlefields of Virginia at the hands of Gen. Lee and his Army at the former estate of said general.

After the war the southern states created a day to remember their dead, Confederate Memorial Day. Former Union General John Logan, now head of the Grand Army of the Republic (the Civil War version of the American Legion), decided that the Union should have a day to remember their dead. (I can see Logan's thoughts, "I mean hey, WE won! What is it with the losers having a holiday for their fallen and we don't? Dudes! Why didn't we think of this!") So Logan and the GAR campaigned and eventually got Memorial Day to be a National Holiday.

For my day off I thank you General Logan.

For my freedom I thank the soldiers under your command and their comrades and successors.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Moving on up...

I have left the wide open subdivisions of Frederick County and the family ancestral estate for suburban Baltimore. Only a few minutes from work and more space for me and my books.


OW! I am sore.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Last dispatch from Huntsville...

Well, this is our last night in Huntsville. We fly out at 3pm tomorrow and hopefully will miss the line of storms that is supposedly coming our way.

This has been a great trip, we've met some great folks at the center here and it's nice to put names to faces. I've also had a chance to check out some historic buildings and walk in the steps of Werner Von Braun.

Also we've enjoyed some great food. Here's our dining locations for this trip:

Day 1: Dreamland BBQ. A chain restaurant but very good BBQ.

Day 2: Rosie's Cantina. Great Mexican food.

Day 3: The Greenbrier. A local place west of Huntsville. Worth the 12 mile drive for the hand breaded catfish and the hush puppies.

So that's it. Hopefully it will all be ok tomorrow.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Greetings from...

Space Shuttle Main Engine Test Firing at MSFC (NASA Photo)

Huntsville, Alabama

This week I'm doing a visit at the Marshall Space Flight Center here. Three days of presentations and visiting, this is actually one of the most ambitious site visits I've done.

The flight down was uneventful, but we had an hour delay in Atlanta. However we found a great BBQ place here in Huntsville.