Friday, July 31, 2015

Blue Moon and His Buddy "The Orb"

Picture of the Day for 7/31/2015. Tonight was a blue moon- meaning the 2nd full moon in a month. It doesn't happen very often, hence, the phrase "once in a blue moon." There was an orb that kept showing up in all my pictures of the moon. I suspect it was just a reflection off a light source, but it sure seemed to keep shifting around.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wedding Shower

Picture of the Day 7/30/2015. I attended a wedding shower tonight and the most popular guest was the bride-to-be's young nephew. He was the lone male among about twenty women and he was eating up the attention.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Where Are the Children?

Picture of the Day for 7/29/2015. It's the middle of summer vacation and I rarely see kids playing in the street. I work from home and keep my living room window curtains open so I'm making this observation based on quality time staring out the window while I'm on conference calls. So different from when I was a kid and we were all roaming the neighborhood on our bikes.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sons of Anarchy

Picture of the Day for 7/28/2015. My latest Netflix obsession is the television show Sons of Anarchy. It's not for the faint of heart. There are no cute puppies or bunnies or unicorns. If there were, they would be wearing leather and heavily armed. 

I've always been a little fascinated by the motorcycle culture ever since I worked at Yellowstone and saw tons of bikers come through the park. I still have a pin one of them gave me when I rang up his purchases at the gift shop where I worked. 

One memorable experience with the bikers coming through Yellowstone was my first year there when I worked in the cafeteria at Lake Lodge. There was a little bird caught between two window panes and was frantic to escape. The family with two young children sitting by the window knew the bird was freaking out right above their heads, but they couldn't not have been less concerned.All of the employees were eager to help, but our manager told us it was against company policy to disturb any patrons. The bikers came to the rescue and informed the family that yes indeed they would be moving immediately so they could rescue the bird. Wait...I did manage to tie bikers to cute woodland creatures. 

So, back to Sons of Anarchy. I'm fascinated by Katey Sagal's character. She plays the matriarch of a biker family and she is hard as nails- a woman to be feared. I, on the other hand, am pathologically nice. The most I'll do is lob a snarky remark at someone- which I'm sure people find more annoying than fearsome. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Gundersen Home Movies

Picture of the Day for 7/27/2015. My dear neighbors, Betty and John Gundersen, invited me over to dinner. Betty had mentioned she had home movies from when she was a little girl during World War 2 and I had expressed an interest in seeing them. Betty wanted me to bring over my astronaut pictures and space memorabilia to show her two grandsons who (along with their mom Elizabeth) are living with them right now. So it was kind of a show-and-tell exchange. It was such a fun evening! Below are a couple of screen shots from the home movies that her uncle shot during his stint in the army in Europe. The first is a scene from London and the second is of the Statue of Liberty seen from a troop ship as he was returning to the states.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

This Will Take Awhile to Read

Picture of the Day for 7/26/2015. My niece Renee recommended the book Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People. I remember the Jonestown incident from 1978 so I thought it would be interesting to read more about it. I still do, but I was a little taken aback by the massive volume of the book when it arrived in the mail. I'll be reading it for awhile.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Selfies with Sadie

Picture of the Day for 7/25/2015. Due to scheduling mix-ups, our family held a Pioneer Day BBQ a day late. And in honor of the pioneers crossing the plains and suffering untold hardship along the way in order to reach Utah, my great-niece Sadie and I took our usual series of selfies. I wonder what my pioneer ancestors would think of all this technology. I'd like to think they would enjoy taking a selfie or two with a cute niece.