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Monday, August 1, 2011

August 1. Our Work is Never Done

The Space Center's Office - empty and nearly dark.
Remember what I wrote months ago in a previous post?
There will always be a light on for you.

Hello Troops,
Day one of the Space Education Center's summer vacation. I climbed up on the roof this morning and switched off the air conditioners (except Magellan's) and checked to make sure everything was secure. I found Kyle Jones in the school's dungeon workshop fevering over the Voyager's new Phototron (antimatter generator) furniture. It's looking good! It will be an improvement in the overall appearance of the Voyager's Bridge.

Later this afternoon I stopped by the school to check on Kyle's progress with the Magellan's new set decorations. Nate E. and Kyle were drilling and banging away. I grabbed the camera and took a few shots to share with you.


Nate E. drawing on the back of one of ten set pieces. Don't know what he's writing or drawing, for all I know it could be the sign of his Highland gang. Have we been tagged? On the other hand, Nate might be practicing his numbers. Nate writes up to 8 legibly. Nines are a challenge, but with due diligence Nate will have his 9's mastered by summer's end.


More signs waiting their turn for installation.

Kyle on the left with Nate. Between them you see two of the new set pieces installed. A backlit sign will installed on the front with blue plastic side panels. They will look sweet or sick or whatever term is in vogue these days with the younger generation.

Tomorrow our maintenance guys will begin work on the Magellan's new Brig / Sick Bay. The entrance will be on the top level of the Magellan's Bridge (refer back to the picture above. The door will be on the wall where you see Kyle's head in the shot). I'll keep you posted with pictures and developments.

I'm enjoying my down time as are the rest of our staff and volunteers. Part of that time is spent at the Imaginarium. I'm a firm believer that one's imagination must be exercised daily. Use it or lose it they say. In my line of work, I can't afford to let my imagination set idle for more than one day or I'll end up like so many others who see only blacks and whites, and believe in only what they can see, smell, taste or hear.



The false front we all use when someone asks us how we are doing and we reply "I'm fine," even though it could be the worse day of our lives. Why do we say "fine" even though there are many days when we aren't? Is it we don't what people to know our business? Is it because we don't want to appear 'out of control'? Is it a matter not wanting to appear weak or needy? We are peculiar, aren't we?


If you want to know where to find me during the break (if I'm not at the Center or home) look no further our very own franchise of Honeydukes Confectioners from Hogsmeade right here in Wonderland just down from the Imaginarium. I have a permanent reservation on the table nearest the window overlooking There and Back Again Lane. Bring your appetite for sweets and a well functioning pancreas. You'll need every drop of insulin it can produce.



Do I hear an "Amen" from the gathered congregation of readers? You know, I'm 53 years old and only now starting to get a handle on the philosophies behind the two statements above.



The perfect card for that special someone with more than an 8th grade education.



And the wolf lived happily ever after, in case you wanted to know how the story ended.


The Social Networking site's propaganda posters.


Meanwhile, the morning commute in India.....




I think the term is "Like a Boss".
You couldn't pay me enough to do what he's doing. I'm getting the shivers just looking at the picture.


Have a great day troops and enjoy the last few weeks of the summer school vacation.


Mr. W.
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