|January 1st - 8th
Wow what a beautiful - beautiful New
Years! We celebrated 2003 - We danced and danced and danced, we
victories that we achieved in the past year! We talked
about everything from the tornado, to Brett's Court Victory, to the
sad moments, but we reflected back on what was nothing less than an INCREDIBLE
AMAZING year filled with
blessings and miracles!
And in those days, they left their
worries, their concerns, their troubled hearts in yonder pass and they took
hats and coats and they danced, they danced, they danced into the
nights, for it was their day to celebrate the victories of
days gone pass, to
remember the smiles, the laughter, and the joy and tears of yesteryear.
It was a time of great joy, a time of
peace, a time where hearts and family became as one.
They knew in their hearts that the days
grow short, but for now they rejoiced and praised god for all of His blessings.
And so it was that they danced into 2004
January 3, 2004
is coming to Toronto, two
actually. One tomorrow and one early next week. Finally we shall see
Saturday: Everyone is pretty tired.
It was a great week though. WOW is all I can keep saying, just being
with all of my
friends and family makes these days so special. Everyone is
a source of strength for me.
I can only imagine the adventures that are
ahead of all of us. There are going to be some amazing days ahead and I
forward to each and every one of them.
Soon I will be off to Waterloo, then
Orlando, then Minneapolis. It is going to be a very busy
It appears that winter is finally
arriving. But for now it is SO MILD outside! :) We had RECORD HIGH
today in Toronto!
I am surrounded by the most beautiful
people in the world. They are more than friends they are more than
family, they are a part
of me. Their spirits, their dreams, the way
they see this world that we live in. I am inspired to dream dreams.
God has shined down on us his blessings for
a reason, a purpose, a destiny that is still unfolding.
I can not put into words what these past
few days have been like up here. All of us together celebrating the past
the victories and celebrating what is to come.
January 4, 2004
Well, winter is supposed to return today
to Toronto. We shall see! Snow and Ice is forecast through tonight.
David and I are going to Waterloo this
evening. David has to return to work tomorrow and I will spend the week
for Orlando and Minneapolis. I am working on the
applications for the American Red Cross and putting together a resume.
I miss everyone back home and I am
thinking about all of you. I
miss my friends in Toronto when I am in Paducah and I
miss my friends in Paducah when I am in Toronto. This is life!
Saturday Night Mars - We have a
The SPIRIT has landed on
Mars and there is a SIGNAL - a series of tones have been sent back to NASA
America's Spirit Is Ready to Rock-n-Roll Martian Style Saturday Night
In a perfect world, or in this case two perfect worlds -- Earth and Mars, the
first of NASA's two robot
geologists will bounce over rocks and roll to a safe
stop on the martian surface shortly after 8:35 p.m. PST this
NASA's twin rovers, named Spirit and Opportunity, have been cruising through
the frigid temperatures of space
toward Mars for seven months, traveling about
300 million miles. Spirits of the engineers and scientists who have
this mission for the last three years will likely heat up around 7:04 p.m. PST
when the Spirit spacecraft rotates
to face its heat shield forward for final
approach. The first step the rover will take in shedding more than half of the
spacecraft it has been traveling in should occur at 8:14 p.m. PST, when the
entry vehicle is scheduled to separate from
the cruise stage. The rover should
come screaming into the Martian atmosphere going 12,000 mph at 8:29 p.m. PST.
During the next six terrifying yet thrilling minutes, Spirit will jettison its
heat shield, deploy its airbags,
fire its retro rockets, cut loose its backshell
and parachute, and bounce against the martian surface
at 8:35 p.m. PST. The
rover, protected by a lander structure and airbags, could bounce up to five
high and rock and roll as far as 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) across the martian ground before it completes its
grand finale stop before 8:45 p.m. PST.
Through the sequence of events this Saturday, Spirit will initially
communicate with Earth through
a series of simple tones -- imagine the harmonic
tones in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind,
but with a different
melody and a much slower tempo. The Deep Space Network antennas on Earth could
hear from Spirit Saturday night, but may not receive the first signal from a
healthy spacecraft until Sunday
evening. Within the first 24 hours, Spirit will
have several chances to communicate with Earth both directly
to the Deep Space
Network and through NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter and NASA's Odyssey
Both orbiters currently collect science at Mars and cruise above the martian surface at 400 km (250 miles),
and they will each fly over Spirit's
landing site, Gusev Crater, throughout the mission.
What an AMAZING FEAT. They are going to
search for clues as to whether there is life or was life
on Mars. :)
We are sitting here watching NASA on the
computer live and seeing images of MARS.
WE ARE WATCHING MARS LIVE, USING THE REAL
PLAYER PROGRAM ON THE COMPUTER
HERE IN TORONTO! :) WHAT AN AMAZING WORLD WE LIVE IN NOW!
At this time we don't see anybody walking
around up there!
Ok so we have live streaming video now from
Mars!!! These are the kind of things that excite me.
Mars - NASA
SPIRIT HAS LANDED!!
WE SHOULD ALL BE PROUD!! What am
amazingworld we live in! Wonders and Dreams, Missions and
tomorrows!!!! Did we ever dare to dream that there would be a day when we
could all see the planet
Mars live from our computer screens and on TV!
We have come so far.
January 4, 2003
Morning everyone. An awesome night as you
can see above! Very nice.
Snow is coming to Toronto!
I will keep everyone
I also need to get the New Years photos
on the web-site. I will work on that. I have lots of pictures of everyone:
Keri, Shawn, David, Dru, Erick, Doug, Andrew, and
the list goes on.
I should have got a picture of the
great apple pie Shawn brought! He said he baked it last time he brought
a different apple dessert :) I think he has a hired chef perhaps ;)
Packing and trying to get everything
ready. We went to IKEA this afternoon, IKEA is a HUGE shopping center
that you can buy furniture at. Erick and Doug needed a table for all of
their music equipment. Dru and Andrew
also bought a bunch of stuff for
It took FOREVER to check out, the line
was so long, they need to hire more people.
Anyway, we are trying to get ready to
go to Waterloo and we are trying to beat the snowstorm!
Will try to post pictures late late
tonight, from the past week.
I will be in Waterloo all week, then
Orlando this weekend, then Minneapolis next week.
Still waiting on the color photos from
Mars. I will post some when I get them off the NASA site.
I am in waterloo and it is
snowing! :) About time!
What an amazing few days at 19 Earl
Street. If I live to be 100 and I see many more New Years Eves,
never forget and I will always cherish the memories of how we celebrated New
Being with my closest friends here in
Toronto - David, Dru, Andrew, Keri, Doug, Erick, Shawn, Cory, and an old
Dariusz was what made this holiday so special.
There were so many magical moments, all
of us sitting around sharing stories, talking about days gone past, so
smiles, laughs, sighs, and tears. I am overwhelmed with emotion when I
think back on everything that
I don't deserve such kindness. I have
made so many mistakes in my life, errors of way, misdirection, led astray.
There have been people, along the way, that got hurt much like me, but yet even
they forgive me for my mistakes.
I am humbled to have the company of
friends that I have.
I wonder where this path will lead us
all. I wonder what tomorrow will bring. Where we will all be a
now, two years from now, three yrars.
I know that there are days ahead
of us that will try all of our hearts
but I know that there is a peace that will prevail through it all.
We shall overcome, whatever it is that God places in our path.
There will be days when we will all have to find strength deep inside of our
hearts and days that we will have to
find strength outside of ourselves.
But we must all remember that God never gives us more than we can carry and
when the days do grow
dark we must remember that there is always hope, hope for
a beautiful new tomorrow. :)
But for now we shall smile and
smile and smile upon the blessings that surround us.
And we shall continue to stop and
smell the flowers
Watch the snowflakes fall from
And we shall remember the important
things that are easily forgotten.
We will cherish Friends, Family,
and those people in our life that we love and care for.
Dru spinning his music at 19 Earl
Erick sitting and listening to the
thinking about tomorrow
And they danced and danced and danced into the night
Joy, JOY, JOY
And the music played.
Shall we try and start a fire :)
How did I get this job!
AND THERE WAS FIRE!!!!!!
DJ Shawn is in the house!
Monday, January 5th!!!! ALREADY THE 5th
Erick sent me this in an email this
morning. I thought I would share it with everyone
"what a journey it has been and the
end is not insight,
but the stars are out tonight and they're bound to guide my way.
when they're shinning on my life, i can see your better day
i won't let the darkness in, what a journey it has been."
It is a BEAUTIFUL morning here in
Waterloo. The snow is sticking to everything.
Waterloo this morning - Beau
Working on budgets and trying to get things worked out on the legal
front. So I am keeping busy.
David and I went to eat out, it was
snowing lightly. :) Nice to see some snow again! Seems
like it has
January 6, 2004
It is like a small blizzard here at 10 a.m.
The wind is howling and it is snowing. The snow is blowing across
the fields and is causing visibility to be reduced to less than a mile.
First time I have seen this kind of
weather in years. We don't get the blowing snow in Toronto like this.
Too many buildings
The wind chill is around -20 so it is
frigid outside. Nice weather :) I love it!
You can see all the blowing snow - beau
Blowing and drifting snow - brrrrr - beau
FIRST COLOR IMAGES OF MARS COMING IN NOW.
THIS IS THE HIGHEST RESOLUTION COLOR PHOTO
TAKEN ON THE RED PLANET :)
Bitterly cold here in Waterloo.
The temperature is going
below ZERO tonight!
It is still snowing, very light fluffy dry
snow. It is blowing around everywhere you look. Should
continue through the
This will likely be the coldest night of
the winter so far for this area.
January 7, 2004
Cold Cold Cold Cold Cold Cold - here in
Waterloo! Below ZERO this morning. Lots of snow
on the ground!
Working here at Davids today, trying to
get everything finished. :) Nothing really new to report.
We are going to
Orlando on Thursday Night now.
INTENSE snow squalls here in
Waterloo, high winds and
a ton of blowing snow. I have not seen anything
like this since 1985! :)
The snow squalls come and go, the sun comes out in between the bands. Wish we
had this kind of weather in Toronto or back home in Western Kentucky. :)
Spent the evening working on
paperwork, legal problems, applications, and so on.
Cold here, about zero again tonight.
Snow has ended for now though.
We are leaving for Orlando tomorrow.
We should be on the plane around 8 pm or so. I guess we will
be leaving the cold weather behind. Orlando will be a change of pace.
January 8, 2004
This page is getting pretty long. I
will start a new one later tonight. That will be from January 9th.
We are leaving for Orlando later today. Going to a coin show down there
and to the Kennedy
Space Center. That is the current plan.
Big fluffy snowflakes falling outside my
window here :) Very nice touch to the wintry background!
Sitting here at the airport on my laptop, it has wireless internet so I can
check everything out.
John Logeman just called me and said it is
snowing in Paducah and Metropolis :) Nothing major but
at least they are
finally getting some snowflakes down there.
Looks like my friends in Birmingham
might be getting some ice tonight as well.
I guess we can all share in the wealth of winter weather!
The plane leaves in one hour. Warm temps here we come.
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