Tuesday, August 21, 2007

happy landings (sort of)

The shuttle survived re-entry, those lucky astronauts. Upon inspection of the Endeavor, maintenance crews noticed the gash on the belly had increased in size, but not to the point where it allowed dangerous gases to be exposed to the re-entry heat.

How come I feel the US Space Program can be compared to a game of roulette? Isn't it time we re-engineer and design the space vehicles we're using to reflect updated technology?

Holy mackerel.

Monday, August 20, 2007

circadian rhythms

Tomorrow's the big day, the day that the Space Shuttle returns to earth. I'm anxious to see how it all pans out; there's a giant gash on the belly of the shuttle and NASA has determined that it's not critical, and won't affect shuttle re-entry. I have to say that I'm holding my breath for those terrified astronauts.

I wonder how it will all work out.

The space shuttle seemed so amazing when I was learning about it's first flight as a kid, way back in 1981. I was impressed that it took off like a rocket and landed like a plane. I don't know why, but I thought it was very innovative. Even when the teacher in space thing ended horribly, I still didn't lose faith, thinking that it was a glitch, an unfortunate by product of technology and space advancement. I was so tuned into Star Wars and had a strong affinity for science fiction, I accepted that you need to make a few mistakes to learn from them. I thought the Challenger disaster was a short leap to personal space crafts, or seeing many Millennium Falcon's in the sky as commonplace.

My naivety and positive outlook polarized in 2003 when the Columbia disintegrated over Texas upon re-entry. I allowed adult cynicism to wash over me and surmised that NASA, like everything else in life, is sub-standard, doing the minimum to get the job faster and save a buck. I'm sure someone, somewhere knew that controls and all the checks and balances weren't computing, but for whatever reason--human error and the law of infinite reactions with regard to unforeseen cosmic forces--the situation (and shuttles) have deteriorated to something less then a desired outcome.

Good luck, crew of the Endeavor.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

new action figures!

Amanda Lepour: The latest addition from the Heatherette Empire. Here's the photo shoot that took place at my apartment:

another new acquisition, Agustus, the smoking Monger from Series II: The Menthols

and of course Marcus had to get in on the photoshoot action. He's doing his best to look as if he's not going to knock my action figures over.

Monday, August 13, 2007

it's been awhile...

Practically a month! So much has happened in such a short time. Let's see...

I went to the Country Fair:

It was fun, a great time. There was great music and dancing, a positive energized atmosphere, and many smiling people there. I went with a friend who introduced me to one of her friends, who was working at the fair at a booth. The booths weren't like typical festival 10x10 canopied spots; they were these elaborate wooden two story structures strategically nestled into groves of trees and woods.

The great thing about knowing someone who works at the fair is you can spend time in the back of their booth relaxing during the hottest part of the day, meet other people who are sharing the workload at that particular booth, and listen to great music. My friend's friend (introduced to me as "Squirt") was really friendly, knew her way quickly around the fairgrounds (on my own I felt as if I were going around in circles) and never ceased to offer me food and drink. The hospitality I received was amazing.

I went to Seattle again for work:

That was the last time I ate a solid meal. I ended getting sick early in the morning after I returned. When I wasn't vomiting or hallucinating, I spent much of my time suspecting any number of things I ate in Seattle as being a food poisoning culprit. All it takes is one dirty bus boy who didn't wash after he wiped his ass to accidentally touch the inside of my water glass. Yuck.

Could it be possible that the cupcake I ate made me sick??

The very last thing I ate before I became violently ill was a chocolate cupcake. The second to last thing I ate before I became sick was BBQ chicken. I now gag whenever I think of chocolate cupcakes or BBQ.

One of the things I ate the day before I became sick...could it have been the spinach? the chicken?

I got really sick [sorry, no pictures of this]:

According to Kaiser Permanente, nothing was wrong with me. My reality was spent at least 3 days out of work, mostly on the toilet with a bucket in my lap or writhing in agony on my bed. I couldn't drink or eat anything for 3 days. By the 4th day, I was successfully drinking sips of water, vegetable broth and ginger ale (the organic kind, not the high fructose corn syrup kind). I also had a migraine so severe any smells, sounds, or light would make me vomit or cause my head to pound. After 5 days I felt pretty good, just very weak from starving and still had diahreha so severe I felt as if someone was dumping a bowl of water into the toilet. My lack of solid stools after so many days started to concern me.

In the middle of all of this, I went to the doctor and submitted a "sample." At this point I suspected a mutated super-virus, food poisoning of every type, and cancer. (I didn't consider cancer until about the 4th day of feeling horrible). It took Kaiser a week to determine the results, and by that time the illness was all but a bad memory. They charged me an additional fee on top of co-pays for the useless lab results, and I'm sure they think I made it all up.

I'm so glad to be better.

I displayed my glass art again at the Utopia Cafe:

I didn't sell too much this time but also didn't have much time between shows to produce a whole new series of material. I don't mind if I don't sell too much, it's nice to have my art showing at a business and impressive to take a friend out to breakfast where my art is showing.

I saw the new Harry Potter movie.

I also read the synopsis and end to the final Harry Potter book. I know who dies!

I bought more action figures from The Missing Link!

Photos coming soon, but here's photos of my most recently acquired Heatherettes to hold you over:

I think that catches things up. I anticipate doing a great deal of hiking and visiting other places soon, so that will generate more interesting photos.