26 June 2009

"Space is disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence!" -- Bones McCoy

That being said, it didn't seem to stop the procedings on 19 June 2009 when the first commercial spaceport began construction. In case you missed it and were still asleep here is a report:


I'm out.

post script:

Like so many other kids of the day, Farrah and MJ played a part in my life as a young person.

Every week my family use to watch Charlies Angels after dinner and somehow I even ended up with the 'Farrah' poster.

I recall as a freshman at university riding my bike home as fast as I could the day the THRILLER video was supposed to premiere. What an event that was.

Losing both of these cultural icons in the same day just sort of makes mortality that much more final.

Rest in peace Michael and Farrah and peace to your families.

21 June 2009


Just a quick shout out to my friend Dale of DALES RANTS, RAVES, RAMBLES AND THE OCCASIONAL RECIPE.

Happy birthday buddy I hope you had a good one!!

18 June 2009


Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant and Jefferson Davis - all names associated with the Civil War [1861 - 1865].

But...do you remember Henry H Sibley, Edward Canby or places like the Battle of Valverde, Glorieta Pass and Fort Union??

Not many people do, yet New Mexico had three fierce battles that ultimately ended the Confederates move into the western territories and thus preventing the South from stretching its reach to the Pacific.

The most notable was the battle of Glorieta Pass which many historians call the Gettysburg of the West.

The main fort and the largest in the southwest at the time was Fort Union in New Mexico, near the town of Las Vegas, NM

Journey Gnome says 'time travel' makes his stomach 'woozy' so I made this trip solo.

I got up at the crack of dawn. My destination: the remains of Fort Union, about two hours north of Albuquerque.

Early commuters from Albuquerque headed to Santa Fe.

Fort Union is located just north of the city of Las Vegas [the meadows] New Mexico. The mornings are beautiful here.

I could hear the crickets still chirping and even saw deer crossing a marsh, how cool is that.

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It is a great drive and the roads are well maintained. Entrance into the park is only $3!!!

The Santa Fe Trail goes right by Fort Union, the largest fort in the west.

I can't tell you how cool it felt to be standing here in the ruts of the Santa Fe Trail where so many people have traveled before me.

Trying to imagine what it must have been like 142 years ago when Fort Union had about 1,500 people here not counting the travelers heading west.

Keep in mind that Indians were still a very real threat too.

The 'privy' or latrine. Trust me -- you can STILL smell it. Bleecchh!!

The fort jail. Basically a small dark room. No chair, no bed, just a floor.

The Santa Fe Trail looking northwest.

I'm still amazed at how many locals here that I know who have no idea of the role their state has played in history. From advanced civilizations that were here BEFORE Columbus or the pilgrims to Civil War battlegrounds.

None of the people I work with had ever heard of Fort Union or its role in history.

Their loss. I did this while they were at home watching TV.

I'm out.