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Old July 10 2013, 10:27 AM   #3211
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Why aren't you driving it home? Too far?
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Old July 10 2013, 10:30 AM   #3212
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My cat makes driving home really problematic because he travels so poorly. I had to medicate him for the plane ride out here. Since I have to fly home with the cat, it didn't make financial sense to fly back out and drive the car back.

I wouldn't have wanted to do the drive back by myself anyway, and I had friends who offered to do it with me but it would involve taking time off work for them since it's such a long drive. One of these days I'd like to do a cross-country drive though!
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Old July 10 2013, 10:38 AM   #3213
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Boy yeah, i'd love to road trip across the US one day on my bike. I mean to do Land's End to John O'Groats over here to test the water, I want to do a Euro road trip at some point too.

I've never ridden on the wrong side of the road before though, I worry I might forget and plant myself into a truck.
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Old July 10 2013, 10:41 AM   #3214
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Boy yeah, i'd love to road trip across the US one day on my bike.
That just sounds exhausting. It would take you forever, and you'd have no clothes to wear!
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Old July 10 2013, 10:45 AM   #3215
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Bike is also a motorbike...
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Old July 10 2013, 10:45 AM   #3216
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Boy yeah, i'd love to road trip across the US one day on my bike. I mean to do Land's End to John O'Groats over here to test the water, I want to do a Euro road trip at some point too.

I've never ridden on the wrong side of the road before though, I worry I might forget and plant myself into a truck.
I'm sure you'd get used to it really quickly. I've been looking into possible driving trips around Britain and I'm continually surprised by how close together everything is! I'm thinking if it happens, we will probably end up going more up north, and not by you though. Maybe I will even go bother Decks.
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Old July 10 2013, 10:50 AM   #3217
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Aw

Watch this:



Changed your mind yet?
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Old July 10 2013, 10:59 AM   #3218
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Haha awesome! It's still a long way off, he's coming here in November and we'll plan another trip after.
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Old July 10 2013, 11:11 AM   #3219
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I'd come and help you guys annoy Decks for a day if it came to that anyway.

Well, assuming she'd have me.
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Old July 10 2013, 05:20 PM   #3220
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I got to take a tour of the S-IC Test Stand yesterday (not a public tour, it was arranged by a coworker)! It's the test stand they used here at Marshall Space Flight Center to test the first stage of the Saturn V rocket. In other words, five massive F-1 engines all firing at once! It's also been used to test the Space Shuttle's main engines among other things. This massive structure stands about 25 stories tall, making it the second tallest structure on the arsenal. (The tallest is the Dynamic Test Stand, used to shake the entire Saturn V stack.) It was very cool being able to go up this structure, although my fear of heights was working overtime! (Oddly enough, I'm just fine in an airplane.) We went up on the main deck just above the flame diverter, then up on top of one of the concrete pillars, and finally all the way to the top. Although I only made it ~24 stories up, just shy of the top. That's because after you exit the elevator and go up a flight of steps, you then go outside the structure onto a narrow catwalk/stairway that's just a metal grating to get to the top, and you can look straight down between your feet all the way down to the ground. Yeah, I'm happy with my sense of self-preservation.

I found a video of the Saturn V engine tests here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8DOXrhkHE8

And on this page ( http://www.msfc.nasa.gov/news/news/p...nnivphotos.htm ), scroll down to Neg #: 6520222.jpg and Neg #: 6647425 for some pictures of them loading and testing the Saturn V.



Loooong way up...



I can see my house from here! No really, it's just over my left shoulder, about 15 miles away. That's the Dynamic Test Stand over my right shoulder.
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Old July 10 2013, 08:59 PM   #3221
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I'd come and help you guys annoy Decks for a day if it came to that anyway.

Well, assuming she'd have me.
That would be so much fun!! Poor Stoo, I don't think he knows what he's gotten himself into with me. "Let's meet all the Trekkies!"
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Old July 10 2013, 11:42 PM   #3222
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A pics from a quick visit to the zoo yesterday. Nephew was being an ass and didn't want to wait for me to take pictures, so I only took a few with my cheap pocket camera:




For some reason, the Houston Zoo is teeming with bunny rabbits. The little brown critters are EVERYWHERE. This is one that came right up to us:
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Old July 10 2013, 11:45 PM   #3223
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I love the elephant!!! They always look so happy.
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Old July 10 2013, 11:54 PM   #3224
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Love the animal pics, auntie! The bunny and elephant ones are my favorites.
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Old July 11 2013, 12:16 AM   #3225
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I had some great shots of a giraffe, but when I uploaded them, they were all out of focus.

I think I really need to wear my glasses when taking pictures from now on.
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