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Bombs Away . . .

Today, August 6th, is a very important date in my life for two reasons.

The first is the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima today in 1945.

As I’ve mentioned before, my mother was a Captain (later Major) in the Army Nurse Corp and she and her nurses were on a train for New Orleans from West Point to get on a troop ship to the Pacific to participate in the invasion of the Japanese homeland.

And with Japan’s propensity for attacking hospital ships there’s a very good chance she might not have made it home. After all, it was forecast that there would be over a million American casualties during a possible invasion.

And the second reason is that on this date 29 years ago Tim Berners-Lee.of the CERN Institute in Switzerland put up the very first website on what would become the World Wide Web.

You can read more about it further down the blog.

  

On this date in 2009 we were in Cape Cod, MA checking out where we lived in 1972 when I was working for the DOD at Otis AFB there.


August 6, 2009

We found it!

We spent our last day on Cape Cod driving around looking for the efficiency motel unit we stayed in here in 1972.

And we found it.

But the first time we had to do this morning was move. We only had our other site for 4 days and then someone else had it reserved.  So we had to pack up and move down the road apiece from site 266 to site 2.

Site 2

Actually this is a better site for us, because it’s a pull-thru and had room behind it for us to hook up the toad (truck) before we pull out tomorrow.

After getting hooked up, we headed out on our quest.  And first we found the motel, or what’s left of it, that we stayed in for a few days when we first got here.  Apparently it’s no longer a going concern.

First Motel

Next we moved into an efficiency motel unit that had two bedrooms.  We knew it was on the water, so we just kept checking likely areas, and there it was.

Cape Wind 1

Cape Wind 2

Cape Wind 3

We didn’t remember the name, but now it’s called the Cape Wind Resort. The place has expanded and the cranberry bog behind it is gone, but the playground area out in front where Chris played is still here.  Chris turned four while we were here, so he probably wouldn’t remember the place.

We only stayed here a month or so, because the rent would go from $100 a month in the winter to $400 a month once the tourist season started after Memorial Day.  That’s when we moved into the house we found a few days ago.

It’s kind of amazing that all these places are still here after almost 40 years, but then they’ve got houses around here that were built in 1675, so I guess it’s not that amazing.

Coming home we ate dinner at a pretty decent Mexican place called Sam Diegos. Not bad.

And tomorrow it’s off to Woonsocket…


Thought For The Day:

Still true today.

“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.” – Thomas Jefferson

     

In 2016 we were making a day trip over to Pensacola, FL from our stay in Gulf Shores, AL.


August 6, 2016

“Vague but exciting”

Another nice, quiet day here at Gulf Shores. We had a respite from the thunderstorms today, but they’re coming back with a vengeance the next few days, including 100% chance of Heavy Thunderstorms on Tuesday when we supposed to leave for north Alabama.

They have Wi-Fi here at Gulf State Park, and it appears to cover the entire area using repeater relays. In fact we have a repeater pole right outside our rig. Too bad it doesn’t work.

And it didn’t work last year either. When I ask then about the problem, I was only told they have Wi-Fi at the Activity Center. Well, to start with, I’m not parked by the Activity Center.

But what’s strange is that they’ve got the hard part done. I have 4 bars of signal here, and my systems will connect and then try to get an IP address. Which it where all it fails. It hangs there until it gives up and times out.

Which pretty much means that the system is not connected to the internet. So I don’t know if they put the system in and then decided that it was too expensive to pay for sufficient bandwidth to cover the park or what. Since we’re talking about the State Government running things, who knows.

About 2pm Jan and I did our yearly Pensacola run, mainly for two things. Sonny’s BBQ and Artesana Imports.

Sonny’s is one of our three favorite BBQ places – Rudy’s BBQ, Famous Dave’s BBQ, and Sonny’s BBQ, . Between the 3, we’ve got most of the US covered for good BBQ.

Rudy’s covers Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, and we’ve eaten at a number of locations in Texas, and as far west as Phoenix. Good Texas BBQ, Brisket, and Ribs.

Famous Dave’s covers much of the US, with locations in 36 states, as far west as California, as far north as North Dakota, Montana, and Illinois, and as far east as New York. Good Ribs, Brisket, and Hot Links. We first ate at a Famous Dave’s in Billings, MT with Mike and Janna Clark, and have eaten at a number of them around the country since then.

Sonny’s covers a large part of the south and the southeast, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina, and we’ve been eating at various locations since the 70’s.

We always tried to eat at the Sonny’s in Pensacola when we’re in the area, so today was our chance.

The first thing we noticed was that since we were here two years ago, they’ve done a major remodeling, inside and out, really updating the look.

Sonny's Pensacola

But the BBQ is as good as ever. Jan got her usual Sliced Pork Sandwich with Fries and BBQ Beans, and I got my usual Pork 3 Ways Platter.

Sonny's Pork 3 Ways

With Ribs, Sliced Pork, and Pulled Pork, it covers all the bases. I got the BBQ Beans, and the Corn on the Cob. One thing I like about their Corn on the Cob is that it’s cooked in foil, and not boiled and then left in hot water so that it gets soggy.

Besides the great BBQ, another thing I like about Sonny’s is no wimpy iced tea glasses.

Sonny's Iced Tea

No, these are big, double-handed 32oz glasses, so I’m not constantly having them refilled.

After our great meal, we drove on in toward downtown Pensacola to visit Artesana Imports, a gift shop that we’ve been visiting since the 70’s. Jan always finds something she likes, and today’s find was a new seashell-based dish towel.

Artisiana Dish Towel

Always a great place to visit.

“Vague but exciting”.

This is what Mike Sendall, Tim Berners-Lee’s boss at CERN in Switzerland wrote on Lee’s proposal giving him permission to develop what we know today as the World Wide Web.

So, yes, one guy invented the Web, and, no, it wasn’t Al Gore.

It was Tim Berners-Lee.

“He wrote the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP), which outlined how information would travel between computers, and HyperText Markup Language (HTML), which was used to create the first web pages. “

And today, August 6th, is the 25th anniversary of when the very first website went live.

And you can still see the page here at its original address.

http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

And here’s the very first web server sitting on Lee’s desk,

Tim Berners-Lee's NeXt Server

It was a NexT computer which had a note taped to the front that said: “This machine is a server. DO NOT POWER DOWN”.

And it was almost a year later when the very first picture was published on the Web.

First Web Image

It’s a photo of a parody rock band made up of CERN employees.

I figure the 2nd photo was probably porn.

I got in this early enough that I remember when there was only about a dozen websites in the entire world, all of the them at universities and research facilities.

One thing to remember is that the Internet and the Web are not the same thing. The Web runs on the Internet.

The Internet came first, with the first commercial ISP’s coming online in the late 80’s, and consisted of Email, Newsgroups, and IRC Chat.

Of course direct dial-up services like CompuServe, Prodigy, AOL, etc., had been around since the late 60’s, but there was little or no connectivity between them.

Email was pretty much what it is today, while Newsgroups were gathering areas for people to trade info on pretty much every hobby, interest, and perversion you can imagine. IRC Chat was the early version of today’s Instant Messaging.

There’s more info here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/08/06/the-worlds-first-website-went-online-25-years-ago-today/

So if it wasn’t for what happened 25 years ago, you wouldn’t be reading this.


Thought for the Day:

Life always offers a second chance. It’s called tomorrow.

Whales and Carousels . . .

And a little HCQ/WuFlu info too.

Note the counties that use the HCQ/Z-pak/Zinc at the first sign of the virus.


HCQ Early Use

To put hard numbers to it:

Via Worldometers:

The USA has 488 covid deaths per one million in population.
Turkey has 69 covid deaths per one million in population.

I wonder why that is?

And the Henry Ford Medical system continues to defend their positive HCQ findings, despite the fact that it is only an observational study, not the double-blind, randomized clinical trial that Dr. Fauci wants.

Henry Ford Health System researchers defend Hydroxychloroquine study, slam politics surrounding drug

A ‘double-blind’ study means that not only doesn’t the patient know if he’s getting the drug, but neither do the doctors managing the study.

So half your patients are getting HCQ and half are getting a placebo, i.e. no treatment at all.

If you thought you were in danger of dying from the WuFlu, would you want to take a chance that you were getting no treatment AT ALL during a study.

CDC director acknowledges hospitals have a monetary incentive to overcount coronavirus deaths

“I think you’re correct in that we’ve seen this in other disease processes, too. Really, in the HIV epidemic, somebody may have a heart attack but also have HIV — the hospital would prefer the [classification] for HIV because there’s greater reimbursement,” Redfield said during a House panel hearing Friday when asked by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer about potential “perverse incentives.”

So apparently this is nothing new.

As we’ve passed on before, hospitals receive $13,000 per CoVid patient admitted, and $39,000 for each patient they put on a ventilator.

And Dr. Deborah Birx says that she really doesn’t trust what the CDC say about the virus. And the Washington Post reported that Birx and others feared that the CDC’s data-tracking system was inflating coronavirus statistics like mortality rates and case numbers by up to 25%. 
 

In 2009 we were in Barnstable, MA finally getting to see whales after our dud trip in San Diego last year.


August 5, 2009

There be Whales here…

Today we took a whale watching tour boat out of Barnstable Harbor and unlike our whale watching tour in San Diego in February 2008, this time we actually saw whales… lots of whales… humpback whales everywhere.

We headed out to sea about 2:30 pm on the Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises boat ‘Whale Watcher’.

Whale Watcher

It’s a 130 foot jet boat that can carry almost 400 people.

It was specially built for whale watching, and the fact that it’s a jet boat means two things.  It gets out to the whale area, the Stellwagen Banks, a lot faster,  and once there, the fact that it has jet nozzles and not propellers, means that it can get in closer to the whales without worrying about them getting hit with the props.

And we did get close,  like right along side.

Stellwagen Banks is a National Marine Sanctuary about 40 miles off Barnstable, MA harbor.  It covers about 800 square miles and is basically an underwater mountain ridge that comes to about 120 feet of the surface.

The surrounding seabed is almost 400 feet deep. This means that ocean currents upwell along the steep sides of the ridge, bringing with them nutrients and minerals from the bottom, feeding the local ecosystem and attracting larger animals to the area.

On our way out to the banks, we past by Sandy Neck, an isolated but picturesque vacation area.  And by isolated, I mean it can only be reached by boat or ATV and has absolutely no utilities. I guess if you really want to get away from it all, this is the place for you.

Sandy Neck 1

Sandy Neck 2

The lighthouse dates from 1852 and is still in use, but now it’s solar powered.

It took us about an hour to get out to the whales, but when we got there, they were everywhere.

At first we just saw tails…

Whale 1

Whale 11

and fins !!

Whale 2

Everyone crowded to the sides of the boat trying to get the best view.

Whale Boat 1

And then there they were…

Whale Breaching 1

Whale Breaching 2

And then they were all around us…

Whale 3

Whale 4

Whale 5

Whale 6

Whale 7

Whale 8

Whale 9

Whale 10

We saw several different pods, or groups of whales, and about 15 or 16 individuals.

The whales are identified by their tail markings and the naturalist on board said they have a catalog that lists over 1000 whales that have been spotted in this area since 1972 when they started counting.

It was almost 7 pm by the time we got back to the dock with more scenic views of the small fishing village.

Docking

Whaling Dock 2

Whaling Dock

On our way back to the rig, we stopped for supper at a really good chinese buffet place called Cape Cod Super Buffet. By the time we got home was almost 9pm and time to call it a day.  A great day!

Tomorrow is our last full day here on Cape Cod.  Friday we will head out for Woonsocket, RI.


Thought For The Day:

I wish that people came with a 30 second trailer. That way I could see what I’m getting myself into.

   

And in 2010 we were in Logansport, IN checking out where Jan used to live when she was 8 years old. And we found her old house.


August 5, 2010

You can go home again…kind of…

We left for Logansport IN about 10 am, first stopping by McDonald’s for a chicken biscuit breakfast for Jan.

We made the 90 mile trip in about two hours and started driving around town. Our quest was to find the house where Jan lived in 1956 when she was 8. Her father was stationed at Bunker Hill AFB for about two years, after about a year in Logansport they moved to Peru, IN to be closer to the base.

Jan remembered her house was a block or so from the Eel River, and several blocks from Riverside Park, and its carousel. After 15 minutes or so we found her house, still at 75 18th St. The only real change beside the new siding was that when Jan lived there the front porch was screened in.

Logansport House

It still had the same barn-shaped garage in the backyard opening on the alley behind the house.

Logansport Garage

And across the street, what was just a vacant field when she lived there, is now a city park.

Logansport Park

Next we headed about 3 blocks away to Riverside Park, where Jan, her sister Debbie, and their friends, would walk to ride the carousel there in the park.

And the carousel was still there too. But now it’s inside.

This carousel had a long and rich history. It was built around 1885 by Gustav Dentzel. Dentzel’s family had been building carousels in Germany since the early 1800’s. Gustav came to America with a carousel and set it up in Pennsylvania, PA in 1861, possibly the first carousel in the Western Hemisphere. And the Dentzel family still builds carousels today, with more than 30 carousels in places like Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, San Francisco Zoo, and Dollywood.

Logansport Carousel 1

This carousel is one of the most complete Dentzel carousels in the world.

Logansport Carousel 4

This ride still allows you try and grab the brass ring from this arm. If you grab a ring, you get a free ride.

Logansport Carousel 2

In 1919 the carousel was moved from Fort Wayne, IN and placed in Spencer Park in Logansport. Then in 1949 it was moved to Riverside Park and placed in this building, where it was when Jan was riding it in 1956.

Logansport Carousel 3

In 1987 the carousel was declared a National Historical Landmark and was moved inside a beautiful new building in 1995, where it resides today.

Jan also used to ride a train around the park, and it still runs today on this same track. The locomotive and two cars is stored in the small green building in right rear of this photo. When the train is running the buildings doubles as a ‘tunnel’.

Logansport Train

We also found that Logansport has its own set of city mascots, and, of course, theirs is a carousel horse.

Logansport Mascot

After a so-so lunch at Broadway Cafe in downtown Logansport, we headed back to Elkhart about 2 pm. We got back about 4, but stopped off at the new Martin’s Supermarket near the park. Very nice store.

Tomorrow we’ll do some more chores around the rig, and just enjoy the nice cool weather. Tomorrow the high is supposed to be 80 and the low tomorrow night 57. Just great!


Thought For The Day:

“In war, everything is very simple, but even the simplest things are very difficult,” or something like that.” – Clausewitz

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