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Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle Replica

Space Shuttle Replica

In honor of the space shuttle program.

According to an article on, “NASA is retiring its space shuttle fleet after 30 years of service to make way for future programs aimed at sending astronauts to visit an asteroid by 2025, then target missions to Mars.”

Postaday2011 #136


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Delivery Not Included

British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal

HMS Ark Royal

The British have a couple of aircraft carriers for sale, the HMS Invincible and the HMS Ark Royal. Delivery is not included in the price. They are being sold online by I couldn’t actually get to this web site. I figure the traffic volume is way up, due to the number of potential buyers, or window shoppers or gawkers, like me.

You can see a lot of the details of the HMS Invincible on the Telegraph web site.

I was thinking that some American could buy one (I was going to say “rich” American, but that’s redundant in this context), fly over and then drive sail tow it home. That would be one big tugboat needed to get it across the Atlantic. You’d probably want to make sure you have new set of dominoes for the trip back.

Now that would be a great pick up line. “Want to come over to my place and get a tour of my aircraft carrier?”

Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia.

Postaday2011 #90

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Part of the Landscape

I bought a hands-free calling device for my vehicle not too long ago. Got it from a kiosk in the mall, of all places. I stopped in to look at the phone covers and came away with the hands-free device.

The device came in a box. And that’s all there was: the device and the box. No instructions. No instructions online.

I was supposed to remember how to use it from the 1-minute demonstration? I sort of, mostly remembered. And I have used it, once, while travelling to Houston.

The bad news was that it didn’t have instructions.

The good news was that it didn’t have instructions. It didn’t have instructions for me to lose. I have good intentions to keep all my instruction-type documents in one place. Where that place is, I don’t know. What really happens is that I come home, unbox the new item, set down the instructions somewhere, and never see them again. They become part of the interior landscape, blending in with all the other items I can’t find.

This time that didn’t happen. I may not know how to use the device, but I’m not cluttering up my house with the instructions and I’m not spending anytime looking for them, either. This is a different way of doing business, but I think I can adjust.

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