July 20th, 2009

Sy Liebergot

Apollo 11

At this date and time, 40 years ago today, man first landed on the moon. Six and a half hours later, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface. Our perspective was forever changed.

My respect and admiration to the people that made it possible and those that allow us to fly in space today. Most of the men who made the trip are still alive today. Will we return to the moon in their lifetimes? Will people today choose to go back or will it remain a curiosity of history?

"Roger Tranquility, we copy you on the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue down here -- we're breathing again. Thanks a lot." - Apollo 11, Capcom response

"I look up at the Moon and wonder, when will we be going back, and who will that be?" - Apollo 13 (the movie)

Meet Martha!

There reaches a time when you realize that your life is too simple and ordered. As your toddler grows up, there are just not enough gnaw marks on your possessions. Despite having a cat, the house isn't entirely covered in hair. Plus, when you cook and drop a little bit of something, it hits the floor and just stays there.

In such times, you get a dog!

This is Martha, our new puppy. She's just about five months old. We picked her up last weekend with much help and support from our various Portland-area relatives.

She's an Old English Sheepdog. I've always wanted a sheepdog; beautiful breed, nice personalities. And, yes, before you say anything, I know about the grooming. Those coats require a bit of brushing. Right now, she still has her puppy coat, though.

Good news is that she's fairly mellow, even for a puppy. We're working on early housebreaking but she seems to be getting the idea.

And she dotes on Timothy! She's always interested in what he's doing and has surprised him with more than one sneak-around-the-side face lick.

More updates to come, of course.