Thursday, September 27, 2001

Production Values

Today was so productive. Didn't do a darn thing except fool around with the layout of the website.

Last night was the premiere of the new Star Trek show Enterprise. I was cautiously optimistic for it, and rightly so. It's not as bad as Voyager (yet), so there might be hope. But I doubt it. Berman & Co. wouldn't know what to do with Trek if they were omniscient. The theme song sucked Klingon Targ bile. I'm right now listening to the song "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling. That's the song used in the teasers all summer. Too bad they didn't use it. I could have lived with it.

Maybe I'm too picky. I thought it would be a lot better. Oh well. I knew better than to get my hopes up. I'll just look forward to Fellowship of the Ring in December. Oh yeah! And Buffy next week. And every week.

Monday, September 17, 2001

Thoughts about Wild Things

Just a thought entered my mind.

I just love seeing people around having parties, and knowing that I'm not ever invited (or welcome). It must be nice to have friends who live in town.

On another thought, it's real fun to be out under the stars - like last night - and see the stars, galaxies, etc., along with moving lights in the sky. And they aren't civilian or commercial aircraft. Just gives me a warm fuzzy knowing that the guys with the Right Stuff are up there on patrol.

We saw some on Sunday night, when I was helping teach GRCC’s astronomy class. Although there had been a slight let-up in the ban on flying, there wasn’t much up there. Looking skyward, we were seeing objects moving around. I called a friend of mine in the military, and when I asked him if he knew of anything flying tonight over West Michigan, he said – in a mockingly typical military fashion - “I can neither confirm nor deny that there are any assets currently on station.” Basically that meant he couldn’t tell me. But then he said “I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw some animals, like Eagles, Falcons, etc.”

An “Eagle” is an F-15 fighter, and a “Falcon” is an F-16 fighter aircraft.

Sunday, September 16, 2001


Well, I really blew it big time tonight (actually Saturday night, as this is now Sunday morning). And what's worse, I knew better!

But I let someone get to me. All the Zen and Sun Tsu in the Universe didn't help me this time.

I only hope the damage that I did can be reversed. Otherwise I will have ruined the best thing I had going for me in my miserable excuse for a life.

On another note, it’s been really weird being at the observatory, and not seeing any planes flying.

You get used to seeing aircraft and their contrails. But for the past few days, as the airspace is restricted to basically nothing, it’s eerie.