Friday, May 3, 2013

Out Here In The Desert


The above photo was taken from the pool deck in the early morning a few miles east of the Tucson City Limits at 6 A.M. Tucson Time, May 3, 2013.


The wind has been blowing hard for two days now, with gusts as high as 40 mph according to the TV weather forecasters. The surface of the pool at times is nearly covered by the blown leaves from nearby trees. Even though I have been skimming the pool it seems hopeless. More leaves just blow back in.

The mountain top pictured above was nearly invisible for a while when the blowing dust was at its strongest. The TV crews were saying that most of the dust in the air had blown in from New Mexico.

How about that?



On this day, May 3 in 1961, President John F. Kennedy received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from George Washington University, the same institution from which his wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. (Prior to attending George Washington, Jackie studied at Vassar College and, thorough a Smith College exchange program, at the Sorbonne.) In his acceptance speech he quipped, "my wife beat me to this honor by about 8 or 9 years. It took her 2 years to get this degree and it took me 2 minutes." Kennedy received his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1940.



-  Bitter hostility or open enmity; active hatred.
-  A hostile feeling or act.


James Joseph Brown
(May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006)
James Brown was an American recording artist and musician. One of the founding fathers of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as "The Godfather of Soul". In a career that spanned six decades, Brown profoundly influenced the development of many different musical genres.

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby
(May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977)
 Bing Crosby was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation.

With 1,077,900,000 movie tickets sold, Crosby is by that measure the third most popular actor of all time, behind Clark Gable and John Wayne.

Crosby starred with Bob Hope in seven Road to musical comedies between 1940 and 1962, cementing the two entertainers as an on-and-off duo. The series consists of Road to Singapore (1940), Road to Zanzibar (1941), Road to Morocco (1942), Road to Utopia (1946), Road to Rio (1947), Road to Bali (1952).

Karim Dulé Hill
(born May 3, 1975)
Dulé Hill is an American actor and tap dancer. He is known for his roles as personal presidential aide (body man) Charlie Young on the NBC drama television series The West Wing, and as pharmaceutical salesman-private detective Burton "Gus" Guster on the USA Network television comedy-drama Psych. He has also had minor roles in the movies Holes and She's All That.

Sugar Ray Robinson
(May 3, 1921 – April 12, 1989)
Sugar Ray Robinson (born Walker Smith Jr.) was an American professional boxer. Frequently cited as the greatest boxer of all time, Robinson's performances in the welterweight and middleweight divisions prompted sportswriters to create "pound for pound" rankings, where they compared fighters regardless of weight. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.


Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.
Mark Twain

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