Thursday, August 29, 2013

I'm Walkin' - Yes Indeed I'm Walkin'


Yesterday (Wednesday) I hauled my unwilling body out the door and went for a morning walk. My route was: East on Calle del Valle to Coronado where I turned and continued on to Soldier Trail, upon which I traveled South to Fort Lowell Road, where I entered a path through the scrubland alongside Ft.Lowell to Calle del Rincon, which I followed to Calle del Valle and then to the house.

Below are six of the shots I took while on the walking path.







It would take about 225 million years to walk one light-year at the pace of a 20-minute mile.



On this day, August 29 in 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane. Despite being only the third most powerful storm of the 2005 hurricane season, Katrina was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.

After briefly coming ashore in southern Florida on August 25 as a Category 1 hurricane, Katrina gained strength before slamming into the Gulf Coast on August 29. In addition to bringing devastation to the New Orleans area, the hurricane caused damage along the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, as well as other parts of Louisiana.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered a mandatory evacuation of the city on August 28, when Katrina briefly achieved Category 5 status and the National Weather Service predicted "devastating" damage to the area. But an estimated 150,000 people ignored the order and stayed behind. The storm brought sustained winds of 145 miles per hour, which cut power lines and destroyed homes. Katrina caused record storm surges all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The surges overwhelmed the levees that protected New Orleans, located at six feet below sea level, from Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River. Soon, 80 percent of the city was flooded up to the rooftops of many homes and small buildings.

It is believed that the hurricane caused more than 1,300 deaths and up to $150 billion in damages. It is estimated that only about $40 billion of that number will be covered by insurance. One million people were displaced by the disaster, a phenomenon unseen in the United States since the Great Depression. Four hundred thousand people lost their jobs as a result of the disaster. Offers of international aid poured in from around the world, even from poor countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Private donations from U.S. citizens alone approached $600 million.



An area of land that is uncultivated and covered with sparse stunted vegetation.



Michael Jackson
(August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)
Michael Jackson was an American singer-songwriter, dancer, businessman and philanthropist. Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

Lea Michele Sarfati
(born August 29, 1986)
Lea Michele is an American actress and singer, best known for her performance as Rachel Berry on the Fox television series Glee. Michele began working professionally as a child actress on Broadway in productions such as Les Misérables, Ragtime, and Fiddler on the Roof. In 2006, she originated the lead role of Wendla in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening.

Ingrid Bergman
(Aug 29, 1915 - Aug 29, 1982)
Ingrid Bergman was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and the Tony Award for Best Actress. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute. She is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942), a World War II drama co-starring Humphrey Bogart, and as Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946), an Alfred Hitchcock thriller co-starring Cary Grant.

Ingrid Bergman died on her birthday in 1982.

John Sidney McCain III
(born August 29, 1936)
John McCain is the senior United States Senator from Arizona. He was Republican presidential nominee in the 2008 United States election.


All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
--Friedrich Nietzsche



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