Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tucson's Monsoon Season



"It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it."
--Jack Kerouac

Yesterday I braved the cloudy skies over Tucson and walked my usual mile to Fry's. The clouds provided a much cooler morning than usual. I went inside and bought a few non-necessities such as four six-bar boxes of double dark chocolate protein bars, a 13 oz. can of cheap Kroger brand coffee, some chocolate syrup, a package of frozen pre-cooked Popcorn Chicken, and a container of Baby Spring Mix, (a medley of baby lettuces)... for my ham and cheese sandwiches.

Wouldn't you know it, though, that when I exited the store the rain was pouring down, accompanied by streaks of lightning and claps of thunder. So I sat down on one of the benches below the roof overhang to wait it out.

Before long I was joined by one of my long-time lady friends, Haika, an always cheerful fifty-year-old store employee whom I hadn't seen in several weeks. As usual, she came up and, in greeting, threw her arms around me in a great bear hug and said, "Hey Sweetie, where have you been?"

We talked for a bit about the rain and about her various health problems (she is presently cancer-free for five years) -- and  then she lit up a cigarette. I said, "I thought you quit smoking." And she replied, "Oh, you know how it is."

Sadly, I do know how it is. I had smoked cigarettes from 1955 till 1985 (thirty years) then stopped what had become a three pack a day habit (cold turkey) -- Next April 12 at twelve noon I will have been a non-smoker for thirty years.

The pouring rain slackened down to a sporadic, mild sprinkle so I told Haika that I w as going to give it a try, and I set off on the start of the mile walk back home.

About twenty minutes later I arrived, not wet but only slightly damp.


Did You Know . . .?

Dr. Leo Stanley, the Chief Surgeon at San Quentin prison would experiment by implanting the testicles of rams, goats, and boars into living prisoners.
--Prison Law



On this day in 1969, at 9:32 a.m. EDT, Apollo 11, the first U.S. lunar landing mission, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a historic journey to the surface of the moon. After traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, Apollo 11 entered into a lunar orbit on July 19. The next day, at 1:46 p.m., the lunar module Eagle, manned by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, separated from the command module, where a third astronaut, Michael Collins, remained. Two hours later, the Eagle began its descent to the lunar surface, and at 4:18 p.m. the craft touched down on the southwestern edge of the Sea of Tranquility. Armstrong immediately radioed to Mission Control in Houston a famous message, "The Eagle has landed."



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2.  a tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preference: a predilection for Bach.
bias, inclination, leaning, liking, predisposition.



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"Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works."
--Virginia Woolf



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