Day At The Fair


Over time fictional standards by which all Fairs are judged locked in my head. A proper fair demands precise measures of warm summer breeze infused with fry grease and diesel fumes. Constant decibels of midway grind punctuated by game of chance symphonies, the faint whiff of livestock manure mingled with popcorn and fried onions. Good fairs exude optimism, the hope we won’t notice frayed edges or tired paint. Above all they require those of us who pass the turnstile in search of a perfect day at the fair.

All images captured by my husband, last Sunday at the Pacific National Exhibition.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/15574096@N00/

 

Cassini’s Final Dione


A unassuming civil servant named Cassini has spent 18 dutiful years poking about the cosmos. Her passport stamps – Saturn, Phoebe, Titan, Enceladus, and Venus, joined last week by Dione.

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn's icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission's final close approach to the moon on August 17, 2015. At lower right is the large, multi-ringed impact basin named Evander, which is about 220 miles (350 kilometers) wide. The canyons of Padua Chasma, features that form part of Dione's bright, wispy terrain, reach into the darkness at left. Image credit: NASA

This view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft looks toward Saturn’s icy moon Dione, with giant Saturn and its rings in the background, just prior to the mission’s final close approach to the moon on August 17, 2015. At lower right is the large, multi-ringed impact basin named Evander, which is about 220 miles (350 kilometers) wide. The canyons of Padua Chasma, features that form part of Dione’s bright, wispy terrain, reach into the darkness at left. Image credit: NASA

Dione hangs in front of Saturn and its icy rings in this view, captured during Cassini's final close flyby of the icy moon. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Dione hangs in front of Saturn and its icy rings in this view, captured during Cassini’s final close flyby of the icy moon. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Cassini’s farewell to Dione allows for scheduled encounters with Enceladus on October 14, 18 and December 19. From December until mission conclusion in late 2017, Cassini plans to visit Daphnis, Telesto, Epimetheus, and Aegaeon, rounding out meticulous exploration of dignitaries among Saturn’s 63 or so moons. Below, Cassini’s timeline and link to NASA’s Casssini Mission –

http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/interactive/missiontimeline/

Snapshots In Time


These photographs speak for themselves,

13.) A picture of the original Ronald McDonald from 1963.

The first Ronald McDonald circa 1963

14.) The Disneyland employee cafeteria in 1961.

Disneyland cafeteria 1961

23.) Beach patrols measuring the length of women's bathing suits in the 1920s.

Beach patrol measuring length of woman’s bathing suit 1921

24.) Martin Luther King Jr. removing a burned cross from his yard with his son in 1960.

Martin Luther King Jr. and son removing burned cross from his lawn 1960

25.) A hotel owner pouring acid in a pool while a black family swam in it in 1964.

Hotel owner pouring acid in pool while black family swam in it 1964

28.) A mother and her son look at the mushroom cloud following a nuclear test in Las Vegas in 1953.

Mother and son watching mushroom cloud of a nuclear test from Las Vegas home 1953.

29.) A mother shamefully hides her face after listing her children for sale in 1948.

Mother hides face after listing children for sale 1948.

32.) Christmas dinner during the Depression.

Christmas dinner during the Depression.

36.) This chimp poses for a picture after his successful mission to space in 1961.

Chimp returns from space mission 1961.

37.) Alcohol being poured out on the streets during Prohibition Detroit in 1929.

Alcohol being poured on Prohibition era street in Detroit 1929

38.) Princeton students after a freshman VS sophomore snowball fight in 1893.

Princeton students after freshman vs. sophomore snowball fight 1893.

40.) What happened when Sweden began driving on the right side of the road in 1967.

The day Sweden began driving on the right side of the road 1967.

52.) The Isolator was a helmet worn to help the wearer focus, rendering a person deaf. They even had a supply of oxygen (1925).

The Isolator helmet allowed the wearer to focus on tasks 1925

53.) A full-faced swimming mask that was to help protect women's skin from the sun (1920s).

Full face swim mask protecting woman’s face from the sun 1920.

70.) A man dresses his dog up in a suit and puts his cat in the dog's lap for a picture (1950s).

Cat and dog 1950

73.) Afghan women, casually dressed, use a public library before the Taliban rule (1950s).

Afghan women in public library before Taliban rule 1950

76.) Fidel Castro lays a wreath at the Lincoln Memorial (1959).

Fidel Castro lays wreath at Lincoln Memorial 1959

All images from – http://look.hypertomb.com/weird-photos-from-history/78/

 

National Dog Day


“Saving 10,000 dogs, one day at a time” is the motto of the National Dog Day Foundation. With two goals – honouring dogs for their love, companionship, hard work in specialized roles, and their vow to rescue 10,000 dogs a year from homelessness or abuse. Since 2004, August 26 has officially been recognized as National Dog Day.

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/dog-day/

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My little Boxer girl Ruby

No Excuse


Procrastination is an odd thing – the act implies conscious acknowledgement yet steeps in murky denial. Logic loops between “must do” and oblivion, the latter being a comfortable state of irreverent complacency.

This is how most people view emergency preparedness. Cautionary tales of 72 hours without government assistance, diminished or complete lack of electricity, and collapsed infrastructure seem too incredible to fathom.

There’s no excuse worth the lives of your family. Linked below is the 26 week guide to emergency preparedness. It isn’t rocket science – print it off, stick it on the fridge door and stop procrastinating.

http://www.mapleridge.ca/DocumentCenter/View/3660