• On Monday, NASA’s new Mars lander touched down successfully on the Red Planet.
  • Flight controllers embraced and shared moments of celebration after the lander touched down.
  • The lander will study Mars by burrowing beneath the planet’s surface.

After a six-month, 300-million-mile trip that ended with a six-minute descent through the planet’s atmosphere, the InSight spacecraft landed on Mars successfully Monday.

After receiving confirmation that the landing was a success, flight controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, embraced and celebrated for several minutes. High-fives were exchanged and tears were shed after several suspenseful minutes awaiting word that the lander had touched down on the Red Planet.

odd dream

It first was about me and some folks, who knows who, on top of a building.  I was dropping sheets of large paper, I think, down to people.

Then there is a storm and the building and surrounding area is getting pounded.  I’m running about the bottom of a building and people I know are up in the higher floors of this building.  I’m with a friend, ChrisW and a small girl.  We are trying to get up into the building but people are crowded all around, especially in and by the elevators.  We watch as one of the elevators fall.  Somehow these things are just on the side of the building.

Then we are climbing up the stairs instead, but people are trying to stop us for some reason.  Also, the weather has gotten better and then a large animal, a dragon perhaps, is trying to knock us off the building as we climb in and out via the stairs to the top.  The building is more like one of the old libraries from UF.

Woke up.

It’s been awhile that the construction on the section of road between Jones Bridge and Old Milton on Kimble Bridge has been a mess. I used to only have to worry about it when I went to the Johns Creek TMac from work. Now it is something I deal with every day going to and from the Avalon and home but NOT when I go to TMac.

Hope it gets better soon.

I’ve been plagued with some silly aches and pains lately. I pulled a muscle in my back/right shoulder that is making it difficult to reach behind my back, I also broke a blood vessel in my palm that hurts like hell. Then during the weekend I did a bunch of walking and now my legs, calves mostly, are in some discomfort. I have to say that getting old really sucks.

Partly cloudy and cooler today, only in the mid to upper 80’s.

Up in the am, not much going on this am. Played on teh computer.

Went over to the BB&B and picked up some new sheets for the bed, I think they are the same as the one’s I had.  Got 20% off the  sheets and also picked up a standard set of pillow cases.

Decided to go to the TMac for some lunch and nooners.  Still Pledge Week and double credits all around.  Taylor and John was thinking about going early but didn’t end up there until after the Falcons game.

The game was sucky, they lost in overtime.  Just couldn’t hold them back and score. Ended up getting 12 credits and a flatbread.  Earlier I saw Amanda and Corbin, dang he has really grown up.  Much taller than mom is.  Amanda was looking really HOT, a bit older but in a very sexy way.

Brian stopped in just as I got my flatbread, then stuck around for about 7 credits himself.  He talked with almost everyone who even came near our area of the bar.  The two hottest servers there were Lauren and a younger red-head with a few extra lbs but mostly in very good places.  

Moved over to Jodie who was sitting next to John and Taylor for only one beer, the 3 Tavern’s Midnight Snack, a very excellent coffee chocolate, hazelnut Stout.

Came home and watched the latest DVD release, Jurassic World, not a bad movie but…

Overcast and drizzle all day long.

Went out with Brian to MicroCenter, looked over some 4K monitors and a few things for home security, ie fun things to see the house and surrounding  area with.  Then we stopped in at the Barnacles there and had lunch.  The place turned out to be all black, I think we were the only white folks there at all.

Came home and just was boring the rest of the day, watched Netflix mostly and then started a new series, Atypical, all about a Autistic HS senior and his family, serious and funny at the same time.  I’m liking it a lot.

Got through the first season.

I’ve gained about 20-30 lbs in the last several years. I can no longer touch my toes as well as I used to and even tying my shoes is more difficult. @238lbs I need to make some changes.

I’ve been drinking to much beer, at least 4+ three days a week.  Then I eat a bunch of snacks during working hours.  Also, I haven’t done much in the way of exercise, I really need to do more of that.

I realized this only 4 days before I am scheduled to go to my yearly Physical @ the Doctor.

We always have some sort of posters around work that have to do with some sort of campaign that the HR group has going. This week this poster popped up.

I think the gal in the poster played a stewardess in the Firth Element.

Perseids 2018

According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year; and in 2018, they’ll be the best shower of the year. During the Perseids’ peak this week, spectators should see about 60-70 meteors per hour, but in outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. The meteor shower’s peak will be visible both the nights of Aug. 11-12 and Aug. 12-13, Cooke said, but he’s inclined this year to lean toward the night of Aug. 12-13 for the better show. (Both, however, should be spectacular.)

The Perseids is close to the north pole.