M-O-O-N, Spells Moon

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Here is another cool picture. I would like to try to get a couple of pictures like these.

Manhattanhenge… What a Picture

I was checking out my daily newsfeeds and I found this story on Manhattanhenge. So, since I didn’t know anything about it, I did what I usually do… I Googled it!

Here is what I found from Wikipedia.com on what is Manhattanhenge.

Manhattanhenge – sometimes referred to as the Manhattan Solstice – is a circumstance which occurs twice a year, during which the setting sun aligns with the east–west streets of the main street grid in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. The neologism is derived from Stonehenge, where the sun aligns with the stones on the solstices with a similarly dramatic effect. The word was popularized in 2002 by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History. The term applies to those streets that follow the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, which are laid out in a grid offset 29.0 degrees from true east–west. (The 29.0 degrees should be added to true east and west, making the western bearing approximately 299.0 degrees.) During Manhattanhenge, an observer on one of the gridded east-west streets will see the sun setting over New Jersey directly opposite, from the street, along its centerline.

The dates of Manhattanhenge usually occur around May 28 and July 12 or July 13 – spaced evenly around the summer solstice. In 2011, Manhattanhenge occurred on May 31 at 8:17 p.m., and on July 12 (full sun) and 13 (half sun), both at 8:25 p.m. In 2012, it occurred on Tuesday, May 29 at 8:17 p.m. and Thursday, July 12 at 8:25 p.m. (half sun), and on Wednesday, May 30 at 8:16 p.m. and Wednesday, July 11 at 8:24 p.m. (full sun).

The two corresponding mornings of sunrise right on the center lines of the Manhattan grid are approximately December 5 and January 8 – spaced evenly around the winter solstice. As with the solstices and equinoxes, the dates vary somewhat from year to year.

 

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Andy Dallos, a producer for “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC, documented Manhattanhenge in a series of shots snapped from West 50th Street. Check out The Maddow Blog for more of Dallos’ photos.

 

As much as I love taking picture and have at least two cameras with me at all times, I forget to take pictures of things I find interesting. I really need to stop, smell the roses and take a picture.

 

 

 

 

The Worst That Could Happen

I am a fan of all types of music. Recently, I have been getting into Doo Wop music from the 50’s. There was a special on PBS — “Doo Wop 50” a couple of years ago and one of the groups on the show was Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge. Now, I’m sure that I heard songs by them, but never really pay attention to who sang them or when they came out.

Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge

But after I saw them on the special, I became a fan! Here is my favorite song by them, Jimmy Webb‘s “The Worst That Could Happen” (1968).

 

 

And for all of those who want to sing along to the song.

“The Worst That Could Happen” by Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge

Girl, I heard you’re getting married
Heard you’re getting married, this time you’re really sure
And this is the end, they say you really mean it
This guy’s the one that makes you feel so safe, so sane and so secure
And, baby, if he loves you more than me
Maybe it’s the best thing
Maybe it’s the best thing for you
But it’s the worst that could happen to me

I’ll never get married
Never get married, you know that’s not my scene
But a girl like you needs to be married
I’ve known all along you couldn’t live forever in between
And, baby, if he loves you more than me
Maybe it’s the best thing
Maybe it’s the best thing for you
But it’s the worst that could happen to me

And, girl, I don’t really blame you for having a dream of your own
Hey, girl, I don’t really blame you
A woman like you needs a house and a home, baby
If he really loves you more than me
Maybe it’s the best thing
Maybe it’s the best thing for you
But it’s the worst that could happen

Oh, girl, don’t wanna get married
Girl, I’m never, never gonna marry, no no
No, it’s the worst that could happen
The worst that could happen
Oh, girl, the worst that could happen

Lyrics from http://www.elyrics.net

Side note:

Reached the Billboard Hot 100‘s top 40 (at #38) on 4 January 1969, peaking at #3 on 1-8 February 1969. (from Wikipedia.com)

From Songfact — Worst That Could Happen by Brooklyn Bridge

  • When Johnny Maestro (former lead singer of the Crests) put together an 11-piece band, his managers complained that it would be easier to sell the Brooklyn Bridge than to promote such a large ensemble. The name stuck.
  • The original version was recorded by The Fifth Dimension but it wasn’t a hit. The song appeared on an album as a medley with Wedding Bell Blues.

Official Site

Memorial Day

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“… Memorial Day, it’s also an important time to remember all the servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our country and our freedom. We will never forget your valor. And to those who continue to serve today, a heartfelt “thank you” for your duty and courage.” — Tony Stewart

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It originally honored the people killed in the American Civil War, but today has become a day to honor those who died defending their nation.

Memorial Day
Display your flag at half-staff until noon today,

Today is a federal holiday. Many schools, banks, and government offices will be closed today.

The American stock markets are also closed today.

Moore Hollow Heirloom Seeds

Attention all gardeners out there. Tis’ the season to start planting your gardens. If you are looking for 100% All Natural, open pollinated seeds, look no further than Moore Hollow Heirloom Seeds.

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What are heirloom seeds?

Heirloom seeds are seeds whose offspring will bear seeds that can be planted again the following season, and again the season after that. For thousands of years of agriculture, humans relied upon heirloom seeds year-in and year-out to provide for their families and communities.

In fact, you never have to buy seeds ever again if you like! Just harvest your own… rinse them with water, set them out to dry and put them back into our long term storage packs. Awesome food sustainability and security!

For more information on how you can order these seeds, go to MooreHollowHeirlomSeeds.com.

R.I.P. Steve Forrest

Another actor that I had a crush on when I was growing up has passed away.

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Steve Forrest (September 29, 1924 – May 18, 2013)
Picture from S.W.A.T. (1975)

Steve Forrest (September 29, 1924 – May 18, 2013) is an American actor who is well known for his role as Lt. Hondo Harrelson in the short lived television series S.W.A.T. which ran in 1975 through 1976. (from Wikipedia.com)

I remember watching S.W.A.T. and just swooning over Steve Forrest, Robert Urich and Mark Shera. I loved the theme song to the show too. It was so 70’s!

R.I.P. Steve Forrest. Thanks for making my childhood TV watching fun!

Side notes:

Photos of Oklahoma Tornado

I just don’t understand tornadoes. I have never been in one, tornado warnings, but never an actual tornado. I just can’t fathom who a house can turn into a pile of sticks in minutes or seconds. In one of the pictures below, there are houses that are piles of wood and next to them are some houses that were barely touch… How does that happen??

Here are some of the aftermath of the tornado.

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MOORE, OK – MAY 21: An aerial view of destroyed houses and buildings on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The town reported a tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide that touched down yesterday killing at least 24 people and leveling everything in its path. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Photo by Benjamin Krain/Getty Images)

How they didn’t lose more people than they did is amazing. I hope that the people of Morris, Oklahoma feel the prayers from people, the donations for the people and survive this disaster.

Side note:

If you would like to make a $10.00 donation, as I did, text REDCROSS to 90999.

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