In Praise of Ladies My Age

This started my day off with a smile.

I hope you find the humor in it as well.

Solar Flare Saturday?

Put on your tin foil hats for just a few minutes and check this out:






Experts say the combined energy from two recent solar events will arrive at Earth on Saturday, prompting the Space Weather Prediction Center to issue a strong geomagnetic storm watch.

Wait. What kind of watch? Basically, the sun is a giant ball of gas: 92.1% hydrogen and 7.8% helium. Every now and then, it spits out a giant burst of radiation called a coronal mass ejection.

These ejections are sometimes associated with solar flares, the most explosive events in the solar system. The sun has released two ejections in the past two days, and both are linked to solar flares. NASA says the second flare is an X1.6 class, putting it in the most intense category.

The energy from those two ejections is heading toward Earth.

X1.6 class sounds pretty intense; doesn’t it?

Space weather experts aren’t sure what this solar storm will do.

“This is a pretty strong solar storm, and we just won’t know until it gets here” what it will do, said CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Earth’s atmosphere usually protects us humans, but you might want to keep a flashlight handy. Solar storms can knock out power, interfere with GPS and radio communications — including those on commercial airliners — and damage satellites.

“People on the ground really don’t have to worry,” said Lika Guhathakurta, a program scientist with NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. She said solar storms don’t affect humans on the ground, although astronauts could be at risk.

And our technology.

But don’t worry too much. NASA can take steps to protect the crew members on the International Space Station, and satellite operators can turn off sensitive sensors on satellites to mitigate the risk to your smartphones and wi-fi connection. There may be temporary glitches, though, Guhathakurta says.

Of course they barely  mention the possibility of blowing up transformers or affecting just about all the electronic components modern life depends on now.

“FEMA has been notified of these events just in case,” Thomas Berger, director of NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, said at a Thursday news conference.

On March 13, 1989, a solar storm knocked out power for the entire province of Quebec for 12 hours. Power grids in the United States were affected but didn’t have blackouts. NASA says some satellites tumbled out of control for hours during what’s known as the Quebec Blackout. The space shuttle Discovery was in orbit at the time and had a mysterious sensor problem that went away after the storm, NASA says.

I’m not suggesting everyone head for their bug out locations. Just be aware that it is happening.
It might make sense to take a few precautions; keeping some times turned off, removing batteries from others, watching the news instead of binging out on NetFlix.

If something does happen, well “The chair is against the wall, Charlie is wearing a long coat”.  :)


Location, Location, Location….

….not just important in real estate; but in selecting the proper place to try something like this



Notice they don’t try something like this in Lubbock for example.

Probably Not Best Timing and Name

Malaysia Airlines has scrapped the title of a promotional competition asking people what activities and destinations are on their “bucket list” after acknowledging it was inappropriate given the two deadly disasters it has suffered this year.

A bucket list is a term used by some English-speakers to describe a list of adventures they want to have before they die.


Definitely not something I would want to be thinking about before I flew Malaysia Airlines; I mean I hope to have a couple of decades to complete my list, not just until they announce “Now Boarding”.


Attention Texas Drivers….Let’s Talk about Stop Signs

I know we haven’t talked in a while. Part of that is definitely my fault; in an effort to keep my blood pressure under control, I’ve been trying to be a little more relaxed about watching traffic.

But this, this we really need to talk about. Oh not all of you but enough that I feel we should cover a few basic things about stop signs.

It is your job, your primary job, to drive the car. Not eat, not take a phone call, not respond to FB. — Drive the car.

Second — Where to stop.
I know it sounds a little odd to say (most of us remember) but the place to stop is actually so your front bumper is just behind an imaginary line drawn across the street where the stop sign is.
Some of you have a major problem with this; either you are half away across the street before you stop or you stop 3 car lengths back.

Third – How long
This is the biggest part of my grievance and is definitely related to the first part above. When you pull up to a stop sign, you are required to come to a full stop. That’s it.

There is no time limit on how long you have to wait at a stop sign before proceeding. IT ## )&)$##%@ isn’t 3 to 8 Seconds! Especially when there is no other traffic at the other sides of the street. Good gravy people. Use some common sense; if there are other cars make sure you can proceed then go.

But way too many of you seem to think that you have to approach the stop sign, creep up to it as not startle it, stop, look around at the empty street, check again, start forward, stop again to check to see if a Romulan war bird disguised as a Buick uncloacked and then finally proceed.

To co-op a phrase; we can do better than this.




Maybe, but I rarely joke about bacon.



William Tell Momisms

aka – the Mom Song