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I owe you this one from yesterday.  It's not Tuesday any more, see.  I didn't go to rained-out trivia after picking up my repaired Jeep, but was in the cinema with a friend when the flash flood warnings buzzed peoples' phones.  Then I just didn't get to the bow tie post.  So here it is, the next day.

CBS had a man-to-the-moon special last night, which shoulda been better, what with their having all that Walter C. footage.  But it was majorly eh.  Much better was the 3-part "Chasing the Moon" on public TV's American Experience.  I also recently saw that series' show on the Stonewall uprising, and learned a lot from that one as well.  These two really big things happened when I was 6-going-on-7 and just-barely-7, and I didn't know about the former one for many years.  If I had known I wouldn't have recognized it as a good thing.  But the astronaut stuff was, to me, very good.  It was a representation of hope, and the glory of curiosity pursued, and the promise of collective knowledge building on itself, even while it was all kinds of other more contemptible things.  (One especially nice thing about the Chasing the Moon series was its contemporary viewpoint, and how it explored, to some extent, the excluded, and other politically uncomfortable aspects of how power worked at the time.  Things you're just not gonna get in the archival presentations.)  (Did you know there was to be a black astronaut?  I had not known that.  Ed Dwight, which sounded a lot like Ed White, making for a real cool bit in there.)  (The last episode opens, before the credits, with Tom Lehrer performing his song about Werner von Braun, in its entirety.)

That's just one little paragraph, but the 50th anniversariness of those two big things has stirred up a lot in me, as I take some time to look back on them.  Contemplate, and absorb.  That kind of thing.

Some of my coworkers and I are almost done putting together a jigsaw puzzle my family had when I was a kid (but this copy of which I bought offa eBay, sealed in the box, by Milton Bradley):


It has a slightly textured matte finish, which is a little weird, and its pieces include lotsa non-notching connections, and clearly aren't just cut from a repeating pattern.  My "ur" sense of jigsaws may be due to this puzzle's design, as may my subsequent desire to "anchor" pieces to the puzzle, instead of letting matched edges float away from each other and get lost.  That's kind of a space program thing, too, in its way, now that I think about it.  :)

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These images must have been from previous flights/missions, as the cards were first-day stamp cancellation bearers, to be postmarked July 16 or 20, 1969.  The second one is an astronaut doing a space walk, which is needed to inspect the lunar module by the old-fashioned visual means.  The first one was taken after blast-off and the jettisoning of the first-stage, second-stage and launch escape system, from the command module, which has separated itself from the combo Saturn 4B rocket + lunar module, and turns around to link up to the lunar module, before they say bye bye to the rocket, and it goes its merry way.  (Is this right, Peter?)
 

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This tie's a little lighter blue than it looks like here.  It's closer to this image, from the place I got it from, on clearance:

I've been making calls and attending to tasks and going to appointments and being made to jump through this hoop or that with respect to all manner of tedious adult bizniss.  More to come, too.  I'm much looking forward to some laze-around irresponsible time (maybe this weekend).

While my Jeep's in the shop I'm driving a rental.  I think it's a Corolla.  It's uncomfortable--- I was just telling a coworker how it used to be a treat to get a rental car, cuz it'd always be fancier and more up-to-date than my vehicle, and it'd have electric windows and some newfangled thing I'd never seen before and cool cubby holes and I-don't-know-what-all.  But the last few times I've just wanted my own vehicle back.  This car smells like the fumigant they put on clothes at the thrift store (though it's got the windows open now so maybe it's airing out).  I will say that I like its particular red color, and I very much like that it has Maryland license plates.  That makes me smile, walking up to it.  And today I put flowers all over it.  There's surely nothing in the rental contract against decorating the car with hippie flowers.

Sure don't feel much like cooking for myself lately.  I've been eating fruit and yogurt and ice cream.  That reminds me, I want more ice cream.  Summer makes it easier to eat simply, I think.  But I'm still often tempted to get food that's been cooked for me by some other person behind a counter.

I have some decorative outlet covers coming.  No boring outlet covers in my living room any more!  Ha.  Take that, Devil.

Some part of me seems to remember that I had more I wanted to write about, but the hungry, frazzled me of just now can't remember what.  Oh well.  Must notta been very important then.

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