I'm on the road to Tybee Island for my annual beach trip...in fact this is posted as I ride in the back seat of my CRV... Shannon is driving very well and we're about an hour from Savannah right now. (this treo 300 comes in handy)
I've started enhancing another section of my web presence: Communify.org
, an update of my Community Communication Project.
Head in the Clouds
Good news...no, GREAT news! A privately-developed spacecraft with a human pilot successfully launched this morning from the Mojave Desert, got at least 62 miles up (the edge of space), and then glided in for a landing. SpaceShipOne (developed in part by Dick Rutan and Paul Allen) is in the history books now, and setting the stage for commercial space travel. Many stories
abound on the web. Congrats, Astronaut Melville!
I survived the first night of Riverbend 2004
. It was quite hot. I pored over the wide range of material available at the UTC
booth, watched some music (including Todd Snider and a bluegrass group), and had a tasty corn dog. And yes, it was hot. (Pictures
I attended the Shaking Ray Levi Society's
initial Film Committee "Get-Together" at Pisa Pizza in North Chattanooga. Got to meet several interesting people who are interested in organizing "independent movies and videos" to be made here in town.
Cool - I'm posting this while sitting in Coolidge Park, thanks to the free wireless Internet service. So there! Hint - the closer you are to the Pavilion building (next to the Carousel), the better reception you get.
I found my buddy Dan
engaged in training for the Riverbend Challenge
(what I refer to as "Dan's Death Match") at the Climbing Wall at Coolidge Park. I'm accustomed to being taller than Dan, so I gave the Wall a shot, myself (Pictures
). Thanks to whats-her-name for belaying me, thus preventing a deadly plummet.
On Wednesday my buddy Jim Guthrie passed through town; we went to watch "A Carl Miller Performance" over at St. Andrews Methodist Church (literally in the shadow of Highland Park Baptist Church). And last night I went to the second night of NightFall
, featuring Ellis Hook and the always-entertaining cavalcade of friends and acquaintances that I encounter there. Pictures
I never realized how dangerous
cicadas can be. This year marks the emergence of the 17-year cicadas (I know, "not yet legal"), and when Priscilla and I went hiking last week we saw and heard many cicadas; here's a QuickTime movie