Space, God and The Clydes

Here we are in sunny (LOL) Florida. I’m not advising everyone not to travel with us, but our ability to attract rainy, cloudy, cool weather is unbelievable. One example among many. A few years ago we travelled to the island of Cyprus. They had not had rain in 5 years – yes FIVE years. The day after we arrived the skies opened and it rained or was cloudy for almost the entire two weeks we were there. Condos found out for the first time that their roofs leaked; roads were flooded out; the water on our front porch washed under the door and into our apartment.

Anyway, since it was cloudy and cool, we decided to take the 1 1/2 hour drive to the Kennedy Space Centre. It was a very cool place – took me back to when we used to get up at 4 am to watch the lift offs.

Welcome to the NASA meatball

Welcome to the NASA meatball

Just after the entrance is a rocket garden consisting of Apollo and Saturn rockets.

I Never Promised You a Rocket Garden

“I Never Promised You a Rocket Garden”

A Saturn 5 Rocket - the most powerful rocket ever built.

A Saturn V Rocket – the most powerful rocket ever built.

Apollo - pretty powerful

Apollo – pretty powerful

The Apollo Engine

The F1 Engine

A tour of the Space Centre gives you an entirely new perspective on what the early astronauts, and I assume, cosmonauts had to deal with.

Terry in the Apollo command capsule

Terry in a Gemini command capsule

How big is that capsule?

Not very big

Not very big

From there it was off to the bus tour of the grounds.

(Side Note: When going on a bus tour and you are the 3rd and 4th people on, always ask the driver which side of the bus you should sit on, otherwise the best you can get may be this.)

The highlight on our side of the bus. Photo credit to a somewhat irate Terry

The highlight on our side of the bus. Photo credit to a somewhat irate Terry

At 160 meters tall, when this building was erected, it was the largest building in the world. The American flag is 28 stories tall.

VAB - Vehicle Assembly Building

VAB – Vehicle Assembly Building

The mobile crawler to take the rocket from the VAB to the launching pad.

The mobile crawler to take the rocket from the VAB to the launching pad. For comparison sake, take a look at the white truck. It was no more than 20 yards away from it. What’s the fuel range? 33 feet per gallon

One of those treads weighs one ton

One of those treads weighs one ton

The crawlway from the VAB to launch pad

They were built to handle big weight

They were built to handle big weight

Launch Pad 39A has hosted 92 launches to space from the Apollo and Shuttle Programs.

Launch Pad 39A has hosted 92 launches to space from the Apollo and Shuttle Programs.

Then it was the Saturn V building.

How massive are the rockets?

Terry looks up at the base of Stage 1

Terry looks up at the base of Stage 1 – the base of the 110 meter high rocket

This is the last actual Saturn V rocket. It was the backup for the Apollo III mission (Side note: I am pretty sure that is what I heard the guide telling his group as I eaves dropped.)

Stage 2 didn't seem much smaller than stage 1

Stage 2 didn’t seem much smaller than stage 1

Terry and the service module and command module for Apollo XIII. When you see how small the command module actually is, you wonder how the three astronauts were able to get home.

Not too big

Not too big

The Kitty Hawk - actual command module for Apollo XIV

The Kitty Hawk – actual command module for Apollo XIV

Self explanatory

Self explanatory

Terry touches a moon rock

Terry touches a moon rock

From the USSR on July 21, 1969

From the USSR on July 20, 1969

Next up was a visit to the Atlantis Centre, which houses the last space shuttle. Did you know that NASA began designing the Space Shuttle in February, 1969 – even before they landed on the moon.

There is the Canadarm

Look closely – there is the Canadarm

The Solid Rocket Boosters were used to launch the space shuttle.

The Solid Rocket Boosters were used to launch the space shuttle.

We took a simulator ride, which simulated the actual take off of the space shuttle – including the noise and the G4 thrust. I could feel my cheeks shaking. Almost as cool as skydiving!

Okay, enough about space, let’s talk about God or at least the God Cafe’. This place has been , I thought, in Leesburg Florida for 8 years. It is a Christian restaurant which started out taking donations only for their food and giving meals to this who needed them. Nice thought. Their sign says they have the best breakfast in town, so I thought I would check it out today. (Side note: This photo is from a couple of days ago – I went alone for breakfast.) Gary is the owner and, according to Yelp, he can be a little, hmm – mercurial or moody. Today he was tepidly friendly. The food is not the best in town by a long way but the coffee was good. That isn’t what was interesting though.

I have no idea what the apostrophe after Cafe means

I have no idea what the apostrophe after Cafe means

Ten minutes or so after I got there an older – 80ish couple arrived and sat down at a table in the window next to me. It was easy to hear their conversation and they were clearly a Christian couple. Ten minutes after they arrived, a second couple pulled up and parked right in front. The woman quietly says “There they are.” I thought, “Hmm – could be good.” The driver got out and as he waited for his wife to join him on the sidewalk, he looked anywhere but at the couple. When they came in, the woman forced a smile on her face and said “Good morning” and they replied in kind. Then the man said the same and they also replied “Good morning”. As they moved away, to the other side of the room, my male neighbour mutters “Well, there you go.” Is this how 80 year old Christians are supposed to act? I don’t think so.

(Side note: You know how I wrote earlier that I thought The God Cafe’ had been there for 8 years. Well, apparently that wasn’t so, as I heard Gary saying that he had closed a few years ago and then “They prayed me back.” Also, he now charges – no more what you think it was worth.)

Finally, today we were at Walmart in nearby Clermont. A visit to Walmart in nearby Clermont would not be complete without a visit from the Budweiser Clydesdales.

The whole team

The whole team

Terry is a little spooked...

Terry is a little spooked…

The Shoe Blog

Finally, finally, finally. I was sitting in Starbucks at 8:30 am and this woman came prancing in. What I couldn’t get was a photo from the front – the over the knee top and accompanying short skirt. She never turned around.

And she wasn't even of Asian heritage...

And she wasn’t even of Asian heritage…

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