I knew by age seven that I wanted to be a pilot and do things with airplanes. That ambition was solidified at age sixteen in high school American Literature when we had a segment on career choices. The teacher handed out pamphlets describing different careers. I found one titled, Aeronautical Engineering, read it, and never looked back. After a satisfying forty-year career in the engineering field, I can say I made the right choice.
Years later, after retirement, I found a job working the evening ... read more
Earlier this month (Feb 5, to be exact) Bill Nye, the Science Guy, and Ken Ham of the Creation Museum in Kentucky engaged in a debate. The subject: Creation vs. Evolution.
Scientists and creationists have been debating for a hundred years and are no closer today to a mutual understanding than at the beginning. Dialogue between the two camps may be helpful but is probably a waste of time because a fundamental dichotomy exists between science and religion. The Nye-Ham debate did nothing to bridge ... read more
A personable young reviewer on Fox News panned the new movie, Monuments Men, over Legos, a kids’ movie. It’s the kind of thing you get when you send a boy in to do a man’s job: kid stuff.
Monuments Men is about U.S. Army units that were sent into Germany and Austria in search of art objects displaced by the war. Some of these were precious items hidden away by museums in France and Germany as the war advanced. Some was destroyed in tragedies like the Hamburg firestorm. Some is still missing, ... read more
Frederick county has seen a fair amount of bridge work this past year or so.
A new bridge over Carroll Creek extended Monocacy Boulevard from Gas House Pike past the airport. Now, it’s an easy trip from Walkersville to Frederick Airport.
Repainting work on the old span of the MD26 Bridge over the Monocacy River is nearing completion. The environmental-containment tent has been removed from one of the spans to reveal a lovely green-painted structure. Repair and rejuvenation work on the bridge ... read more
I frequently have these dreams that are quite vivid in nature. Things are in color and I have conversations with people. Another characteristic seems to be that things happen or exist in vast spaces.
I remember one in which I was walking with another fellow down a long hallway. The place was reminiscent of the scifs (sub-compartmented information facilities) where I once worked. We turned a corner at a jog in the hallway and there was an old friend named Charlie working as a janitor. We exchanged ... read more
The problem with trucks and the rail overpass on Md. 75 at New Market just doesn’t want to go away. Judging from comments here and there, most people don’t understand what’s happening.
Just out of curiosity, I drove east to Mount Airy to see if in fact the rail line that crosses over Md. 75 is still in use. I had a brainstorm that maybe, if the line is no longer used, the overpass at Md. 75 could be removed. Turns out that the rails are shiny and show signs of regular use all the way out ... read more
Following is a letter sent to our representatives in the Congress regarding the phony shutdown of the administrative side of the Federal Government:
“The Affordable Care Act is the crux of this whole phony government shutdown. As I see it, ACA was enacted in an unfair and undemocratic manner. It was written in haste and no doubt has major flaws. It was pushed through by the Democrat majority by suspending normal order and bypassing the rules. When House Republicans asked for a reading of the ... read more
Whoo hoo! The parbuckling operation was a success and the wreck of the cruise ship, Costa Concordia, now rests upright on a temporary dry dock structure installed on the sloping seabed just outside the harbor on the Isle of Giglio, Italy.
Readers will recall that in the evening hours of Friday, January 13, 2012, the Costa Concordia struck a rocky reef off Giglio Island off Italy’s west coast. It ended up lying on its side partially submerged on the island’s shore. Amazingly, for a wreck of ... read more