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One of the most Affecting things about This Day beyond the Tragic Horror...

for me - is the age spread of those of us who directly experienced it.

I was 10.
Of course, I knew it was a bad thing to have done. So I was sad-ish. It felt (like most people) Surreal. But as a new tween it was more surreal to see all the adults around in this Incredible Pall.

My 4th grade teacher who I didn't like when she came back into our classroom after the Principal or other top Admin people went from classroom to classroom spreading the breaking news; her face was just drained! I was shocked. Possibly even shocked for her.

I remembered The Cuban Missle Crisis. Still, I didn't watch his address, and actions towards Civil Rights as I really wasn't watching the nightly news yet (though my Parents saw the infamous news film of Bull Connor's vicious attacks against African-Americans then peacefully protesting in that city). I didn't read about his speech at American University, etc.

It was through the years after as I learned more history in school, and reading on my own that I learned what we had lost.

But a fair amount of you here older than me say by 5-10 years or more you knew from the start the loss.

Posted by electric_blue68 | Tue Nov 22, 2022, 12:11 PM (16 replies)

Artemis 1 - who's watching. .

Got my NASA steam now. 👍🤞🚀

Woah the chat comments are flashing by!
Posted by electric_blue68 | Wed Nov 16, 2022, 12:43 AM (33 replies)

While Veterans Day is still in our minds I'd like to share both my parents fairly unique efforts...

during WWII (my mom even more than my dad).

First a Shout Out my Uncle George who was in,
and returned from The Battle of The Bulge.

So- my dad (Navy trained in Hawaii, ?Chicago, DC) ended up with some classification in radio. Still think I have his discharge paper.

He ended up (how many hundreds, maybe a few thousand workers did this in total across the country) working out of NJ maybe Sperry Rand. He was one of 3-4 people in a specialized work-eat-sleep train car that'd go out for ?2-4 days at a time to monitor the soundness, and safety of the rails within a certain radius of the NY, NJ, CN area, or NJ alone.

This was bc the rail lines were now obviously experiencing x-times more runs in quantity, as well as weight bearing loads. Metal faitgue of this kind as some of you know is not dectectable ftom the outside unless cracks are visible. This was not often so.

The car had Oscilloscopes that connected (educated guess eventually to rods with some kind of joins with flexibility) that finally (this I know) ended in a broad brush holder with metal brushes that contacted, and swept over the rail as the car road along. The faitgue which was a steady, invisible hollowing out from the inside of the rail would send a different electrical signal; which showed up in various abnormal patterns on the oscilloscope.

They'd get out of the car, and I think spray painted the rail(s) so that a repair car would go out afterwards. I can't remember whether he watched the scope, checked the brushes, maybe the crew did rotation idk. I remember, and I hope my sis still has it - he gave me an article from ? titled "The G Men of The Rails".
(you know I've never tried googling it. After soon to be dinner!) 👍

Now my mom has even a more unique story. I could kick myself now as to not asking her how she ended up doing this particular job!

(she also did work down at the southern end of Mahattan along with many, many other volunteers in the tents pitched up helping the returning wounded soldiers)

She trained as a dressmaker, and seamstress previous to the war here in NYC. She however moved to California, and shared a house and a backyard (avocado trees!) with roommates.

She ended up at Hughes Aircraft as a draftswoman. I remember her telling me about doing the drafts for the ectrical box in the inside of the ship that led to the cables that connected to the double turret guns. The ones you see in films that go back, and forth - one pulled back while the other one is forward. Small but impresive detail, imho.

But wait... There's more, which I didn't know till a few decades afterwards...

She wasn't just a draftswoman:
she was The Head Draftsperson to a department of 70 - 100 drafrspeople (mostly men, I'm guessing). It was she who initialed, and signed off on everyone's work!

She ended up returning to NYC. There she probably got the initial offer to interview at (suddenly forgot the name) by her next younger brother.
There she also did drafting. She told me about drafting the scope/sights for some new at that point secret gun.

Then about ?10 years ago that same uncle who got her the interview said she not only did that but when they found out she was a serious dressmaker they (his mermory wasn't quite as sharp as it had been they might have asked her to help design some kind of flight suit.

I've tried to research both of these more through the last two decades off and on without any luck.

Finally sometime before she moved west, she was either an honorable mention, or third place winner in joint contact by ?3 major NYC papers at the time -
design practical, but nice clothes for the women war work force going into the farms, and factories.

My sis found the article about this going through her dress making stuff when she moved into the Nursing Home. She never told us about that (Although, she did make all of us clothes that looked like they came from Saks Fifth Ave in the quality of their construction!👍🧡 )

Thanks, in advance to anyone reading partly, or fully through this. 👍
Posted by electric_blue68 | Sun Nov 13, 2022, 05:10 PM (29 replies)

(know we have to wait on The House) but Tonight Reminds me of Being at Rock Center for MSNBC's...

Presidential Election Night's Event! 🥰👍🍾
Posted by electric_blue68 | Sun Nov 13, 2022, 12:03 AM (0 replies)

Jamie Harrison (chairman DNC) on Joy Reid's show said they did employ a 50 State strategy...

(me: maybe not enough in time? )

Can't quite follow the rest while I type

This in regards to some posted on previous
thread (?s) about - they didn't do that.

Noticed bc I like the 50 State strategy.
Posted by electric_blue68 | Fri Nov 11, 2022, 07:36 PM (34 replies)

Jamie Raskin on Alex Wagner's show. Interesting...

(since no one's mentioned it)

So they'll have their report out along with recommendations for avoiding other coup attempts. 👍
He didn't want to get specific at this point.

Then she asked him about Trump testifying (or not) on this coming Monday, re: contempt of Congress.

He didn't answer that exactly...
But mentioned "not being above the law", and...

Steven Bannon.

🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 (🤞?)

Posted by electric_blue68 | Thu Nov 10, 2022, 11:54 PM (0 replies)

Just heard on WNYC Public Radio from a Navajo caller that The Navajo Nation went Blue. 💙👍

Idk exactly whether that meant remained, or turned blue bc I came into the call ongoing... But Good News!
Posted by electric_blue68 | Wed Nov 9, 2022, 11:09 AM (1 replies)

Hi. Please- Prayers, Healing Vibes, Good Luck & Thoughts for my Sister...

She's had GI issues the past 2 months or so. Tests have ruled out infection. She is a (thyroid) cancer survivor of 10ish yrs.
She'll have colonoscopy procedure today Tues around 3 PM EST.

Thank ✨ You in advance.

(and she made sure she voted 💙 early.) 👍
Posted by electric_blue68 | Tue Nov 8, 2022, 10:10 AM (15 replies)

(Since 8P) Special MSNBC Election - did Kernacki just say we're a 50-50 Country? I don't think so...

Seems closer to ? 60 - 40.

60%- Dems, Dem learning Indpdnt
40%- Reps, Rep leaning Indpdnt

Obviously it's even more complex & nuanced -
Though I'd say Libertarians usually go w Reps much,
most? of the time.

The non voters etc

Posted by electric_blue68 | Mon Nov 7, 2022, 09:31 PM (22 replies)

I Finally Voted on the Last Day of Early voting! Phew....

Mission accomplished. 👍

Though I miss our old metal booths with curtains!
I loved the little click sound of the little levers being pushed down.
And the very satisfying "Chunk" of the big red lever being pushed from left to right to cast your vote.

Posted by electric_blue68 | Mon Nov 7, 2022, 12:00 AM (0 replies)
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