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I've just spent far too much time wandering through my Flickr photo stats.

I have to say, since photographing a space shuttle launch I get far more hits from people searching for space stuff than I do from people searching for zooporn.

It does still disturb me just how many people do search for zooporn though, especially since I mostly made the tag as a joke after getting pictures of monkeys doing it & of a monkey spanking his monkey. Just because I made the tag doesn't mean it's anything I'd ever search for!

Also, I discovered that there was a setting to have comments on your pics mailed to you, but I'd never clicked it. So, all of you who have commented on my Flickr photos in the past, Thank You! I wasn't ignoring the comments, I just didn't know about them. :)


Jun. 15th, 2010 09:22 pm
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Oh hey, I just heard [livejournal.com profile] hellbob fire up the lawnmower!
This is a good thing, as he had it in pieces when I got home from work. I don't know if he's got the not being able to back up problem fixed, but at the very least it still runs! Woo hoo! I'd really hate to have to go buy a goat or sheep because my lawnmower wouldn't run...
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I've been so busy with all the geeky awesomeness this last month that I haven't had time to write about any of it!
I've managed two posts about the NASA Tweetup so far (Part 1, Part 2) but still haven't even gotten to launch day!
And now I've also got 4 days in Arizona for the Phoenix ComiCon to write about (James Marsters! Wil Wheaton! Felicia Day! John Scalzi! Aaron Douglas! John Schneider!).
And I've got w00tstock to write about (Adam Savage! Paul & Storm! Wil Wheaton (again!) John Scalzi (again!) Len Peralta! MST3K guys!)
And because I know that won't all be done before it happens, I'll have MPR's Wits show on Friday to write about (John Hodgman! John Moe!)
Luckily my real life is boring so I don't have to worry about updating y'all on that too.
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My Space Shuttle launch story.

Now we're on to the second half of day 1.

After lunch we boarded buses for a tour of KSC.

The Apollo Saturn V Center )

Apollo 14

The International Space Station Center )

International Space Station Center

Pictures of stuff we saw on the tour. )

After the tour we took a short break and then boarded the buses again for the highlight of Thursday - the retraction of the Rotating Service Structure!

Finally, pictures of Space Shuttle Atlantis )

After getting dropped off at the press site, we were done with scheduled events for the day. Melissa, Matthew & I took advantage of that time to get our required “I’m by the countdown clock!” pictures.

Cheesy self portrait.

Cheesy self portrait

Countdown clock

After hanging out for a little while longer I was going to meet up with my friends Mark & Sarah for dinner but decided I was just too wiped out. I went back to my resort with the intention of napping, but I learned that the pool & hot tub were open until 11:00. Since the flight my husband Rick & my dad were on was landing at 11:12 I figured it was a sign. A nice relaxing soak in the hot tub felt so good. After running to the airport to get Rick & Dad, it was the end of a wonderful day.

Hot tub
(This picture's not blurry because of the water, it's because the phone is in a nice watertight plastic bag!)

Next: Launch day!
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My Space Shuttle launch story.

I’ve already posted about how I got to go to the launch through @nasatweetup. Now I’ve finally got time to tell you about the Tweetup itself!

To minimize time taken off work, since I don’t get paid time off, I ended up going right from work to the airport on Wednesday, and then on Monday going right from the airport back to work. So, Wednesday night Rick picked me up at work and we headed to uptown to pick up Melissa (@melissagerman), another woman from Minneapolis who was also selected for the Tweetup. Actually, out of only 150 people, 4 of us were girls from Minneapolis! Anyway, I had been tweeting with the other girls and it turned out that Melissa and I were taking the same flight down. She didn’t have a way to the airport yet so I said we’d be able to pick her up. Luckily she turned out to be really nice and we got along well.

The flight down was on Delta, formerly Northworst. Ugh. New name, no improvement. The lack of legroom on their flights can get to be downright painful for my 5’10” self! I’m actually typing this out right now while sitting on another flight, a US Airways one. MUCH more comfortable and more than enough leg room. But I digress. Delta flight. We were supposed to take off at 7pm to get to Orlando at 11pm local time. We loaded up and backed on out of the gate. And sat. We sat just there for a freaking hour without moving! After 45 minutes they announced that it was some indicator light that had come on but that they didn’t need to fix anything, they just had to wait for someone to sign off on paperwork. When we finally took off we ended up landing in Orlando an hour late at midnight local time.

I wasn’t checked into my hotel until after 2am because I had to get my luggage, get my rental car, and run to a different hotel to pick up my tripod rental before getting to mine to check in. I couldn’t even just go to bed because I had to rearrange all my bags from travel packing configuration to hotel + tweetup organization. Put all the clothes in the suitcase & carryon, put computer & cords in one shoulder bag that had been packed empty in the suitcase, and put camera gear in my beloved Tom Bihn bag. I have never in my life traveled with so much camera & computer equipment.

I ended up finally going to bed at 3am with two alarms set to make sure I got up at 6am.

It’s here! The first day of the tweetup! I had enough adrenaline in me that it didn’t even matter that I’d only had 3 hours sleep. I loaded the SUV and headed over to Melissa’s hotel to pick her up. We were on our way! The drive out to Kennedy was nice. We had enough to chat about the whole time, and I might have possibly maybe seen the eyes & snout of an alligator in the water in the ditch. We did definitely see a cow in a swamp. Yup, one cow, all by itself, standing knee deep in water. We’d recently passed a field with a herd so our theory was that this one cow had gone on walkabout.

Because the route to Kennedy was so well marked, in our excitement we didn’t read the email w/directions close enough. At one point we weren’t supposed to take the highway veering to the left to Kennedy, we were supposed to stay on the one we were already on. But we didn’t. We got to Kennedy and then spent over ½ hour trying to find the press registration area. Turns out that had we followed the directions we would have been approaching the base from the south side rather than the west. We figured it out eventually & got where we needed to be. We got our tweetup & access badges, our swag bags, a vehicle permit, and a map with directions to the press site.

Moose is ready to register

Woo hoo! We went just a little ways up the road and hit a secure gate. After showing our IDs (I’ve finally used my passport!) we got to go through and we were officially in NASA restricted space. And hey, look up there. It’s the Vehicle Assembly Building right in front of us.

Driving towards the VAB

That’s where we’re headed, turning just a couple roads in front of it. FIVE MINUTES LATER, we’re still approaching it, and have finally gotten close. The VAB is one freaking HUGE building. When it looks like you’re maybe ½ mile or a mile from it, you are really still 5 miles away. It’s just so unbelievably big that it throws your sense of perspective off. A quick turn where we’re supposed to go, another checkin at the gate to the press area, and we’re parking.

We were so excited. There were the permanent press buildings on our right - CBS, Floriday Today, some unmarked ones. On our left - the freaking countdown clock! You know what I’m talking about. The one you always see on news coverage of the launch. And it was right there!

Countdown clock

There was water behind it. And across that water, pretty tiny to the naked eye, the launch platform. The only identifiable part of the shuttle was the very tip of the big orange external tank. But still, there she was, “our” shuttle, Atlantis. And past the press buildings ahead on the right, a big white tent. That was our home base, the NASA Tweetup Tent.

The Tweetup Twent

Big enough to hold 150 people, air conditioned, big flat panels up front to air NASA tv, powerstrips for every table and wi-fi. They had hooked up a dedicated fiber for us to have wi-fi. It was so cool. They had everything a techno-addict needed.

Tweetup tent

This is the first tweetup I’d ever been to. I’d never even been to any local ones. There’s a weird thing about tweetups. Everyone introduces themselves with two names. It’s either “Hi, I’m HellZiggy. My real name is Sharon.” or “Hi, I’m Sharon. My Twitter name is HellZiggy.” Thanks to the STS-132 Tweetup list that @NASATweetup had put together of all the confirmed attendees, there were already some familiar faces and familiar names.
Melissa and I met our fellow Minnesotans, and we also found Twitter friend @MatthewJLB. Our tweetup badges all had both our Twitter name and our real name, so sometimes you’d just catch a name as someone walked past.

Oddly enough, there were two other people at the tweetup that I was just 2 degrees of separation from. A guy named @Oblivion is friends w/one of my local geeks, Kami, and @AndyKilgore from Madison is friends with Sunspot’s drummer Wendy & knows the rest of the band. Out of 150 people from 30 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, New Zealand and England, what are the freaking odds of that? Also, there was one person that wasn’t quite a friend of a friend. More like a nemesis. Twitter user @ErikHess was there, and his user name caught my eye because I know an Erik Hess on twitter, but his Twitter name is @fivesixzero. When I told “my” Erik he said to tell the one at the tweetup that he stole his name.

So, while everyone was setting up their equipment, we were all also chatting and getting to know each other. For a large group who didn’t know each other for the most part, it was really easy to just start conversations with people and get to know them. Of course, we were all used to talking to strangers via Twitter.

At shortly after 10am we were greeted by @NASA team members John Yembrick and Stephanie Schierholz. We had a bunch of really great speakers before breaking for lunch:
Robert D. Braun, NASA chief technologist, NASA Headquarters
Astronaut Janice Voss
Jon Cowart(@Rocky_Sci ), Kennedy Space Center
Stephanie Stilson, space shuttle Discovery Flow Director, Shuttle Processing Office, Kennedy Space Center
Ron Woods, equipment specialist, who has been a space suit designer from Mercury to now

I could write up all the cool stuff they told us, but I have a crap memory for the details, so I’m going to just point you toward the Ustream video they shot! :)

Oh hey, that saved me a lot of writing!

We broke for lunch then, and I joined the herd that was heading toward the cafeteria. You know that crappy cafeteria food service you have at most companies? Yeah, NASA may have brilliant scientists, but they get the same average food as everyone else. It was AWESOME though since I hadn’t eaten ANYTHING that day, because I was too excited and too dumb to stop at a convenience store even. When got back from lunch it was pretty much time to get on the buses for our tour.

And that was the first half of the first day.
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I got an email that made it through gmail's spam filter but hit my Mac Mail one.

All it said was:
Subject: Home Area Mystery Shop Opportunity!!!
Work Part Time As a Secret Shopper..Apply With
Full Names: Address: (Not P.O Box Please) City: State: Zip code: Cell
Number: Home Number: Age: Occupation:

What do you think? Should I do it? It has to be legitimate because they had my email address right? It couldn't be because I have a fairly common last name...
Ooh, maybe I should use all the money I make at the job to buy some oceanfront property in Arizona!
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Hey everyone! We're less than a week from w00tstock 2.3!!!!

That was quick! The tickets all have homes now. So many people responded that I wish I had more extras.

Are any of you local people dying to go, but didn't get tickets before they sold out? I have friends who won't be able to make it, so I have EXTRA TICKETS! They're only $25+fees. I just saw Wil Wheaton speaking last weekend, so I can GUARANTEE you will get your money's worth.

The show will basically be nerd nirvana. So much awesomeness in one place:

What: w00tstock 2.3
When: Monday, June 7, 2010 7:30pm - All Ages
Where: Guthrie Theater Minneapolis, MN

Television host/special-effects artist Adam Savage (“MythBusters”)
actor/author/blogger Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Stand By Me”)
music-comedy duo Paul and Storm (The Internet, Da Vinci’s Notebook)
Trace Beaulieu (Cinematic Titanic)
comedian Tim Bedore
Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy (Rifftrax)
author Prof. Jim Kakalios (The Physics of Superheroes)
artist Len Peralta
author John Scalzi (Zoe's Tale)
songster Molly Lewis (SweetAfton23)
Real Rock Star Drummer Jason Finn (Presidents of the United States of America)


Oh yeah, here's a link to the w00tstock page: http://w00tstock.net/
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I fly to Phoenix tomorrow! \0/

I'm going down for the Phoenix ComiCon.
It's full of awesome guests: http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/

Including my beloved James Marsters. And my Geek Crush Wil Wheaton. And my Geek Girl Crush Felicia Day.

I'll get to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] spellwight while I'm down there.

I've already got a VIP ticket for the James Marsters Concert on Saturday night. I've missed hearing him live. It's been 4 years!

Should be a great weekend!
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Yeah, behind on reading again. I have a pretty good excuse this time though. Space shuttle! w00t!

Every day in Florida was just so full that I didn't have the time or energy to read the internets or post on the internets. My LJ reading is now at skip=400. I shall be doing much skimming. Sorry, y'all. I know all your posts are full of little pearls of wisdom & nuggets of awesome, but I just don't have time to catch up.

So anyway. Florida = awesome. There was some bad w/the trip (don't even get me started on the @$$^# car rental place! or Delta!) but it was mostly full of all kinds of win.

The launch was about as perfect as can be. But you know what? I've seen video. It was loud. I don't remember that!!!!! I was so transfixed watching it that I have absolutely no recollection of the sound. How weird is that? And I was even expecting the noise. But no, complete silence in my memory of the launch. Freaking weird.
Self portrait of girl who just watched a space shuttle launch:


Now I want to go to the last two launches. :)

I got to swim in the ocean for the first time and loved it. I also got to see an alligator! Actually, I saw THREE of them! No pics though. The one that would have been an awesome pic, it probably would have been a bad idea to park & get out of my car. Not to mention that they didn't want us making any detours while driving in the KSC restricted space. Silly security rules!

So yeah, I took some pictures. I've got some of them up on Flickr, but no shuttle ones yet. I'm going to process the ones of her on the pad for the RSS retraction tonight. Don't know if I'll get to the launch tonight though.
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It's been an exhausting few days.
The Atlantis launch was successful and completely AWESOME!
I swam in the ocean for the first time ever today and I loved it!
I'm tired and going to bed now.

Gratuitous shuttle picture:

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Made it here! Got slightly lost trying to find the press credential area, but Melissa (@melissagerman) & I are settled in the Tweetup Tent & the show has started! It took a while to get my internet working, but I’m all wired in now.
So far we've heard NASA's chief technologist Robert D. Braun, NASA astronaut Janet Voss, and right now Stephanie Stilson, space shuttle Discovery processing director is speaking. There's so much going on that even my ADD self is a little overwhelmed. I'm just glad I got the internet on my computer going because typing is much easier on a keyboard!
I'm mostly using my iPhone for taking snapshots and uploading them to TwitPic.
Moose is, of course, having a FABULOUS time!

I don't know if TwitPics can be hotlinked. If they can, here are some pictures Ok, I've loaded them on Skitch now:

This is right where we parked. That is the Vehicle Assembly Building.

And before the program started, Moose jumped at the chance to take the podium.

More later.
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Holy cow! In less than 48 hours I'll be in Florida! My flight leaves at 7pm on Wednesday.
It seemed like it was forever away and now it's here!!
I just wish Rick was flying down with me. :( It's going to suck to be all by myself that first night.

I think I have everything I need packed. I've got a carryon packed w/my big lens, my camera body & a couple all purpose lenses, clothes for the next day, just in case, and my tripod head. All my other not as important camera stuff is tucked in with my clothes in the bag that's going to be checked.

I've never traveled with so much camera & electronic equipment. I hope it doesn't slow down security too much.

I've also gotten my hair cut & colored so I hopefully won't look too insane if I end up on tv.
I know for sure I'm going to be on NASA's UStream channel. From our itinerary:
NASA will use UStream to broadcast the 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. portion of the May 13 NASA Tweetup at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-television. Portions of the NASA Tweetup may be broadcast on NASA Television and online at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

Speaking of itinerary, we got our schedule for the Tweetup:

Thursday, May 13/L-1: Day 1
8-9 a.m. -- Registration at the Kennedy Space Center Press Accreditation Badging Building
9-10 a.m. -- Travel to the press site, set up, meet fellow participants
10 a.m. -- Welcome and introductions by @NASA team members John Yembrick and Stephanie Schierholz
10:10 a.m. -- Robert D. Braun, NASA chief technologist, NASA Headquarters
10:30 a.m. Jon Cowart (@Rocky_Sci), Orbiter Engineering manager, Space Shuttle Program, Kennedy Space Center
10:50 a.m. -- Stephanie Stilson, space shuttle Discovery processing director, Shuttle Processing Office, Kennedy Space Center
11:10 a.m. -- Astronaut Janice Voss
11:30 p.m.-12:15 p.m. -- Break for lunch
12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m. -- Demonstration of the Advanced Crew Escape Suit (ACES)
1:20 p.m. -- Instructions for launch day, board buses
1:30-6:30 p.m. -- Tour of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, including visits to the International Space Station Center and Apollo Saturn V Center. Your tour will drive by the Orbiter Processing Facility, Vehicle Assembly Building, Mobile Launcher Platforms and Crawler-Transporter. The last stop on the tour will be Launch Pad 39A to view retraction of the Rotating Service Structure, scheduled for 5:20 p.m. and space shuttle Atlantis. We will have a short break at the press site at about 4:30 p.m. If you need to leave, you may do so at that time. For the tour, you must wear long pants and closed, low-heeled shoes. Tank tops are not permitted.

Friday, May 14/Launch: Day 2
9:30 a.m. -- Arrive at Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 Press Site.
10 a.m. -- Group picture beside the countdown clock.
10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Free time and visits from guest speakers, including
- Astronaut Dave Wolf
- Lt. Col. Patrick Barrett, weather officer with the Air Force's 45th Space Wing Weather Squadron
- Chris Meinert, STS-132 Closeout Crew member
- Madi Sengupta (@msengupta), Space Station Robotics instructor at NASA's Johnson Space Center
- Amiko Kauderer, @NASA_Johnson team member leading STS-132 mission Tweetup
2:20 p.m. -- Launch of space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-132 mission
~3:30 p.m. -- Post-launch news conference on NASA TV
Following the launch, you are free to depart on your own schedule. If you leave immediately, be prepared to sit in traffic for quite some time.

We get to watch them retract the Rotating Service Structure! Cool! Hopefully we'll be close enough that we can get some good pictures of her on the launch pad in her naked glory afterwards! (If you're not sure what retracting the Rotating Service Structure is, there's a good series of pictures that shows it HERE)

NASA - Space Shuttle
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Yeah, last week was quite the roller coaster, with extreme highs and extreme lows.

The low was, of course, losing Gabriel. But, out of this came a confirmation of something I already knew. I have the most awesome friends, both online and in real life. So many sweet & touching comments from y'all here, and over on Facebook, and on Twitter. We also got a half dozen cards and 3 bouquets of flowers. Our neighbor Tammy planted a hosta for Gabe back where we buried him.

It's been tough, but Monday really was the worst day. It's gotten better. The sadness hits at weird times though. Like when I put the carpet cleaner away under the sink. I started crying because I wouldn't be cleaning up cat barf a couple times a week. Not that I miss the barf, just the barfer.

Lump seems unfazed. We expected that.

And then the highs. I know I mentioned the NASA Tweetup that I got picked for. I don't think I posted anything since then though. I'm going! Although incredibly jealous, [livejournal.com profile] hellbob said that I shouldn't miss it because it's the opportunity of a lifetime. So I changed my plane ticket to fly down Wednesday and will be spending most of the day Thursday at Kennedy Space Center. The whole rest of the crew ([livejournal.com profile] hellbob, [livejournal.com profile] genevra, monkeys, etc) will be watching the launch from a river boat, and will also go on a bit of a nature cruise.

I've got my camera gear sorted out for the trip. My giant lens is going w/me in my carryon and I've got a carbon fiber tripod rental set up down in Orlando. I'm sort of nervous about going to meet such a huge group of people where I don't know anyone, but at least we can get to know each other on Twitter first. And of the 3 other people I've learned of that are going down from Minneapolis, one of them is actually on the same flight as me. I haven't met her yet so that could be good or bad! LOL. We're even going to give her a ride to the airport with us most likely. I just wish we could have brought a plus one so that I could have [livejournal.com profile] hellbob there with me for the launch. I'm going to miss getting to see it with him. :( Moose is awesome, but he's no Rick.
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Over 4 years ago, in January 2006, I treated myself to a laptop bag. I hadn't actually gotten to see one or hold one before ordering it, but the reviews I saw on the bags from this Seattle company, Tom Bihn, were overwhelmingly positive. I already had a "Brain Cell" laptop sleeve from them to protect my laptop. Now I wanted a bag that would hold my Brain Cell.

I settled on their "ID Messenger Bag", and picked my colors. I believe the bag was $140 when I bought it, which seemed like a lot. It has been worth every penny. After over 4 years of almost daily use, there is virtually no wear showing. Most bags would wear out after a year or two, but this one lasted. Definitely makes it worth the extra money.

Then, a month or so ago, I picked it up and part of the stitching attaching the shoulder strap came loose. On a whim I checked their website and found that they do repairs. No charge if it was a manufacturing defect, otherwise let them know what and they'll get you an estimate. After how long I had been using it, it absolutely did not fall into the manufacturing defect category!

One of the beautiful things about Tom Bihn Bags is that they are all handmade at their factory in Seattle, so if it was sent in for repair, it would be fixed right where it was originally made.

I sent my request for an estimate, and was very pleasantly surprised when I got an email back telling me they'd cover the cost of the repair. Wow! I was completely expecting to pay $25-50. A free repair on a 4+ year old bag? Now that's customer service!

I wanted a couple accessories (an organizer pouch, luggage tags, etc.) so I put an order for those in with the bag when I sent it in. I also put an Official Stunt Double Moose in the bag's Moose pocket along w/a point & shoot camera, since real Moose isn't allowed to travel unsupervised. Less than a week after the bag was received by Tom Bihn, it was repaired and back home! OSD Moose got to visit Tom Bihn's retail store, and got pictures. And the accessories I wanted? The ones I gave them my credit card number for? The note that came back with the bag & Moose said that they were included at no charge!

Now tell me, with service like that, who wouldn't recommend this company to everyone they know? Yeah, Tom Bihn gets my recommendation just based on the incredible quality of their bags, but their awesome customer service just reinforces it!

My ID with Moose in it:
Tom Bihn & Moose

Stunt Double sitting atop a mountain of Brain Cells:
At the Tom Bihn store in Seattle

The biggest problem with Tom Bihn bags is that they don't wear out, so you can't talk your husband into letting you get another one!
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Spoiler for last week's episode of Supernatural under the cut

Seriously. There's a spoiler here. )
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Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook already know this was a Very Bad Day. Short Twitter sized updates were all I could mentally handle earlier.
[livejournal.com profile] hellbob & I lost our beloved cat, Gabriel, earlier today.

The medical crap that you probably don't want to read )

The last day.  )

He went so fast. It was quick and peaceful and hopefully painless. He was in Rick's arms with me there. It was best that way. He hated the vets office and would have hated to be there.
It was just so damn hard. Our cats growing up were all either outdoor cats or indoor/outdoor since we lived out in the boonies. I'd never had a cat die of old age before.

When I met Rick 17 1/2 years ago he had this awesome cat. Friendly as could be. Purred like a mother-fucker. The very first time Rick kissed me that cat was curled up on my lap. That was Gabriel. My entire life with Rick has also been with Gabriel. I just can't imagine not having Gabe around.

You were the best cat I've ever had, Gabriel. If there is an afterlife, I hope you enjoy the hell out of it.

Gabriel ~ 1991-2010
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Wow, I knew I was behind on even reading LJ. I just started going back to catch up and I haven't read y'all in a WEEK! I was at skip=400!
So, I'm browsing back through, reading what I can. Don't be surprised if you get random comments to stuff that's days old! LOL
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So, I just got this email:
Dear Sharon Snyder,

Congratulations, your registration to attend the STS-132 Tweetup on May 13-14 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has been selected! The two-day event will provide you with the opportunity to speak with shuttle technicians, engineers, astronauts, and managers and to view the launch of space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station that is targeted for 2:19 p.m. EDT, May 14. The Tweetup will also include a "meet and greet" session for participants to mingle with fellow Tweeps and the team behind the tweets from @NASA.

To complete your registration, you must:

1. Respond to this e-mail no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT April 23rd to confirm your intent to participate. Registration indicates:
a. You intend to travel to NASA's Kennedy Space Center and attend the two-day event in person. You are responsible for your own expenses for travel, lodging, local transportation, food and other amenities. You are also responsible for your transportation to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
b. You plan to attend activities during both days. Check-in is required May 13 to receive your badge, which will provide you access to the Kennedy Space Center both days. If you do not check in May 13, you will forfeit your Tweetup registration for the remainder of the event. You must plan to attend all planned activities if you want to participate.
c. You have in your possession at all times a valid U.S. driver’s license or government-issued passport that matches the name provided on the registration. Those without proper identification will not be admitted.
d. You acknowledge that you are at least 18 years old.

OMG!! So Freaking Awesome!!!

Until I realize that the check-in May 13th part won't work.

We're currently flying in at 11pm on the 13th. To make it I would have to also take May 13th off work, and change my plane ticket. *sigh* I will check at work tomorrow to see if getting the extra day off work is possible. If it is I will have to see how much it is to change my plane ticket. I'm guessing it would be more than the $56 we save by not having to buy me a causeway ticket though.
When I signed up I never even thought that the two days would be the 13-14th rather than the 14-15th. D'oh! Looking back at the original info it does say May 13-14, but I was so focused on the fact that were already planning to be there launch day that it didn't occur to me that we're not getting there until late on the 13th. Argh. Moose will be so disappointed. :(
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Well OK, not exactly doing science. But geeking out over science. That counts, right?

While I've been an LJ slacker I've been sitting over here getting all excited about the fact that in less than a month I'M GOING TO SEE A FREAKING SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH!!!!! (Because it WILL NOT be delayed. Right? RIGHT?!)

Discovery makes a safe landing tomorrow. Then they will start moving Atlantis to the launch pad at 6:00 pm tomorrow evening. I assume they will be using that super awesome crawler that I saw on Dirty Jobs. (I ♥ Mike Rowe)

Our group that will be there on launch day now includes me, [livejournal.com profile] hellbob, [livejournal.com profile] genevra, [livejournal.com profile] akdar & the Monkeys, our friend Mark & his girlfriend Sarah, and HellDad! We're all traveling on different days & times and staying at different places, but we'll all be there for the launch, hopefully on the Causeway.

Our dad was so obviously jealous that we were gonna see a shuttle launch that [livejournal.com profile] genevra & I are covering his costs. It really is the least we can do for the man that made sure that the movies we saw at the theater as children were things like Star Wars, Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan, and E.T.!

We don't have our tickets for Causeway Launch Viewing yet. *sigh*
The web site *used* to say Space shuttle launch viewing tickets typically go on sale four to six weeks prior to the scheduled launch date. Now it says three to six weeks prior. It changed about a week and a half ago. This week is 3 weeks prior, so I've got the ticket page set as my homepage so that I'll hopefully see as soon as they go on sale. This is a once in a lifetime thing for me, I want to be as close as possible!!!

Speaking of once in a lifetime, I'm trying to decide if I want to take pictures of the launch or not... LOL! Just f**king with you. Of course I'm going to take pictures. I'm planning to bring my super giant monster 400mm 2.8 lens with me. After all, if I'm going to be 6 miles from the launch site, I need a little bit of a zoom. I don't have a tripod I can take with me though because mine is just too big & heavy. The current plan is to rent a carbon fiber one from Lens Pro To Go and have it shipped to our timeshare where we are spending the first night. Then I can use it the whole time we're down there and send it back before we fly home.

I just signed up for this today:

NASA Hosts the Ultimate Tweetup at Space Shuttle Launch in Florida

For a second time, @NASA Twitter followers are invited to view a launch in person.

NASA is hosting this Tweetup for 150 people on May 13-14 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The two-day event will provide NASA Twitter followers with the opportunity to view the shuttle launch and speak with shuttle technicians, engineers, astronauts and managers. The Tweetup will include a "meet and greet" session to allow participants to mingle with fellow Tweeps and the staff behind the tweets on @NASA.

How awesome would that be if I was one of the 150 people chosen? It is just for one person though, I wouldn't be able to bring a guest. I'd feel a little guilty about abandoning the rest of the family for something so awesome, but I wouldn't let that stop me. Besides, they pick on me about Twitter. If they Twittered they could enter too. Despite the no guest rule, I would be sneaking one in - a certain adventurous little Moose! I'll know by the 22nd if I'm one of the lucky 150 picked. Fingers crossed!

To Infinity, and Beyond!
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My cousin put out a call for help for one of my local schools:

They are trying to get postcards from as many of the 50 states and countries around the world as they can. If you could send a post card I know they would be thrilled!

Here is the address:
Students of Robbinsdale M.S.
3730 Toledo Ave N.
Robbinsdale MN 55422

I'm trying to think of all the countries y'all are in.
[livejournal.com profile] felisblanco or [livejournal.com profile] verav, it would be really awesome if one of you could send them an Iceland one.
[livejournal.com profile] dakegra, got a spare England postcard lying around?
[livejournal.com profile] ltlpengy, I think you're the only Australian I've got wandering around in here. Note to self, acquire more Australians & Brits, cuz their accents are awesome!
[livejournal.com profile] 30toseoul, I'd totally be hitting you up for one if your Post Office wasn't going to be closed for another 6 months! I love all my LJ peeps, but you definitely have the coolest address (no pun intended)

They're also looking for different states too, so really, any of you minions can feel free to send one. Except you [livejournal.com profile] chebutykin. The qualification is that they are from outside of Robbinsdale!


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