July 25, 2014

On this day in history...

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 photo Concorde1.jpg On July 25, 2000, Air France's Concorde took off from the Charles de Gaulle International Airport near Paris. It was headed for New York City and carried 100 passengers, mostly Germans who were headed to New York to board a ship bound for Ecuador.

On the runway, the Concorde ran over a piece of debris that had been shed from another departing jet. The debris cut through a tire, which started
a shockwave that ruptured the fuel tank. The Concorde immediately  burst into flames.

The cockpit voice recorder picked up the following:

Co-pilot: "Le Bourget, Le Bourget, Le Bourget."

Pilot: "Too late (unclear)."
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Control tower: "Fire service leader, correction, the Concorde is returning to runway zero nine in the opposite direction."

Pilot: "No time, no (unclear)."

Co-pilot: "Negative, we're trying Le Bourget" (four switching sounds).

Co-pilot: "No (unclear)."

And that was it, except for the massive clean-up and the subsequent lawsuits. All one hundred passengers were killed, as well as nine flight crew members. Four people killed on the ground brought the death toll to 113 people dead in the crash of the Concorde.

The Concorde flew again, but the accident crippled the endeavor and the sheer cost of the jet made it untenable. In 2003, the Concorde was retired.

Below is the crash scene, click on it to view full-sized.

There's also a short, haunting video on YouTube that shows the crash in progress. Click here to view it.

July 20, 2014

A Decade Of Dresses

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Found on Sewing The 60s, these dresses are from sewing pattern packages. These drawings show such long skinny legs! But patterns were always that way. My mother could sew anything and often made her own patterns out of newspaper. I did not inherit the sewing gene. Nor did I get the shopping gene. Therefore, I wear jeans and t-shirts a lot.

But I like looking at dresses! Online. And not for very long.

Let's move on to some dogs or something.

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July 17, 2014

I'm not pregnant!

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But I did find the image below and found it to be very...instructive. During our pre-childbirth classes, we saw film after film of women having babies. I felt that it was to kind of desensitize the husbands. Also perhaps to make the moms-to-be swear mentally that they would not shriek and hit their spouses during labor. We also had to look at a lot of charts of how our babies looked in utero. The thing is, unless we were hoping to become obstetricians, what good was this? It would've been enough for me to hear, "Your kid has a thumb by now" or "At this point, the liver is complete."

Anyway, I just know my childbirth class would've grabbed up this image and studied it with the intensity of one preparing to take the bar exam. And it would be good during birth, too. The nurse could say, "You're a daisy now! Just hang on!" and "Wow! You're at doughnut level!" and so on.

So, you know. I like this chart.

from Sweet Leigh Mama

July 15, 2014

'60's Concert Posters

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1966
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1967
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1968
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snagged 'em here

July 11, 2014

At The Drive-In Movies

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We had three in Topeka, all starting with the letter "c": the Chief, the Community and the Cloverleaf. While I went to some drive-in movies with friends when I was in my teens, it's my childhood memories that linger.

When Mom and Dad traded our VW bug for a station wagon with fold-down backseats, drive-ins were perfect. We always arrived in daylight and each time, I was surprised by how plain and vast the drive-in really was.
We pulled up to a speaker and took it from the stand and hung it on the partly open car window. Inevitably there were speakers that didn't work, so that meant moving the car to another location. If it was still not dark, we went and played on the small playground right in front of the huge movie screen.

The general rule was that the first movie would be a G-rated flick: "Angel In My Pocket" is one I remember loving. But the second movie was adult fare.
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The concession stand was ridiculously expensive so Mom would make hotdogs ahead of time and wrap them in foil. She put them in a cooler along with candy that was otherwise forbidden and a couple of cans of pop each and we each had a
bag of chips. Such food never tasted better than it did while watching that first movie.

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After intermission, it would be about eleven p.m. and we kids would be tired. That when the back seats of our station wagon got folded down and Mom spread blankets and pillows out for us. I slept beautifully at the drive-in. I do remember watching parts of "Catch-22" one time when I didn't sleep so well.

For my tenth or eleventh birthday party, Mom and Dad took two cars to the drive-in. They backed the station wagon in and my girlfriends and I sprawled out on sleeping bags and watched both movies. We had bags of popcorn and candy and we were noisy, but Mom and Dad were in the Buick and just let us be rowdy. I suppose it must've been a relatively tame second movie that night, because we watched them both.
All three drive-in movie theaters are gone now. The Chief sign remains, but it's posted with the new Walmart's sale prices.

As far as I know, the Community and the Cloverleaf have left no traces except for the memories of a generation of Topekans.

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