March 1-7, 2005
Nine years ago 'today' ... (actually February 29, as 1996 was a Leap Year) ... THOCBDC first came on the air.
Though we don't have that very first edition of THOCBDC, we have preserved one from November of our first year: 1996 ... back in the days when the "bead of sweat" girl and the "wings" girls were our 'greeters'. You can also find more historical snapshots at the Internet's "Wayback Machine."
A year ago we posted all the journals that were contributed by guest writers over the previous eight years; that list is still 'current'.
It was not a spectacular day at the BEACH. It was a weekday so the local high school girls were in class; Spring Break is not yet upon us so the college girls are still up north. So ... only to be seen on the sand were some locals with a bit of free time on their clocks.
Last night Rick and Kig came to our place for stone crabs.
PS: Which "Big Ten" are the "Nine" looking at? Here is a little primer from "PositiveAtheism.org."
Reader Andy Page of England forwards these helpful tips that were given to Russian spies operating in England in the 1930's. Seventy-five years on I expect the same advice would be just as useful ... little of the scenery has changed since then:
Secret tips for Russian spies coming to London in the 1930's is contained in the file KV 2 /137. The information, seized by the Germans from a Russian agent captured in Paris during the Second World War, offers such advice as avoiding clandestine rendezvous in central London, always carry smart luggage when checking into hotels and make sure your AA membership is up to date.
PS: You may have to flip back a few weeks to make sense of this:
In my February 13, 2005 journal reader M. from Hotmail wrote:
"The Parisian sewer system is anecdotally connected to corks and thus corkscrews. Upon the mighty rivers of sewage floated many corks and these were skimmed off the top, sold to perfume bottlers, and recycled into smaller corks for 'eau de toilette'."
In a private e-mail I essentially asked: "Really?"
Today he replied:
" ... you can rest easy knowing that it was factual. Socialists really connected with the theme of recycling sewage and the corks were the most anecdotal example. But Paris organized the first "sewage farms" and this was even closer to the utopian circle - the country feeds the city feeds the country."
Who was Mr. Fogg?
PS: Who cares!
Even though the reclining beach bunnies showed no interest in Merle Fogg, I know that most of my readers really want to know why there is a big stone with his name on it.
Airport Celebrates 75th Anniversary
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, once the site of an abandoned nine-hole golf course, celebrated its 75th Anniversary on May 1. Since its humble beginnings with grass runways, the airport has grown into a modern transportation complex that has served 291 million travelers. Today nearly 31,500 people are either employed on the airport or work at businesses that support it, and the annual economic impact of the airport is an estimated $2.3 billion. Last year, nearly 18 million passengers used the facility, with even more passengers predicted for this year.
The airport was first dedicated in 1929 in honor of pioneer Fort Lauderdale Aviator Merle Fogg and later acquired by the federal government in 1942 to become the Fort Lauderdale Naval Air Station. After World War II, the Navy closed the base and the airport was acquired by Broward County. The first scheduled flights took place with Mackey Airlines in 1953. The first terminal opened in 1959. A major expansion project that completed much of today’s terminal complex and the airport’s first garage was completed in 1986. Since then, a new terminal, second garage, and major roadway improvements have been added. A third garage is currently under construction.
This morning Stephani & Robin and Watcharee and I went to the Las Olas Art Fair.
We saw several really unreal people.
For Watcharee's 'Big-Three-One' we went to a relatively new ... (it's only been open for seven weeks) ... restaurant: SEASON 52. And, it was just into the third day of its "Spring" menu.
"Where The Girls Are" ...
... also one tenured professor.
Next: Part II