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Friday, January 27, 2012


The work week comes to an end and when I get home we start thinking about what’s for dinner.  I mention taco bell, Kyle and Luke suggest Outback.  Sue doesn’t like taco bell, so let’s do Outback tonight.  Santa left gift cards in everyone’s stocking so with cards in hand we felt like dinner was free tonight.  Not busy as we get there before 5pm, and out as the place starts to get really busy.

Kyle and Luke decided they wanted brownies, ice cream, and whipped cream for dessert, so they are working together on a batch of Duncan Hines.  I hear some giggling and arguing, and I am sure there will be some mess to cleanup, but as long as I get my dessert later, I am good.   

This day in history “On January 27, 1888, the National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C., for "the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge."

The 33 men who originally met and formed the National Geographic Society were a diverse group of geographers, explorers, teachers, lawyers, cartographers, military officers and financiers. All shared an interest in scientific and geographical knowledge, as well as an opinion that in a time of discovery, invention, change and mass communication, Americans were becoming more curious about the world around them. With this in mind, the men drafted a constitution and elected as the Society's president a lawyer and philanthropist named Gardiner Greene Hubbard. Neither a scientist nor a geographer, Hubbard represented the Society's desire to reach out to the layman.

Nine months after its inception, the Society published its first issue of National Geographic magazine. Readership did not grow, however, until Gilbert H. Grosvenor took over as editor in 1899. In only a few years, Grosvenor boosted circulation from 1,000 to 2 million by discarding the magazine's format of short, overly technical articles for articles of general interest accompanied by photographs. National Geographic quickly became known for its stunning and pioneering photography, being the first to print natural-color photos of sky, sea and the North and South Poles.

Some of my favorite shows have been courtesy of NatGeo.  Their shows, magazines, documentaries, etc, are top notch and with HD and huge budgets, we now have the word at our fingertips.  When I was a kid, it was black and white TV, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, and Jaques Cousteau.  Seems I have always been drawn to the nature programs and the wonders of the wild.  Maybe one day I can go and see some parts of Wild America, and since we have expansive national parks and open spaces, there should be plenty of wild left.

Once again I am transported back in time to the projects in Pomonok where I grew up.  Just the other day I stumbled onto a movie documentary that is being put together by an old friend from the hood.  It starts as a rough cut of interviews about “Jack”, the ice cream man who knew the whole neighborhood and was old reliable on those hot summer nights, or on the way home from school.  In those days, without air conditioning, or video games, and only a handful of channels to watch, young and old alike mingled and hung out.  A very tight knit community in the 60’s and 70’s, unlike anything I have ever experienced….a piece of history very much worth documenting.

I really have to go thru those slide packs to pick out some old photos of Pomonok !

I smell brownies so it won’t be long now….

Photo of the Day “Brownies”

P.S. There are two types of people in the world.  Those that eat to live, and those that live to eat.  Which one are you ?

I'd run an extra mile for a once in a while dessert like this.....

1 comment:

  1. I've got a major sweet tooth but was diagnosed as pre-diabetic and gave up processed sugar about 15 months ago.