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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

97

I work half a day from home this morning, and before heading to NYC to visit Peggy, I go for a run.  Not bad, 3 miles in 26:57.  1st mile at 9:29, 2nd at 8:46, 3rd at 8:42.

Sue, Gavin and I decide it is better to drive into NYC to go to Beth Israel as opposed to driving to Ronkonkoma to catch a bus to Brentwood, to catch the railroad to Penn, station and then take two trains.  Track work has disrupted off peak service to Penn Station.

We make good time to the city, and pull up in front of the hospital and opt for valet parking service.  Well worth the price to have the convenience, piece of mind, and in Manhattan, a spot to park your vehicle.

This day in history "On this day in 1987, in one of his most famous Cold War speeches, President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin Wall, a symbol of the repressive Communist era in a divided Germany."

In 1989, a radical series of political changes occurred in the Eastern Bloc, associated with the liberalization of the Eastern Bloc's authoritarian systems and the erosion of political power in the pro-Soviet governments in nearby Poland and Hungary. After several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on 9 November 1989 that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, a euphoric public and souvenir hunters chipped away parts of the wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of the rest. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on 3 October 1990.

Pink Floyd made famous "The Wall", and I have since seen the Roger Waters performances depicting the taking down of the WALL.  

Peggy is happy to see us, and her children who have converged to visit from near and far.  She is doing a little better, and is getting ready for another series of tests later in the afternoon.  Her Dr. thinks she may need to go on antibiotics as she suspects an infection may have worsened her condition.

A slice of pizza, and a cup of Starbucks before heading back home.  In the pouring rain, we make way to the midtown tunnel, and our ride home takes about 1.5 hrs.  Once home I start to prep dinner.

Paella for dinner tonight.

Luke scores a 97 on his science test and has just a few days left to take finals before heading into summer.

Photo of the day "97"


Nice Work Luke on getting that 97...............


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