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Monday, August 13, 2012

Shooting Stars

Last night after blogging, Luke and I decided to go out back and take a look up.  The clear skies gave us a rare chance to see some shooting stars.  Its usually overcast, raining, or just not on the agenda.  Last night the tally, 5 sighted for me, 4 for Luke.  We chatted, and his excitement was awesome when he saw his first one.

I got up early this morning and after a two day break from running, I hit the road.  

8 at 6.  Yes, I can't believe it.  My longest run so far.

Work was very productive today.  Working on proactive items and getting some of them done makes me feel good.

This day in history "
After a three-month siege, Spanish forces under Hernán Cortés capture Tenochtitlán, the capital of the Aztec empire. Cortés' men leveled the city and captured Cuauhtemoc, the Aztec emperor.
Tenochtitlán was founded in 1325 A.D. by a wandering tribe of hunters and gatherers on islands in Lake Texcoco, near the present site of Mexico City. In only one century, this civilization grew into the Aztec empire, largely because of its advanced system of agriculture. The empire came to dominate central Mexico and by the ascendance of Montezuma II in 1502 had reached its greatest extent, extending as far south as perhaps modern-day Nicaragua. At the time, the empire was held together primarily by Aztec military strength, and Montezuma II set about establishing a bureaucracy, creating provinces that would pay tribute to the imperial capital of Tenochtitlán. The conquered peoples resented the Aztec demands for tribute and victims for the religious sacrifices, but the Aztec military kept rebellion at bay."

A home cooked meal tonight...a simple paella with no shrimp.  Not the big hit that it used to be.  It may be time to get the crock pot out and start experimenting.  Or maybe some beef on the grill.  Steak anyone ?

Luke says he has no shorts or shirts to wear for soccer camp.  We go thru his draws and find a few of each. He is tired of Kyle hand-me-downs.  We head to Sports Authority...Luke is not an easy shopper.  After an hour, he pick an Adidas soccer short and an Under Armour shirt.

Walking over to the fishing aisle, Luke spots ping pong paddles and pool sticks.   He wants both.  We settle for a new pair of ping ping paddles.  I find a birthday present that will be difficult to wrap.  Luke will figure something out.

Back home I beat Luke at his own game.  Best 2 out of 3 ping pong.  He is getting pretty good, but hits a lot of balls out on long volleys.  I set him up with lobs so he tries to smash them....Dad wins tonight.

Sue is still in Brooklyn and will be home late.  I am tired, so will be in bed around 10pm.  My knees are a little stiff tonight...dare I go for another long run tomorrow morning ?

Photo of the day "Shooting Star"



The Perseid meteor shower, which can now be seen thanks to awe-inspiring time-lapse video shot in California, lit up the night sky shortly after midnight on Sunday, wowing lucky stargazers, Space.com reported.
The shower, which takes places annually in late July and early August, has been observed by humans for over 2,000 years.


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