Where No One Has Gone Before

I know for a fact I am 52. I don’t feel like it and I sure as hell don’t act like it, but yep, I am 52. I was born in 1964….

Back then there were no interwebs, cell phones, or cable. We had 3 national channels, plus what ever local TV channels there were. Hell, when my dad was stationed in Germany, we had 1 (yep count em, just one) English-speaking channel. Oh the horror….

Like all kids, I LOVED cartoons. I remember Johnny Quest, Speed Buggy, and, of course Looney Tunes! They were only on Saturdays, but, each morning I would be there, in my jammies, watching them.

I am not sure how, but somehow,  during my formative years, I also developed a taste for science fiction shows. I distinctly remember watching The Time Tunnel, The Land of the Giants, The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits and Lost in Space. Somehow before I knew what the word Nerd and Geek meant, I was the textbook example.

In addition to these shows listed above, there was one other. In my mind, the single show that helped me become who I am today. Star Trek…. Continue reading “Where No One Has Gone Before”

Did you ever wonder….

So here we are, it’s now December, and therefore, by Tony Law, it is ok to start talking about Christmas. Once Thanksgiving is over, then the lights can come on,

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and we can start watching Christmas Specials.  I was raised on Claymation, so of course Rudolph, Santa Clause is Coming to Town and The Year Without a Santa are my favorites. Later in life, after discovering Bill Murray, Scrooged came to the top of the list as well.

One I am not partial to is “Its a Wonderful Life.” It’s just a bit sappy for me.  But it is famous for 2 things.  The first is saying “An angel got it’s wings!” when a bell rings.  And the second is something I’ve pondered since I was a kid…. Continue reading “Did you ever wonder….”

Feeding the Inner geek

I’ve often wondered how my love for science started. Growing up I was NOT a big sports fan.  My dad would turn on football and I would groan.  “How LONG is this on!!  2 minutes left??  Than can last an hour!!!” (my how things have changed there.) Add to it my 0 for 30 single season of little league (Pastorious Reds right fielder baby!  Never caught a ball either!) and it is easy to see why I didn’t get into baseball cards…

Somewhere along the line, though, I caught the science bug. Continue reading “Feeding the Inner geek”

Answers to Life

Well, there is a fair to middling chance I will catch some guff for this one, but then when has that stopped me before.  Everyone has their beliefs good and bad.  I tend not to dwell on those things I don’t believe in here on 15,000 miles, mainly to keep a bit of peace in the valley.

However, I do believe in a few things.  Mountain gods can save your ass and squash you like a bug, and earning good mountain karma by cleaning up trash in the mountains helps keep them on your side.. Luck IS a thing and you better be ready to jump on it when you see it,  In general, karma is a bitch and will get even eventually, but karma also is not opposed to a little bit of help from you. And, if wearing the same shirt on game day seems to work, then it is ok to wear that shirt every game day till it falls apart.

Each of these has been proven to me time and time again.  But the one to discuss here, combines two others:  1) Inanimate objects respond to the way you treat them, and you can find an explanation of parts of life in a good Science Fiction movie.. Continue reading “Answers to Life”

The Faster you go, the more boring the trip…

So there I was last week, reading a sci fi book about some space traveling cowboys (ok they weren’t really cowboys, it’s what I use instead of space traveling people).  One of them was lamenting about how bored he was.  They’d been cooped up in the space ship, going faster than the speed of light, for 450 days .   His buddy responded, “Isn’t it strange that the faster you are traveling, the more boring the trip is?

I actually stopped and reread this a few times, cuz it got me thinking…. Continue reading “The Faster you go, the more boring the trip…”

A bit of a tangent…

Anyone who spends anytime at all exploring 15,000 miles knows I love to spend time on two wheels.  In fact, my ride home from work today was windy, chilly, threatening rain and I loved it!  I also love hiking in the Cascades (Hence the name Mountainstroh).  I also enjoy good wine, good beer and cheeseburgers.

However, with all of this, there is one thing I do more than anything else (and no it’s not blog posts) its reading.  I always have one or two books (if not more) going at a time on the Kindle.

I’ve posted some cycling book reviews, but this time, I want to talk about a different genre all together… Continue reading “A bit of a tangent…”

The influence of books and movies

One of my discussions on-line today was about the Ebola patients being moved to a hospital in Atlanta.  Now I understand the theory about this completely.  Their best chance of survival would be to be treated here in the states.  I also know that they have the best quarantine set up possible at the hospital.  I am confident they will contain it and I really hope these folks make it.

However, anytime I hear about Ebola, or a new strain of flu, or the new mosquito borne disease that’s hit the US, Chikungunya, my first thoughts always go to Stephen King’s book The Stand  Continue reading “The influence of books and movies”

What makes a book one of the best

My wife will tell you that when I am not riding or getting things done around the house, or riding herd on the cats of the Manchild, chances are I am reading a book.  I am not the kinda person who can just sit, either my mind or the body (or both if I am stuck in the gym working out instead of outside) has to be occupied.

With the advent of the Kindle, I carry multiple books with me at all times, and I read for 2 or three minutes if I am in line at Starbucks or Safeway, it makes the wait seem shorter.

Yesterday I read a post by a blogger name Lynnette that made me start pondering what makes a book one of the best (in my mind that is…) Continue reading “What makes a book one of the best”

When did I Stop?

I’ve done many a post on the books I read.  Last year I read 55 different books.  When I sit, if I am not working on the post for the day, I have the Kindle open and I am reading.  Since the 4th grade I can usually be found with a book in my hand.

What I read varies.  I am currently working my way through Robinson Crusoe, The Bible (gotta say this one is boring), and a book on evolution all while reading books for just fun.

I like alternate histories, westerns, cycling travelogues, just to name a few.

Over arching all of these though, since I was a kid, I have been a science fiction fan.

But I came to a realization about myself and my sci fi reading that I am really not please with. Continue reading “When did I Stop?”