You might not know it, but Emily Lakdawalla, whose Planetary Society blog is listed at right and is a must-read for space wonks like myself, also happens to be a total babe. Here she is visiting the Curiosity rover, which is scheduled to lift off this fall and land on Mars next summer. This baby learns from the lessons of Spirit and Opportunity and is many times bigger and more powerful. I’m talking about the robot rover! I know, you can’t take your eyes off of Emily.
I’m testing my new PlusTek scanner, as my collection of negatives are in pretty rocky shape. The old polypropelene PhotoSleeves are rotting away! These two “environmental portraits” were part of a newspaper series of workplace personalities. Above is my high school friend Gayla Gould, then working as a sales-kiosk girl in a Waikiki hotel lobby, and below is former television reporter Carolyn Tanaka. These are likely from 1977.
First, I should explain this little project. I need to run PVC pipes under a walk area to supply electricity to a separate building (which isn’t built yet). The back of the garage is the logical place to run the pipes. When we moved in, the garage slab was at ground level. The previous owner had built a wall at the back of the garage with a 2X4 frame attached directly to the slab, however, it leaked underneath and flooded the garage because the slab was at ground level. So I poured an additional slab around the perimeter and built up a storage room atop the pour. The pour was right against the original frame and side, and so, over the years, the original wood frame had rotted at the bottom. I never paid much attention to it because, hey, it’s a garage storage room and it stayed dry. But that has to change.
Along with a bevy of Brownies and a gaggle of Girl Scouts — I’m not making this up! — PJ and I learned the basics of riveting and spent a couple of hours and about a hundred rivets putting the drilled-out areas of the O-2 back together. Compare the photo above with the earlier edition.