There are some things I miss about teaching. I usually had a 'this day in history' moment that was something cool and interesting (to me at least) on my blackboard a couple of days a week. Just to get the mind going first thing in the morning or to focus the class on something.
I forgot that today was April 12th. Why is that day so important. Well, kids, it was the first time a human being went into space - not only into space but into space in a SOVIET rocket which was akin to the Coyote strapping a huge firecracker to his butt to chase after the Roadrunner.
On April 12, 1961, Major Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into outer space, onboard the Soviet spacecraft Vostok 1.
We should all be taking a shot of vodka today to Soviet/World hero Yuri Gagarin who had courage beyond those of an ordinary man. It's too bad he never got the chance to walk on the Moon.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.