Retired software engineer. "What is that?", you may ask. It's someone who has time to blog about the weather...
By: Bogon , 4:45 PM GMT on December 11, 2009
When last we parted, I was driving west into an approaching storm. I was hoping the front would pass quickly, but it lasted from Greensboro to Morganton, well over a hundred miles. Fortunately the rain was light and scattered. The clouds finally parted as I approached the base of the mountains,
just in time for me to squint into the glare of the setting sun while winding across the Eastern Continental Divide.
My destination for the week was the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (pari.edu). PARI was once a NASA satellite tracking station. My cousin used to work there. It was he who suggested we might volunteer our services for a few days, since PARI depends on private contributions and government grants for its continued existence. Both of us have worked with computers and electronics all our lives, so we felt we might have knowledge and expertise that the folks at PARI would find useful.
It was an interesting week. It was surely the first time I ever had anything to do with a radiotelescope.
Since returning home it's my body that has been in demand. Somehow all my doctor appointments have come due at once. I have been examined, poked and palpated, drilled and scoped. I have new glasses and a new tooth. I should be good to go for at least six months before submitting to another round of inspections, injections, drills and bills. Sheesh!
Yesterday I had a little free time, so I drove over to Elon to take a walk around the campus.
It was a scene full of youth and beauty, which are always good for a man's disposition.
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