A Stroll on the Moon or Racing on the Sands

Yesterday and today I find myself thinking; “Man! I wish I were about 200 degrees cooler right now!” Wouldn’t you know…I could’ve been just that in 1983. The coldest temperature ever recorded was on this day at Vostok Station, Antarctica in that year. It was minus 128.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Since most of us can’t slip off to Vostok Station (I am, however, searching for brochures) a cold keg of beer might be the next best thing. All the Liquor Barn locations carry large selections kegs all the time. That may have never been more important than the last two days.

Today’s a big day for fast cars;

–         On this day in 1904 Louis Rigolly, a Frenchman, became the first man to break the 100mph barrier on land. He drove a 15-liter Gobron-Brille in Ostend, Belgium. Why do I never see these cars advertised on TV?

–         In 1925, Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first man to break the 150mph barrier on land at Pendine Sands in Wales. He drove a Sunbeam at a two-way average speed of 150.33mph.

Lots of birthdays today;

–         Comedians Robin Williams (1951) and Don Knotts (1924) were born today.

–         As were singers Cat Stevens (1948) and Kay Starr (1922).

–         Soccer star Brandi Chastain (1968) and baseball pitcher C. C. Sabathia (1980) also share this birthday along with

–         Writer Ernest Hemingway (1899) and violinist Isaac Stern (1920).

Our “Cocktail 4 2day” will celebrate another space exploration milestone.

Today in 1969, we sat in front of our TV sets and watched a man walk on the moon. This is still incredible to me on two counts;

  1. A man was actually walking on the moon and
  2. I could watch it in my living room in Lexington.

Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first two humans to walk on the moon on this day in 1969. I could repeat that five more times and still be stunned by the accomplishment.

Moonwalk Cocktail

1 oz. Grand Marnier

1 oz. grapefruit juice

1 oz. rose water

Shake well, strain into a wine glass and fill with champagne.

“…one small step…”

Cheers,

Roger.

July 21, 2011

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