To the Moon, Alice!

I remember Jackie Gleason emphatically saying this on “The Honeymooners” about 50 years ago (no exaggeration this time). Today his character, Ralph Kramden, would justifiably be condemned for his threats of domestic violence, but at the time this seemed funny stuff.

We can and do grow…as doubtful as that seems some days.

Hallmark says today is Moon Day.

That’s fine by me.

Today in 1969, the lunar module of Apollo 11 touched down on the moon’s surface and Neil Armstrong took his first steps.

I cannot overstate how profoundly this affected me. I’ve never been prouder of our country. We decided to do this amazing thing and we did it. We identified the mission and provided resources to brightest people we had and they led us to the moon.

These were bright people, not perfect people. We didn’t keep score on everything did and said off-duty. We did monitor what they did on the job. I don’t know whether these bright, imperfect people were liberals or conservative, Republicans or Democrats, Wildcat fans or Cardinal fans, Christian or Muslim, animal, vegetable, or mineral…or whatever. I don’t recall remotely caring about any of that. I cared about them doing imaginative, bright work. They did that just fine.

Let’s do things like that again!

Quote of the day

What else could it be? Neil Armstrong; “This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Happy Moon Day!

Blue Moon Cocktail

¼ cup Grays Peak Vodka

¼ cup Blue Curacao

¼ cup Whipping Cream

2 tbsp Torani Vanilla Syrup

1 tbsp Cointreau

1 cup Crushed Ice

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

Pour into four martini glasses.

Garnish with orange slices.

WARNING! One of my friends who gleefully resists growing up will take Moon Day as a chance to do something outré out his car window on the highway. Please don’t encourage him. As Tom Waits puts it; “He’s from a good family, but he’s developed ways about him that just aren’t right!”

Cheers!

Roger

7/20/2013.

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