So, I didn’t finish every task on my list, but I made excellent progress! Workspace in the garage was my limiting factor this week. We put the tub in its box in the garage, so until that was installed, we had limited space for working on other projects.
Yesterday, Chris moved all my website database to the new host. I figured I would write a new post to make sure everything is working properly. Good thing I did — turns out my theme broke when we moved to the new host, so I had to install a new one. I have more work to do on visuals — the logo I was using was too big for this theme, so I cropped it. I’d rather make a new logo to fit properly, once I decide if I’m sticking with this new theme.
Some information in this post comes from the Press Kit available for public download on Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s website. Orlando Shakespeare Theater did not pay for this post, nor did they provide free tickets, merchandise, or any other benefits in exchange for this post.
In 2002, Chris and I moved to the Orlando area from the Boston area. For many years, I complained that we moved to a cultural void. I missed the theater, author readings, art museums, and other cultural institutions in Boston. Over the years I learned about Orlando’s cultural institutions, but I wasn’t visiting them. Between 2007 and 2011, my schedule was insane. But in the latter half of 2011 the insanity dwindled. Chris and I were looking for interesting things to do. I figured it was time to put my money where my mouth was and actually visit some of Orlando’s cultural institutions. After all, I had no right to complain if I never took advantage of the obvious cultural opportunities Orlando does offer. One of the first things we did was buy tickets for several of Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s shows. I adored them all and when they opened up season ticket subscriptions for the next season, we bought them. We have been season ticket holders ever since.
My husband is a space geek. He’s old enough, just barely, to remember when we landed on the moon and he’s loved space ever since. We are both sci-fi geeks and Chris especially loves shows about exploration. He loves discovery and adventure. Naturally, all of this means he particularly loves Elon Musk and Space X.
Tomorrow, February 6, Space X is scheduled to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time. Falcon Heavy is a BFD. The stats on it are impressive. Rather than reciting them, I’m going to refer you to Space X’s website. The important thing is that this is the first launch of a rocket that could be used to put humans back on the Moon or to land on Mars for the first time. And we are going to be there.
Falcon 9 will be launching from Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A. This pad has been the origin of more than 90 missions to space, including the Apollo 11 mission that put men on the moon and many space shuttle missions. After the shuttle program was discontinued and before Space X leased the pad, you could take a tour inside the fenced perimeter. Naturally, we took that tour.
Tickets for the Falcon Heavy Launch went on sale while we were in New Jersey. We bought tickets to be at the Saturn V center, located 3.9 miles from the launch pad. This is the closest that members of the public can get. The launch is scheduled for 1:30 pm and our pass tells us we must be there at least 5 hours before launch time. It’s a 1.5 hour drive from here to Kennedy Space Center, so we are leaving the house at 6:00 am to make sure we are there in time!
So tonight, I packed a little bag and in the bag I put:
- 5 pairs of binoculars
- Bug Spray
- Eye drops (for our contacts)
- Lip Balm
- My Sun Hat
- Benadryl and AviQ. I have an anaphylactic allergy to fire ants, so if I’m going to be outside in Florida, I always bring these.
- The set of lenses and filters I have for my iPhone
- A battery to charge our phones, if necessary
- And a knitting project, naturally. We’ve got to be there early and the launch window is 2.5 hours long, so there will be a lot of waiting around!
I’ll post more tomorrow evening!
While I was away, I wrote long posts with few pictures. Thanks for sticking it out. We got home last night, so I thought I’d do something I rarely do: a photo essay.