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Happy and Safe 4th of July!

A day of celebration! May it be a safe and joyful time for you!

I will be at the Parker Ranch 4th of July Rodeo and Horse Races, again, obtaining more photos for my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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It made me Smile :-)

Christmas GOOOOD! Thus it begins…


Wishing everyone MELE KALIKIMAKA (Merry Christmas)!!!; and SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!

BIG Thanks from the Big Island to my Facebook friends for pointing me to these links! ๐Ÿ˜€


Many BEAUTIFUL Pictures to enjoy and dream about paradise while in the Wet & Cold up North or the Hot & Dry down South!

And…


This one is Bing Crosby so it sounds WONDERFUL!


Yep! I suggested it. Again!

๐Ÿ˜€ You guessed it! This year ON Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2010, we volunteered at the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station (VIS) on Mauna Kea. Again!

I guess I liked it so much last year that I actually suggested volunteering at the VIS again this year as our Valentine’s Day togetherness. As Andy says, “Once; a fluke. Twice; a coincidence. Three times is a problem.” But in this case, three times may just become a tradition?!… Have to wait for next year’s story for that determination… ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Andy ‘promised’ me “a nice, secluded Valentine’s Day lunch and dinner at the ‘exclusive’ Hale Pohaku Cafรฉ on Mauna Kea” last year then again this year ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well…actually, it was I who suggested repeating our volunteering at the VIS on Valentine’s Day this year like we did last year. :-O

Once we got to cleaning eye pieces after lunch, we were happy to find that many of the eye pieces were being cleaned more often since our last maintenance run. They were still showing signs of cold-finger drops; but not as apparent as our previous maintenance run nor as depressing.

Last year on Valentine’s Day was our first year volunteering at the VIS to do telescope maintenance for our Valentine’s Day togetherness. You can follow my link to Valentine’s Day 2009 to read about our fun during that first adventure. This year the cleanings went much faster, and there were fewer that had to be retired due to excessive wear. We also did the maintenance and cleaning in the Bookstore building this time. It was warmer and more fun because visitors were curious and asking great questions.

We only had time to clean the eyepieces and repair a couple of the wiring cables to telescope ‘go-to’ control paddles before it was time to close up for the night. I guess we will need to schedule another maintenance run to work on the many Dobsonian telescopes, and other astronomy equipment – before the end of 2010!?!?! ๐Ÿ˜›

Andy did bring home some needed repair work in the form of “A Box O’ Broken Telrads“.

IT WAS ANOTHER VALENTINE’S DAY WELL SPENT AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYED!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

—>>>—>>> Pictures to follow …

—>>>—>>>—>>>—>>> EVENTUALLY … ๐Ÿ˜‰


And Another Year Gone By…

Hope you have a Safe & Happy New Year filled with GREAT things!

Like my Red Hair Phase, this year has also gone by too quickly!  ;-)  ยฉ2002 Wedding Guest.

Like my Red Hair Phase, this year has also gone by too quickly! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ยฉ2002 Wedding Guest.

May the events of the coming year be better than years gone-by! Wishes of HEALTH & HAPPINESS to all who stop by this way!!!!


Happy Fourth of July 2009!

ยฉ Andrew Cooper, 2009

ยฉ Andrew Cooper, 2009

July 2: Late Night Packing…

July 3: Long Flight (five and one-half hours), then we finally disembark in Seattle, collect our luggage, and make our way to the rental car agency (DarkerView.com: “Road Trip” had the story there!).

We pack our luggage in the car any which way it takes; and using the paper map provided with the car rental, we find our way East.

We reach Ellensburg, Washington and the Days Inn at some time around 1:00am on July 4th (ummm…that was this morning).

I didn’t sleep much the night of July 2nd. I didn’t sleep-in on the morning of July 3rd. I didn’t sleep as I usually do on the five and one-half hour flight nor did I sleep as I normally do during the three- to four-hour drive from Seattle to Ellensburg.

Did I finally sleep when we got settled in our room in Ellensburg, Washington? Ummmm. No. Not until 2:45am. And when I did finally sleep, it was a fitful sleep at best.

It is a strange bed. There are unfamiliar sounds all about. Worst, I think, is there is no purr next to me. No tickling whiskers in my face. No demands made of my presence. Just unfamiliar sounds and then n-o-t-h-i-n-g…

It seems like I had finally gotten to sleep, and it was time to get going again so we didn’t miss breakfast. I am still on Hawai’i time…

First time off Island since moving to Hawai`i. ๐Ÿ˜ Going home is going to be interesting ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

For several postings about our trip AND our July Fourth, Check out A Darkerview

I will be putting up several postings about our trip; but not until we get home again. I will also have pictures to post then, too!


How I Spent Valentine’s Day & Enjoyed It!

How does one spend Valentine’s Day when married to an astronomer?

Volunteering is Reward Enough!

Volunteer

Well, Andy and I volunteered at the Onizuka Center for International Astronomy Visitor Information Station (VIS) on Mauna Kea where we cleaned and repaired the station’s telescope eyepieces!
Before we set to work on the large task ahead that filled the rest of our day, Andy ‘got’ us lunch at Hale Pohaku ๐Ÿ˜‰ Well, actually lunch was provided by the VIS for our volunteer time; but we were spending the time together on Valentine’s Day!

Andy and I methodically cleaning all of the eyepieces for the VIS .

Andy and I methodically cleaning all of the eyepieces for the VIS .

After lunch, we made our way back down to the VIS and gathered up all of the eyepieces. At the classroom/warehouse, we collected our tools and cleaning supplies and set up for the several-hour task ahead.

The tunes were the first order of business that we set up to keep us company. Then we organized the table with cleaning supplies, tools and eyepieces – MANY eyepieces.

My first Tele Vue 16mm Naglar eyepiece of many parts that I had the pleasure of cleaning.

My first Tele Vue 16mm Naglar eyepiece of many parts that I had the pleasure of cleaning.

We kept notes for each make of eyepiece as we took it apart and sketched the order and direction of each lens and spacer so we were sure to put them back together in the right order and orientation.

It felt odd at first to take apart such nice elements of manufacturing; but I soon found that keeping the notes and carefully documenting each new configuration, the task was quite enjoyable. In fact, I enjoyed the challenge a great deal.

In pieces to better clean it throughout.  No need to mark the field lens on this one, it had a Fractured chip to mark it.

In pieces to better clean it throughout. No need to mark the field lens on this one, it had a Fractured chip to mark it.

It was also fun to get the lenses clean and fiber free then to succeed at getting all the pieces back together again, in the correct order; and still have it remain fiber free between the lenses ๐Ÿ˜€

They are like a cross between a jigsaw puzzle and a wood puzzle box; or in this case, a metal puzzle box.