THE RETURN TRIP – Episode180

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 180

…Scott Walker mentioned that his daughter is looking for a way out of “Toilet Paper Politics” in Wisconsin…

Candidate Crippen has already set the wheeloffortune in motion, having Image result for wheel of fortune gifcontacted her Chief of Staff, “Would you call your boss and tell her to meet me in Milwaukee, at the Pfister Hilton, Mason Street Grill tomorrow night at 7P? Tell her that it has to do with the White House.”

“If you didn’t know, the Hilton is a casino… and how do you know anything about where we’re staying in Milwaukee?” Even though Francine can’t know everything her husband does, doesn’t mean she wouldn’t like to know.

“I met her father there a month ago, he being some sort of expert on work-fare and it’s funny, but he mentioned that his daughter  is looking for a way out of “Toilet Paper Politics” in that state. I don’t know why I didn’t press him on the subject, but he did mention she goes deer hunting in late November, bragged about teaching her how to be a sportsman.”

Speaking of the devil, his phone ringtone blares Sputnik-bleeps, “Roy Crippen,” Thity Point Buckhe chimes in.

“Charlotte Walker, Roy, my dad told me he met you a while back, congratulations on your nomination. I would have been in Chicago, but I had an appointment with a 30 point buck… that’s an exaggeration AND a song up here.”

“Can you meet us in Milwaukee? I promise to make it worthwhile.”

“I got the message, I love the Mason Grill. I will see you there.”

The impromptu call ends and so may that nagging 130 {or so} pound Veep-issue headache.

“Now that you have this notion in that one-way brain of yours, I cannot argue with you on the issue of compatible VP choices. But I’m not sure the party faithful will agree.”

“Well it can’t be another Texan and it can’t be another space guy, so why not a rifle-toting, rock’em-sock’em reformer from America’s Dairyland.”

{Wisconsin License Plate Art by DeAnna Roose}


America’s Dairyland

Episode 180

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THE RETURN TRIP -Episode 138

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 138

…Roy Crippen’s 3-2-1-0 plan is already as obsolete as Sputnik…

3. Elucidate his concept of Francine employment,

       c) to her and NASA.

2. Clarify the status of the McKinney boys care,

       b) as neither he or Braden can do it right now.

1. Describe his feelings for her,

       a) when he doesn’t fully understand them.

Oh. Pray that she feels the same about him,

       No) now that he has left himself open for a huge fall.


1. It doesn’t hurt to pray.

2. She must have quit her job or she wouldn’t be here now.

3. She has the whole ranch eating out of her hand.

“I am impressed Francine! For a city slicker, it looks like you have taken to life out here very well,” Roy kisses her on the cheek, just as if he has been doing it for years. There is something about assumed affection that is good for building a solid relational foundation…. he thinks.

“I like it out here,” she kisses him back, “and forgive me for wondering why you don’t have a house of your own on the ranch?”

“That happens to be on my “someday” list of things to do, but there never seemed to be any hurry, with me eating, living, and breathing Space Colony 1.”

“And I guess you will be doing the same with Space Colony II?” Francine is fishing.

“Things are happening, even changing so fast that I may have to make some mid-flight adjustments. Like right now, for example: If I could, I would head for the sawmill shed and start picking out lumber for that house. Trouble is, I’d be borrowing bits and pieces from everyone else’s life to make something out of mine.”

“Did you ever stop to think that that is how it is done?” Francine is setting the hook.

“Well, I guess I should start by delegating more at work…”

“You can start by coming into the house and talking to me. I think we have some new ground to cover.” Francine begins to reel him in.


Episode 138

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Dogs, Satellites & the Moon – WABAC to Space

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"Where is the WABAC Machine going to take us this time, Mr. Peabody?

“Where is the WABAC Machine going to take us this time, Mr. Peabody?

“Let’s blast-off and check out some of the great space explorers, Sherman My Boy.”

10 Space Exploration Milestones


Ever Looking Skyward……

On May 14, 1973, the United States launched Skylab, America’s first space station. During the era of space exploration there have been significant milestones reached by the US, Russia, and other countries. We list 10 of those here, hopefully the most interesting ones if not the most important. So many milestones! The list to cover them all would be huge. Which ones would you list?

The quest for the stars…..

10. First Dog in Space, First Animal to Orbit the Earth, Laika, 1957.

If the Soviets were insensitive to killing millions of their own people, it is no surprise that they sent a dog into space with no plan of retrieving her alive. Laika was a female mutt, and died within a few hours of lift-off from extreme heat. Her spacecraft was named Sputnik II. Cracked fact: Ever conscious of their public image, the Soviets did not tell the world how Laika really died until 2002. Prior to that the story was she ran out of oxygen.

9. Launch of Hubble Telescope, 1990.

Carried into space by a Space Shuttle, the Hubble Telescope has been sending us fantastic pictures of deep space that could never be achieved by earthbound telescopes (because of impurities in the atmosphere). The telescope was designed to continue to function until some time between 2014 and 2021.

8. First Person Not American or Soviet in Space, Vladimir Remek (Czechoslovakia), 1978.

Considering that only the Soviet Union/Russia, The United States, and China have launched manned spacecraft, it is commendable that people from 38 different countries have flown into space courtesy of the US and Soviet Union/Russia. Cosmonauts from Poland, East Germany and Bulgaria quickly followed Remek into space on Soviet spacecraft. As a technical note, Pavel Popovich, born in the Ukraine, went into space in 1962 and by some measures could be considered the first non-American and non-Russian, but of course at that time Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union.

7. First Woman in Space, Valentina Tereshkova, 1963.

Launched into space by the Soviet Union, Tereshkova, though born in Russia, is actually of Byelorussian descent. Another first for her is that she was not a member of the military at the time, making her the first civilian in space as well.

6. First Launch of Space Shuttle, the First Reusable Spacecraft, 1981.

Retired in 2011, there were 5 operational Shuttles made and used, with a prototype test vehicle made first that never went into space. Unfortunately, 2 of the Shuttles were lost in accidents killing their entire crew each time.

5. First American to Orbit the Earth, John Glenn, 1962.

Although Glenn was not the first American in space and Gagarin had already orbited the Earth, this Marine Corps fighter pilot veteran became an American hero, riding his fame to a long career as a US Senator from Ohio.

4. First American in Space, Alan Shepard, 1961.

Shepard’s milestone flight was a big step for the US, but was a sub-orbital flight and failed to match the Soviet Gagarin’s orbiting of the Earth. Still, it was a big deal to Americans at the time.

3. First Satellite, Sputnik, 1957.

This humble little satellite flying around the Earth and over the US threw Americans into a frenzy ofSpace Race Fever, feeling scared and inadequate that their Cold War arch enemies could be ahead of them in the Space Race. If the Soviets could launch a satellite into orbit, it meant they could launch a bomb (presumably nuclear) to any point on the globe, a sobering fact.

2. Apollo 11 Moon Landing, 1969.

Finally, the US eclipsed the Soviets in the Space Race! Neil Armstrong, of Wapakoneta, Ohio stepped onto the surface of the moon and into history as the first man on the moon. His partner on the moon landing, Buzz Aldrin, became the second man to walk on the moon. Lately, things have not been so impressive with the American space program, and we currently have no rockets and spacecraft that can launch people into space. Incredibly, if we want to send people we have to ask the Russians to do it for us!

1. First Man in Space, First Man to Orbit the Earth, Yuri Gagarin, 1961.

It is hard to realize today just how exciting and dangerous it was for Gagarin to make his milestone flight. At the time, his flight was one more Soviet victory in the Space Race, much to the consternation of Americans.

Dogs, Satellites & the Moon

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– WABAC to Space