Thursday, December 28, 2006

Going Solo

Going Solo :  One of the fun things about blogging is finding other people doing the same things you are.  Going Solo has a picture of a small boat on the water way in front of Fort San Marcos.  She sees it as needing a lot of care.. Paint I bet.  To me, it looks well worn but not worn out.  I'll bet it belongs to someone who could really show us somthing about the bay.

Castillo San Marcos

Fort San Marcos which was later known as Fort Marion was a high point of my trip to Saint Augustine from the 7th to the 14th of November of 2006.  This fort was once beseiged by the English for over fifty days but was never taken.  It is very strong.  The walls are at least twenty feet thick.  It has a nice museum store with many Florida history books on sale and is a first rate display.

The fort functions as a park in the middle of Saint Augustine.  It is a nice place to begin your tour.

I have one picture of the Red Trolley train in this group of pictures.  These trolleys go all over Saint Augustine giving guided tours and stopping in all the best locations.  I would really recommend spending the twenty dollars for three days access to their services.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

My Kids at Christmas

Katy, Patricia and Fred with the spouses and spouses-to-be all came to my house on Sheridan Road this year.  We had the gift exchange after Sue and I went to the Lutheran Church in Richville and the kids had gone to John Becker's Presbyterian Church for Christmas Eve. 

It is great to have them out.  Tricia and Keith came all the way for Houston, Texas.  Fred and Danielle are up from Raleigh, North Carolina and Katy and Bill drove from Chicago.  This is one of my best days as a parent.  I have been very lucky.

Merry Christmas

Big News in my family.  Katy is getting married in the fall.  The ring is in the picture.  Sorry, the camera man can't focus well.  It is beautiful.  Kate is very excited and I am too.  Bill, her fiance, was up for Christmas too.  It was a great time. 

They would like an urban wedding with Chicago as a backdrop but everything is in the early planning stages so we will see how that goes. 

Bill works with computers.  My life just keeps getting better and better.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Faster Computers and New Technology

I now have a modest, but up-to-date computer.  I have been through this many times before.  The cycle is always the same and is always remarkable.  Between work and home I have to have been through twenty computer models by now.  Some are more memorable than others.  All have been useful and generally good in their time. 

My first and always most memorable was my Apple II.  I purchased it for my thirty-second birthday in October of 1977.  It was a marvel.  When I brought it home, it played the theme from Starwars.  The journey began.  That Apple had 16k bytes of memory.  This machine has over one gig.  The Apple CPU was a Motorola 6502 with a clock speed of about 1.5 MHz. The clock speed on this machine is 2.2 GHz. or about 2000 times as fast.  Of course. the new machine has a dual core, or two processors running different programs so even 2000 times is probably way low. 

I have found out that 200 Gigabytes of memeory is not enough though since a quick division tells me that it will only hold 400 CDs.  This is obviously within the easy reach of common humanity.  Video will be even worse.. I see the end of this machine is in site but it will do for awhile.