SpaceX Falcon 9…from a distance

So, after 8 months of working at NASA Kennedy Space Center, I finally was able to see a rocket launch up close while at work. Yesterday at Cape Canaveral on pad 40 SpaceX launched the Falcon 9. The pictures and video you see below are from the view point of the Launch Control Center next to the Vehicle Assembly Building.

My apologies for the blurry images and video. My smartphone camera is pretty horrible. Next time I’m going to try my best to use my Nikon D3400.

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A Little Closer to a Launch

Video of SpaceX Falcon 9 on the 15th. I had to leave work to get home at a decent time that day so I couldn’t stay on Center during the launch. Luckily I was able to capture it from the NASA Causeway on the way out.

Toddle Safety Life Hack – Door Pinch Guard

My wife heard about this life hack online so I thought I would try it out on an old pool noodle we had lying around.
1. Grab a cheap noodle from your local dollar store. The one we had was about 3 1/2 inches wide.
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2.Cut it about the length of your hand.

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3.Cut it about 3/4 inch.

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4.Place toward the top of the door. It works pretty well and snug to prevent our toddler from jamming her hand in the door. She’s currently at that stage of wanting to close doors all the time.

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Hurricane Irma

So, Hurricane Irma came right over us here in southeast Orlando early Monday morning. Being a native Floridian and having experienced several hurricanes in my lifetime, this one was by far the scariest. Below are some images of the experiences of waiting in line at Home Depot (almost 2 hours) and Lowe’s (3 hours) for plywood and visiting the local supermarket just a couple of days before the storm was to arrive and seeing empty shelves (we had actually stocked up on supplies earlier in the week). A couple of days before finding plywood at Lowe’s we had bought some lumber from Home Depot since they had no plywood and it took the most abuse from the storm on the side of the house. Thank God, through it all, despite almost 100 mph winds, we never lost power and only a few shingles on the top of the house.

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We got most of the windows vulnerable to the most severe wind boarded up. Not pictured is our back sliding glass door. We did not have enough from Lowe’s to board it up but thankfully to a friend I was able to get another sheet from him to board the sliding glass door.

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Here is some pictures of the aftermath.

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We drove around on Monday after the 6pm curfew was lifted and saw plenty of trees broken or uprooted. This McDonald’s intercom is what surprised us the most, especially since that metal base was bent without remorse by Irma.

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