From The EastWing, First Snow, ObamaCare Jell-O & Duct Tape, Comet ISON & The Oort Cloud, Light Speed & Sun Shine Melting Comets, Talking To Cabbage, Space Things & I Love Lucy, Thanksgiving & Hot Water, Things That Make Ya Shiver.

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

The first snow of the season always brings a little excitement to everyone. Good excitement or bad excitement, either way the first snow brings a little change in the way you’re looking at the world right at the moment. When the snow came by this year for the first of the season, it was the lake effect snow from Lake Michigan. Yet snow is snow, and I don’t think it knows if  it lake effect snow. No matter what the source snow is snow.

Now I didn’t ask to receive  horror stories of people getting health insurance cancelation notices,  yet they come. They came as attachments to email, USPS delivery, telephone message, and by fax they came. Even go ‘em on my FaceBook account.

Now I’m not going back into that rats nest again, at least not right now, other than to say, “You can’t fix melting Jell-O with duct tape. And it will melt, even the duct tape will melt given enough heat”.

Remember that sky show thing I was talking about last January? It’s time has now come. I can now see Comet ISON with binoculars (15X70 optics). Only one thing, ya gotta get up early in the morning, like 4:00 in the AM, and look to the east. Looking toward the soon to be sun rise, Comet ISON is now easy to be seen with good binoculars or even a small telescope.

Thanksgiving Day is the day when Comet ISON will come the closest to the sun. Within 730,000 miles of the surface the comet will fly by. Heating up to some 5,000° Celsius. Now I don’t care who ya are, that hot, like vaporize most anything you can think of, faster than you can think of it. Yep, that’s hot.

And if all the dirt and ice and star stuff that make up the Comet ISON don’t get vaporized on the back side of the sun, it’s show time for sure. Stargazers are really interested in Comet ISON simply because if it survives the encounter with the sun it most assuredly will put on the best sky show in a long, long time.

One of the interesting things about Comet ISON is this a new comet that has never come into our field of view before. By it course, we can tell where it came from and barring any vaporization from the sun, we can tell where it will go. Comet ISON is making its first trip to the inner solar system from the distant and frigid Oort Cloud.

The Oort Cloud brings a whole new meaning to being kinda cool. It’s thought to comprise two separate regions: a spherical outer Oort cloud and a disc-shaped inner Oort cloud, or Hills cloud. Objects in the Oort cloud are largely composed of ices, such as water, ammonia, and methane. This is where the comets we see here on Earth come from. Of course the most famous comet out there being Haley’s Comet. It too came from the Oort Cloud. They all do. The Oort Cloud is a one stop comet shop.

This home of the comets, the Oort Cloud is almost a full light year from our Sun. Now for those folks measuring such things, One light year is the distance light can travel in one year. Knowing that light will travel 186,000 miles in one second, that means 11,160,000 miles in one minute.  If you multiply that by 60 times 24 times 365.   You can see where the math is going on this thing. We’re talking a lot of zeros in the answer as to the miles in one light year. Just go with me on this one, it’s a really long ways.

Its kinda ironic to think I’m talking about something from the very early beginning to time, coming from the most frigid place in outer space, containing what we can only speculate, but surely must be star stuff, possibly being destroyed by the heat of our sun. Our sun, the single reason life here on Earth can survive.  Did you ever wonder what other life forms call Earth when they look at us from their vantage point in the sky?

Maybe we’re just a number. Maybe they don’t use numbers. Maybe they have a different way of identifying stuff without numbers. Did ye ever wonder why every time you see other life forms depicted in books, movies or whatever, it’s always human like except real ugly. Why always human like, except ugly?

Maybe just a cabbage  plant that can think, not move, just think. Course I’ve seen some people that remind me of cabbage plants, so maybe I’m not too far off here. Seems somewhere I remember someone said they walk among us. Maybe they just grow among us in our gardens. I never did like cabbage but the She always grows the Ornamental Cabbage in the EastWing gardens ever year. Next time I go by, maybe I should say “hello cabbage”.  Sure hope I don’t get a response.

Another thing that always makes me mad is why we always assume the other life forms are far more advance than us? Duh. Knowing full well that all radio and TV signals once broadcast travel into space forever, we broadcast I Love Lucy over 60 years ago. And if that don’t speak to our level of intellect, nothing will. And I’m not even gona talk about the Honeymooners and Jackie Gleason.

And so it is as this year, 2013 is rapidly flooding  into the holiday season of year end with Thanksgiving, start of winter, Christmas, and New Years Eve all yet before us. It so much fun to set in the EastWing, looking into the darkness of 5 PM and enjoying this time of the year.

As the Thanksgiving Holiday approaches, it’s once again time to thank God for, maybe not the major blessings in your life but how about the little things that you never even think about as being a blessing from God. Hot water. Most of those who will visit the EastWing every Sunday Evening, have hot water available in their lives without even thinking about it. Just turn the left knob at the sink or shower and hot water happens.

Not the whole world is so blessed. I was reminded a while back of the fact that we Americans take so much for granted. Hot water being one such thing. I had to admit that I too, took hot water for granted. In an email conversation with an EastWing friend in South Africa, I was provided with a list of things the people in that town dreamed of owning. This was a town that received electricity, telephone, and internet service all within the same year. Top of the wish list, hot running water.

I just never thought of life without hot water. Spend a little time thinking about that and you’ll look at life a whole lot different from then on. And you’ll have a better life because of it. Just a little gift from God that you somehow overlooked. Hot water.

Three more days to the next dental appointment. Shivers all around. Somehow dental appointments do that to ya, even though I’ve got the best.

Stay safe in Afghanistan.

From The EastWing, First Snow, ObamaCare Jell-O & Duct Tape, Comet ISON & The Oort Cloud,  Light Speed & Sun Shine Melting Comets, Talking To Cabbage, Space Things & I Love Lucy, Thanksgiving & Hot Water, Things That Make Ya Shiver.

I Wish You Well,