Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Out with the old

Blythe,

Looks like you really did have the perfect birthday celebration!

Now that you're old like me, I'd like to dedicate this post to all things old... including space shuttles and crosswalk signs.

What?

That's right, big stuff happening here in DC. Yesterday the now retired space shuttle Discovery flew over DC (bit of a coup in a town full of restricted air space) as part of its last journey from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to its new permanent home at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum (the one in Dulles, VA).

As you can imagine it was quite a sight to be seen! Strapped to the back of a 747, the shuttle did two low laps around the city and the rooftops were full of viewers (I missed it, but Jeff got to see it).

Source: NASA
Source: NASA

Check out the awesome photos from the Post here.

Best quote I've heard in a long time... our neighbor's co-worker wasn't aware of the historic event taking place: "I got of the Metro and there were two planes having sex in the sky, what was that?"

 And another ending... someone alerted me to the slow removal of old crosswalk signs in DC...



to this newer and more modern image...




Now I'm not saying this didn't need to be done or that the image of two women crossing the street with skirts and purses (and a mock turtleneck?) isn't outdated, but sometimes it is a little sad to see old things disappear.

Ever since I learned about this, I'm always searching for the old signs. Makes for a weird car ride with me sometimes "Look, the ladies!", but it's kinda fun to be on the lookout for this fading graphic.

Times are changing' my friend. We're in our 30s, there are no operating space shuttles, there are no more skirts at crosswalks and those kids and their music!

xo,





Don't worry, a shuttle of your very own will be in NYC next week!

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