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THE LAST SHUTTLE-Thanking Everyone that has that small link! 
Jul. 8, 2011 11:35 pm 
Updated: Dec. 20, 2011 10:11 am
         WOW....I  lived here for the first one in 1981 and now I just saw the last one! It was just so PRETTY! My cousin and I parked at the mall, then walked to the river...seas of people. Everyone was so nice and helpful...some had radios on so that we could all hear the count down...1 minute and counting.....31 secs and it's a Hold???? Waiting with Bated breath.....ALL cameras in position.....AND IT"S A GO!   10..9...8 and the whole crowd starts.....7...6...5...TEARS...2... BLAST off...STS 135 is on its way! SPECTACULAR!
Beautiful co-operated, traffic could have been a night mare but we stopped and ate along the way and WATCHED the traffic get bad!
      Marley could have cared less about all this but she found a new cousin...named "Kitty". Okay so far....We both send hugs and kisses....
    Also a sad sad day for the Space Center....tho they had a very successful lauch....this has ended many dreams....It can't be over....we all can't be Lawyers when we grow up!...Nope.....we need to be Teachers, and Nurses and Doctors...and ASTRONAUTS!
   There is hope....Thank you everyone.....for over the last 30 years....that built a screw, turned a screw, electroplated a screw, drove the truck who delivered the screw, built that truck, the gals the typed the paperwork for that security clearance for the truck to deliver the screw......Somehow....Small parts come together and it all works....It is amazing! Think to yourself...what have you done in your life that MAY have in ANY way affected the shuttle...You would be kind of shocked how little you feel in the big picture but just letting you know just how any hands made this great project be a success....God Speed a Safe Return!

PS...Send sunscreen for Marley....signed the Fried Chicken!
On TV...just 1 hour before launch...yep, I'm testing time
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US1 ....walking to the river
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PRE LAUNCH SKY...16 minutes and counting
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The VAB(Vehicle Assembly Building) shuttle is to the left
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AWESOME! All age groups...IPAD, Ole School...everyone!
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3...2..1 YAY!!!!!! (tears) last one!
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Jul. 9, 2011 12:13 am
Thanks for listening! I missed you being here! XOXOXO
Jul. 9, 2011 1:01 am
Can you pick me out of the crowd? LOL! YEP...I'm the one behind the camera!
Jul. 9, 2011 2:43 am
Thank you Cindy for this great blog! Myself and my co-workers have also lent a small but important hand in the making of the Space Shuttle. I work at an electronics company who has many contracts with Government and Space. I so love my job. I've been there for 23 years and still love going to work so we can be a part of helping our country with the multitude of things that we make. So amazing isn't it? To be just a small part in a giant world! :)
Jul. 9, 2011 3:18 am
Great blog! I have been interested in the space race since I was young!
Jul. 9, 2011 4:08 am
Great blog Cindy! Glad you had such a awesome experience on your trip! Thanks for the great pics too :) Hope to talk to you soon!
Jul. 9, 2011 4:20 am
Wow, Cindy, you were an eyewitness to history! How marvelous!
Jul. 9, 2011 4:56 am
I'm glad you were able to see the last launch...we can usually see it from our house, but too many clouds this time. However I'm pretty sure I've seen just about every shuttle launch for the past thirty years, including the horrible fate of the Challenger. I had to watch this one on TV and a tear fell from my end to an era. I'll miss seeing the shuttle and hearing that roar and feeling the excitement each time that sonic boom lets you know they are back home.
Jul. 9, 2011 4:57 am
Thanks for the blog on this historic event, Cindy! Love the pics and all the little details.
Jul. 9, 2011 5:43 am
Looked for you in the crowds as we watched lift off! Such an amazing feat!
Jul. 9, 2011 5:49 am
Thanks for the blog, Cindy. It must be amazing to behold in person.
Jul. 9, 2011 7:15 am
Nice blog Cindy! Glad you could be there. I wish we would keep exploring space and STOP making war.
Jul. 9, 2011 7:20 am
nice pics, I figured out my contribution, follow along. I bought a bag of flour to make bread, the farmer who cultivated the wheat field that made mybread eventually recieved 2 cents for the flour I purchased....are you following? He in turn took that investment and all other investments and bought a cow, raised it, and sent it to market, the beef was sent to the States. It fed the person who passed the paper work for the delivery of the screw that was used on the shuttle:P
Jul. 9, 2011 8:00 am
great blog Cindy!! It is an end of an era, but there will always be new discoveries to be made, and new places to explore. This portion maybe done, but rest assured, it will resume again someday. Loved that you got to be there for it though.
Jul. 9, 2011 8:23 am
very nice blog my lepp! i agree with lady sparkle...let's spend our tax money on exploration instead of trying to be the world's police force! ok, you may wanta dress that mutt for fla. before the sunscreen arrives. i haven't forgot to e-mail you about the roundup...just something has come up...and i'm lazy.i still think 2nd weekend in september is best.
Jul. 9, 2011 8:40 am
How fun for you to have been there! I tried to figure out my contribution... Couldn't beat RNG though!! I came up with, I watch it on TV. That was it. But I'll keep pondering! It sounds like both you and Marley are having a good time this week. How fun for Marley to have found a cousin (Kitty). I spent the last month in northern Idaho investigating some property we bought. Marley would love it. Twenty-five acres of solid thick forest. Going back again soon to do some clean up and clearing. Thanks for the blog!
Jul. 9, 2011 12:03 pm
I'm glad you were able to see the successful launch of the last space shuttle! Another chapter has closed in American ingenuity but we haven't finished writing the book! Have a great time with your family & I hope to see you in September :)
Jul. 9, 2011 2:18 pm
I was glued to the tube with a lump in my throat, watching the launch. Such an important chapter in world history is closing. I understand that it had to close so that preparations can get underway for a new venture. Still. it's "The Shuttle" and we must say good bye. I have a salute to them in my next post. Thank you, Cindy, for sharing your view!
Jul. 10, 2011 5:26 pm
While I too was misty eyed over the shuttle program, I am was destroyed by the idea of no space program. I now understand there will be one, but different. My uncle worked on the moon lem vehicle and my dad made it to every launch until he passed away. So many things that we use every day were originally designed for NASA. Thank you to all the brave people who ventured into the realm of science fiction.
Jul. 11, 2011 5:54 am
What a great blog. It was a very happy day and yet a very said day many a tears were brought to people's eyes. I work at the space center and it is remarkable.
Jul. 22, 2011 2:16 pm
So envious that you saw the last launch. We live on the West Coast in the Tampa area, and could see the shuttles if the skies were clear; the night launches were spectacular! The East Coast was clear that day, but the West Coast was stormy all day. The morning news was saying that there was a 70% chance it wouldn't life off. Unfortunately, we couldn't see that final fire in the sky that day, but I'm glad you did. MY brother-in-law's degree is in aeronautical engineering, but every time he'd come to Florida for a launch, it would be postponed. However, the four of us saw the April 2010 launch (third to last, I believe) at the Space Center, and it was an unbelievable experience. It lifted off at about 6:30 a.m. (pre-dawn), the sound was so incredible you almost could feel the ground tremble, and it was a sight that I'll never forget. About 15 minutes after lift-off, the sun rose, and the pink-purple-blue smoke trail in the sky was breathtaking. The impact of shutting down this program will be devastating to the many people involved in this program for over 30 years. I just think about all of that talent going to waste and how many people will be out of work. Just heartbreaking.
Dec. 20, 2011 10:11 am
Hi Cindy Brings back so many memories of living in Florida. I moved to Titusville when I was 4 years old. My parents died in the same house that I lived in it was my childhood family home. Only home I really remember....good memories. My Dad worked for Lockheed (Lockheed-Martin) for his entire career. I saw all the old Apollo launches in the 60's. Great memories. Even though I lived 18 years, as an adult, in Houston (moved back to T-ville for 9 years) and then have lived in Washington State near Seattle for the past 7, Titusville will always be home for me. I will be buried there on Garden Street near my parents. There is something about crossing the St. Johns River that makes you think, "ahhh, I am home" even though Titusville seems trapped in time as far as growth and development. Great photos, Cindy. Have a beautiful day!xoxo Kim
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Down here in Central Coast Florida since late Aug. 2012. I still cook and bake and its so good to be around family again!
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There is just one of me but I do cook dinner almost every night. I love easy dishes on the nights I really don't feel like cooking. Grandmommy Capps lived in Rocky Mount, NC....Sundays were a holiday! Dinner was at 2pm. Leftovers were snacks later(dark thirty)....she was a great biscuit and piemaker. Being the oldest of 23 grandchildren, I was the BEST dishwasher! Hand wash everything in a washpan! I've never heard of it??? You need one to play as your wash sink,and then you rinse in the kitchen sink.....It was air dry either....someone had to dry ALL the dishes! I love my Sis for that!
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We have ham, blackeyed peas, collard greens, and corn muffins on New Year's Day for good luck! Peanut blossums are my favorite cookie for Christmas!
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"Banana Crumb Muffins" were delicious & gorgeous,looked store-bought!
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I have left the neck(in the bag) in the turkey in the past 5 years! I should know better! Always rememember to check BOTH ends of the turkey before you cook it! I'm Blonde...Sheesh!!
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