Barbequing on holidays is a must in my book, especially if the weather is great like it should be this weekend. We all have our favorites that we like to grill, whether it's appetizers, meats, vegetables or desserts. Ye
We just had a rare event happen with the annular solar eclipse, coming up in June there will be a similar event with the planet Venus. It’s called the Transit of Venus 2012 and it’s when the planet passes directly between the sun and the earth. Unless you plan on living a very long life this will be the only one you will ever see; the next one won’t be until 2117.
What could be more American than some football and our military? The Abilene Ruff Riders have been on the road the last 3 weeks but this Memorial Day Monday they will be at home and celebrating our military. Military Appreciation Night will be full of fun, football and give-a-ways.
I remember going to the planetarium as a kid and learning about a solar eclipse. The main things I remember is never, ever look directly into the sun and that they are pretty rare events. When you have the chance, make sure you get out and watch it happen. This Sunday, May 20th will be the first annular solar eclipse to be seen in the U.S. in almost 18 years. You won’t see it again until about 2023. The eclipse will only be seen by a lucky few though. Being in West Texas makes Abilene some of those 6.6 million people lucky enough to be in the path of the eclipse. So here’s what you need to know to view this phenomenon.
Everybody has a favorite drink just like they have a favorite car, food, tissue or fabric softener. I personally like Coke, I’ll drink Pepsi if I have to and I’ll drink Dr. Pepper for a little change. However, Coke is my favorite and I drink it for breakfast.
Well it seems there is an official holiday for pack rats. Those people who like to “collect” way too much of one thing or another. I have to say I am one of these people. I collect those plastic cups you get from restaurants, receipts from stores, phone books, clothes, shoes, CD’s, magazines, books well you see where I’m going with this….I’m a pack rat or as they are called these days “hoarder”. Tomorrow is a special day set aside for pack rats.
The 24th annual “Run For The Wall” is a bike ride, as in motorcycles, across the U.S. from California to Washington D.C. to show support, honor and respect for our military. There will be between 400-500 motorcycles passing through Abilene on I-20 this Saturday, May 19th. This will be something special to see.
Abilene is a unique community with our ties to the military and Dyess Air Force Base. We have a great fondness of our military personnel that will be celebrated this weekend at the Abilene Zoo’s, Zoolute to Dyess day. Join in all fun activities Saturday, May 19th.
I’ve watched a couple of the episodes of the National Geographic TV show “Doomsday Preppers” and I have to say I’m a little intrigued and frightened at the same time. I’m from the school of thinking that if something happens to wipe out the world then I don’t really think I would want to survive myself. However, I try to watch the show with an open mind but some of what the “preppers” do is a little crazy and dramatic in my mind.
The Social Security Office has released the most popular baby names for 2011. There were 10 boys names and 10 girls names listed. It seems that the names often reflect celebrity name trends. While “Elvis” was off the list in 2010 it was back in the top 1000 for 2011.
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