Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Meteor Attack!!

September 12, 2006
I was sitting at my desk at about 2:55pm today when there was a very loud sound that shook the whole house and vibrated in my chest. It lasted quite a long time - maybe 20 seconds or more. I ran outside thinking that jets must be going along the shore breaking the sound barrier or something but couldn't see anything. Then I turned on the radio to see if there was some kind of alert going on. And I thought that I had put enough distance between me and George Bush and all his "fallout"!

Well it turns out that they think it was a meteor, probably not any bigger than a basketball. Hard to believe something that small could make such a racket! I haven't heard that they found any remains of it. So all I could find was a photo someone got of the vapor trail. Not very exciting but here it is. And here's a link to a previous NZ meteor that was thought to be the size of a car! I'm glad I didn't hear that one!

http://www.cnn.com/TECH/space/9907/08/new.zeland.meteor/ (the spelling is correct. I guess they can't spell at CNN.)

I just had tea with an interesting woman I met at the pool a couple of weeks ago who was actually at the Stanford World Masters Swimming Championships in August (didn't meet her then though - there were 7000 people there). She spent the first 20 years of her life as a sheep shearer and after having a back injury about 5-10 years ago, she went to law school. So now she's an attorney for the largest union in the country and does workmen's comp cases. How's that for a major career switch?


RobiNZ said...

& you thought New Zealand was a quiet place to live!

John Richardson said...

Hi Ginny
So glad you're having such a great time down under. Whenever I tune in to your experiences I kind of wish I were there and away from this perfect mess of a country. Well it's business as usual at the pool. More predicaments with people plotting publicly against the pool contract. Time will tell whether the experiment will last. As usual, people are going to bat for Tim. The weather has been great lately and biking has been first on my plate. Yesterday I even re-experienced a short run after a 3 hour bike with some younger (aren't they all) triathletes. Nationals will be held in Portland in June 2007 and I think I will participate, back permitting. Jeanne and I leave for Turkey Oct. 6 for about 3 wks. on a tour. Will let you know how it goes. All the best Ginny.
John Richardson