Saturday, February 6, 2016

BBBC #6

This post is part of the blogger challenge titled BBBC. Today's topic is:

6. Your age.

Photo from https://en.wikipedia.org
/wiki/Mercury-Atlas_6
One day when I was in Kindergarten, there was a visitor who had a special message for our class. He told us about the flight of Friendship 7 that had just launched and landed successfully that afternoon. I think much of the content was lost on his audience of 5 year olds but what did stick with me was his excitement of space exploration. I also liked his globe with the motorized capsule orbiting around the equator as I had never even considered the possibility of living away from the land. For me, this was the beginning of my fascination with science, engineering, astronomy and space flight which continues to this day.

I mention the flight of Friendship 7 was not only something very memorable to me but most people I run into these days weren't even born yet and is just some story from their history books.

Sunrise from our back deck
Since we are talking about age, specifically my age,  I've heard a number of reasons over the years explaining why school is much more difficult now than when I was their age. That would be way back in the ancient times. When I was in school:

  • There was no history, only current events
  • Numbers were only known up to 2
  • No written language yet
  • All knowledge could be covered in a week

I'm sure you can come up with a few more.

So, yes, I'm older than many other moto bloggers and my age is the 17th prime number.

14 comments:

ToadMama said...

Space exploration never really intrigued me. There's still so much to see on this planet. I do enjoy pics from outer space though. More specifically, pictures of Earth taken from outer space. So when you go, take lots of pics, okay?

David Masse said...

Made me look it up. I'm so not a math geek, even though I love Excel and have literally pushed its limits till I broke it a few times. My skills are limited to those acquired by most people by grade four: I can add, I can subract, divide, and multiply, the latter skill is how we ended up with three wonderful kids.

I'll keep the answer to myself. Tip to non-math geeks: Wikipedia knows the answer.

ToadMama said...

I looked it up, too, David. Your age wasn't so easy.

Canajun said...

I like that - your age in prime numbers. I'll be 19 this summer. Sounds a whole lot better than the real number. :)

redlegsrides said...

My boys used to say: "Hey Dad, how were things back when you were a kid? You know, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth?"

RichardM said...

Got it. Take lots of pics if I get to venture into space.

RichardM said...

You mean that you don't just sit around counting prime numbers?

RichardM said...

I was thrown off by thinking that leap year mattered with David (it doesn't).

RichardM said...

Almost like having your birthday on Feb 29th...

RichardM said...

Yes, before history was invented...

Ken said...

I worked for a (great) guy who used to say, "I gotta go drop a dime" - which meant he had to leave the construction site, drive to a 7-11 and make a phone call...
Prime age is where I'm at right now :) and when I see the Dr. and they take my temperature and then put me on the scales I try to convince them my weight and IQ are the same number..for some reason I don't think they are buying it..

Trobairitz said...

Oh the age jokes. We'll all be there one day.

Having said that .......so, how were the dinosaurs? Were they as mean as indicated?

RichardM said...

No, not at all as pictured in Jurassic Park. Purple and they sang and danced around a lot...

RichardM said...

Pay phones. I was amazed that they were all over Japan. In the land of ubiquitous cell phones people still used them. Maybe because they are still anonymous...