Saturday, September 13, 2014

Interplanetary Traffic & Parking Considerations


With a Mars Rover preparing to head to our neighboring planet in 2020, we really should discuss the elephants in the room: Traffic and Parking. 
Landing Rovers | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
Image via wikipedia.org


These are important issues. NASA is working on determining where to land another Mars Rover. They sought input from scientists around the world. Our world. 

Someday, another planet's space program might want to land a data-gathering rover on Earth. While they will probably consult their own scientists, input from Earthlings could only make landing here less stressful for our galactic neighbors. That is why I put together my top five list, in no particular order, of considerations for dealing with traffic and parking on Earth:

1. HOLIDAYS
Any alien visitor will want a full calendar of Earthly holidays. Why? Have you ever tried to park at the mall during the month of December? Or try to get home for Thanksgiving? All religious holidays from every denomination of every world religion must be listed as well as all national holidays from the nearly 200 countries established on Earth. These observances and celebrations have a tendency to increase traffic and absorb all parking spaces everywhere for extended periods of time.

2. RUSH HOUR
Aliens must consider the working habits of Earthlings. Even small towns, like Asheboro, have congested roadways before and after typical workdays. If I go out of my way to avoid Salisbury Street, Fayetteville Street, and Dixie Drive for large blocks of time during the work week, space aliens just might want to avoid the same for their rovers.

3. POPULATION
Outgoing Atlanta Traffic | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
Do we really want THIS to be the
first image sent back to another
planet via their Earth Rover?
There are places on Earth that experience traffic congestion as well as lack of parking regardless of the day or time. In the US, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington DC come to mind. I'm sure the same is true of other bigs cities, such as London, Paris, Beijing, Delhi, Moscow, and Buenos Aires. These are all places I would rather use public transportation than try to drive around and have to park my car, let alone a rover.

4. SCHOOL ZONES
Space aliens sending rovers will want to know where the zones are and when laws are in effect. Imagine their surprise when they land their data-gathering vehicle and expect to move it from point A to point B at 75 m.p.h. (converted to Earth speeds) at 3:15 p.m. near Plainville Township Elementary? All their calculations will have to be refigured because of the 25 m.p.h. speed limit in effect until 4:20 p.m. This, in turn, could throw off the entire mission. Also, no one wants Bernie's little two-year-old brother to grab parts of a high-tech rover and start putting them in his mouth and slobbering all over them while Bernie's mom is talking to his teacher about missing spelling homework.

5. CONSTRUCTION
Our need to continuously fix, upgrade, widen, and otherwise improve roadways is bound to have an impact. Once other life forms from distant galaxies receive data on all the construction zone alerts that are active on any given day all over our planet, they might actually be deterred from sending a rover. Eureka! Now that I think about it, maybe the governments of Earth already know construction zones are a deterrent to space aliens. Maybe that is precisely why there are so many active construction projects all over the world all the time. 


Micki Bare, mother of three, wife, daughter & writer is the author of Thurston T. Turtle children's books. 
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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Caregiver Child: a poem by Micki Bare


The Caregiver Child
Stormy Life, Beautiful Life | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
Storms bring out the
beauty in nature;

as well as in life. 


Please be patient with me today,
I might not know quite what to say.
Life’s path just turned and in the road,
For us was perched an awkward, heavy load.

To others it might not seem so bad.
She seems the same, why feel so sad?
But there are symptoms they cannot see.
Ones that destroy what used to be.

She is peppy, active, fun, and sweet,
A gal any and all would love to meet.
But just behind the veil of the norm,
Rages a windy, dark, and treacherous storm.

Not all of us can be by her side.
Not everyone is meant to take this ride.
But each has her duty and his role to play,
Regardless of how near or far away.

I do not have to be the only soul,
To bear the full burden and absorb the toll.
Cheer her up with a call or two,
Slip a handwritten note in the mail from you.

For me, what would help more than you know,
On this path underneath descending shadow,
Is patience with my jumbled thoughts and ideas,
That come out wrong or seem unclear.

With this disease, so little is known,
Into an uncharted sea we’ve all been thrown.
It’s as hard for you as it is for mom and me,
Of course I know that; of course, I can see.

As we move forward together into tomorrow,
And face, with strength, each triumph and sorrow,
Patience and understanding will brace our climb,
And we will navigate this journey with grace and sublime.

***

Enjoy Every Moment | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
How to take on AD? Together.
Just take it by the horns and every
moment you have a chance, enjoy.
On October 18, my mom and I, along with family members, friends, and neighbors, will be walking in the 2014 Memory Walk to raise money for Alzheimer's Disease research and outreach. To sponsor our team, Ella's Gang, please click on this link: 









Micki Bare, mother of three, wife, daughter & writer is the author of Thurston T. Turtle children's books. 
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cucumber Biscuits


Fridge Pickles | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
Refrigerator pickles are great,
but our tastebuds longed
for something new.
After making several jars of refrigerator pickles, preparing a few tubs of cucumber and onion salad, and tossing chunks of fresh cucumber into summer salads chock full of greens and tomatoes, it was time to come up with something new. It was a good year for cucumbers. I did not grow any, however, it has been difficult to go out into public without someone handing us a bag of extras from their garden.

Therefore, one night, I decided to take matters into my own kitchen. My children do not like it when I head to the kitchen with an idea and an apron. However, they were not home on that particular evening. Hubby and I had planned to enjoy some baked fish for supper. To go with the fish, I created my newest culinary invention: baked cucumber biscuit twists.
Ready to Bake | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
They looked messy right before
I put them in the oven. 

I began by slicing the cucumbers lengthwise into long strips. Then I put the strips in a gallon-size plastic bag. I added a few tablespoons of self-rising flour and, since we were baking salmon that night, tossed in a generous helping of Old Bay seasoning. Then I shook the bag to coat the cucumber strips.

Meanwhile, I made some biscuit batter. Then I created long ropes, like when we used to make clay snakes in preschool, out of the batter. This was messy, as biscuit batter is gooey. 
Baked Cucumber Biscuit Twists | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
The baked cucumber biscuit twists
looked weird, but smelled and tasted great!

Carefully, I wrapped the biscuit batter snakes around the coated cucumber strips. Then I melted some butter on top of which I sprinkled more Old Bay seasoning. I brushed the seasoned butter on the wrapped cucumbers. Then I baked them in a pre-heated 450-degree oven on the top rack just as I would have baked regular biscuits. 

I expected gross mush. Hubby was skeptical. We were both hungry. The cucumber biscuits smelled amazing and held together when we picked them up, so we went ahead and tasted them.

WOW!

A Great Meal | Navigating Hectivity by Micki Bare
Using Old Bay seasoning was the
way to go to make this new recipe
pair well with salmon and couscous.
They were delicious! They were also extremely filling. We could only eat one each with our salmon and other sides. They were so good that I plan on making them again when the boys are home for supper. As a matter of fact, I might even plant cucumbers in the spring. 

Micki Bare, mother of three, wife, daughter & writer is the author of Thurston T. Turtle children's books. 
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