Posted on January 28, 2006 at 09:00 PM
Hard to believe that exactly one year ago today this blog opened it's doors for business. Few things have changed though, same layout, a consistently sporadic schedule of posting, and I dumped Fatcow. All in all it was a decent year. For this year I would like to see my amount of posting lean more towards consistent than sporadic, and eventually finish my new layout. Yeah, promises, promises...
This blog's anniversary also coincides with a lesser known event in history, my birthday. I know, hard to believe, but this blog has been around for 31 years here on planet earth and 1 year on the interwebs. For those in the know, you may also remember that I share a birthday with wife, CEO and Head of the JoeSchmidt.com Culinary arts department. Today she celebrates the 7th anniversary of her 25th birthday. Happy birthday my love.
I would also be remiss not to wish our Niece in the great state of Texas a happy birthday today as well. She turns the big 8.0 today.
And if you've been living under a rock for the past few days, you may not have realized that this day in history also coincides with a great loss in our nations past. Twenty years ago today, seven brave souls lost their lives aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger 73 seconds after lift-off. I was 11 at the time, in the 5th grade, and vividly remember that day as I witnessed the tragedy unfold on TV at school. Being a child in the 80's, this blog was a HUGE fan of the space program. I had posters in my room of the space shuttle and remember assembling and painting models of the various space shuttles.
My interest in the space program began in the wee hours of the morning on April 12th 1981 when I asked my parents to wake me up to watch the first space shuttle launch. This blog was even known for being "sick" on a few occasions just so I could stay home from school and watch the launches on TV. So watching the events of that day unfold on live TV sitting in class was a bit surreal. I remember lunch that day was uncharacteristically quiet.
To think that on a day when some celebrate, others mourn and remember loved ones lost.
The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God." - President Ronald W. Reagan, January 28th, 1986.