Saturday, July 30, 2011

Milky Way

Friday night is my poker night. We've been playing for twelve years now, every Friday night, 8 o'clock until midnight.

Early this morning, with thirteen more dollars in my pocket, I rode my bike back home, down Howard Street. Lou Ann was still up, so we took a sleeping bag and pillows out into the front yard to look for shooting stars before going to bed. The night sky was spectacular...the Milky Way strewn across the vault of heaven.

Lying on my back, scanning the sky I thought about my high school science teacher.

We were studying astronomy, and he had rented a movie, "The Milky Way." He pulled down the window shades and we settled back as the projector whirred and the screen lit up. Cows were walking across a meadow. Cows were herded together. Automated milking machines were attached. It was a movie about dairy farming!

We watched the movie anyway.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story of the Night Blooming Cereus Cactus. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous11:10 AM

    What a charmed life you lead...stargazing with your sweetie AND thirteen dollar in your pocket!

  2. Anonymous12:03 PM

    My high school science teacher showed us a movie titled "Meteorology." You guessed it: not about the weather, but all about METEORS.

  3. Anonymous12:18 PM

    Soooooo funny!!!!!! Love the memories and laughs!

  4. Anonymous12:46 PM

    Humph, I would have been outraged as a student. My valuable time being wasted
    by another incompetent classroom teacher. Oh yes, I had plenty. The English teacher that lacked class room management skills. Allowing his anger to get the best of him as he hit the desk with his rubber tipped pointer. Only to have the rubber tip fly off the end and hit him in the eye. OMG , I had all I could do from bursting out in laughter. The movies would have had the unruly class have the last laugh but this was real life Miami Florida. Or the math teacher that ignored the student smoking a joint during the class. Honestly, and we wonder why the drop out rate is soo bad. Some students can't be bothered by the game. Just show up, apply yourself--- you are bound to learn something--- if not from a stellar instructor-- you will learn from the stellar students. I think an instructor would not assume a title-- but read the description or at least watch the movie ahead of time to see if it was worth sharing with the class--- he probably had papers to grade.

  5. Anonymous1:45 PM

    Somebody needs a hug.

  6. Anonymous4:15 PM

    Anon 1:45..... very intuitive! :) Or, maybe someone just needs a relaxing vacation on Ocracoke Island!

  7. Anonymous11:45 PM

    count yourself lucky it was not a porn movie!

  8. Anonymous6:31 AM

    The porn movie was shown by the Phys. Ed. teacher.

  9. debbie s.10:47 AM

    someday needs big hug. and maybe a prozac :P

    back ON topic... I love sitting on our front porch with my hubby. it really is the little things that make life so pleasurable. Whether its star gazing or sitting on a 'pizer' enjoying the croaking of the frogs after some much needed rain (a la last night).

    Life is in the little things. :)

  10. Anonymous11:01 PM


    Would you mind sharing a peek inside your weekly poker game?

    On the verge of 50 I'm a comparative latecomer to the game, but after nearly five years now I eagerly look forward to our monthly game of no-linit Texas Hold 'Em with our core group of regulars and a rotating cast of fill-ins.

    With no degernerate gamblers or drinkers, ours is a friendly game with house rules fine-tuned over the years. You buy in for $20; blinds (like an ante) are quarter/fifty-cents; you can rebuy if your chip stack drops below $10; and if you don't like a selection in the host's music mix you can call for a skip, but it has to be seconded, and only two skips per player per night.

    Spending an evening playing in pleasant company on Ocracoke sounds like a fine way to while away a few hours.

  11. I am not sure how many other readers will be interested in details about our Friday night poker games, but I will address this in a future post. Look for it before too long.