WifeGeeding’s siblings and their spouses have this pleasant little custom or tradition in which everyone will send a birthday card with five bucks (per individual) or a gift card to whoever is celebrating a birthday. One couple was nice enough to send me an Apple gift card; however, it’s telling how well they really must know me as I don’t own a single Apple product. Well, I do still have my special edition U2 iPod which I bought in October of 2004. I think it still works but will have to find the cords to see if it will charge.
WifeGeeding likes to claim I’m a tough person to buy a present for, yet there have been certain things I’ve told her I always wanted consistently for over a decade. One of which is a model of a PV-1 Ventura, the plane my father was a gunner in when he was in the Navy during WWII. Finally, she delivered on Friday. Beggars can’t be choosers, I suppose, but personally I wanted one that I didn’t have to assemble and paint. Somewhat surprising, I found a YouTube video of someone putting together and painting the same model so at least I have a guide. I’m pretty impressed with the detail this person puts into it, like sanding certain edges away and painting detail. Upon further research, I found something pretty darn interesting, the Orlando Sanford International Airport will be opening a new terminal next year and inside it will be a restored PV-1 Ventura. It looks like the plane was placed inside and they are building the terminal around it, sorta. Hmmmm, I might have talked myself into taking the kids back to Disney World, even though Orlando Sanford is not the ideal airport to land in for that kind of trip.
I’ve been watching HISTORY’s series The Food That Built America. C.W. Post, the cereal magnate, built a town in West Texas named Post, “a model community and grand social experiment.” Post committed suicide and his 27-year-old daughter, Marjorie Merriweather Post, was the benefactor of his cereal empire and fortune. She was responsible for building Mar-a-Lago, which is now owned by President Trump.
Here’s a fun interactive chart to visualize college return on investment. I have my undergraduate alma matta highlighted below. The place I went to for graduate school is on the same x-axis but slightly to the right. So, my undergrad school ranks 1, 373 and my graduate school ranks 1,338. I should have made better decisions when I was a yoot. One thing is for sure, there’s no beating the military academies (furthest and highest left).