Free Fallin’ from Space

by Frank Roche on October 15, 2012

in Celebrations

We’ve lost our sense of wonder. Nothing seems all that surprising anymore. “Meh” is what people say about dazzling achievements. Climbing Mount Everest is now seen as a walk in the park.

So I found it amazing that so many of us tuned into Felix Baumgartner’s world-record setting fall from space. Baumgartner did a free fall at Mach 1.28 from 128,000 feet before slowing down and landing softly on earth. It was really dazzling…and for a couple of hours, lots of us were filled with a sense of wonder.

Click here to see Felx Baumgartner’s world record free fall from space.

Click here to see listen to Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’

Curiosity Thrilled the Chat

by Frank Roche on August 6, 2012

in Celebrations, Management

Curiosity flew 352 million miles. And landed safely on Mars last night. There’s the team that made it happen.

Can you imagine their joy? What it must be like to have made millions of calculations and taken millions of risks to get this payoff?

Incredibly well done, NASA and JPL. And well done to the rocket scientists. Dazzling teamwork.

There’s No Such Thing as a “Civil War”

by Frank Roche on July 12, 2012

in Celebrations

“The 1913 Gettysburg reunion of 53,407 American Civil War veterans was for the Battle of Gettysburg’s 50th anniversary. President Woodrow Wilson’s July 4 reunion address summarized the spirit: “We have found one another again as brothers and comrades in arms, enemies no longer, generous friends rather, our battles long past, the quarrel forgotten—except that we shall not forget the splendid valour.”“ [via Retronaut]

Everyone gets hurt in a Civil War. They’re not worth it.

This photo gives me hope. Even old soldiers can shake hands some day.

Matt is 18

by Frank Roche on July 31, 2009

in Celebrations, Family, Kids


Matt is 18 today. Happy birthday, MattMan.

UPDATE: Matt, this song was running through my head this morning. I remember playing this one when I turned 18.

Look at That Birthday Girl

by Frank Roche on January 22, 2009

in Celebrations


Today is Sheryl’s birthday. And in good Sheryl tradition, she woke up at 5:30 am, got ready, and went to work. No sleeping in for that girl.

Happy birthday, Sheryl. The boys, Snickers the Wonder Dog, Benny J. XXIII and I will join in a chorus of “They say it’s your birthday” this evening. What we lack in tonal quality we’ll make up for in volume.