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On the road

Jul. 1, 1999
After packing, organizing, and amidst a migraine headache that makes quick movements of the head painful, Dr. Leake, Jason Gaines, Jason Looper and I loaded up the VSU Buick...

Waffle House and onward

Jul. 2, 1999
Jason Gaines was met with surprise when he discovered that I was a virgin as far as my experiences with the fabled Waffle House's go. "Any time you ask...

Beam me up

Jul. 3, 1999
9:15am was the time that greeted me when I woke up this morning. I took a moment to do a sort of self-diagnostic on my body and its health....

"I can jump that."

Jul. 4, 1999
The Roswell Days Inn gets my applause for offerning a nearly full breakfast to its customers. None of this "continental breakfast" crap for them. No sir! They'll sit you...

The 4th under A Mountain

Jul. 4, 1999
Our drive west lead us eventually out of New Mexico and into the state with many cacti, Arizona. After a near-border rest stop we jetted toward a rendevou with...

End of the road

Jul. 5, 1999
An all too early rise sent the four of us west to our destination: the Kitt Peak National Observatory. Although my foot was swelled a size or two greater...

Night on Bald Mountain

Jul. 6, 1999
Actually "Day on Kitt Peak" would be a slightly more appropriate headline but didn't sound nearly as interesting. Switching to AST (Astronomer Standard Time) began today because my wake-up...

"Can I have your autograph?"

Jul. 7, 1999
I woke up today at about 10:30am after that great experience with the sunrise. I ate breakfast then went to the dome to offload my early morning pictures. We...

16 Psyche

Jul. 8, 1999
Beginning my day with a knock on my door from James could've been worse. I'm kinda' glad he came by to get the car keys because I neglected to...

A dud asteroid

Jul. 9, 1999
Yesterday's long night led me to a 1pm rising time today. I took a jaunt over to the Kitt Peak visitor's center (where observers get 10% off!) and looked...

Desert Museum day

Jul. 10, 1999
I woke up today about 11:30am AST (Astronomer Standard Time) and headed over to the cafeteria for a healthy breakfast. My whopping bowl of Cheerios was sure to get...

Zipcode worthy food

Jul. 13, 1999
We skirted across the border into El Paso, Texas just around the midnight hour. With Seattle (me) at the helm, we passed near the impressive nightscape. El Paso and...

Crossing the checked flag

Jul. 14, 1999
Today started at the crack of midnight central time. I was 3 hours in to my last portion of the drive from Tucson to Valdosta. Starting at nine o'clock...

Einstein sucks

Jul. 15, 1999
At the agreement of Dr. Leake and myself, we allowed for a sleep buffer this morning and opted not to come in to the office until 10am. We spent...

Two weeks and counting

Jul. 16, 1999
It is truly crazy to think that two weeks from now I'll be in Melbourne, FL getting nervous on the eve of the student presentations. I started on the...

Micah does Seattle

Jul. 17, 1999
Waking up rather late today, I had only two tasks to complete: one was to see the raunchy, bodily function-based movie American Pie and the other was to create...

Too much Discovery

Jul. 18, 1999
Sunday, and I can count less than 24 hours until I'll be readying myself for the launch of STS-93 on the 30th anniversary of the first human footstep on...

Trying to catch a Shuttle

Jul. 19, 1999
Work today was a glorious blur when compared to the adventure that took place tonight. Around 6 o'clock Erika and I sat on a curb outside Converse Hall here...

IRAF ain't so bad

Jul. 20, 1999
6:30am was the time we returned to Valdosta following our scrubbed Shuttle Launch viewing. Tired and barely walking in a straight line, Erika and I bid eachother a good...

Scrub-a-dub-dub

Jul. 21, 1999
There's a theme to this week and it seems to revolve around a certain Shuttle launch. STS-93 is suppose to be a landmark mission with the first ever woman...

Launch day

Jul. 22, 1999
I woke up around noon today and boy is this day going to be short. I went into work and reduced some spectral data with Jason Gaines. We finished...

Toasty weather

Jul. 23, 1999
Today was the last day that I find necessity in waking up later than noon. After viewing my first Space Shuttle launch last night, I'm a very satisfied trooper...
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