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Computer Simulation Shows Winds Parting Red Sea

I found this on BBC News: Science/Environment where you can read the entire story and view a computer simulation of how 63 mph winds could force the waters apart and hold them apart long enough for Moses and his people to cross the Red Sea.

Computer simulations show how the movement of wind could have parted the waters of the Red Sea
New computer simulations have shown how the parting of the Red Sea, as described in the Bible, could have been a phenomenon caused by strong winds.

The account in the Book of Exodus describes how the waters of the sea parted, allowing the Israelites to flee their Egyptian pursuers.

Simulations by US scientists show how the movement of wind could have opened up a land bridge at one location.

This would have enabled people to walk across exposed mud flats to safety.

The results are published in the open-access journal Plos One.

The researchers show that a strong east wind, blowing overnight, could have pushed water back at a bend where an ancient river is believed to have merged with a coastal lagoon. With the water pushed back into both waterways, a land bridge would have opened at the bend, enabling people to walk across exposed mud flats to safety.

As soon as the wind died down, the waters would have rushed back in.

The study is based on a reconstruction of the likely locations and depths of Nile delta waterways, which have shifted considerably over time.

“The simulations match fairly closely with the account in Exodus,” said the study’s lead author Carl Drews, from the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

“The parting of the waters can be understood through fluid dynamics. The wind moves the water in a way that’s in accordance with physical laws, creating a safe passage with water on two sides and then abruptly allowing the water to rush back in.”

September 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Air France Customer Service

At long last, my Mom is coming to Pensacola for a visit.

After days of to-and-fro-ing with Mom and Big Diamond, after countless visits to Expedia and Travelocity and Delta, I was able to talk with Andre’ at Air France who, once he heard I was booking for my 88 year old mother, spent an hour with me, finding flights she could handle, (not too early in the morning, not too many stops, wheelchair assists, etc.) finding first class seats and confirming them, making sure Mom would fly in comfort.

“Thank you, thank you so much” I kept babbling, as he clicked and clicked, trying to find days and flights that would work.

“It’s my job” he would say.

The very last time I thanked him, it changed.

“Well,” he said, “when you said the word ‘mother’ then I knew I could not stop until everything was perfect.”

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Air France is lucky to have him. Bravo, Andre’.

September 22, 2010 Posted by | Adventure, Cultural, Customer Service, Pensacola, Seattle, Travel, Values | 5 Comments

Organization and Settling In

We’ve only been back a week, but we’ve spent this time unpacking, cleaning things up, sorting out things we don’t need, finding places for things and putting things up. AdventureMan is having a lot of fun, he bought this beautiful tent hanging which just exactly fits around three of the walls in his office and the entry:

He spent a day putting tiny nails into the wall while I sewed a cord for hanging onto the back of the band. He has it up now, and he loves it. He also put up some pictures on the wall and instituted a recycle basket and a shred basket. He is so organized:

He put together another set of cubicles for me so I can keep order in my closet:

We are people who need order in our lives; we live chaotic lives in an ordered environment. 🙂

September 21, 2010 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Home Improvements, Living Conditions, Moving, Pensacola | 2 Comments

Peg Leg Pete’s on Pensacola Beach

I am so lucky. My son and daughter-in-law live here and they can clue us in on where to go. When we were headed to the beach, my daughter-in-law suggested Peg Leg Pete’s.

When we got there, there was a 45 minute wait, so we went to the new Margaritaville Hotel instead. This week, AdventureMan and I finally got to Peg Leg Pete’s, and oh, what fun.

First, there was no wait.

Second, we had a choice whether we wanted to eat outside:

Or inside:

It’s bearable outside, but it’s still in the 90’s (low 30’s C) and humid, so we chose to eat inside.

We started with the Yellowfin Tuna Dip – oh YUMMMMM:

AdventureMan had the Giant Scallops Platter, and there was so much food, he brought 4 scallops home and had them over pasta the next night:

I ordered the steamed shrimp, and I ate all the shrimp, and the tiny corn on the cob, but I left all the potatoes:

Peg Leg Pete’s is a lot of fun. It is very beach-y, lots of tourists, lots of scantily clad sun bathers just grabbing a bite to eat.

Here is what we have discovered, and what we are having a lot of fun with – when you Google ‘Peg Leg Pete’s Pensacola Beach’ Google will bring up a place item, where it shows on a little map where it is AND it will show all kinds of reviews gathered from all kinds of places, like UrbanSpoon, TripAdvisor, etc. All the comments, in one place. It is a great resource.

September 21, 2010 Posted by | Adventure, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Food, Pensacola | 2 Comments

Jupiter Closest Now!

The planet Jupiter is the closest to the earth that it has been in 47 years. Watch from sunset to midnight to catch the clearest glimpse you will get in your lifetime. I found this on AOL Science News where you can read the entire article:

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Sept. 19) – Better catch Jupiter this week in the night sky. It won’t be that big or bright again until 2022.

Jupiter will pass 368 million miles from Earth late Monday, its closest approach since 1963. You can see it low in the east around dusk. Around midnight, it will be directly overhead. That’s because Earth will be passing between Jupiter and the sun, into the wee hours of Tuesday.

The solar system’s largest planet already appears as an incredibly bright star – three times brighter than the brightest star in the sky, Sirius. The only thing brighter in the night sky right now is our moon. Binoculars and telescopes will dramatically improve the view as Jupiter, along with its many moons, rises in the east as the sun sets.

“Jupiter is so bright right now, you don’t need a sky map to find it,” said Tony Phillips, a California astronomer under contract with NASA. “You just walk outside and see it. It’s so eye-catching, there it is.”

September 20, 2010 Posted by | Beauty, Technical Issue | , , | 4 Comments

Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder

Before we left on our 5,000+ mile trip to Seattle and back, we bought a bird feeder. I found it at Home Depot, and didn’t pay much, but it said it was squirrel-proof. It wasn’t. It deterred the squirrels for maybe two days as they figured out how to climb the thin pole and lean over to nibble at the bird-goodies.

When we got back, the feeder was ripped apart; the squirrels had torn out all the bird perches, so we got a new one, a more expensive one, ‘totally squirrel proof.’

Yeh. Right.

The good news is that we also bought a hummingbird feeder. A hummingbird had been by, and we could tell he was looking for a feeder, and figured there had probably been one before, when the previous owners were in the house. As I was waiting to catch a shot of the squirrel, he came back and found the feeder, where he is a regular visitor. He also visits our garden, full of hummingbird-friendly flowers. 🙂

September 20, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, ExPat Life, Experiment, Gardens, Living Conditions, Pensacola | 5 Comments

Mediterranean Plus ReVisit

One of the very first places we head once we are back in Pensacola is Mediterranean Plus, because the food there is always good.

This time, we order the Vegetarian Mezze (appetizer assortment) and I had the Seafood Soup.

The mezze is as good as anything we have ever had in the Gulf, or in Jordan. The Seafood Soup is spectacular, oh, sooooo goood.


If you are in Pensacola, you go to where 9th meets Creighton. On the north side of Creighton is the Walmart, across Creighton is a large strip mall. In the section closest to Creighton, in the same section with Four Winds Market and the liquor store, and Rob’s Cameras – is where you will find Mediterranean Plus. Parking is plentiful. The food is fabulous.

September 19, 2010 Posted by | Eating Out, ExPat Life, Food, Living Conditions, Pensacola | Leave a comment

7 Million Pounds

Many thanks to my Kuwaiti friend for sending this; if this is true, it is hilarious, and a wonderful story of the ingenuity of the human spirit:

Outside England ‘s Bristol Zoo there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 buses. For 25 years, its parking fees were managed by a very pleasant attendant. The fees were for cars (£1.40), for buses (about £7.00)..

Then, one day, after 25 solid years of never missing a day of work, he just didn’t show up; so the zoo management called the city council and asked it to send them another parking agent.

The council did some research and replied that the parking lot was the zoo’s own responsibility. The zoo advised the council that the attendant was a city employee. The city council responded that the lot attendant had never been on the city payroll.

Meanwhile, sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain or France or Italy is a man who’d apparently had a ticket machine installed completely on his own and then had simply begun to show up every day, commencing to collect and keep the parking fees, estimated at about £560 per day — for 25 years.

Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over £7 million pounds……. and no one even knows his name.

September 19, 2010 Posted by | Adventure, Entrepreneur, Financial Issues, Humor | 4 Comments

The Naughty Volvo

This is hilarious. It is so daring, so counter-intuitive, that I would love to see it work.

I drove a Volvo for 13 years – the same Volvo. It just wouldn’t wear out. It was a SAFE car. Half the people in the Pacific Northwest were driving Volvos; we all had kids, it was the responsible car to buy.

But a naughty Volvo? The very idea is just hilarious!

September 18, 2010 Posted by | Adventure, Cross Cultural, Entertainment, Experiment, Family Issues, Marketing | 2 Comments

Lafayette to Baton Rouge, Google Maps

I wish I could show you photos of this stretch of road. I saw so much beauty on our trip – which exceeded 5,000 miles. This stretch was my favorite. We were on I-10, but I am also thinking there are some really cool back roads here that can be explored.

One of my favorite authors, James Lee Burke, writes some very brutal mysteries set in this part of the country. As I drove through, I could imagine his mists rising off the Atchafalaya Bayou and I know what it is like when the thunder clouds gather before all hell breaks loose. Here and there you also find some settings which are perfect for the louche True Blood.

September 17, 2010 Posted by | Adventure, Beauty, ExPat Life, Geography / Maps, Travel | Leave a comment