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The Thing (Roadside Attraction)

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 5/10/2019
Posted: 1/15/2020
Topics: #Travel #Arizona #TheThing #Thing Page Views: 142
An out-of-the-way place that's out of this world.

The Thing, as it was called, an apparent mummified mother and child, was displayed in its current location from 1965 on. Originally, it and other dusty curiosities were displayed in three corrugated iron shacks behind the building (which housed a gift shop). The exhibit used to cost one dollar for adults and seventy-five cents for children to enter.

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Wild Horses of the Blue Point

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 7/9/2019
Posted: 1/15/2020
Topics: #Travel #SaltRiver #BluePoint #Ella Page Views: 121
The Salt River wild horses make an appearance at the Blue Point Recation Area.

Blue Point Recreation Area is one of several along the Bush Highway as it snakes alongside the Salt River. On this day it was not our first choice; however, that choice (Phon D Sutton) had every spot we hoped to visit with our dogs, Ella and Lily, was already occupied. So we headed to Blue Point, not knowing that we'd be sharing that location with several of the wild horses that live along the river.

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Cailey's 19th Birthday

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 1/8/2020
Topics: #Cailey #Family Page Views: 181
In which we take Cailey to her favorite restaurant to celebrate 19 years of eating!

How time has flown! It seems like only yesterday that Cailey (and her parents) moved out here to Arizona, and here we are celebrating her 19th birthday!

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Noso and Blevins on New Years' Day

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 1/1/2020
Topics: #UsaryMountainRegainalPark #BlevinsTrail #NosoTrail Page Views: 122
Keith and I and the dogs visit Usary Mountain Regional Park for our annual New Year's Day hike.

Decades ago I realized that my friends who went out drinking on New Year's Eve, too often awoke on New Year's Day wishing they were dead. I decided I wanted to establish a tradition of not drinking on New Year's Eve, and awakening to the prospect of a hike in a beautiful area. This year, Keith and I chose Usary Mountain Regional Park. We'd been here before, of course; but this time we headed out on the Noso Trail, cutting over to Blevins Trail for the return.

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Christmas, 2019

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 12/25/2019
Topics: #Family #Christmas Page Views: 126
Another awesome Christmas with the family.

As with Thanksgiving, we had a lovely, low-key Christmas. My son, John, treated us to Christmas dinner, which Papa Michael then cooked. Everything was excellent!

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The Secret of the Eternal City

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 1/1/1975
Posted: 12/11/2019
Topics: #Writing #AdamStrange #FanFiction Page Views: 160
My attempt at Adam Strange fan fiction.

Fan fiction is a type of fictional text written by fans of any work of fiction where the author uses established characters, settings, and/or other intellectual properties from an original creator as a basis for their writing. Fan fiction ranges from a couple of sentences to an entire novel, and fans can both keep the creator's characters and settings or add their own. One of my very favorite superheroes, even over Superman, is the DC character Adam Strange. This character, who was a normal-human archaeologist on Earth, each story would be teleported via "Zeta Beam", to the planet Rann in the Alpha Centauri star system, where he would have an adventure (in which he would save Rann from certain doom), before the Zeta Beam wore off and he was drawn back to earth, there to wait for the next Zeta Beam to take him back. In 1975, I found myself in the Navy, where I did office work while attending A school. That placed me in front of a typewriter, and since my job was to basically be handy if anyone needed me, I found myself deciding to write an Adam Strange novel in my spare moments.

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How I Spent My Summer and Fall Co-op Terms

By: Paul S. Cilwa Occurred: 12/15/1978
Posted: 12/11/2019
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This was my term paper for my first two co-operative education terms (spent with the EPA).

In 1978 I returned to college (the University of West Florida) for the spring session, during which I was tapped to join the school's Cooperative Education Program, which (in my case) would have me traveling to Washington, DC, to do work study with the EPA. At the end of the second term, I had to submit a term paper (covering both terms) describing what I had done and what I had learned.

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My Favorite Pope

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 12/10/2019
Topics: #Writing #Humor #Religion Page Views: 161
What TV needs is a sitcom about a funny pontiff.

Isn't television fascinating? Through the years it has shown us greed, tragedy and illicit sex…and that's just on the evangelists' shows! But I've just had the most wonderful idea for a TV show. It truly has everything: romance, adven- ture, fantasy, religion, even doctors and police. It's called, "My Favorite Pope".

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Ancient Roman Digital-to-Analog Converter

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 12/10/2019
Topics: #Scient #Humor Page Views: 150
Those Romans were mighty clever.

The readout is a Greek slave whose hands and feet have been bound in such a way that the digits extend over a track. A circular cutting blade fits into the track, suspended from overhead by a line made of cat gut. The blade is made to spin at a high speed by a second Greek slave who peddles a clever gear contraption designed by Pliny the Younger.

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Dandruff Of The Gods

By: Paul S. Cilwa Posted: 12/9/2019
Topics: #Writing #Parody #Comedy Page Views: 168
A parody of 'Chariots of the Gods?' I wrote before I, too, became convinced that our creators were aliens. Still…funny is funny!

Do you believe the Earth was colonized by gods from outer space who came here from millions of light-years away to found a colony two-and-one-half miles northeast of Little Rock, Arkansas? Do you believe that mankind has been periodically aided by the advanced wisdom of humanoid aliens who have gifted us with some of their great knowledge, making possible such things as prehistoric electric batteries and ancient acoustic tile? If so, new evidence may have proven you wrong!

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