USS Tiburon General Meeting, October 19th @ 1pm

The USS Tiburon is proud to announce the date of its October meeting!

October 19th, the USS Tiburon will be holding its general meeting at the Aurora Fire Station No.2 located on Hoffman Blvd (12600 Hoffman Blvd 80011). The gathering will start at 1 PM, and last until about 4 PM.

What is a general meeting you ask? Well simply put it’s a meeting where members, friends and invited guests can come together and discuss Tiburon activities, events and socialize. There maybe game playing or whatever else we might want to do.

There is a parking lot on the Southwest side of the Fire Station that we are to use.

 

Halloween is Coming

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Happy Halloween everyone, this is Chief Science Officer Jennifer Sontag reporting from the bridge of the USS Tiburon currently in orbit around earth.

As anyone that has followed the USS Tiburon before knows this time of year is my favorite time of the year. I love the smell of freshly carved pumpkins, freshly made apples pies and espically this is the time of year when the ghost and goblins come out to play.

In the past I have written about the haunted places you can visit in the US and espicailly in my home state of Colorado but this time I would like to talk about some of the myths surrounding Halloween.

There are a lot of myths and legends that have roaming around for hundreds of years. One of them is the myth of the black cat. Black cats have always been the brunt of many stories and have labled as bad luck to anyone that might cross their path. It all got started back in the early 18th century when the country was going through the Salem Witch Craft trials. Black cats where thought to be associates with witches as their “familars”, which were companions to the many people thought to witches. They also were associated that if you came across a black cat you would have bad luck. Fornuately, these myths have been debunked and that the black cats makes an excellent companion for anyone. So I would suggest anyone looking for a cat go down to your local shelter and find black cat, they might even bring you good luck!

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Another interesting legend about Halloween is that the pumpkin was the first vegetable to be carved into funny and sometime terrifying images. In my research I have found that back in the middle ages people used to carve turnips into images to scare away any demons and ghosts that might be lurking in the shadows. It wasn’t until the 19th century that it became popular for people to start carving pumpkins into jack o’lanterns and putting them on their porches to light the way for eager trick or treaters. The pumpkins carving business has blown up within the last few years, there are even people that carve pumpkins for a  living and some cities even hold pumpkin carving contests.

Well, I better sigHalloween-Ghostsn off for now, the tribbles are getting restless. I will have more in the coming weeks about ghost and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

Ranked Reading for October 2014

Greetings once again,

baa baaThis month’s Ranked Reading may not be sci-fi related but it is a book that I’ve wanted to read and review for quite some time. When I was a child I grew up watching reruns of the Baa Baa Black Sheep TV series with Robert Conrad in the role of Major Greg Boyington who lead a group of “screwballs and misfits” into battle in their Corsairs in World War II in the Pacific. “Baa Baa Black Sheep” by Gregory “Pappy” Boyington Col., U.S. Marine Corps, Ret. provided the original source material for the pilot of the TV series. It follows “Pappy’s” life beginning with his time with the famed Flying Tigers with the American Volunteer Group in China and his first encounters with the Japanese pilots prior to the U.S.A.’s involvment in the war. It goes on to talk about the true formation of VMF 214 which was actually a group of replacement pilots from the pool of pilots, a few non-fighter pilots, and pilots that had never been in combat. The book also goes on to describe his life as a “special” prisoner after he was shot down and his time in various prison camps. As a “special” prisoner (as opposed to a POW – prisoner of war) he was never listed on any of the POW lists and as a result was officially declared dead as no one here in the States was aware that he was alive. Throughout he tells us of his struggles with alcohol and his good, bad, and ugly encounters and relations with his military superiors. THIS is the real story as seen and told from the perspective of the man who lived it – the legendary WWII ace fighter pilot Greg Boyington. The copy that I read was a reprint of the 1958 novel and, as the copyright page states, “NOT ONE SINGLE WORD HAS BEEN OMITTED”. For fans of the TV series this is a must read. I found the entire novel quite entertaining and enlightening. My Ranks: Admiral

Until next time, the ship’s reading lamp is definitely . . . ON!

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Out of this World Miracles

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Sat Sept 20th, the crew of the U.S.S. Tiburon will be taking part in the Miracle Party Foundation’s 7th Annual Miracle Party. Our mission is to provide children fighting cancer, their families, friends, and communities with a celebration they will remember forever: a night to forget cancer. This is a party for children with cancer and angel families thrown once a year. We believe that everyone needs one night to forget the negatives, struggles and pain from our journeys, and come together to celebrate our children no matter where we are in our journey.

As a child, our Chief Operations Officer Lee Montgomery, was diagnosed with a cancerous pediatric brain tumor. Now a 31 year survivor, this is an event that he and the crew is proud to be a part of.  Some of the crew will be attending in character and as species from the Star Trek universe, and will be running the Klingon Bop. Everyone who is available to attend in costume and interact with the children is welcome! It is all about letting them live life for a few hours and forget about the difficulties they still face.

Outdoor Fun

Hey everyone, it’s Fleet Captain Jennifer Sontag reporting from the bridge of the USS Tiburon.  Sorry I haven’t been up on my reporting but the tribbles are becoming teenagers and I have to be referee.

I have had the privilage of exploring many new worlds with the crew of the Tiburon. We explored the wonders of Roxborough State park and Cherry Creek Park. It was fun to see the crew let loose and have a little fun. I have put together a few of the pictures from both hope like them.

I will be back next month with an article on my favorite time of the year, Halloween!!! roxbourgh 2014 048roxbourgh 2014 026roxbourgh 2014 009roxbourgh 2014 018

 

 

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