Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday’s Hunt v1.16 [Girl things] -- "P" is for ...

For the week of April 15th: (1) in motion; (2) Week's Favorite; (3) Starts with P
(1) In motion:

Four-year-old KP was driving this Jeep. She's six plus now. Check "KP Driving" label at the bottom.

This was at Hyde Park, London, U.K.  It was at a little two ride amusement machine set up right outside the playground and snack area.  

Her ride cost 1.50£ and it was fairly busy.  The other ride at 2.00£ was a carousel but she didn't ride it.

We had spent the afternoon at the National Science Museum (free admission--link) and walked through the park on the way home.

KP loves rocket, space ships, and astronauts.  She told me that she wants to be an astronaut when she grows up.  That would suit me fine, an ex NASA aerospace engineer.   (I worked in Flight Control at the Johnson Manned Space Center at Houston before I resigned after SkyLab and began teaching business courses at our local community college, San Jacinto College.)

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Now flash back 34 years when KP's mom, our daughter, raced her pinewood derby car.  It was a winner.

This one's Karen's car, it's
a 1982 or so Pine Wood Derby Racer
Karen did most of the work, Mrs. Jim and I were consultants for her..

She won first place. Of course technology has improved since then so it probably couldn't keep up with the modern cars. Dad was the chief speed advisor for her project. Mrs. Jim did the fashion painting advice. Karen did [most of] the work..

Please enlarge the picture by clicking on it so you can see the driver pretty good. The driver is a piece of lead fishing weight, carved to precision weight with the car weighing 1 ounce less than the maximum. 
The paint is acrylic blue with a red, green, and blue butterfly on the hood. There's a rainbow at the rear, and some green growth with a flower on the deck lid. If we were smart, we could have sensed a tree-hugger growing up here with us.

Weight distribution is 63% in the rear wheels, 37% up front. The uplift in the back functioned better than a spoiler in keeping the car hugging the track surface. Many cars tipped and fell off or tumbled, hers went straight down the slotted hill track.

(2) Week's Favorite Girl jokes here.  Back when we were young.  I've only heard girls doing this a long time ago.
 - Prank Caller Girl:  Hello, do you have Prince Albert in the can?
 - Called Tabac (shop) (Definition link): Yes, we do.
 - Prank Caller Girl: You should let him out of the can, that's not nice to keep him canned up.

(3) Starts with "P":  Pom-poms

These are LSU colors and they belong to KP.  At our house we have Nebraska, or University of Houston, colored Pom-poms, red and white .  For some reason when a girl has a pair of Pom-poms to wave she changes her personality.  Ages range from young girls to older women.
When did you ever see a guy getting excited by holding a pair of Pom-poms?
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The Fine Print:
- Teresa of Eden Hills is running this meme, Friday's Hunt.  Her rules are: "Welcome to linkup for Friday’s Hunt. It’s very simple. Anyone can participate. The link opens at 7pm Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter."
- The Mr. Linky address here has a list of others who are participating if you would to read what these folk are doing for the Friday post.

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KP is adorable at any age! I learned something about you here, I did not know that you were an ex NASA aerospace engineer, I was only aware of you teaching at the college level. Wow, pretty impressive, Jim! How cool that your daughter had great advisors for the design of her car, but that you let her do most of the work, too many parents today are so concerned with winning that they take over, which is a loss to their children. I love the paint/design scheme! :-)
from Josie's Journal
lots of memories this week Jim.
KP has a lot going. Her mother had shown the way while growing up herself. It is good to let them do it their way as it develops self improvement. A lot of info here too Dr Jim, as usual!

I love Karen's car Jim. K looks like she is having fun. I hope you have a lovely week ahead.
Who doesn't like the feeling of motion when they are four? I did way back then (and still do now :)

The Pinewood Derby car looks as if it would slice through the wind - a work of art too! Perfect 'P's!
KP is adorable, but you already know that.

Way to go on your daughter winning the race. That was awesome.

I remember the Prince Albert joke too.

Have a fabulous day. ☺
San Jacinto College ... you're not far from Big Bear!
Hello, KP is adorable. I remember my son making his derby car in the scouts, I like Karen's car. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week!
I don't think I've ever been excited by holding pom poms. Love the first picture of KP in the car. Very cute. I'm impressed that your daughter's car did so well. That's quite the impressive accomplishment! Thanks so much for joining Friday's Hunt. I do hope you have a good week.
Haha that cracked me up at the end. Your KP is adorable and that derby car has held up very well over the years! Good manufacturing it was!

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