May 282020

The long-awaited and much-anticipated rocket launch from Cape Canaveral carrying two astronauts to the International Space Station was scheduled to lift off at 4:33 yesterday afternoon. But as it turns out, that bird didn’t fly. About twenty minutes before its scheduled liftoff, the launch was scrubbed.

That didn’t surprise us since we had been having thunderstorms, rain, wind, and even a tornado watch just a few miles away. The news said they are looking at Saturday to try again.

We can watch the rockets heading toward outer space from our yard, but a lot of people want to be even closer to the action, and the news showed crowds of people in Titusville, which is just across the water from the Kennedy Space Center. No thank you, we are still social distancing.

Speaking of things long-awaited, our stimulus check arrived in yesterday’s mail. The little kid in me wanted to rush right out and buy new toys, but instead, it went into the bank to pay our tax bill. The government giveth, and the government taketh away. Someone I know who is a nearly rabid Republican and refuses to believe the rest of the world isn’t, too, asked me if I was going to send it back since I am not a fan of President Trump. I replied that as soon as all those people (including him) who complain about Socialism and say that free school lunches for needy kids are government handouts send theirs back, I will too.

Tuesday night, we watched the premiere of ABC’s new TV series, The Genetic Detective, which showed how genetic genealogist CeCe Moore was able to use DNA recovered from a crime scene in 1987 to help solve a double murder. Building a reverse family tree, she was able to identify the killer of a young couple in Washington state. Being an amateur genealogist myself, I found it fascinating, and I am looking forward to watching more of the series and learning how criminals can be brought to justice using new and continually developing science and technology.

Terry finished proofing my new book, Big Lake Massacre, late yesterday afternoon, and as soon as I made the corrections she suggested, I sent it off to my second proofreader so she can get started on it.

In other book news, I uploaded the printed edition of my latest John Lee Quarrels book, The Road To Wrinkle Ranch, to Amazon on Tuesday, and yesterday I got a message from them that it is now available to purchase.

Speaking of books, it’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is a four-book set of audiobooks from my pal Carol Ann Newsome’s popular Dog Park mystery series. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – I called the tinnitus hotline, but nobody answered. All I got was ringing.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  One Response to “The Bird That Didn’t Fly”

  1. I believe the fact that a Republican asked if you were going to send your check back shows just how confused a lot of Republicans are on this issue. It appears that they believe that the President is sending this money to us from his personal account, when it fact the Congress passed the law and the President signed it authorizing these payments, with money the Government will print or will borrow, and at some point in time the American people will pay back.

    The fact that the President wanted to sign the checks seems to have been done to make Republicans believe it was money from his personal account, and it seems to have worked! Fortunately, the rest of are not taken in this scam.

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