“It was one of those humid days when the atmosphere gets confused. Sitting on the porch, you could feel it: the air wishing it was water.”

We did get a little rain but not enough. Now we have humidity. The air is thick despite the breeze, but here in the den it is still cool. This room is morning dark. It won’t get sun until this afternoon.

The anniversary of the moon landing brought back a flood memories for me. I was in Ghana that July, in training for the Peace Corps. It was duringย the second phase of training. We were in Bawku, a village in the Upper Region, for three weeks to live with families. There were 9 of us learning Hausa. We all had bicycles rented for us so we could get in and out of Bawku so every day at lunch we rode our bikes and met for more language training at a volunteer’s house just outside Bawku. I remember the house. The main room was huge. One end was the living room while the other end had the kitchen table and chairs. We were pretty cut off from what was happening at home. We saw no newspapers. None of us trainees had radios, but that day we listened to VOA. The volunteer whose house we were at had a radio. I remember it was early evening in Ghana. We were all clustered around the table. None of us spoke. We just listened. Everything was described. We had to visualize Armstrong going down the ladder and his feet jumping off the ladder and landing on the moon. We heard him describe the leap. We cheered.

Many Ghanaians didn’t believe we had landed on the moon. They hadn’t seen it, just heard it the same way we did. They thought it had all been staged, that it was a radio play similar to that War of the Worlds broadcast by Orson Wells.

I’m tired today. I think it’s the humidity. Mother Nature has to quick fooling around and either make it rain or make it dry.

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12 Comments on ““It was one of those humid days when the atmosphere gets confused. Sitting on the porch, you could feel it: the air wishing it was water.””

  1. Bob Says:

    When I was a kid I loved Sifi movies in which we traveled into space such as the ‘Conquest of Space’. In the early sixties I was enthralled by the Disney TV show where Werner Von Braun described how we could get to the moon and then it seemed like a dream that might happen in my lifetime. I was amazed that man had achieved the goal of walking on the moon in the decade of the 60s and returning safely. I find it amazing to this day. Sadly, the real conquest of space took a fifty year hiatus. Although the space shuttle and the ISS are amazing, I thought in 1969 that I would be able to take a vacation on the moon at some time in my lifetime. Time for that dream is running out. ๐Ÿ™‚

    A cool front is coming tomorrow which will drop the high of 106 today down to a cool 95 degrees. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Maybe the new space force will revive trips to the moon and beyond. They do have to have some place to go.

      I loved all the science friction books I got at the library. They stirred my imagination. When President Kennedy vowed we’d go to the moon by the end of the decade, I was thrilled at the prospect of seeing men on the moon.

      I have the AC going because of the humidity. It is still thick.

      • Bob Says:

        Who knows what the new space force will do if it even gets organized. I think private industry will return to the moon before the space force. I think the entire idea of a space force is just another Trump diversion to keep the public and the congress diverted from discovering the real damage he is doing to our country. The Air Force has had a space division since the 1950s and we don’t need another military version of NASA. Trump hates NASA because of their atmospheric research into global warming.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I think going to the moon first is all we need to have done about the moon. I can’t imagine why we’d need to go back.

        Trump is such a military fanatic (strange considering his history and his bone spurs) that adding another branch would be a feather in his cap.

        I agree we just have to reinvigorate NASA.

      • Bob Says:

        The reason to return to the moon is that it has one sixth the gravity of the earth. Long range spaceships could be assembled at a moon base and would require much less energy to launch them into space than from the earth.

      • katry Says:

        Thanks, Bob. It takes an aviator to know the whys and wherefores!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    That was a perfect quote for today. Bleh.
    It was reasonably comfortable in my house or so I thought. Then I took the dogs for a walk. It felt like I was swimming instead of walking. The dogs had many things to do out there and I also had to stop by the outside laundry room door to start a load of wash so it took awhile to get back to the comforts of the living room. But now I was so hot and sweaty and sticky and just plain wet that nothing would do but to shut the windows, turn up the fans and turn on the AC. It hasn’t been on since July 11.

    I was driving down the Maine Tpk while they were landing on the moon. A friend and I had been camping and were trying to get back to a television in time to watch it. We pulled into an all night convenience store to discover that they had landed early and were already bouncing around on the lunar surface. I remember being disappointed because it looked pretty much the way I thought it would. Blame it on driver’s fatigue. ๐Ÿ˜€ I was suitable impressed the next day after I had slept.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I too figured it was a perfect quote. Wen I opened the door for Henry, just standing there was oppressive.

      I changed my bed and immediately came downstairs and turned on the AC because the house was so uncomfortable. Upstairs was even warmer than down so I even turned on the window AC in my bedroom.

      I never saw the film of the landing until I got home, two years later. So much was happening at home during this time and we, in Ghana, missed it all, and it didn’t matter. We were focused on finishing training and then on living and teaching in Ghana.

      Have a great day!!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I know I as watching the moon landing but I’m not sure I really remember it, I was so young but my mother still thought I should see it. I think it must have been in the middle of the night ๐Ÿ™‚

    High humidity and warm here this morning too but no rain. Everything feels sticky and it’s only a chilly wind that makes it bearable. It’ll be hot again today so I’ll do very little, water the tomato and pepper plants is the hardest thing I’ll do I think ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      My family was glued to the TV to watch as was most of America. I think everything stopped. I doubt many in Ghana were glued to their radios.

      It is still humid here with no rain either. The next rain may be on. the weekend, maybe not.

      Enjoy your day!!

  4. sprite Says:

    I’m sad about how many people think the moon landing was staged and that the earth is flat. I used to think they were kidding around about it, but now I think the joke is on me about how many uneducated we have here in the U.S.

    • katry Says:

      sprite,
      I saw a cartoon with two astronauts and the LEM on the moon. One astronaut tripped and bumped the other who fell into the LEM. The LEM fell to the ground. It was only a facade like some western towns in cowboy movies. There is also a film about a fake Mars landing. The movie is called Capricorn One. It could make people believe the moon landing was just as fake.

      Sadly, the world has many fools.


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