Babies and Bullets

Hello again,

I know I’ve been gone for a while, but yes as Eli says I have been on spring break and relaxing. Well as relaxing as life can ever be.

First things first, I’ve been accepted to the University of Eau Claire! I know Elizabeth will get a little mad that I didn’t tell her directly, but here it is. I’m going to Eau Claire next year. I find that it is good timing since three of my history professors are leaving at the end of the semester and that is just three too many.

Anyway my vacation wasn’t as relaxing as I wanted it to be for two reasons, the first is that my cousin had her twins… three months early. They are beautiful twin boys, but at this time they will be at the Children’s Hospital in the Twin Cities until June. The twins were respectably 1 lb 6oz and 2lb’s each and the smaller of the two has an air pocket in his lung that is worrying. Her is a picture of one of them. There isn’t that many since their parents are more worried about survival than good picture taking, for obvious reasons.

This is a picture of the larger twin, along with the heading picture and the follow picture is of the smaller of the two.

However, my vacation wasn’t spent completely worrying over two very cute babies. I had homework to do and an Elizabeth to catch up with. My homework was not appreciated. I had to write a ten page paper on six films centered around the Cold War and the Vietnam War. There was a diverse collection containing, Dr. Strangelove, The Green Berets, Apocalypse Now, Rambo II, Platoon, and Red Dawn. I personally had the most trouble watching Apocalypse Now, since in incorporated more of war, which I cannot stand to watch. I almost got sick.

I did have a good vacation despite the horror that I saw in the movie and I’m glad to be back.

Anyway you have to love Dr. Strangelove and it’s satire on Atomic Weapon’s use and the dangers of war.

History is my muse

Hi Anne again, as I said in my last post I’m a history major and although I enjoy history I do not enjoy the constant stream of long papers that go with it. Eli tempers her history major with a journalism major, something that doesn’t appeal to me. Anyway I have a wonderful paper due by Thursday that is occupying my thoughts at the moment. So you all will get a decadent ramble on the atomic bomb and the revelations that I have had about it.

This mainly has to do with the fact that when we look back at history we see the large picture and judge those who came before us. However, when they made decisions they often knew only a fraction of what we know today. For instance many military documents from the time reveal that most of the military personal and scientists didn’t know the extent of devastation that it could cause. There had only been one test previous and it was in a desert and half of the crew thought it would fail somehow. There was limited knowledge on radiation poisoning and although they could grasp the terror that such a weapon could cause they grossly under calculated the effects.

It intrigues me that what modern people perceive as total understanding of what would happen when an atomic bomb was dropped was in reality the measures of some desperate officials who didn’t quite grasp the dangers that they were unleashing. They could foresee no other possible way to end the way without casualties and choose the one that seemed the best choice.

Now with any historical rambles of mine I don’t claim total mastership of the information, however; I have ideas that I have based off of primary documentation. This is one of the reasons I love history. It is a living form and historians are constantly uncovering new information on the past. For instance the documents that I used for this paper were just declassified in 2005. Things are lost, hidden or suppressed and it is the duty of historians to find this data and use it to present a viable picture of the past.

My own forays into historical study outside of school is limited to my family. Both sides of my family have kept most of the historical documents that they have found over the years and when I am around my relatives that store the information I dig in and explore. My family history isn’t something that I am going to expound on in depth on such an impersonal and public sphere, but I enjoy sharing the little I know.

Most of the information that my mother’s side of the family have saved is the result of my grandfather. He insisted on protecting the information that he was able to get and collected it on his computer. I have access to some of the pictures that he has scanned in and would love to share some of my favorites. Most of them are from the 30’s to the late 60’s, but there are quite a few from way earlier. As a side note the first picture is of my grandparents when grandpa was still in seminary.

I don't know her name or how she's related to me, but I just love the twenties try at glamour.

He's a great something of mine, but I just love how his look (minus the clothes) could fit in with anyone on the streets today. I think the double pierced ears really make this piece. I know that it was a cultural thing with the Dutch, but it just seems so this century.

This is an amazing picture of Chicago after the Chicago fire. My grandpa lived in Chicago as a child and his family had been there earlier than that.

The wedding of some unknown relative. I get a kick out of her glasses and realize where my own eyesight comes from and I really want her shoes.

The final picture for today it is of another relative I have not gotten the name of yet, but she reminds me of a classic Nancy Drew.