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I admit it. I spend a lot of time on the internet.
All day it is available, though we need our bandwidth at work for uploading stuff to our client server, but at home all bets are off.

So what do I do with all this free wifi? Do I read wikipedia on the porch, sipping a mojito with the sun on my face?

Hardly. I sit in my pleather desk chair staring at my 24" HD computer monitor. Nothing like a change of pace from the office!

(speaking of leather-like materials, when I first got out of college, I found a cool bachelor pad in Naugatuck, CT. Naugatuck was made famous as the home of United States Rubber, later known as Uniroyal. As you have probably guessed, everyone's favorite fashion accessory, Naugahyde, was created there. In fact my apartment was just off of Rubber Ave. Oddly, there were a number of adult bookstores also located on Rubber Ave. I'm sure this was just a coincidence!
Another interesting note about Naugatuck was the presence of the Peter Paul factory. Up until 2007, the official town slogan was "Some times you feel like a nut, 'mounds don't" I never liked that expression.)

Ok, back to our story.

So I sit, and I stare and my eyes go fuzzy. Occasionally I find the unexpected surprise.

For example, just tonight, while reading up on the next Space Shuttle flight I discovered:
http://spaceflight1.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/cities/skywatch.cgi?country...

You can see the International Space Station zip by at a gajillion miles per hour on a clear night. I dutifully went outside with my binoculars, let my eyes adjust, looked 13 degrees past North and lo and behold I saw a twinkling light moving West. Then I realized this was dust on my eyeglasses. I really need to clean those more often. Then, all of a sudden, moving faster than any airplane. In the binos it was a slightly larger twinkle of light, but I know it was the station given its high rate of speed and the multi-colored world flags flapping behind it.

Speaking of the Space Shuttle, when I was in 4th grade we took our first non-Disney trip to Florida. This was the early 80's so a Space Shuttle launch was still a pretty big deal. We went to the beach, moved closer to someone who had a radio (people used to bring boom boxes to the beach) and listened to the countdown. I should mention we were in Deerfield Beach, about 200 miles south of the Cape. People were pointing in every direction at all the wrong things, when suddenly we saw the faint streak of smoke as Columbia moved up and out over the Atlantic. I dutifully snapped a picture with my 110 instamatic camera. The negative for one picture is about the size of the fingernail on your ring finger, so when we picked up our prints from Fox Photo in the Valley West Mall, all you could see was blue sky and beach. Oh well, I remember being there anyway.)

Speaking of the Space Shuttle (again) - years later while visiting one of the Orlando area attractions, I saw the Columbia launch again - this time, I'm afraid, on its final journey. Luckily I had since upgraded my 110 Instamatic to digital.



Another fascinating web diversion is the various mapping services. Satellite maps and streetview is cool, especially for planning a driving expedition in a strange city (like Naugatuck). I have discussed this before in my travel related blogs.

Here's a little video I made when Streetview was first released:



Google Earth is even cooler. I like going to, say, Disney World, where there is a full 3D version of the theme parks actually created by Disney. You can't go on the rides, but there are enough home videos on the webs if you desire a trip through Mister Toad's Wild Ride. And you save yourself $150!

The Live Maps is pretty cool also. My favorite activity is checking out all the houses I have lived in. Apologies to the current residents.

http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=qxx41m75mvhn&style...

My formative years in West Des Moines. Malls. Highways. TGI Fridays. Life was good. We had previously lived in a sleepy little town in Western Massachusetts which, at the time, had no highways, no mall and a once famous restaurant called the Busy Bee.

http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=r2563d8wz2jk&style...

I won't bore you with all 7 of my boyhood homes. E-mail me if you must know them all.

Although here is everyone's favorite family home, the Brady Bunch house:
http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=ppqfkt541ttz&style...

Who knew it was right on the LA River?

Ok, now for the backlot tour of Cine-Med, my employer.

Here is the facade of our home office, in a serene, park like setting:


The other side of the building looks out over a pond and adjacent garden center.



Our lobby displays some awards



And our original Arri 16mm camera.



Alas, I have never shot with this, but some classic films were captured in this format. Maybe you have seen some of these:

http://cine-med.com/index.php?subnav=acs&id=ACS-0632

http://cine-med.com/index.php?subnav=acs&id=ACS-0636

This 2nd film is by Dr Blalock. If surgeons are Hollywood directors, he was Cecil B DeMille. Check out the movie "Something the Lord Made" for more.

Lucky for me I get to work with modern day equivalents - the Scorsese, Spielberg, DePalma, Kubrick and Fincher of surgery.

Back to our tour:

Board Room

Snack and Coffee Station

Lunch Room

Production Dept

Home Base



So, this concludes our tour of my childhood homes, a historic glimpse at the rubber and almond candy industries and of course the medical education headquarters. Please visit the gift shop on your way out and come back and see us soon.

Oh, and I nearly forgot - thanks for reading.

Mike Cohen







Posted by: Mike Cohen on Jul 10, 2009 at 8:32:40 pm maps, memories, movies



I have a passion for my job, which entails training for medical professionals such as surgeons, nurses and administrators, not to mention various industries.

Technology is great, but how you apply your skills is what pays the bills.

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