Celebrating Flag Day 2021

Grateful I am to be looking at this view on this morning of Flag Day 2021. From the first time I experienced the views from this location, I’ve been filled with awe over the scenes that unfold before me. It is not unusual to see eagles in the trees or deer grazing near the shore. It won’t be much longer before my husband and I have secured this scene for life. After my corporation had been leasing the property for years, we have finally decided to “retire” here and buy the place. Flag Day 2021

I couldn’t be more excited about what I see for our future here. My husband has been an avid golfer for over 50 years. In fact, the evening he told me he would like me to consider spending the rest of my life with him, he was preparing to head out to a national lefthanders golf tournament the next morning. With this as our retirement destination, he will not only have access to the Resort, Ridge, and Challenge courses but another 18 golf courses in the area. His annual pass to play at his choice of the resort courses any day of the week is less than the afternoon annual pass to play the city courses in Albuquerque. (Visit the Oregon Golf website to learn more about the golf courses of Central Oregon.

My schedule has afforded me the privilege of being able to see the world from this view for many Flag Day celebrations over the past 12 years. Every day I am here, weather permitting, the flag is set. It was not until this year that I took a closer look at the history of Flag Day. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes for the flag of the United States of America. The first national observance of Flag Day was 100 years later, on June 14, 1877. The United States Army was founded on June 14, 1775, two years before the official flag was adopted. The National Flag Code was established on June 14, 1923. On June 22, 1942, the code became Public Law 77-623; chapter 435. Did you know that according to that code the U.S. flag is not to be used in any form of advertising? I sure didn’t until I read the United States Flag Code Wiki entry. I don’t have time to do further research today, but I am curious as to its authenticity as I see the U.S. flag used in advertising every day.

Albuquerque Aloft

BJT-WebDev1997Friday, October 3, 2014 ~ It’s Albuquerque Aloft in New Mexico. What is Albuquerque Aloft? Well, if you are into hot air ballooning events, you no doubt have heard of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. While the annual event officially begins tomorrow, this is the morning some of the participating balloon pilots launch their balloons from selected school grounds throughout the City of Albuquerque.  The goal for this event is to inspire youngsters to learn more about aviation, particularly ballooning. It has also turned out to be a great recruiting tool in spawning new balloon pilots and not only keeping the industry alive but moving it forward.

What does Albuquerque Aloft have to do with this image of my badge from Web Design and Development ’97? Well, I’m the one who produced and published the first official website for the Balloon Fiesta in 1994. I continued to perform that service through my company from 1995 through 2001.

In 1996 I was introduced to database-driven website development software created by my friend Bill from Colorado who had been contracting his programming services to Borland International for years. Borland had bought out Ashton-Tate, the creator of dBase software, a database software program Bill and I had used since version 1.0. QuickSite evolved from his work on dBase. Bill sold his website software to DeltaPoint later that year. In 1997 I was using QuickSite software to facilitate and manage over 100 website publications. Bill became part of the DeltaPoint management team asked me to join him in representing their company’s efforts at Web Design and Development ’97. It was there that I first had the opportunity to share the Balloon Fiesta website on a Jumbo Tron screen during a reception held in honor of my work . I’ll never forget some of the luminaries in attendance. It was there I met Larry Ellison and John Sculley for the first time. Seeing my website production efforts on a screen that large was nothing less than amazing! Anyway, it was the first major international trade show exposure for the Balloon Fiesta website and an event I will never forget.