Lori Wyer’s WS320 Blog

March 21, 2006

Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb

Filed under: Culture Site, Uncategorized — wyerl @ 1:08 pm

It is with great excitement that I am compiling my culture site about Jerrie Cobb, the first American female tested for the Space Program.  Back in the early 60s, the United States was concerned about getting a man in space, a feat that the Soviets had already accomplished.  Once that goal was met, certain individuals began to ponder what the effects of space would have on a woman.  Would they be able to tolerate the extremes?  Testing on Jerrie Cobb began in 1961.  Her results were so remarkable that the testing was continued.  In the end thirteen women passed the rigors of extensive testing to became candidates for the Women-in-Space Program.  Some were speculating that a woman was actually better suited for space than a man.  Shortly thereafter, however, the plug was pulled.  Under no circumstances would an American woman go up in space.

It would be another twenty years before a female American would go up in space.   Almost twenty years after the Soviets sent a woman up.  Who would have thought that the Soviets would be so much further advanced?  Why wouldn’t the United States take advantage of the resources they had available?  And what did having the Space Program taken away do to the woman that was slated to be the first American woman in space?  Jerrie Cobb’s life was drastically altered when this opportunity was ripped from her.


March 10, 2006

Art Project

Filed under: Art, Uncategorized — wyerl @ 10:54 pm

I’ve spent a good part of the last week trying to figure out what in the world I was going to do for my art project.  I had finally settled on doing some Photoshop work on my childrens’ pictures, but then saw that, while not forbidden, this wasn’t exactly encouraged.  So I’ve been wracking my brain to try to come up with something creative!

I was out running errands and it finally hit me!  I’ll simply make something beautiful!  I’m going to make a wind chime out of old spoons, washers, jar rings and fishing line.  Totally creative and hopefully nice to listen to as well!

My plan is to take still pictures of it step-by-step, then upload the images into my blog.

Examples from others I’ve found so far:

HGTV has some terra cotta pot chimes, as well as sea shell chimes.

About.com has quite a variety of homemade chimes.

AllFreeCrafts.com used measuring cups for a chime.

DIY Network shows how to make a copper pipe windchime, like you’d buy in the stores.

ThriftyFun.com has a silverware chime kind of what I had in mind.  But my design is different.

MakingFriends.com has an adorable chime made out of wrenches.  What a great idea for Father’s Day!!!




Embedded Links

Filed under: Blog, Uncategorized — wyerl @ 10:48 pm

Wahoo!!!!!  I finally figured out how to embed a link to a resource within my blog!!!  No more of those messy web addresses!

March 6, 2006

Culture Resources

Filed under: Culture Site — wyerl @ 12:40 pm

Resources for Culture site (Female Astronauts):



March 5, 2006

Financial Analysis Project

Filed under: Financial Analysis — wyerl @ 1:55 pm

Additional Resources:







March 4, 2006

Financial Analysis Project Research

Filed under: Financial Analysis — wyerl @ 2:05 pm

My dream vehicle is a Chevy Suburban.  (I choose the 2004 model, because it is gently used, yet drastically reduced from the brand-new selling price by about $14,000!!!)  But I wanted to do a bit of research and compare it to the Ford Excursion and GMC Yukon XL.  I went to Kelly Blue Book’s online site where I was able to directly compare the three vehicles.  Here’s a link to the comparison:


After the comparison, I decided on the Suburban.  The Excursion is too big and the Yukon XL doesn’t offer anything much different, but it’s more expensive.  My next step was to go back to Kelly Blue Book and get a private party price.  (I prefer not to work with dealers — they’re usually too expensive.)  Here’s what I found:


I should be able to find an ’04 Suburban in good condition for about $23,000.

As far as a trailer is concerned, I will set a limit of $15,000.  The practical side of me refuses to pay more than that for a recreation activity that will only be used occasionally.  So that’s the amount I will budget for. 

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