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The logo for the Pasadena, California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as seen on a rocket display at the Science Museum Oklahoma.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – “Hello 2015!”

I’ve been waiting quite a while to say that and really mean it. After all, it is New Year’s Day 2015 and as the clock turned to midnight, I promptly played the song “Skip Tracer” by Sonic Youth, the Lee Ranaldo-penned song on 1995’s Washing Machine.

I’ve brought up this “Hello 2015!” song-lyric reference a number of times, here at Dust Devil Dreams.

And while 2014 was a bit of a doozy, I think 2015 is going to be a swirling vortex of the unexpected and wild.

And we got a “taste” of this yesterday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California where a “fanfest” in advance of today’s Rose Bowl game between Oregon and Florida State was taking place.

Incredibly, as the “dust devil” forms, a person in a Chick-fil-A black-and-white cow costume “Eat Mor Chiken” realizes that this swirling vortex of debris, including tents, balloons and trash is coming closer and about to sweep it into the “twister.” It was ultimately reported that four people were injured in the wake of the dust devil event there in synchromystic Pasadena – a city I happened to be thinking about at roughly the same time this event took place. I was at the Science Museum Oklahoma in the “space exhibit,” noting all the NASA and space exploration exhibits. And one in particular caught my eye – a 1950’s-era rocket with a prominent “JPL” logo stamped on it. That is, of course, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, co-founded by occult rocketeer Jack Parsons, which of course today syncs with the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

This visit to the museum’s second floor was a bit of a revelation. In fact, for days I had been talking about a coloring book drawing my son and wife did together of the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz, the joint U.S-Soviet space mission which “marked the end of the Space Race” between the two superpowers that began with Sputnik in 1957. This drawing really fascinated me. It turns out that Oklahoma native Thomas Stafford was part of that mission and was part of the original Project Gemini (“twins” or “double”) program. There were many references to Stafford all over the exhibit, including his Apollo-Soyuz spacesuit.

The dust devil, while not formed in the traditional “dusty” sense, is picking up everything in its path (although there was no evidence of a “Sharknado”). That cow was spared.

Naturally, this syncs with not only The Wizard of Oz but also with Twister … an Oklahoma film I happened to be talking about just yesterday, with a waitress at a local restaurant. The conversation was whether Okies liked the 1996 film with Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt (and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in his OU cap). I was told “no,” that it was too cheesy. But hey, when you have a scene featuring a classic, black-and-white Holstein cow flying through the air, as you do in Twister, well, it’s funny to here one character say, “We got cows!

As we talked about Twister, as we prepared to celebrate the New Year, I noted how sync master Andras Jones had watched TV while in Oklahoma and thought he was seeing The Shining. It was actually Twister. That’s due to the fact that a scene in Twister features folks at a drive-in theatre watching The Shining as a tornado approaches

Meanwhile, back in Pasadena, a man helps the poor guy in the cow costume get away from the “eye” of the dust devil, but the cow-caught-in-a-tornado imagery hit me between the eyes.

This somewhat unusual meteorological event got me to thinking about Pasadena’s history, my sync visit to the space exhibit at the Science Museum Oklahoma and how I just learned that astronaut twins (Gemini?) Scott and Mark Kelly (Mark Kelly is the husband of the shot-and-wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords) will take part in an experiment, starting March 27th, where Scott Kelly, along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, will stay about the International Space Station (ISiS) for one year, while Mark Kelly is back on Earth, and they study how the twin brothers age and deal with the space environment over a long period of time. It will also help further prepare for a manned mission to Mars.

Scott Kelly was in space the day his sister-in-law, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot at a suburban Tucson, Arizona shopping center. Red Dirt Report went to Tucson and did our own investigation

But this brings us back to Apollo-Soyuz … this was part of the 1972 agreement between the US and USSR to explore and use outer space for “peaceful purposes.” This may be why it has been suddenly syncing with me lately.

And with tensions high between the U.S. and Russia right now – as high as they have ever been since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 – this is an historic event, one that will include the addition of peace advocate and internationally-renowned singer Sarah Brightman, who will be the first professional musician to sing from space (sorry Bowie …). Brightman syncs with me, personally, since she and I share the same birthday – August 14th.

Kelly and Kornienko told CBS News that despite “political discord on Earth,” that will have no bearing on space station operations. 

So, was the dust devil in Pasadena a "sign" of things to come? The wholesome Holstein, a symbol of America, about to be sucked into a political maelstrom the likes of we've never seen before? Hello 2015!

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