stanley-cup-bruins-blackhawks-hockey-2013Dear Kid,

It is Stanley Cup Season. Just check the calendar. It is the time of year when people stay up far past bedtime to make sure the game ends. There was some question about the hockey game ending last night as it went to three overtimes (count them, three) which a) seems excessive—I’d have preferred a shoot out and b) means that the teams appear evenly matched.

This is quite a contrast to many playoff finals in recent years where it appears the top team is playing some little league castoffs and the game is boring thirty seconds in.

“One shot. Tip. Goal,” said Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, who finished with 59 saves.

Game 2 is Saturday so there are a few days for the players to recover and you to return to the non-hockey world before diving skating in again.

In other news, on this day in 1966, the Supreme Court hands down its decision in Miranda v. Arizona, establishing the principle that all criminal suspects must be advised of their rights before interrogation.

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can, and will, be used against you in court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you.

On June 13, 1983, Pioneer 10, left our solar system. It was the first spacecraft to reach Jupiter (December 1973) after which it was sent onward.

Headed in the direction of the Taurus constellation, Pioneer 10 will pass within three light years of another star–Ross 246–in the year 34,600 A.D. Bolted to the probe’s exterior wall is a gold-anodized plaque, 6 by 9 inches in area, that displays a drawing of a human man and woman, a star map marked with the location of the sun, and another map showing the flight path of Pioneer 10. The plaque, intended for intelligent life forms elsewhere in the galaxy, was designed by astronomer Carl Sagan.

In more recent news, spray on clothing (I swear I am not making this up) looks to be here soon.  Link provided for your viewing pleasure. It seems that not only will we be able to spray on clothing, the application will solve all the world’s problems (except who wins the Stanley Cup).

Love, Mom