One of the coolest tourist sites in this area is the lone surviving Titan II missile silo from the Cold War. Originally there were 54 Titans, 18 each in Arkansas, Kansas and Arizona. I couldn’t help wondering why those three states. It couldn’t have been climate, since the three are pretty diverse. It didn’t seem as though geography was the answer or they would have been spread more evenly throughout the states. LeRoy suggests that maybe those states had the most powerful senators. We didn’t get an answer, so I’ll leave you to figure it out for me.
One of the things that struck me, aside from the security measures used when the sites were active, was the difference in technology then and now. Even the phone on which the President would have called was a relic of the 20th century, a dial phone. That’s it on the right side of the desk under a plexiglass cover. The ten-year-old in the group did recognize it, though! I wonder if he’s know what a crank telephone was?
The gentleman who led our tour talked about the missiles having secured our safety by their existence. He said peace is not won, it is maintained one day at a time and the very fact that we had those missiles kept the USSR from using theirs. He said that the concrete bumpers outside prevent the silo hatch from opening completely, so the satellites that are going over the site (and he waved up at them) know the missile can’t be used.
Another day recently we went with the same couple, Ron and Carol Young from Beatrice, Nebraska, to see Mt. Lemmon, where we saw snow on the ski runs (not enough to ski though), and Sabino Canyon. We’ve found numerous restaurants to share with them and we’ll miss them when they leave at the end of this week. Unlike us, they have a sticks-&-bricks house back home and they’re headed there.
We’re enjoying Northwest Community Friends Church in Tucson while we’re here. I’ve been practicing with the choir for a song we sang this morning. It was fun to sing with a choir again. For a small church, they have quite a group of good musicians including several accomplished pianists. There are also some very good cooks in the church, as witnessed by the potluck dinner today after service. Approved!!