Deepwater Horizon

My husband and I saw the movie Deepwater Horizon yesterday. I cried for the men and woman who suffered the terror of that catastrophe and for the 11 men who lost their lives.

The movie recounts the 12 hours prior to the worst oil disaster in United States history and one of the world’s largest man-made disasters. You might remember it as the Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill that occurred in 2010. It took the company 87 days to get it under control.

The Deepwater Horizon itself is a semi-submersible oil rig.

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Deepwater Horizon oil rig

At the time of the explosion, 126 people were on board. Eleven of those people were never found after the explosion, fire and sinking of the rig.

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Coast Guard ships trying to contain the fire

I believe greed and criminal negligence were the cause of this disaster. The U.S. Department of Justice agrees:

“Numerous investigations explored the causes of the explosion and record-setting spill. Notably, the U.S. government’s September 2011 report pointed to defective cement on the well, faulting mostly BP, but also rig operator Transocean and contractor Halliburton.[22][23] Earlier in 2011, a White House commission likewise blamed BP and its partners for a series of cost-cutting decisions and an inadequate safety system, but also concluded that the spill resulted from “systemic” root causes and “absent significant reform in both industry practices and government policies, might well recur”.[24]

In November 2012, BP and the United States Department of Justice settled federal criminal charges with BP pleading guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter, two misdemeanors, and a felony count of lying to Congress. BP also agreed to four years of government monitoring of its safety practices and ethics, and the Environmental Protection Agency announced that BP would be temporarily banned from new contracts with the US government. BP and the Department of Justice agreed to a record-setting $4.525 billion in fines and other payments.[25][26][27] As of February 2013, criminal and civil settlements and payments to a trust fund had cost the company $42.2 billion.[28]

In September 2014, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that BP was primarily responsible for the oil spill because of its gross negligence and reckless conduct.[29]

In July 2015, BP agreed to pay $18.7 billion in fines, the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history.[30]” (Wikipedia Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.)

The movie is a superb retelling of the events leading up to the disaster and a fitting tribute to the men and women who survived by sticking together and taking care of each other. It is well worth your time and money.

San Francisco Comic Con 2016

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The con took place at the Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown San Francisco on Friday, September 2 through Sunday the 4th. This is a shot of the lounge and information area on the 2nd floor. Panels and games were spread out over the 3 floors directly above this one. The exhibitors/dealers room was 3 escalators rides down into the basement.

We got there Friday afternoon and stayed in the hotel for the weekend and I’m glad we did. Commuting via Cal Train each day would have exhausted this old bird even more than I already was. (Still in recovery mode to be honest) And the place was packed all 3 days which was made more noticeable by the fact that the venue was just too small.

But, honestly, none of that matters when you’re having a great time. I shared an elevator to a few other con goers and we naturally chatted a bit. A gentleman asked me what my favorite part was. My answer was easy – it’s the people I meet. That and spending time with my family. Now, I’ve only been to 2 conventions, but at both of them I have met some of the nicest, friendliest people ever.

I spent some time this last weekend sitting on a couch just enjoying watching people walk by. During one of these breaks something occurred to me. When you spend time in a room full of people who are doing what they love, you can’t help but have a great time right along with them.

So, without further ado, here are my pictures from the con.

San Francisco Comic Con

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This is me saying Hi to Iron Man at the Wizard World Comic Con, Sacramento.

The Wizard World Comic Con in Sacramento was my first. Not my first convention. I’ve been a Star Trek fan since the original show aired in 1968. (Yes, I’m that old.) And I’ve been to a few of those cons. This was my first comic book convention, and man, was it fun. Just as much fun and the Star Trek cons were back in the day. Only this time, I actually had money to spend on swag. Even better!

Anyway, I had so much fun at the Wizard World con that I asked my son “when’s the next one?” Turns out, it’s this weekend. So, tomorrow afternoon I will be headed to San Francisco with my son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter for the San Francisco Comic Con. It’s being held at the Marriott Marquis where we will be staying Friday and Saturday night. Hope to see you there!

I’ll be posting pictures on Monday. In the meantime, here are some shots from Wizard World.