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Mind – The Pentagon was designed by George Bergstrom and built by John McShain. Ground breaking began on September 11, 1941 and the building was dedicated on January 15, 1943. “The Building” has 6,500,000 square feet of floor space and employs over 28,000 military and civilian employees. Some also like to call it the five-sided “Puzzle Palace” which stands five floors above ground and has two floors below and over 17.5 miles of corridors. Initial construction costs came it at $31 Million dollars in 1941 ($467 Million adjusted for inflation) and took a little over 2 years to complete. In 1998 a massive renovation was started that came in at $4.3 Billion dollars and was finally completed in 2011. My younger architect brother would argue this is the exact reason to go with new construction, 920% more expensive and 600% more time to do the remodel.
A renovation of that magnitude might bring expectations of hallways filled with natural light and communal workspaces facilitating out of the box thinking and communication. That’s what you might expect, but again we are talking about government contracts. The Pentagon, however, is actually designed to be stove-piped. All of the office spaces are segregated and buried behind labyrinths of vaulted doors with myriads of different security mechanisms. Even within same organizations office spaces are walled off with many of your own kind Persona non grata. Email has rendered actually talking to people obsolete. The DoD security bureaucracy was designed to be inefficient, and they accomplished that mission well.
How did the Pentagon communicate in 1943? I am not quite sure really. In fact, I am not quite sure how the United States managed WWII without email. One interesting footnote to close on, Bergstrom’s design was meant to allow transit from any farthest point in “The Building” to the other in less than 7-minutes. I wonder if people actually got out of their cubicle and talked to each other in 1943?
Body – Endurance
10/20/30 minutes of swimming
Weapons Instructor Course
4 mile run
1200 meter swim with fins
Recipe of the Day
Brussels Sprouts and Steak-Stir Fry
Recipe from Bon Appétit
Photo by AJAX
Serves – 4
Prep time – 45 minutes active, 45 minutes total
Nutrition – 318 calories, 20 grams protein, 18 grams fat, 6 grams fiber
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 pound brussels sprouts, halved
8 ounces flank or skirt steak, thinly sliced against the grain
4 scallions, whites chopped, greens sliced
3 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped peeled ginger
2 medium carrots, peeled, thinly sliced on a diagonal
1 Fresno chile or jalapeño, sliced into rings
Steamed rice (for serving)
1) Whisk oyster sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl; set sauce aside.
2) Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add brussels sprouts and cook, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Cover and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate; wipe out skillet.
3) Season steak with salt. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet over high heat until just beginning to smoke. Add steak in a single layer; cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook until nearly cooked through, about 30 seconds. Add to brussels sprouts.
4) Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same skillet. Add scallion whites, garlic, and ginger and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute, adjusting heat as needed. Add carrots and chile and cook, tossing occasionally, until carrots are slightly softened, about 2 minutes.
5) Return brussels sprouts and steak to skillet and add reserved sauce. Cook, tossing occasionally, until sauce is thickened, about 3 minutes. Serve with steamed rice and garnish with scallion greens.
MackNBee taste rating 3 out of 4
AJAX ease of prep rating 2 out of 4 The recipe said 25 minutes, not true unless you have a sous chef.
Spirit – The Love of God – Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
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