Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The longest voyage



Coming soon to a theatre near you-yet another re-make of The Longest Yard, starring Michael Vick…

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Tonight, in honor of the total lunar eclipse, I watched Apollo 13 on my laptop after shift. After the movie ended, I went up on deck to check on the progress of the eclipse. The moon had just entered the penumbra and it looked beautiful, framed in puffy, black cumulus clouds. I thought about the Gemini and Apollo missions and what they accomplished in such a short time span, with technology that could easily be called ancient by today’s standards. As Jim Lovell stated, “It wasn’t a miracle. We just decided to go.” Today, with all the advancements in computing, materials science, propulsion and engineering, it would take more than a miracle to return. It’s not the technology that’s lacking, it is us. That is a sad reflection on what we have achieved and become since then.

With those thoughts, I chose not to wait to wait for the moon to enter our umbra and retired here, to my cabin.

17 comments:

Fyremandoug said...

You can run But I am just gonna bite harder MOFO

Mr. Bud said...

two fucking months of no rain.
then guess what. mars is closest and there is an eclipse.
damn. 15 drops of rain fell from the thick clouds.

Queen of Dysfunction said...

We've become much more fearful. :(

The Pirate said...

Doug-i think we all know what mike's private hell will consist of...

Mr bud-my dirt yard was blowing away by the inch a month ago:(

Queen-that is it, in a nutshell. Fearful of thinking, saying and especially doing, in all things:(

Mr. Bud said...

you've got MAIL!
time to take the 250 in for the ziebart inspection.

*grins*
bwahahahahhaa.

ok,ok... burn pile.

The Pirate said...

Hand-crafted comment spam? You bastard! Go build Pete's house or get drunk w/ Bill n Chris;) Where are they, anyway??

Heidi said...

Wow, how true it is. We'd never make it now. If we had the exact same equipment, we couldn't do it.

Mr. Bud said...

B&C have arrived. we closed the KBC last night. I'm prepping to boldly go where no man has gone before. stress, the final fronteer.

how much are smokie treats in AK?
..and on that note, i ask brother in law, how come the chopper can't drop us off at camp 2 it's only 500 yards away on a honkin' glacier? "no air", it runs out of air at camp 1 and they have to bring a bottle of o2 to get it started again. "dude, your gonna need one too"
well, i'll be the first atop ma-kinley cracking a cham-pag-ne and smokin a cowboy killer. damn health nuts.

liked the comment spam/junk mail?
and now comment e-mails.. ha.

Pirates Wife said...

HMMMMMMMMM!!!
ohh if I were a STAPLE GUN where would I be????????

Call me at the shop......

Love Ya....

The Pirate said...

Heidi- I still hope we can get it together enough to get back there. We need to go back.

mr Bud- *sigh* I can only wish I was closing KBC w/B&C. Everything was expensive in AK, especially the booze. Watch smoking and lighting lighters around your oxygen bottle...and you better get me lots of pictures, dammit. Tell the whole fam I said "hey" and watch out for the Red-Bellied Glacier Rats. They bite.

PW- Thank you for a smile in the face of a long, nasty shift. if you were a staple gun, you'd be in the lower-left drawer of the desk (the one below the one filled with manuals anyway, down in my shop. In the back of the drawer, behind the wood burner, along with a couple boxes of staples. That, or already at your shop. If it was recently used, it would be hanging on the back wall along with the hammers, next to the white fire extinguisher.

If all else fails, go to Menards, buy a 150 psi air compressor, enough hose to reach anywhere in the house and an air stapler. Install in basement. Think, "Boy is my husband going to love me for buy a new air compressor". That should do the trick;)

Mr. Bud said...

or borrow mr. buds.
doh.

these are the ways i get to see lp and pw.

The Pirate said...

:) I just talked to her at the shop-thanks, man. I wish she would have bought the compressor...

Pirates Wife said...

Thanks Guys:)
Both my men are leaving me, what is a girl to do??
SHOP....

LP said...

Hi Papa,
It's your Little Pirate,
please call.
Bye

Pirates Wife said...

Good night my love.

Fyremandoug said...

Oh Dude thats so Cute from the LP
I just got a little misty eyed there

The Pirate said...

You and me both, Fyreman. You and me both...