Even though I used to work close by, and though colleagues and I would talk about seeing it – we never did. I regret not going earlier, but yesterday I certainly appreciated the beauty and craftsmanship of the planes – and of the object I most wanted to see – the Discovery Space Shuttle.
It was far more impressive, and beautiful, and inspiring than I had expected. It made me proud to be part of a mindset that had created this spaceship and its sisters. However, I was with someone, someone who will never read this blog, who didn’t seem to really care – someone who was like “oh, yeah, that’s neat,” but no more – even though it was his first time to the museum. I wanted to shake him, just like I sometimes want to shake people who want to and have cut NASA’s budget. The shuttle represents people’s dreams that are beyond owning a second flat screen TV or a huge SUV. Luckily, other people there were very thrilled to see it.
It was also much larger – and more powerful than it had ever looked on television.
The nose, with its heat-shield, reminded me of a whale with its blowhole. Similarly endangered.
Sorry for my maudlin’ here – overall, I was quite the happy tourist.
The other vehicles in the museum were also quite fascinating. I was drawn to the experimental planes, not the military ones. And apparently, flipping through my photos now, I was drawn to the more colorful.
And I was also drawn towards speed…
It was a great day. My adventure resolution means that I am doing many things that I’ve wanted to do, but have put off way too long. So what if my house isn’t as vacuumed as regularly – I’m looking forward to next week. The plan is for snowtubing, but we’ll see if the weather holds!