Kage Baker told me many times – usually while coaxing me to drive off in to the North on some fascinating new road – that sometimes you have to put off writing in order to live something amazing. Thus you recharge your batteries, and then can write more.
I spent this morning waiting with my family and neighbors in a growing crowd of excited Shuttle watchers. I leaped around, chased the sight of the wonder in the sky, screamed and yelled and had a wonderful time. Then I went shopping, had amusing adventures with wheelie suitcases, and finally collapsed in exhaustion for the rest of the afternoon.
Now I’m gonna go eat See’s licorice (best in America!) and continue exchanging intermittent big goofy grins with my family and exclaiming, “Damn, that was cool!”
When my charge lights are green again tomorrow morning, I will resume broadcasting. But in the meantime …
Damn, that was SO COOL!!!!!
Wish I’d been at your house, or almost anywhere besides where I wound up. Although a single moment (approximately 1.5 seconds) of Wow is certainly better than none. 🙂
I don’t know how we got so lucky, but we were in its flight path three times! And since my family went out made a resolute camp on the front lawn, a lot of our neighbors came out to join us. It became a wonderful sort of party, without the press of thousands at the Pier or the Observatory. And it looked like the opening scene of Star Wars!
My son saw the shuttle at an airport in Texas earlier this week, at the beginning of its final journey.
“It was so cool!”
Great minds think alike …