Toad in the Hole

June 23, 2004

The News Today Oh Boy

So I watched the private spaceship take off, and followed the news story and had a look at the footage of the floating M&Ms -- talk about product placement! -- and the bit of Earth below. I loved it. I'm not any more impressed with private enterprise, even if it's the USS Private Enterprise, than I am with government, but I love the idea that more people are aiming for space.

Yeah yeah, I know about the money and the fuel and the pollution and the resources that could be used to give tofu to all the starving children, and the fact that some Microsoftie is bankrolling all this. It's not even that I don't care, because I do. But I'd rather scrap a moneybloating corporation or three and stop production of Hummers and Prada bags and three or four bad movies and those stupid gewgaws that are supposed to make official scrapbookworthy memories out of every ten seconds of life from conception to marriage and more conception -- feed 'em that way. That thing about getting into space just gets me where it's primal.

I wanna go there. I wanna GO there. I'm saving my pennies. And if I can't go there I want to hope that somebody else will and they'll get a kick out of it.

Aside from the M&Ms, what tickled me about "SPACESHIPONE" (as the onscreen crawls called it, and I kept reading as an Italian surname) was seeing it on the taxiway afterwards, with the pilot sticking his arm out of a porthole and waving. The thing has openable windows! That's more than half the offices in San Francisco have!

I like the paintjob, too. Before we swapped the pickup truck away, I was nosing around for a way to paint it in a design very like that, oddly enough, but with blue aloha-shirt hibiscuses rather than stars. I wanted it to look as if I'd just driven it [smash!] through a wall of hibiscus blossoms.

I read on the same front page that they've found perchlorate in milk in my own county. Perchlorate, as Faultline readers must know, is an element of rocket fuel. (And most of what's in the ground water was left or leaked there by the "defense" industry, so don't go blaming Mister Spaceman.) I drink a lot of milk myself. I'm thinking there's a self-help option hidden here somewhere.

Posted at June 23, 2004 05:13 AM


Hi Ron.
I'm with you as I think it would be a "Blast" to go outer spacing. Hey, maybe someday we could go together? First, of course, we would get permission from Joe & Rita.

Posted by: Jim at June 24, 2004 07:48 AM

I love your blog!

Posted by: Anne at June 28, 2004 07:49 PM

You gonna take any of the cats, Jim?

Posted by: Chris Clarke at June 29, 2004 08:56 PM