Space Cadet

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I realized that I did have two more Houston-related things to do, and they could save the day (or week)!  Well, I guess it's actually three more things.

Tonight I saw the new Star Trek movie.   A M A Z I N G.  I haven't seen any of the previous movies, just the original series, Next Generation, and some of Deep Space Nine. Loved them all (well, not DSN). But even if I hadn't seen any of it, this one stands alone and is great fun. A full two hours, it was over before I realized time had passed. (Or maybe it was time travel. Or a black hole. ha) Anyway, even non-geeks should enjoy it even if only for the action, but for those of us who watched the series, it was especially cool to see the little idiosyncrasies they threw in to relate to who the characters would become later. And unlike so many movies I've seen in the last few years where the ending is rushed and chopped off, like someone looked at the clock and said, "oh, no, we're at an hour 50 and only have 10 minutes to finish this thing", this one wound down naturally. Don't wait to see it on DVD  - see it on the big screen. So this was #1, although it could have happened anywhere.

I'd also wanted to see The Soloist and State of Play, but must have chosen this movie subconsciously because tomorrow I'm going to tour Johnson Space Center. Yippee! I come by the flight/space/military thing naturally... Our family visited the Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, several times when I was a kid - way before there was a space camp, unfortunately. I also grew up going to military museums and air shows, flying in helicopters and tiny planes, and ingesting my brother's constant talk of tanks and guns and weapons. Now, my tv has an irritating tendency to get stuck on the Military Channel, especially if they're talking about submarines. Thus, the Space Center. It cannot be avoided. So that's save-the-Houston-portion-of-the-trip #2.

The next day I'll visit Battleship Texas, one of the last remaining ships that fought in WWI and WWII, first to have anti-aircraft guns, first to launch aircraft, first to have commercial radar, etc., etc. I missed the behind-the-scenes "hard hat" tour a few days ago (stuck in sucky Houston without realizing I could be doing this), so tomorrow I'm going to call and see if I can sweet talk (or drawl) my way into a private tour. We'll see. Regardless, I'm excited to see the whatever I can, and to zoom almost 500 feet up the San Jacinto monument. Gotta put fresh batteries in the camera.

I may save this part of the trip yet!
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