Heh. Very good! I find your writing style very reminiscent of Phil Factor's, maybe it's a Brit thing. :hehe:
I'm constantly amazed at how distance is relative. We went to Albuquerque two weeks ago for the day, specifically for my wife to play in a harp circle (which canceled after we were assured, before the drive, that they were doing it).
Round trip? About 500 miles. Out of pocket? Probably $200ish including petrol and dinner since we plundered Trader Joe's for yummy comestibles.
Heck, it's 100 miles one-way if I go home to Cloudcroft on the weekend, which I like to do a couple of times a month.
For space stuff, we have a space museum in Alamogordo (NM) about 20 miles from our house that features g-force test sleds that were used at White Sands Missile Range and the top part of a Saturn V booster that was used to test the emergency escape rocket for the Apollo capsule, among other things. (it also has a mock-up of a GPS satellite, which is pretty cool). And 30 miles from my apartment in Las Cruces is the White Sands Missile Range Missile Park/Museum which has an MLRS battery, a restored and cutaway V-2 rocket, and a Darth Vader helmet that was used in the filming of the original Star Wars trilogy autographed by various LucasArts people.
So we have some cool space stuff around here. Oh, we also have the Trinity site, where the first atomic bomb was detonated, about 200 miles from here. It's open to the public two days a year.
My wife, from the east coast (sorta) is constantly complaining that to easterner Americans 100 miles is a long way and to westerners 100 years is old.
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