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Ever get just totally weirded out (A shuttle story)


davebrownbass

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I was in the shower this morning when the shuttle broke up...literally 40 miles over my head.

 

And later, I find out that one of the deceased astronauts is named "David Brown."

 

Ever get just totally weirded out?

"Let's raise the level of this conversation" -- Jeremy Cohen, in the Picasso Thread.

 

Still spendin' that political capital far faster than I can earn it...stretched way out on a limb here and looking for a better interest rate.

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Well, as I've already talked with Dave about, I was sound asleep and the explosion woke me up. My windows were shaking violently and my dogs were going crazy. I'm about 150 miles southeast of Dallas. I thought we were under attack. The helmet that landed was not too far from me. It was literally raining debris. I honestly don't know what I feel.

 

Dave, I heard the name and I immediately thought about you.

 

This, of course, doesn't make it any easier, but, those 7 brave souls died doing what they absolutely love. My God bless them and keep them as well as their loved ones.

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A total tragedy. The Astronauts know the dangers, but this takes nothing away from the families distress.

 

Tourism in space seems unlikely for many years now.

 

CupMcMali...this monkey's gone to heaven :freak:

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The govt could easily say that pieces of the shuttle are govt owned property, therefor, nobody has the right to sell it.

 

With as terrible as it is, especially for the astromauts' families, I hope this does not stop the space program. Hopefully, it will just make it safer.

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Originally posted by cornbread:

Why would anyone want to sell the Shuttle debris on eBay? I hope the government punishes the people selling the stuff to the fullest extent of the law.

 

Why do people who weren't involved feel it's their right to profit from tragedy?

No, they should lengthen the extent of the law and BURN the sick BASTARDS!!! That just sickens me!
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Why do people who weren't involved feel it's their right to profit from tragedy?
I think it's the same mentality, on a much smaller scale, that big companies in the 1940s like Mercedes Benz and IBM applied, to use imprisoned Jews to do their labor in German factories, albeit as slaves;Easy profit, grab it while you can, damn the consequences!

 

It ain't right. But it IS an unfortunate and distressing fact of life that many of us behave more like Vultures than as human beings.

 

Those astronauts died doing what they loved doing, and being their best at it! Not a dishonorable way to die, in view of their bravery! Bless them!

Beware the lollipop of mediocrity; one lick and you suck forever.
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Yes, it is strange how transitory and fragile human relationships are.

 

Kalpana Chawla, one of the mission specialists was an alumni of my university, the University of Texas at Arlington. In fact, we attended at the same time, although I don't remember ever knowing her...the space science building is directly across from the music building, so maybe I bumped into her at some time.

 

Now, as I drive around my home, the transportation signs...the ones that normally tell us of traffic jams and the occasional "Amber Alert" for a missing child read:

 

"CALL POLICE TO REPORT SPACE SHUTTLE DEBRIS"

 

That is really weird. So far, the closest shuttle debris to me is about 12 miles away.

 

(Off this topic, the "Amber Alert" that puts out information for abducted kids was developed in response to a child, Amber Hagerman, who was abducted 6 miles from my home here in Arlington, and found murdered viciously about 15 miles away.)

 

(Off this topic, the last tornado that came through here tore up downtown Ft. Worth, moved south, jumped over my house and tore up a neighborhood 3 miles from me. It killed 4 people, and I was here teaching a bass lesson.)

 

My parents and all my relations across the country think I'm crazy for living here...they perceive it to be the most dangerous part of the country. My grandma, who lived on 8 mile in Detroit would call me after every disaster that made national news.

 

And now this thing chooses to fracture 40 miles over my head.

 

Ever just get totally weirded out?

"Let's raise the level of this conversation" -- Jeremy Cohen, in the Picasso Thread.

 

Still spendin' that political capital far faster than I can earn it...stretched way out on a limb here and looking for a better interest rate.

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Your mom's just like my grandparents. They call every time a storm comes through to make sure we were not hit by a tornado, this coming from people who live in hurricane prove south Florida. :P

 

Here is a weird one:

 

My friend's dad (actually, the whole family are friends) was supposed to be in Oklahoma City for his routine work there (with SS). His father-in-law was on his death bed at the time, so everyone was at the hospital. The desk in Oklahoma where he was supposed to be sitting was just toothpics after the bombing. His father-in-law passed, but if the father-in-law hand't died, this man would have. Pretty weird.

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Well, I had another interesting day. My dad is a judge and, he and I were on our way to have lunch today when he got a call that some shuttle debris had been found. I thought it odd that he had to go, but, I went with him. Well, I found out soon why my dad had to go. It was a leg bone. Any time human remains are found, a judge or justice of the peace must go and pronounce it dead and confirm what it is. They had to send it to be identified, so, it may or may not be related to the shuttle, but, it was burned and still had some meat on it.
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