Gut Rumbles

August 17, 2003

early in the morning

I wish I slept better than I do. It would be nice to just slobber all over the sheets in complete unconsciousness for about 16 hours one weekend. I could do that when I was in college. But I can't anymore.

I stay up late and still wake up at an ungodly early hour. That's good on work days, but it sucks on weekends. Sometimes I like to go outside in the dark and smoke a cigarette while looking at the stars. Mars is very bright in the sky now. You can see it as a red planet on a clear morning. I would love to go there.

I fantasized about being an astronaut since I was a child. One of the biggest disappointments in my life was John Glenn, a man I once admired who later proved to be a complete political whore, selling his soul for another trip into space. I hate him now. I've never wanted anything badly enough in my life to do what he did.

I'll never go into space except through my Robert Heinlein books and my imagination. But Quinton may get the chance. I hope he takes advantage of it.

I look at the night sky and I see possibilities. Just as the early navigators crossed the ocean to find a New World, we are destined to go THERE, into the stars some day.

Man is an inquisitive creature. Exploring comes natural to him. And there is one hell of a frontier waiting for us among the stars.


I heard someone say that Mars is closer to earth now than it has been in 6,000 years.

Kim Stanley Robinson wrote a trilogy about colonizing Mars. Very long, but good stuff.

I like earth best though. I couldn't live on a world without trees.

Posted by: shell on August 17, 2003 08:11 AM

Well said Acidman! Couldn't have said it better myself. Of course, you've probably read my comments on Mars and space from time to time.

Shell, it's actually 60,000 years. Amazing!

Posted by: Jay Solo on August 17, 2003 09:33 AM

I'm with you. Not surprised to see you're a fellow Heinlein fan, either.

As for sleep: as we get older, we lose the ability to sleep soundly. I recall reading a few years ago that people over 70 usually don't do more than take short catnaps through the night, which is partly why they often nap during the day.

They say that melatonin can help reverse that, and may even help keep you young(ish--it ain't no fountain of youth). Might wanna give it a try, you can pick it up cheap in most drug stores. It's not really a "sleeping pill" since it's just the same hormone your body already uses to help put you to sleep at night.

Posted by: Dean Esmay on August 18, 2003 12:46 AM

I went camping this past weekend. I couldn't get to sleep so I sat out in a chair and looked up at the stars. You can't really do that where I live -- too much light pollution. After a few minutes I saw a shooting star, the first one I've seen since I was a boy. It made me smile with a simple happiness. Dreams of going into space keep me young, and I'll never stop dreaming them.

Posted by: Jonathan on August 18, 2003 03:49 PM

You may get into space yet, if you take care of yourself and save your money. You might even get into orbit...

Posted by: Rand Simberg on August 19, 2003 11:52 AM
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