> From: Ricky & Karen Dick <castleb@...>
> Time to break out the "I *STILL* Want To Go!" t-shirt again...
> [Toni Lay wore a space shuttle "I want to go!" t-shirt to Costume-Con
> 4--with the word STILL! handwritten in above the other words--after the
> Challenger disaster.]
> Folks, this is a sad, sad day and I am not trying to diminish the impact of
> this event (especially for our very space-oriented community of science
> fiction fans) BUT I am still amazed at the overall excellent safety record
> of the space program in this country.
> Nobody said that it wouldn't be risky, and that we wouldn't lose some good
> people along the way. But I *still* want to go, too.
I'm on that list of people who want to go up into space, too. When you're on
something that can explode, going into a different environment than what we
normally breathe (yes, including scuba/underwater), you have to understand that
you are taking a calculated risk.
I would still take that risk given the chance.
My favorite joke/statement is:
The east coast Jewish Princess whines: I want to go to Miami!
The west coast Jewish Princess whines: I want to go to Hawaii!
I whine: I want to go to Mars!
(To which Kathy Mar, a big name filker, replied: you are here!)