Saturday, January 28, 2006


The blogs I troll daily are all posting Challenger posts - where were you, reprints of Reagan's speech and so on.

I was at Camp Pendelton, Infantry Training School (Kickback Charlie Company) learning how to be an 03 bullet - stopper. That morning we were on the LAW range learning how to shoot those cute little disposable anti-tank rockets. One of the training NCOs made a bad joke and the training continued. Life goes on.

Whatever - retrospective means nothing without action. James Lileks said this about another horrible day and it applies to this as well.
But move forward, too. Light a candle, yes. But also drive a rivet.
It's been twenty years and we're still going nowhere fast with manned space. Time to drive that rivet and get with the program. VSE offers a plausible route forward. It's not everything, it's not perfect but it's something and it's better than what has come before.
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