THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 94

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 94

…Now that’s what I want to hear… enthusiasm – enthusiasm…

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Brittle Enthusiasm by Polly Castor

“The President says that there will be no second Space Colony until Sammy Mac and Cel are christopher-columbus-001back on Earth!”

“Is this a repeat of what went on in the 20-teens? Feed the people and starve the space program, how shortsighted is that? Yeah, let’s try to privatize space again, we all know how that turned out; that’s like sending out Christopher Columbus with two dinghies and a canoe. By the time they get done with the Washington push-pull, a Martian colony will not be feasible, hell then we might as well shoot for the stars.”

“Not necessarily Roy, they (the McKinneys) could be debriefed en route from Mars and we could have the main body completed by then; no reason we couldn’t have #2 in place by the end of ’31.”

“A year behind schedule and not manned by our 1st string people!” Crip’s biorhythm readings are lowered to somewhere between Custer at Little Bighorn and the Captain of the Titanic; surrounded by 2000 fighting Indians & the Promenade deck listing at 45º in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.

“Maybe they are right Braden. We had a serious breach of security at the very least and when the smoke clears from the inquiry, I will be working 2nd shift IT at an El Paso Automated Warehouse.”

“Look my friend, we are not going to let you anywhere near some half-baked witch-hunt, so I have a proposal,” Braden does what a friend does best; he tosses out a life preserver. “Come up to the Ranch (King) for a little R&R. I have a reluctant filly I’d like you to break.

“That’s not in my wheelhouse right now. I would probably get thrown and break my back, neck, space-birthday-001and both arms trying to cushion the fall.”

“We will be expecting you on Wednesday the boys’ birthday bash and bring your bedroll.”

“Hey, I can’t disappoint my biggest fans!”

“Now that’s what I want to hear…enthusiasm — enthusiasm.”


Episode 94

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Silly Me

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Silly Me

Please excuse me for my unbridled enthusiasm for my writing and the written word in general. My original inspiration for launching this weblog was in reaction for the fear that our children and their children are casting aside good writing; an unnecessary burden that can easily tossed aside and abbreviated away.

My pessimism is fueled by history (I love history) and here is my second-hand evidence and your homework for the Christmas season:

Talk to your grandparents or someone older and ask them for old love letters, Christmas Cards or even general communication. Pay attention to the quality of their writing. You will be awed by how good even a a simple “thank you” note reads.

Some say that I have a way with words, which makes me humble, when I compare myself to the past. I know that a language evolves; new words are added, slang becomes everyday. But my goal is not to allow it to be watered down to the point that choppy sentences replace a well written paragraph.

When you are gathered in bunches, in front of the Christmas tree or around a yuletide table, talk to the oldest and ask them to dig up old letters; the oldest of us were and are savers of papers, without the aid of .doc files or jpegs, compressed or zipped.

You will not only discover a simpler time, you may even become as inspired as I am. Let us reach back and show the newest generation how it was done and how it should be done now.