So, I will be attending spring training this year - for a whopping 10 days - and while being down there I was really looking forward to seeing the space shuttle go off on the 15th of March. Needless to say I was already worried about the shuttle going off on time since it was scheduled to launch on the always-ominous Ides of March. But I won't have to worry about that anymore, thanks in part to Mother Nature. The launch has been postponed due to hail damage on the shuttle's external fuel tank. Part of this rant was supplied by my buddy Zac, who was going down with me to see spring training and the launch as well.
Let's get something straight, we've got a spacecraft worth billions and billions of dollars that travels into space and it gets damaged by hail. Hail damage on a vehicle that travels into space; that travels faster than any other manmade craft. How many g-forces are there on this stupid, stupid aircraft but it gets damaged by freaking hail? What does NASA do with all of our money anyway? I used to be a big supporter of NASA, but the lack of innovation in human spaceflight technology that has come out of there for the last 20 years is severely lacking in practical application.
Anyway, we're still going to spring training and doing the Grapefruit League baseball thing. I have secured some press passes to several Braves games during that time as well as a minor league field pass for the entire time so I will be posting quite a bit from March 10th through 20th with interviews and pictures and all sorts of good stuff. I've been a bit under the weather here lately so that's the reason for the lack of posts, but I assure you it is the calm before the storm. The first Braves spring game is today against the Ramblin' Wreck, consider this an open thread.