IT WAS no surprise that the biggest city in Texas would be the busiest. No culture shock, but the way they drive along the freeway is as ferocious as the F1 racers, the drivers in L.A., if not like our bus drivers who seem to incessantly want to set a record time. That is a problem, most especially when a stupid truck driver almost rammed into us. Paranoia was up levels higher after.
Houston, I need a pill.
Maybe I would be good up there in zero gravity where the paths you take will be zero traffic, except for occasional encounters with asteroid belts, meteors or advanced technological rides zooming in hyperspace. Otherwise, it must be a very serene spot to be among the stars and gaze at the glowing orbs.
Houston, I see the Great Wall of China.
If space was what I wished for, it’s space I got. Just around the corner was the Johnson Space Center, the official visitors’ center of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (renamed in 1973 in honor of the late president. It was established in 1961 as Manned Space Center), the Nasa center responsible for the design, development, and operation of human space flight. It was going to be an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures into space and the nearest star, the moon.
Houston, care to check my craters?
|Moonwalk ala Neil Armstrong. MJ does it differently.|
Houston, I need more time in this “space”.
It was shooting the moon. No luck, the center was shutting its doors at 5PM (6 or 7 depending on the season) and everyone was herded out by the spacemen. How is it that when you are having so much fun, the hours are compressed into minutes and it just float by? Time in space literally zipped by here in JSC, and may I say in Houston as well. Three days was not enough time to explore this huge state, it was certainly not enough just catching up with good friends over a bottle of wine, or two and three, which was gobbled up before midnight. The night was young and we needed more.
Houston, now we have a real problem!
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 13, 2011.
|Just like in space.