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The Air Up There

One of the major benefits of living in the DC area is the ability to at-will go stand next to a massive scale model of the space shuttle at the National Air and Space Museum.

It makes me feel skinny.

Standing next to C3PO, not so much. Very low body fat on the 3ster.

You will also notice that I'm seen with a different male of the species in each photograph. That's how life rolls at the NASM. Swingin' crowd.

For instance, this was this biggest clot of people I saw all day. What was the attraction? A bit of moon rock, perhaps? Vintage Mercury ware? The command module of Apollo 11?

...Or... Seinfeld's puffy shirt, on loan from the under-renovation American History Museum.

Well then. Let us repair to the gift shop! Surely there's some seriously space-minded material in there.

...or...not. If anyone ever sees an actual astronaut holding this in a non-ironic fashion, please contact me immediately.

FINE. I'll just go to the children's section. Doubtless studious, wide-eyed children are sitting quietly as the space program is presented in a respectful, forward-thinking manner.





...the parents, at least, can't be counted upon. Because I know that's the first thing l always think when confronted by a large vat of glass: "Wouldn't it be great to hurl Will The Baby Nephew in here! Small children and tiny breakable objects are always a magic mix!"


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Reader Comments (4)

Imagine having a shuttle replica that big in the middle of your living room?

Although on second thoughts, I would much rather have a fully-functional bartender R2D2... eventhough that would make me feel a little like Jabba the Hutt! :-)

May 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

Hi MB,
I had to comment because I noticed that on that very red sign on the marble display, they MISSPELLED the word SAFETY.
By the way, what exactly are those Space Shuttle things you found in the gift shop? I know it's Friday night and I'm REALLY tired, but I can't for the life of me figure out what they are!

May 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWiserlemmingAZ

You caught it! Congratulations.

And that thingie, by the way, is a bottle opener. BREW!

May 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMB

At least you didn't get some dorky person in the background of any of these photos. Or did you photoshop them out? :) Second photo has an especially handsome male specimen. Seems like I danced with the one in photo 1 at your wedding reception. He's not bad either.

May 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHunterHouseMom
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