Montecristo Captain Quixote

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The World Line of the Horizon Star

Some would say I was a lost man in a lost world


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Montecristo Captain Quixote
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If you believe there's nothing out there to see and nothing is new

Well, the cloud cover is back this morning. Weird. I left this morning and started driving west and there it was again, the wall of cloud, hovering at the limits of the last of the Coast Ranges. It's bright and sunny and damned near cloudless in Livermore and overcast and foggy here in the Bay.

Today, July 20th, is the 35th anneversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. I was five years old at the time. I remember my parents parking me in front of the television to watch it. As much as I disdain NASA as being "Socialized Space," it certainly was a significant achievement. Neil Armstrong's first step onto the lunar surface opened the Space Age. Sometimes, I wonder what it must have been like for the people involved in the Apollo program, to know that they were making history, ushering in a change which was to be portentious and lasting. Did most of them see it as just doing their jobs, or did they stop to consider it often and wonder, "What comes next? What impact will what I am doing now, have on the future?" It is a rare opportunity to be in a position to change the world. I wonder what people would think, what they would feel, if they were handed the chance. Can you really know, before the circumstances arise?


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