Hot Dips (littlewashu) wrote,
Hot Dips
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Columbia (the shuttle, not the country)

Here's how distrustful of my government I've become: when they first said something on the news about how people shouldn't go near the debris of the space shuttle because it could be toxic, I thought "bullshit. They had something up there that they don't want us to know about." Which is, of course, ridiculous. Even if they DID, that doesn't make breathing in rocket fuel fumes any more healthy.

That said, I can't turn the tv off. They're not giving me any more information, and they keep saying "it's way too early to speculate, but . . . " and then proceed to speculate. But I need to have it on because I need to feel connected, some how, to everyone else, everyone else in the country. The Spanish channels are showing the same footage, because they have the same concerns. I don't understand how someone could not have a tv in this situation -- or better yet, during a tragedy with much greater casualties, say, oh, I don't know, 9/11? Didn't you feel lost and disconnected and scared? Did you leave the radio on? But I know everyone deals with things differently, and that not everyone has it on as I do.

Anyway . . . yeah. The space shuttle crashed, if you haven't heard yet. With seven on board. Two of the people were on their second mission; the rest were on their first. I'm hoping for peace for the families of those lost, and hope for the NASA space program.
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