Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Live - Cocoa, FL; Hunt - Mims, FL; Lk. Poincette, FL; Union, SC
Living here in "Launch Central" by the Kennedy Space Center amid the "social distancing" clap trap, I am wondering where the 500,000 (HALF A MILLION) additional "Looky Lou's" are going to congregate today to watch today's historic launch? After they depart, how huge will the pile of carp be that they leave behind on our currently pristine streets, river fronts, and beaches?
There WILL BE a dem panic of public proportions on our coast today. Most businesses are still closed. Supplies are very limited. Restaurants are "allowed" to open - but not more than a max of 25% occupancy - at "social distancing" intervals. Take out? That's a stretch. This area never had the capacity to feed the masses at FULL POTENTIAL before COVID - now that capacity is cut back to 25%.
There will not be 7 loaves and 2 fish today to feed the masses dinner at 5:00 p.m., one half hour after the launch. It is going to take at LEAST 2 hours just to untangle the traffic.
I am staying home...though my sister and BIL are arriving mid-day today to see the launch, thus doubling my household occupancy. I can see the rocket from my front yard when it has topped the trees. They may wish to go to the river's edge for a view as it leaves the ground (in some highly popular places you can actually see the launch pad).
I prefer to see it lift off on TV, then wander into the yard to watch its trajectory to space. As it accelerates, the deep, long wave, rumbling sound hits the area like thunder. The rocket's smoke and condensate trail twists into a spiral swayed by upper atmospheric winds. Folks come out of their homes and turn their attention skyward. Cars stop along roadsides. Some point. Most just stare in the awe of it. ALL of the neighborhood dogs bark.
I have seen A LOT of launches. It does not get boring and I want this one to go smoothly. We ALL need this one to go smoothly - for a bunch of reasons, not the least of which is the two very brave men who are being launched today. Our thoughts and prayers for a safe ride go with them.
Last edited by land_owner; 05-27-2020 at 04:25 AM.