Friday, May 05, 2006
Astronauts and sauerkraut
Dear Marc, what have you been up to?
I have been mingling with astronauts, reading about murders, sweeteners and the frustrating struggle for women in space.
I shook hands with a man who'd been to the moon today. It felt like a regular handshake. He had also been to Norway, he seemed to treat the two places with equal interest. I had followed my friend Bea to her book signing at the Museum of Air and Space. Bea was introduced as a person who had recently returned from the North Pole. That's the kind of people I like to surround myself with. Explorers and astronauts.
While Bea was signing books, I read up on the amazing women who might have gone into space in the sixties, had the look on the female sex only been a little more advanced at that time. NASA did not train the Mercury 13, they were sponsored by private funding. And they were never allowed to travel anywhere beyond this planet. It's enough to make me think of that old joke "If we can put one man on the moon, why not all of them?" And once we're at it, let's put all the women up there too, and over population of planet Earth won't be such a problem anymore.
Then read up on the Kissel murders and the fascinating history of Sweet N' Low before turning out the lights. Tomorrow, NYC.