Friday night we started our weekend by attending a lecture by Jim Lovell, Apollo 13 Commander. We were able to score free tickets to the sold out event :)
The flight was almost 50 years ago and Lovell is now 88 years old. He did a great job walking us through the flight from liftoff to return.He didn't talk much about the emotional side of it - maybe that has been dulled by the passing of time and all the lectures he has given. In this clip he talks about the watching the oxygen escape.
I never thought about this, but he mentioned that greater than the fear of dying on return to earth was the thought of being caught in an endless orbit as a permanent space monument. What a strange thing to contemplate.
He wrapped up the talk with a final piece of advice - keep a positive attitude. We all are going to have rough times and a positive attitude is essential to getting through it. You just have to put your head down and get through it. Incidentally, I could have used his pep talk this morning when I got on the scale - it was not what I had hoped for, but mostly what I deserved.
I have been on the campus many times, but had never seen the dome at night. It was a fun surprise when we came out to our car after the lecture.
When I got home my husband and I ran (and by ran I mean drove) to our new favorite Cuban Cafe for lunch. The owner was chatting with us while we were deciding what to order. He recommended these tacos and they did NOT disappoint. The pork is placed on a creamy spicy spread, topped with a bit of queso and a citrus veggie slaw. We both agreed we must have them again.