Friday, September 29, 2006

Octopus Promotes Other Transportation Blogs

Sure, space tourist Anousheh Ansari blogged from the International Space Station. The Octopus blogged from the 81 in space, en route to Venus. You decide which is more impressive. From Ansari's blog:


This wonderful feeling of freedom that puts a smile on everyone’s face. I slowly lifted off my seat and continued giggling. I just couldn’t believe it… to be honest with you, the whole thing is still like a dream to me… I was strapped in so tight that I couldn’t look outside. Finally when we were safe in the orbit, we were able to open our visors and to loosen our belts…

L.A. took his glove off and it started floating in the cabin. I could not stop giggling the whole time… I was finally able to take a look outside and saw the Earth for the first time… Tears started rolling down my face. I could not catch my breath… Even thinking about it now still brings tears to my eyes. Here it was this beautiful planet turning graciously about itself, under the warm rays of the Sun… so peaceful…so full of life… no signs of war, no signs of borders, no signs of trouble, just pure beauty…
Anyway, I'm wondering why there isn't more press coverage about Ansari's trip. You'd think Americans would be interested in the story of a 40-year old Iranian-American woman from Dallas who made a fortune in the software industry and paid $20 million to take a trip to the space station. Or maybe now's a tough time to promote Muslim female pioneers in Peoria? (That's not an Italian flag on her jacket.) Because, you know, Abraham Shulsky and the Office of Special Plans have very Special Plans in the works for Ansari's relatives in Iran, and this muddles the storyline. Iran bad. Freedom good. Bring Freedom to Iran. Just shift it over the border from Iraq. Boom! Blam! Kapow! You're Free.

Happy Ramadan

5 comments:

MK said...

You know, the first time I heard Ansari's name mentioned, I thought the exact same thing. At the same time, I was wondering whether it is one of the wonderful things about America that this country can simultaneously be openly hostile against a country, yet (ina reversal of WWII practices) allow one of its nationals to fly on its Space Shuttle, or whether it's just a case of money being able to buy you everything these days, or whether it's just American naivete.

Toddy said...

Boom! Blam! Kapow! Your Free.

I should start a blog filled with all the good phrases from other blogs I read.
Actually, that might get boring as I only read a couple blogs regularly.

Anyhow, you get the point.
This phrase would be in there.

Octopus Grigori said...

MK: The Russians flew her up (and back down), and I think she paid the Russians for her trip. She didn't ride the space shuttle.

MK said...

Ah! I see. I knew I was getting something wrong here. That's what happens when you get your news from the little elevator screens.

K. Widge(r) said...

I agree -- it's weird this hasn't gotten more coverage. It's an interesting story.