Dark Bilious Vapors

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01/29/2006: Twenty Years After.....*

A couple of folks that I read every day (Bryan and James Berardinelli (no permalinks yet; navigate to his entry of January 28, 2006)) make mention of the 20th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in their posts of yesterday. I had to confess mild amusement when Berardinelli wrote this in his "where I was when I heard the news" reminiscence:

I was a freshman in college in early 1986, largely insulated from the outside world as I concentrated on studying and going to classes.
Concentrated on studying and going to classes? Are you at all surprised when I mention that James is an engineer in his day job?


Frankly, I noted the date but decided not to post because my memory of that day isn't one that will redound to my credit. At the time, I was doing my bit for King and Country as an officer in the U.S. Navy (and in the interest of not further sullying anyone's reputation, I'm not going to say where and with whom I was serving then), and the Executive Officer at my duty station was renowned for his extensive collection of tasteless celebrity death jokes. He took great pride in the fact that before the workday of January 28, 1986 was over he had already managed to find (and tell the rest of us in the office) the first tasteless Challenger explosion joke.

In the interests of according due respect to the Challenger crew, I'm going to exercise unaccustomed discretion, and not repeat that joke here.

* Anyone get the allusion here? It's a bit of an obscure one, I think....

Len on 01.29.06 @ 12:00 PM CST

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