So… I made the judgment call to wake up at 1:00 this morning, in order to leave at 2:00. Of course (because of course), it then took about an hour to get to the beach where I dropped Dad off to watch the shuttle launch, and about 15 minutes to get to the then-closed gate for the tweetup.
I don’t think I’ve ever driven at 3:00 in the morning before. Especially not alone. There was definitely some talking-to-the-GPS-to-stay-sane-and-awake involved. (And maybe some singing. Maybe. Sleep-deprived singing of Amanda Palmer songs. Maybe.) Eventually, I ended up in the badging parking lot. And I knew the large group waiting in the parking lot with glow sticks and music playing had to be there for the tweetup.
We had to wait another hour or so for the gate to open, until 5:00 when the awesome security people stopped traffic to let us out. This is sort of an example of everything that NASA has done for us. Everyone here has been amazing–from the people running the tweetup, to the people who don’t quite seem to get what Twitter is, or why we’re here.
As always, this was here to greet us once we were on NASA grounds:
It is crazy humid out (obviously), but I finally managed to get a non-blurry photo of Atlantis lit up. (Google around, I’m sure someone has taken a better picture than this. But this one is mine.)
Launch is still scheduled for 11:26 today. 30% chance of good weather, and “trending in the right direction” according to NASA.