Classes don’t start for another week, but for me, leaving Chicago for Los Angeles always signals the end of the summer. I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on how–cool? brilliant? amazing? rad? ace? brilliant?–this summer has been. So here are 10 things I know now that I did not know in May.
1) No matter what Google Maps says, this is not SpaceX.
2) Camera lenses got just as fogged-up in Florida humidity as glasses do.
3) Elmo is sassy in person.
4) Ned Stark does not always make the best life choices.
5) Watching an EVA (spacewalk) during a power-and-internet-outage sans car is worth a half-hour trek to the nearest Starbucks.
6) Space Corps Directive 1694 states that, during temporal disturbances, no questions shall be raised about any crew member whose timesheet shows him or her clocking off 187 years before he clocked on.
7) During a shuttle launch, the heat will kill you at 400 feet away. At 800 feet away, the sound will kill you. (Also, by consistently telling this to people as a “fun fact,” I have learned that I overuse the phrase “fun fact.”)
8) Tim Minchin is both really nice in person and really funny live.
9) Embroidery is fun.
10) It is possible to get goosebumps in 90-degree heat.