Monday, May 17, 2010

Things I Just Don't Get

I will occasionally see a photo of a planet. Maybe ours, taken from space, just sitting there minding its own business. “Why doesn’t it fall?” I keep asking myself. “It’s just there. Why doesn’t it fall?” Ok, I know why, but it still doesn’t make sense; things just don’t hang. But those galaxies do, as well as stars and planets.

Trains go 60, 95, 150mph, depending. The flanges on their wheels, designed to keep them on the tracks, are only an inch or so wide. So they are barreling along, bouncing through switches, 90mph, still staying on the rails. I don’t get it; those flanges aren’t that big. How do they ever stay on the tracks?

I’m a broadcast engineer; been one for many years. But when I pass a radio tower, I still marvel at how there are invisible waves coming out of it and spreading out all over the place with music and voices on them. I can’t see them, I can’t hear them, I can’t feel them (unless I touch the tower); I just have to believe they are there.

It’s hard for me to believe the aspirin knows where to go. Which tooth hurts? How can it cure a headache rather than keep me from having a heart attack?

I’ve always wondered what would happen if I suddenly woke up and I was really 18. Everything in the past 50 years had been nothing but a dream. How do we know what’s reality and what’s a dream? They are so realistic when we are in the middle of them and how can I prove this isn’t one?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

''Take Tylenol to relieve the pain in your knee''

''Take Tylenol for your headache''

Does that mean that I have to take two doses?

Now you can get Tylenol for all sorts of malaises.

Funny as a kid Bayer Aspirin did the job.

I always wondered if while the astronauts are outside working, what would happen if they dropped a wrench or worse of their safety line got unhitched.

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May 17, 2010 6:33 AM  

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