Glad to see most of the regulars are still writing.
Quite frankly, I've let my memberships in the local club and national
organization lapse, as I have been busy buying house and making babies (had
1; 2 is on the way). I haven't been on this NG in months. My level 1 and 2
projects stalled, half done, and are accumulating fine dust collections.
The only rocketry - related projects I have been involved in was with my Boy
Scout Troop once or twice.
I have longed to punch holes in the sky. It sounds like the "hobby" is
still breathing despite taking some major "hits". Gone are the days when I
knew little, was unaware of national clubs, politics, and controlled
space/turf. I enjoyed the thrill of seeing my creations whoosh into the
sky, wondering why everyone wasn't out there to feel the same rush of
excitement. I remember the glee in finding out that there are large clubs of
other rocketeers out there.
Oh, those were the days. Now as I think of it all, the thrill and nostalgia
is tempered by the other garbage and regulations. No, this good experience
too would come with some sort of price.
I remember a thread about a year ago, that for some reason left a bad taste
in my mouth, and I nearly decided to drop the hobby altogether. The issue
discussed is of little consequence. It was more the attitude and tone it
left me in. Rules and control are only good up to the point that it fosters
everyone enjoying the pursuit of happiness to the fullest extent possible...
not to punish the many for the errors of the few. I have not given it up,
only stopped awhile to take a breath and enjoy some of the other important
things I hope to do in my life.
I miss the hobby, but quite frankly, am not quite sure where and how I
should get back into it. ARSA? NAR? TRA? Private self-launches? Small
stuff? Big stuff? Strictly Boy Scout launches?
I just want to be able to get together with some rocket-loving folks and
fly. My tiny but modest 8 foot 10 pound rocket project would be exciting to
finish. But is it worth it?
I want to go to Hell Fire next weekend and see where I fit in. Maybe I'll
bring the Scout Troop with me. After next weekend, I hope to either be "lit
up" again, or done with it. This middle of the road stuff is getting old.
~Duane "here's hoping it is as good as it used to be" Phillips.
18 years ago