Over the weekend we bumped into our neighbors, Mr. And Mrs. B and their two kids, at the playground. Mr. B works for NASA and is bona fide rocket scientist. He is one of the guys, that when I see him, I am always asking questions about NASA. Usually I just come right out and ask silly questions but this time I tried to trick him into giving me some answers.
We were having a normal neighborly conversation about home renovations, kids and the weather. It was the normal give and take conversation when he mentioned he had to travel a bit with work. And so as part of the casual conversation, I very casually asked “Oh, to Area 51?”
He paused and then said, “I can’t tell you.” And he continued with his conversation.
A few minutes later he was talking about the Shuttle having 5 launches for the year 2007 and that they were working a new style orbiter for 2010. And so, as part of the casual conversation, I very casually asked, as if I were asking about whether his mini-van was a 6 or an 8 cylinder, “How much of the new orbiter will be designed using alien technology?”
He paused and said, “I can’t tell you.” He then continued with the conversation.
The truth is out there. Mr. B just won’t tell me.