Wednesday, September 9, 2009

"So, I am safe emerged from these broils!"

After 'work' -- teaching human evolution at two universities -- I retire home, a bubble of quiet solitude, where I can spend hours alone and finally thereby see things in focus. One of the things I do is work on my High Altitude Balloon Project, photographed below, where I'm examining a breathing-gas regulator at my workbench.





Another I do, and will do increasingly between now and December, where I'll once again take on the very real pains of not being with my family during the Christmas Season, is work on my gear for the upcoming expedition. From here on out, no more photos of the Pressure Suit project -- from here on out, I need to be doing training flights, test flights, and preparing all my gear for the Arctic Winter conditions.

One source of inspiration comes from John Keats' play, "Otho the Great". In Act 1, scene 1, the player Conrad says:

"So, I am safe emerged from these broils!"

I love this line; Conrad is safe, and proud to be safe, and proud and astonished to be safe and alive. How many times have I thought the same thing, in essence!

"So, I am safe emerged from these broils!"

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