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Topic: Season(s) of a year or life (01/13/11)
TITLE: Escape from the Blue Moon
By Clyde Blakely
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Spaceman Bob: It wasn’t really that hard; you see…uh, why isn’t the interviewer, Star Parker, from last week here?
CP: Star was so anxiously waiting to hear how you escaped that she made herself sick. She’s recording this at home to listen to later; she couldn’t even listen to it live. Spaceman Bob, stop the suspense, how did you escape?
SB: Well, I grabbed the flashlight before turning off the main breaker to try and save what little energy remained and find the short circuit or whatever the problem was later. I needed light to first find the leak and try to stop it. When I turned the flashlight on it wasn’t charged, slowly dimming and then went out.
CP: Oh my goodness. You found the leak and repaired it in the dark.
SB: Not exactly. The flashlight died and I saw a soft bluish glow all around in the cabin. It startled me because I thought it was from an electrical fire.
CP: You mean you had to first fight an electrical fire in the dark, all the while your oxygen was escaping into space?
SB: Not exactly. I realized the light was coming from outside, from the star’s light reflecting off the blue gems, the same ones which kept my attention and caused me to crash in the first place.
CP: So it wasn’t an electrical fire and you were able to find the leak and fix it anyway.
SB: Not exactly. I thanked the Lord for the light, but when I looked out of the window I noticed the gems were starting to go by.
CP: They were moving?
SB: Not exactly. They were passing my window because I was going back out of the tunnel.
CP: So you were able to restart your engine!
SB: Not exactly. The leak was pushing me back towards the surface.
CP: You must have really been worried with a leak in the craft’s hull so big it was pushing the whole spaceship back out and terrified knowing you had even less time left to find some was to survive.
SB: Not exactly. You see, it wasn’t the leak in the hull that I was hearing. When I bumped into the end of the tunnel I made a split in the moon’s crust and subterranean gases were escaping, pushing the craft out the tunnel.
CP: You must have been cheering with such luck.
SB: Not exactly. The escaping gases were not pushing me straight; the craft twisted, becoming lodged catawampus in the tunnel, and stuck there.
CP: You must have…well, please go on.
SB: There was more of that wonderful blue light now in the cabin since I was closer to the surface, and I was able to use the manual arms attached to the craft’s outside to dislodge it and right itself.
CP: Thank God for the light and the mechanical arms!
SB: Exactly. The rupturing gases continued to push me out.
CP: So you got out of the tunnel, fixed the electrical problem, called earth and were rescued.
SB: Not exactly. I never could get the electrical power restored but then…
CP (interrupting): That’s all the time we have again this week listeners. Spaceman Bob has escaped from his only crash in space: “once in a blue moon” as he calls it, and now, as before, he leaves us up in the air. Miracles have filled Spaceman Bob’s life. What will happen next?
SB: One quick question?
CP: Sure, real quick we have 15 seconds.
SB: Will Star Parker be back next week?
CP (a quick smile and a wink): Exactly. Please listen next week when Star Parker will talk with Spaceman Bob as he reminiscences about his outer space adventures. What a tremendous life you’ve had! Have you ever thought of writing a book?
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