Sunday, February 26, 2006

just making this longer

Icarus

I love flying. I love when the plane begins to taxi, moving faster and faster. I love the instant of takeoff, when you are suddenly thrown back and you realize that you are actually off the ground. My spirits rise as the airplane does. I love watching the ground pull away. Everything becomes smaller at the same time everything becomes larger: people, houses, and cars shrink to invisibility-- but so much more of the earth is visible. With nothing to block your vision, so you can see for incredible distances. If there are no clouds, the view of the ground below is spectacular-- the hills, valleys, rivers. If there are clouds, the view is still spectacular. It always amazes me to see the tops of the clouds, and to think that I am airborne in such a heavy machine. I love landing, too. I love watching everything happen in reverse-- dark shapes distinguishing themselves as houses or schools, so gradually and yet so quickly. The experience turns me into an adolescent, stripping my vocabulary. I keep looking out the window and repeating, "This is so cool!"

I can't choose between which of these quotes to end with, so I will use both:
Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle.

— Igor Sikorsky

Can the magic of flight ever be carried by words? I think not.

— Michael Parfit, 'Smithsonian' magazine, May 2000

Icarus

I love flying. I love when the plane begins to taxi, moving faster and faster. I love the instant of takeoff, when you are suddenly thrown back and you realize that you are actually off the ground. My spirits rise as the airplane does. I love watching the ground pull away. Everything becomes smaller at the same time everything becomes larger: people, houses, and cars shrink to invisibility-- but so much more of the earth is visible. With nothing to block your vision, so you can see for incredible distances. If there are no clouds, the view of the ground below is spectacular-- the hills, valleys, rivers. If there are clouds, the view is still spectacular. It always amazes me to see the tops of the clouds, and to think that I am airborne in such a heavy machine. I love landing, too. I love watching everything happen in reverse-- dark shapes distinguishing themselves as houses or schools, so gradually and yet so quickly. The experience turns me into an adolescent, stripping my vocabulary. I keep looking out the window and repeating, "This is so cool!"

I can't choose between which of these quotes to end with, so I will use both:
Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle.

— Igor Sikorsky

Can the magic of flight ever be carried by words? I think not.

— Michael Parfit, 'Smithsonian' magazine, May 2000

Icarus

I love flying. I love when the plane begins to taxi, moving faster and faster. I love the instant of takeoff, when you are suddenly thrown back and you realize that you are actually off the ground. My spirits rise as the airplane does. I love watching the ground pull away. Everything becomes smaller at the same time everything becomes larger: people, houses, and cars shrink to invisibility-- but so much more of the earth is visible. With nothing to block your vision, so you can see for incredible distances. If there are no clouds, the view of the ground below is spectacular-- the hills, valleys, rivers. If there are clouds, the view is still spectacular. It always amazes me to see the tops of the clouds, and to think that I am airborne in such a heavy machine. I love landing, too. I love watching everything happen in reverse-- dark shapes distinguishing themselves as houses or schools, so gradually and yet so quickly. The experience turns me into an adolescent, stripping my vocabulary. I keep looking out the window and repeating, "This is so cool!"

I can't choose between which of these quotes to end with, so I will use both:
Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle.

— Igor Sikorsky

Can the magic of flight ever be carried by words? I think not.

— Michael Parfit, 'Smithsonian' magazine, May 2000

Icarus

I love flying. I love when the plane begins to taxi, moving faster and faster. I love the instant of takeoff, when you are suddenly thrown back and you realize that you are actually off the ground. My spirits rise as the airplane does. I love watching the ground pull away. Everything becomes smaller at the same time everything becomes larger: people, houses, and cars shrink to invisibility-- but so much more of the earth is visible. With nothing to block your vision, so you can see for incredible distances. If there are no clouds, the view of the ground below is spectacular-- the hills, valleys, rivers. If there are clouds, the view is still spectacular. It always amazes me to see the tops of the clouds, and to think that I am airborne in such a heavy machine. I love landing, too. I love watching everything happen in reverse-- dark shapes distinguishing themselves as houses or schools, so gradually and yet so quickly. The experience turns me into an adolescent, stripping my vocabulary. I keep looking out the window and repeating, "This is so cool!"

I can't choose between which of these quotes to end with, so I will use both:
Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle.

— Igor Sikorsky

Can the magic of flight ever be carried by words? I think not.

— Michael Parfit, 'Smithsonian' magazine, May 2000

Icarus

I love flying. I love when the plane begins to taxi, moving faster and faster. I love the instant of takeoff, when you are suddenly thrown back and you realize that you are actually off the ground. My spirits rise as the airplane does. I love watching the ground pull away. Everything becomes smaller at the same time everything becomes larger: people, houses, and cars shrink to invisibility-- but so much more of the earth is visible. With nothing to block your vision, so you can see for incredible distances. If there are no clouds, the view of the ground below is spectacular-- the hills, valleys, rivers. If there are clouds, the view is still spectacular. It always amazes me to see the tops of the clouds, and to think that I am airborne in such a heavy machine. I love landing, too. I love watching everything happen in reverse-- dark shapes distinguishing themselves as houses or schools, so gradually and yet so quickly. The experience turns me into an adolescent, stripping my vocabulary. I keep looking out the window and repeating, "This is so cool!"

I can't choose between which of these quotes to end with, so I will use both:
Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle.

— Igor Sikorsky

Can the magic of flight ever be carried by words? I think not.

— Michael Parfit, 'Smithsonian' magazine, May 2000

Icarus

I love flying. I love when the plane begins to taxi, moving faster and faster. I love the instant of takeoff, when you are suddenly thrown back and you realize that you are actually off the ground. My spirits rise as the airplane does. I love watching the ground pull away. Everything becomes smaller at the same time everything becomes larger: people, houses, and cars shrink to invisibility-- but so much more of the earth is visible. With nothing to block your vision, so you can see for incredible distances. If there are no clouds, the view of the ground below is spectacular-- the hills, valleys, rivers. If there are clouds, the view is still spectacular. It always amazes me to see the tops of the clouds, and to think that I am airborne in such a heavy machine. I love landing, too. I love watching everything happen in reverse-- dark shapes distinguishing themselves as houses or schools, so gradually and yet so quickly. The experience turns me into an adolescent, stripping my vocabulary. I keep looking out the window and repeating, "This is so cool!"

I can't choose between which of these quotes to end with, so I will use both:
Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle.

— Igor Sikorsky

Can the magic of flight ever be carried by words? I think not.

— Michael Parfit, 'Smithsonian' magazine, May 2000

1 Comments:

Blogger Carine said...

I love the whole flight thingy too. All I keep thinking is there's no way math is involved...it has to be magic. All this AND we get snacks too! Have you ever flown SouthWest (I think it's SouthWest)? Some of their seats are backwards, a very strange sensation for take off and landings.

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