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a bolt out of the blue ... or black


I was awakened last night by a loud whistling sound and then a blast that shook my house. I thought at first that it must have been a transformer or something exploding but, having had trouble sleeping lately, I decided to go outside to investigate.

I smelled something like an iron skillet left on the burner too long when I opened the door, and then saw that one of my bushes next to my porch was burnt to a crisp. I was a little upset and suspected a prank at first because there has been a lot of unusual activity around my neighborhood lately. When I turned on my porch light, however, this is what I found inside a small crater just off my porch:


Yes, it is a meteororite and one of the 2 bolts lost by the shuttle astronauts during spacewalks over the last two days. What are the chances? My theory is that a meteorite knocked the bolt away from their work area (there's no noise in space you know) and, eventually, brought them both streaking into my front yard.

You can see the little NASA Part Tag still attached (it was only slightly burnt away ... they must make these out of super-heat-sensitive materials or something) with an incomplete NASA Part Number on it. I looked up the part and it is either a 011243766BN22I or a 011243766CN22J. There is a big difference because the first is priced at $898.16 and the second at $1596.44. Oh, and this one has a washer too, and the washers for this size bolt apparantly go from $26.75 to $38.44. They're precision-machined, of course.

At first I considered giving it back but, after getting the cold shoulder from everyone after Katrina, I decided to put it up for auction on ebay. I think the news value alone makes it worth a lot more but I will see what the market will bear. As far as the meteorite, I think I'll hold onto it awhile after it cools down. I've always wanted one, you know?

Things have been pretty bad for me on many fronts over the last few months but perhaps my space ship has finally docked. I'll keep you posted. You'll probably be hearing about me soon on the news. I don't forget my friends, by the way, so don't worry about me letting this go to my head.

Oh, and speaking of ... if you think this is one of those Is it real or all in my head? things, well, maybe you don't know me as well as you think. Or do you?

EDIT: Here is my second song parody (based on Falling Star by The Jayhawks - abridged) recently submitted to:



You ride your shuttle, I’ve got mine

Away, away now
Through the depths of space now
I tried to meet you halfway
I hear your engines running
Man, you’re a-humming
One thousand miles in space.

Falling bolt
Through my window, you shone so bright
Falling bolt
You ride your shuttle, I’ll ride mine

Yeah, money to buy now
I earned through good luck
I’m not your young fool
Cuz a white flash of light
Shot down from the sky
White bolt from the blue

Falling bolt
Through my window, you shone so bright
Falling bolt
You ride your shuttle, I’ll ride mine
Oh, falling bolt
Oh, falling bolt
Oh, falling bolt
You ride your shuttle, I’ll ride mine


I'm glad to give my love to you.
I know you feel the way I do.
Anything you want, you got it.
Anything you need, you got it.
Anything at all, you got it.



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 13th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
Well, if it IS true, then that's pretty awesome... and weird... *LOL*
Sep. 13th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
Weirder things have happened to me. **LOL**
Sep. 13th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Creedence Clearwater Revival

Oh, It Came Out Of The Sky, landed just a little south of Moline.
Jody fell out of his tractor, couldn't believe what he seen.
Laid on the ground and shook, fearing for his life.
Then he ran all the way to town screaming "It Came Out Of The Sky."

Well, a crowd gathered 'round and a scientist said it was marsh gas.
Spiro came and made a speech about raising the Mars tax.
The Vatican said, "Woe, the Lord has come".
Hollywood rushed out an epic film.
And Ronnie the Popular said it was a communist plot.

Oh, the newspapers came and made Jody a national hero.
Walter and Eric said they'd put him on a network T.V. show.
The White House said, "Put the thing in the Blue Room".
The Vatican said, "No, it belongs to Rome."
And Jody said, "It's mine and you can have it for seventeen million."

Oh, It Came Out Of The Sky, landed just a little south of Moline.
Jody fell out of his tractor, couldn't believe what he seen.
Laid on the ground a shaking, fearing for his life.
Then he ran all the way to town screaming "It Came Out Of The Sky."
Sep. 13th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
Heeheehee. I don't think I ever heard that.

See my edit after your comment, however. I submitted another song parody to Amiright.com. I have the short version here.
Sep. 13th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
I don't know that song by the Jayhawks but I like your lyrics.
Sep. 13th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
Is it real or in my head, says Ed!
Of course, it's very possible that meteorites have splashed into your yard since as you know, they fall by millions everyday; but about the nasa specimen, what I find tricky, Ed, is the little Nasa paper; It looks, (for me anyway), like it's not part of the picture. It's like it had been added with photoshops medium or the likes. Or maybe my sight needs help, heehee!

But It would be so cool and great if it had happened! I mean, It's not everyday a part of rocks this size ends up in our yard! :D

I have always been fascinated by the cosmos, so it was very fun to read you, about it.

So here is my perception: I believe the crater falling, but I doubt the nasa paper. (I am pragmatic, me!) :D

ps: is it the thing about 'in my head or not'? I have yet to be sure.

Sep. 14th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Is it real or in my head, says Ed!
Oh, Jude ... I love when you play detective. As for the little NASA tag, it was in the picture but the numbers did not come out in the original photograph, so I did enhance them so they'd be visible. Il est difficile de tromper un expert. Ce n'est pas?

Now, I hope you will allow me a little mystery in this matter, although I realize you know me and my imagination very well. Of course, whenever I tell you something is "true", you know I am being totally honest. In this case, I can only say that the night was dark and eerie, there was a "crater" in my yard, I was in a strange mood, and sometimes my mind goes to places only people like me can visit. Is that place real? I'm not sure, but it is certainly interesting, and I do my best to describe it to my friends.

Have a wonderful day, mademoiselle. :)
Sep. 14th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Is it real or in my head, says Ed!

Would you believe me Ed if I tell you that I am a little more confused than I was when I first comment?

Not that you do not write wright, on the contrary, but my head is working, and It's a good thing.

I believe the place(s) you visit with your mind are real, because I visit imaginary places, (or are they?), myself.

I think it is real in a abstract, out of this world way.

ps: the icon in the previous comment I made, I put it because I know you've seen the movie, so it wouldn't shock you

A lovely day to you too, Ed! :D

re-ps: I could even see a book about a man who is in a real-world, transported, despites himself, in a parrallel cosmos dimension, because he couldn't help touch the crater, and then
finds himself in a strange universe because the crater absorbed him. Ah... the possibilities! :D

Sep. 15th, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)
Re: Is it real or in my head, says Ed!
You always do it to me. Remember how I said once that reading your comments starts the firecrackers popping in my brain? Well, I won't bombard you now (even though you always say I don't) but I will save my observations for later when I have more time.

Oh, the icon ... of course ... from "Un Chien Andalou". We had so many fun conversations, didn't we? Of course, it still makes me cringe, even though I know it was not real.

Still confused? Hhmmm, maybe if I keep you confused, you will keep coming back to me. I hope so. ;)
Sep. 14th, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)
Well, if it did happen, that's very cool. I am skeptical about the tag and bolt itself, though.

It was a fun read. Thank you. *g*
Sep. 14th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
Only skeptical? I must be more convincing than I thought.
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