April 18, 2004

What? No Appelstroop?

Picture, if you will, the crew of a Russian spaceship preparing for takeoff. Their mission: to man the International Space Station and relieve the crew that has been in residence there for many months. With them is a temporary resident, one who will remain with them for only 11 days before returning to earth with that earlier crew.

Situation normal, you might think. We've seen this all before.

Except that we haven't seen this temporary crewman before.

Andre Kuipers, only the second Dutch astronaut to go to space, has taken every precaution, trained with the best, and has made every preparation for his trip into space. Andre Kuipers has packed his bag and is ready to go.

But what is he taking, you might ask. The old Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo guys used to take rolls of dimes with them, so they would have souveniers that they could share with family and friends. Shoot, there was even a golf club and balls that went to the moon. but what is Andre taking?

Stinky old cheese.

And a science fiction book.

It must be genetic. The Spousal Unit would surely pack the exact same thing. Gouda, no less than 3 yrs old, and a handfull of Piers Anthony books. Space Tyrant series, certainly. Maybe a Heinlein for variety and "heavy reading" on the space-crapper.

I'll guarantee, however, that Delftsman would be bitterly disappointed in Andre's selections. This is the middle of the Herring runs, and Andre hasn't packed any Matjies Herring. Which is probably a good thing.

Herring and 3 yr old Gouda in the restricted confines of the space station? Pack an Oranjeboom in with that, and we'd be reading front page news of the first intentional spacing of an astronaut.

In space, no one can tell who farted. But I'm sure they'll have a pretty good idea.

Our thanks to Steve at LittleTinyLies Hog On Ice for the link.

Posted by Mamamontezz at April 18, 2004 10:51 AM

NO, NO, NO! Leerdamer,Not Gouda, and at least 7 years old! Definately a good Heinlein though. And Dammit, Matjies Herring would definately be there.


Posted by: delftsman3 at April 18, 2004 04:51 PM

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