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Monday, October 29, 2007

Up Up and Away



In 1923 there was a successful play, later a film, by Sutton Varne named Outward Bound, about a group of people who find themselves on an ocean liner and discover they have died and are headed toward an afterlife in which heaven and hell are the same thing. For a long time I thought it would be interesting to put it in an airplane endlessly circling in a holding pattern, but perhaps now an even more apt metaphor would be a space station, the job of maintaining it best outsourced to Richard Branson of Virgin Air fame. I would hate to think of NASA taking over the job of delivering us to eternity. Some things just can't be left up to government.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Jean said...

Great cartoon - so very now! LOL

No...I wouldn't like to be relying on those wretched O rings either. Branson's an old hand at getting people expeditiously from A to B - (and for your money he'd probably throw in an onboard back massage!)

6:04 PM  
Anonymous kate said...

My older shillings and mother were avid Science Fiction buffs, which meant I had to be one too. I remember, as a child, watching The Twilight Zone every Saturday evening, with my entire family.
There were many episodes that were based on variations of that theme. I remember one in particular was set in a train, and the train kept passing the same stops over and over again. At the end, the camera panned out and you could see that it was a child's toy train, and you could hear a child laughing in the background.
Thinking about that episode still creeps me out.
But I guess all of those would be variations on No Exit.

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great cartoon john! The idea of someone smuggling small arms in Paradise. My son told me a story about the pilot who was discovered to have a nail clipper. It was confiscated the reason given " You might use it to take control of the aircraft." roger

4:37 AM  
Blogger John M Crowther said...

Thanks, Jean.

LOL, Roger!

You're right, Kate, it's a sci-fi staple.

7:44 AM  
Anonymous kate said...

I don't understand, Roger.
Doesn't the pilot already HAVE control of the aircraft?

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Jean said...

Kate... you understand more than you know! LOL :-D

6:46 PM  
Blogger John M Crowther said...

LOL, Kate. Jean is way more kind than I (and I do love her for it, more than she knows). It's called irony, the heart and soul of humor, but then explaining a joke pretty much kills it.

8:53 PM  
Anonymous kate said...

Oh. I didn't know people could actually be that stupid.
I don't get out much.

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The firsy generation of screeners were told to follow orders not to think. roger

3:55 AM  
Anonymous il professore said...

>>…a space station, the job of maintaining it best outsourced to Richard Branson of Virgin Air fame. I would hate to think of NASA taking over the job of delivering us to eternity. Some things just can't be left up to government.<<

I heartily agree that should we be outward bound via air, the job of translocation is best outsourced to Virgin Air rather than NASA. My only concern is this –in eternity will we still have to pay for our drinks and dinner?

11:29 AM  
Anonymous - Jean said...

Yep... but at least we can choose from the menu! (((LOL)))

1:58 PM  

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