“Everything’s a Blur at Light Speed”
Stardate (August 17, 2017)
It had been a quiet month up until that point. I was sitting alone in the captain’s chambers puffing on a bowl of Alpha Blue when a message flashed across my holo-screen. “The solar alignment of Earth with its sun and moon approaches!” The event occurs every 18 Terran months. Nothing extraordinary, but this event would be best seen most visibly from my birthplace in the United States.
So, I rerouted my course, threw on the boosters and made for Earth. The journey was smooth. I watch the vastness of space through glass in the cockpit. Everything’s a blur at light-speed … or maybe it’s that I skipped breakfast and missed lunch.
The ship comes out of hyperspace off the rim of Saturn. I take my time passing by Ganymede — the most beautiful of all Jupiter’s moons. I’ve never felt safe on Mars. How could you when a giant worm could burst up under your feet and swallow you up at any moment?
As the ship approaches Earth, I search for an ideal place to land my craft. To my great astonishment, I see the Northwest quadrant of America is clogged up with record setting traffic. The highways and side roads are completely jammed and even if I were to land, accommodations were sparse at best.
Dismayed, I returned to my quarters and packed a bowl of Star Master Kush, I picked up in the Andromeda galaxy, last week. Afterward, things didn’t feel so glum. I decide to reprogram the coordinates in my ship. Once situated within Earth’s gravitation pull, my ship aligned with vantage of America’s Northwest. Here I will rest until Monday’s eclipse.
All that’s left to wonder is whether pizza delivery can make it to me up here …