© 2008 Greg Smith
- You have to enlist two or three of your buddies to help carry your rocket
out to the launch pad.
- You buy more of your rocketry supplies at Farm & Fleet than at your local
- You've bought a new van or truck because your old vehicle wasn't big enough
to carry your rockets to the launch site.
- When something inside your rocket needs to be fixed or replaced, you can just
reach in and do the work.
- Your house is furnished with tables and chairs made from the scrap wood left
over after cutting out your rocket parts.
- You read Consumer Reports for help selecting house paint, but can go on for
hours about the virtues of different brands of epoxy, carbon fiber and
- Your igniters cost more than the "A" motors the kids fly at the park.
- You spend more time filling out government forms for your rocketry hobby,
than preparing your tax return each year.
- You've been stopped by the police and accused of being a terrorist based on
what was in, or strapped on top of, your vehicle.
- You know exactly when all the local farmers are planning to plant and harvest
- The total memory and processing power of the electronics in your rockets
exceeds that of the computers NASA used to control the Apollo missions.
- You own more and bigger parachutes than anyone in the local skydiving club.
- You use more duct tape than masking tape when prepping your rockets.
- Launching a dog or a small child in a rocket is merely an ethical problem,
not a technical one.
- Airline pilots have filed UFO reports based on observing your rockets in flight.
- You've had to use a backhoe to recover a rocket.
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