How I long for the days when I can again grocery shop without feeling like I am on a scavenger hunt. The stress and complications of everyday life in 2020 turn my thoughts to isolation possibilities. And I am in luck because there is a nearby facility where isolation has been studied in depth. For a more scientific approach to the problem of survival, I decide to visit Biosphere 2. This facility constructed in the late 1980s was used to conduct research on the ultimate in self isolation – surviving on other planets.
Curious to learn just how well creating an alternative to Earth living worked out, I use my phone to hear the self-guided tour of the Biosphere site. Now run by the University of Arizona for research, this former home to eight inner space adventurers is a very pleasant place to spend a few hours. Spoiler alert – the original experiment did not work. Something about too many microbes/people and not enough oxygen. From what I read about this, things may have gotten a little ugly there at the end.
Too bad this project wasn’t undertaken more recently. If it had been undertaken in the 2000s, scientists could have converted it to a reality show using challenges to decide who got to keep breathing the remaining oxygen. Talk about the “ultimate” survivor series!
I am on a Winning Streak
After my startling win at the 5K a couple of weeks ago, I do not expect another prize to come my way anytime soon. In the meantime, I happily agree to play my banjo on a float in the RV park Christmas parade. I spend a couple of hours with my musician friends (as opposed to my off-road friends) riding though the park on a trailer. In order to social distance, we sit too far apart to hear each other well which creates a unique, musical echoing effect not achieved by just any band. Our float bounces off a few speed bumps challenging our performance abilities. But like the consummate professionals we are, we play on seamlessly even when airborne.
At the parade’s conclusion I learn that our float won first place. We split the grand prize of $32 forty-eight ways. Let’s see, we split our windfall to pay the truck driver, my neighbors who I tricked into decorating the trailer for us, bribes to the judges and of course the musicians. I am thrilled to get my share!
I am not able to get any pictures/videos myself because I am picking and grinning the whole time. Some kind friends (Jane, Jan and Pete – thanks guys!!) share their videos with me. I compile their contributions into the short movie below. Hope you enjoy it!!