Early this morning the black lines were filled with chatter; reports were coming in from colleagues all over the world of an “event” in Southern Finland. The event occurred approximately at 5.59 (Finnish time); ground zero, two clicks away from central Helsinki in the archipelago.
The object that was heading towards Earth did not land in Hawaii as all the astronomers and physicists had predicted! It landed in my very own backyard; Helsinki, the city that my niece and son in law call home. The irony is so thick I could scrape it off with a spoon.
I’ve been on the phone all morning trying to get tickets for a flight back to Finland, to no avail – all the fights are sold out. I’ve tried to get through to my friends at the “shop”, but each time I just get this darn telephone answering machine directing me through a labyrinth of menus and I always end up at the same place: the mail department. I guess now that I’m retired my “pull” isn’t what it used to be. On top of it all, my zinc oxide worked a little too well, and the rest of my sun block didn’t. I look like a native american; white stripes on my cheeks and nose (before I offend any one, I mean like how native Americans are portrayed in those old american western flicks, which I still love to watch by the way), and the rest of my skin is red like a tomato. To add insult to injury (and why not) – I have a 32 hour flight to look forward to.
P.S I’ve included a photo of the event as captured by a satellite. Images of searcher activity from Brooklyn, New York will follow soon.