Brain: Oh, you’re awake
Me: You already knew that. Why are you pretending it’s a surprise?
Brain: Aren’t we Mr Panties-in-a-Bunch this morning
Me: I’m tired, let’s just get on with it
Brain: Okay, fine. Get dressed and let’s go to the gym
Me: Fine, yawn…..
Arriving to a surprisingly busy gym
Brain: He, he, he, he
Me: What is so funny?
Me: Fine, lets get started
Brain: He, he, he
Brain: I should have told you before but our gym shorts are on inside out
Brain: Not only are they inside out but you have them on backwards
Brain: Look down idiot
Me: Oh shit, I have my gym shorts on inside out and backwards. Fuck it.
Mindlessly we proceed through our elliptical workout while watching the news on the screen on the treadmill in front of us
Brain: See that stuff about Boeing and SpaceX
Me: No, what are you talking about?
Brain: It’s one big phallic face-off
Brain: Yeah, Boeing says size matters
Me: Size of what?
Brain: Size of the rocket
Me: Doesn’t it?
Brain: Doesn’t it what?
Me: Well, doesn’t size matter?
Brain: My experience is that it depends on who you’re talking to and what you’re trying to do
Brain: Boeing is saying you need a bigger rocket to penetrate deep space
Me: Why do you need a big rocket to penetrate deep space?
Brain: Boeing is saying that bigger is better if you want to deliver a bigger payload into deep space
Me: Bigger payload?
Brain: Boeing is claiming that SpaceX’s rocket is just too small to adequately satisfy the needs of deep space exploration
Me: Needs of deep space. LOL. Why are they saying that?
Brain: I have no clue. Some folks will tell you that thrust is far more important than the size of the rocket
Me: That sounds like it makes sense
Brain: You can have the biggest rocket in the world but with no thrust you can’t deliver the payload
Brain: I am not sure if Boeing is trying to compensate for a thrust issue with a larger rocket
Me: Well, a bigger rocket does mean a bigger crawler transport to move the bigger rocket
Brain: Oh yeah, bigger crawler transport means more thrust
Me: LOL, no it doesn’t
Brain: I know, it’s just fun to type, “thrust.”
Me: So who’s pushing all this
Brain: Well if you listen to Boeing, NASA is lusting after a bigger rocket to satisfy it’s deep space probing
Me: Lol, probing.
Brain: Oops, I meant program
Me: Lol, probing is better
Brain: I really don’t get it. Shit, SpaceX seems to be delivering rockets on a weekly basis to NASA.
Me: I know. How much does NASA really need?
Brain: Good question. Given the politics of deep space programs there seems to be an insatiable need for bigger at NASA
Me: I guess size does matter
Brain: I am not sure about that. My guess is NASA doesn’t know what they want