An earlier, more visionary NASA, thank goodness, sent probes into deep space. Some of them continue to ping us from far beyond the domestic reaches of the Solar System. But even they have not penetrated as far from Washington as I did last month. I made it all the way to the West Coast.
It is not simply an issue of littorals, or oceans, or the perspectives which follow from occidental or oriental orientation, or even (I’m sure someone out on the PC frontier is using this) occidentation. Though one VC I met did note that he looked out on the Pacific; and averred that Washington was really a European city. More common is general-purpose Valley-style eyeball-rolling...Read More