Apr 13th 2011, 14:36 by E O Hatterpol | KUIPER BELT DAY 9
AHOY, Flybrarians! Today marks day #9 of my trip through the Kuiper Belt & day #2 of my new attitude towards outer space!
I decided to take a tour of the things that make me happy, & where better to start than the Baleen Plates Observation Deck (BPOD)?
I'm sure I've mentioned it before - somewhere back around the Moon or Mars probably - & I bet you're already familiar. Where a blue whale's mouth is full of baleen plates, our starship has reinforced glass that runs from starboard side through the bow to port side for a near-panoramic view of outer space.
Well, this is what it looks like from the inside!
It has a sleek, modern look that doesn't distract from the beauty of outer space. Minimalist chairs line a thin bar up against the glass - which would be great for a date, if I could get one, by the way - & there's plenty of comfy seating in the middle.
Grabbing a few pillows on the wrap-around sectional couch is a great way to spend an afternoon with your favourite book, comic, manga or graphic novel (checked out from the Flybrary, of course!).
We do have a tree, to which I cling dearly. I was tweeted from the DC Cherry Blossom festival the other day & am missing nature. The tree helps, but it's just not the same as an old-growth forest.
Ah! Look at me starting to complain! Let's try that again: I am grateful for any vegetation & hope there'll be plenty more on the Homesphære!
There's also a giant television screen that shows films on Friday nights. It's a big to-do, & most if not all Flybrarians line the sofa to share sodas, popcorn & candies. I've even seen some naughty Right Hemispheres (RHs) sneak a pint in from the Whale's Liver.
I want to join them but I have an illogical fear that since I'm not part of the crew, the Captain will send me overboard if I step out of line even once. I know, I'm crazy, right?
The TV screen shows news from Earth & other planets the rest of the week, as well as updates about our progress, status, itinerary, &c.
With such a cool space for lounging, socializing & reading books, it's easy to stay positive! I can't believe I was so dramatic in the past; I'm ready & revved up for what's next!
C'mon, outer space, throw everything you got at me! I won't stop, because it's Homesphære or bust!!