Amateurs

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One Saturday, a few Aprils ago, Christopher and I went to Nassau Bay, Texas, a stone’s throw from NASA, so he could work his first volunteer event as a Ham Radio Operator. The 5 K run was called “The 10th Annual Race for Yuri” in honor of the famous cosmonaut.  I have to tell you, when Christopher took a course at his junior high to become a licensed ham radio operator, the one word that entered my head was “Why?”  Doesn’t the world have cell phones now?  But then there were the terrible bombs at the Boston Marathon, and when no one could text or call because everything was jammed up, the Ham Operators got things done, and there was nothing in the skies obstructing their missions.  Christopher’s teacher, Nick Lance, was a retired NASA engineer, and fantastic with the students. I admit that I was so wrong about that course.  Sometimes, it is good to be wrong.

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