The first successful Space Shuttle landing in more than 2 and a half years was completed early this morning. Weather diverted the Shuttle to Edwards Air Force Base in the high desert of Southern California, but the crew landed without further incident at 5:11 this morning.
When the Shuttle lands in southern California, it flies pretty much right over my house. It always makes a tremendous double sonic boom, and that was my wakeup call this morning. Darlene, who had been tracking the Shuttle on NASA TV, knew the likelihood of a California landing, so she was in the backyard with a pair of binoculars in time to see the shuttle fly overhead.
The sonic booms startled Wrigley. It was his first Shuttle landing, and it made him wake up angryfor about thirty seconds. He barked furiously at the ceiling for fifteen seconds, listened quietly for fifteen seconds, then went back to sleep.
I did exactly the same thing, minus the barking.