Tuesday, March 24, 2009

An American Hero

I was talking to a group of people once and I asked this question, "Do you have anyone in your life that's genuinely humble and is always looking for an opportunity to serve?" or something like that.  One guy raised his hand and said, "Yeah, Neail Armstrong"
Me:  Right...but is there anyone in your life that you peronally know that lives like that?
Him again:  Um..yeah...Neil Armstrong.
Me:  No, I mean someone that you know.  Someone that you've talked with and shared a meal with.  That's really more of what I'm talking about.  Do you know anyone like that?
Him still:  Yeah...Neil Armstrong.
Turns out his family was friends with Neil Armstrong.  Who knew?
Griffin gave one of his first speeches yesterday.  He was a bit nervous going in, but apparently he knocked it out of the park.  His class actually had 10 kids pick Neil Armstrong as the person they wanted to talk about.
I asked Griffin if there was a list to pick from.  Nope.  Out of the billions of people these kids could pick from, ten of them said Neil.
That's weird, right?
I asked my friend if every time Neil came over he welcomed into the house ingwhile say, "That's one small step into our house, but one giant step for mankind"?

He doesn't.


  1. Of course he doesn't say that Sean. Because the quote is actually, "...one giant LEAP for mankind."

    So, maybe he says THAT.

  2. I'm gonna guess that Griffin said something to the effect of, "I think I'm going to do Neil Armstrong." and then Susie, who thinks Griffin is totally boss, decided that she, too, admired the famous moon-walker. Then little Jimmy, far less creative, overheard the whisperings of Neil Armstrong fanaticism and chooses the astronaut as his subject... and so on... and so on...

    I don't want to take away from the man's ability to step out of a spaceship into a gravity-void atmosphere. So, no, I don't think it's weird. Just kids being kids. Or me being a jerk.

  3. I know someone who LIVES DOWN THE ROAD from Neil Armstrong.

  4. I once stopped in Wapakoneta and saw his museum.

  5. the moon has gravity... just no atmosphere.

    at least that's how they set up the studio where they faked the moon landing.

    great, now i have to watch my back to avoid a buzz aldrin smackdown.

    (just for the record, i believe they actually went to the moon... and the moon has gravity)