Me. I got to experience both when I was in Houston this past week.

I’m a subscriber to the Airfaire Watchdog daily email alerts for cheap flights from my home airport. A couple weeks ago I got a great deal on a flight to Houston, Texas, where I have family.

This wasn’t a sightseeing tour or anything; mostly it was just an excuse for me to get out of town, see some family, and work on my stuff in a different setting. But I still did a few interesting things.

I went to NASA. Sort of. My mom and I went to Space Center Houston. I knew that there were some actual big rockets to see, and I imagined there would be an interesting museum or something. Well we walk through the doors and it’s like a freaking Chuck E. Cheese’s in there. There are slides and ball pits and it’s dark and there are a bajillion kids on there. Literally, a bajillion. We went to the museum part and it was only slightly better. We saw the lunar module from Apollo 18 and some moon rocks, but we just walked through as soon as we could. We went back to the front desk and my mom asked if there was anything for adults there. When the teenager at the desk said that what we had just seen was the best they had, we asked for our money back.

But then we drove down the road and visited Rocket Park. That’s where the big rockets are. There are Saturn V, Little Joe II, and Mercury rockets out there for people to see. I used to be a huge rocket nerd when I was a kid, so this part was actually pretty neat. But overall the space trip was a bust. It reached a crescendo of awfulness with lunch at an empty, ghetto, stinky IHOP.

But then today my brother and I went sailing. We took a 3 hour introductory sailing class in Galveston Bay. My brother has grand dreams of sailing through the islands in the Mediterranean, but up until today had never sailed before. It was fun being out on the water, but man, it’s hot out there. We both had a great time and my bro thinks he’ll take some more classes, but I’m done. I’ll stick with the mountains.

Good news, though: I don’t get seasick.

I’m still in Houston. In a few days, I’ll take a bus to San Antonio, Texas, where one of my buddies has had an internship for the summer. Then we’re going to road trip back to Utah. Should be a good time.

Saturn V rocket

Saturn V rocket

Me in front of the business end of the Saturn V

Me in front of the business end of the Saturn V

One of the upper stages of the rocket.

One of the upper stages of the rocket. So many little pieces!

Lil Joe II (left) and Mercury rockets

Lil Joe II (left) and Mercury rockets

My brother looking out over Galveston Bay

My brother looking out over Galveston Bay

My brother and Captain Pip (yes, that's his real name. Awesome.)

My brother and Captain Pip. Could there be a more perfect name for a boat captain? I don’t hink so.

View from the boat.

View from the boat.

Me at the tiller.

Me at the tiller.

More of the boat.

More of the boat.

Heading back on into the marina.

Heading back on into the marina.

We passed by this Men In Black Exterminators place.

We passed by this Men In Black Exterminators place. Its got to be some kind of trademark infringement, but that makes it even more awesome.