Windsock? Check.

Uncle Fred

Originally uploaded by Mind_TheGap.

From the moment we arrived, it was clear that The Uncle was prepared for this year’s water rocket festival. What had been in past years empty hyperbole (gaining clearance from the FAA, notifying ground stations in Mecox Bay) had turned into solid planning, complete with a PA system and a playlist.

When the discussion on the eve of the festival (Erev Launch, if you will) turned to the need for a windsock, The Uncle was ready, at dawn, fashioning his lightbulb changing rod and strips of a plastic tablecloth into a workable solution. Although we still lost many a rocket into the bushes, trees, and (gasp) the neighbor’s yard, we barely cared; we were having too much fun.

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