As I mentioned in a previous post, I am in Houston for the LPSC (Lunar and Planetary Sciences Conference). On the flight here, I sat next to a fellow by the name of Duke. I had fully intended to sleep the whole flight but Duke wanted to talk and, as my wife says, "I have the gift of gab."
We talked about many things. He is a former writer, I wonder what he has written, now turned to another profession. We talked about ceramics, classical physics, thorium reactors, sterling motors, "cap and tax," lasers on mars (MSL and the ChemCam instrument), Larry King, the Osmond's, etc.
We talked for a while about vices in life. I mentioned that I have never tasted liquor. He carefully eyed me then asked "What, you grow up in a bubble?" After a few moments of further discussion he said, regarding choices we all make in life, "You took the path less travelled. I took the freeway." What makes my life's path the one less traveled?
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference