Ground Control to Major Ray

Cleveland, Ohio, USA
June 22nd 2005

This is Melinda's goldfish, Ray, in his mini tank for the roadtrip. He didn't seem too impressed with the cramped quarters, but I think he doesn't know what's good for him. See, when I was not much older than he is, I thought it would be the coolest thing in the world to be an astronaut, and lucky old Ray was able to experience something similar. There he was for 12 days in a cramped capsule that contained the special atmosphere he needed to survive, with a life support system that we plugged in every night so that he could always breathe, eating freeze-dried food pellets (except when Alexis treated him to a frozen pea from the ice pack for her broken foot), and travelling a long distance. How many goldfish get to have adventures like that?

Seriously though, he does seem happier now that he's back in his 20 gallon tank, but he made it through the trip.


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