> > Upon reaching the ground, I tried to be civil and ask "Didn't you
> > understand me when I asked you to tie the g.d. rope off?". The
> > answer was "It was already OFF, YOU should have asked me to tie
> > it ON"!!! jesus christo!! How stupid of me!! Now I know better,
> > but that water has already passed under the bridge.
> > MORAL: Don't use incapable, inexperienced, ignorant people for ground
> > crews.
Or tower climbers either.
> I still agree
> Get the BEST help you can afford, and feed them good sandwiches
> > and all the Pepsi or Root Beer they want. (No real beer, they might
> > throw the empty bottles at you). Especially, DO NOT use wives.....by
> >doing so, divorce courts get filled up, and YOU will have visions of
> > committing hari-cari.
> I disagree....However, if you know for sure that she has just recently taken
> out a humongous accidental death insurance policy out on you, then you
> may want to rethink using her.
> But, Dale, it all falls back to training. If the person is trained
> properly and adequately to the satisfaction of whoever is going
> to be up on the tower, then it doesn't matter what the gender is.
> Or the relationship.
> Don't forget, it's someone's wife/significant other who is either
> piloting the Space Shuttle (probably the single, most complex
> piece of equipment ever constructed), operating the experiments
> onboard, maneuvering the Remote Manipulator System (robotic
> arm), going into the payload bay on EVA, fixing the Hubble
> Space Telescope, etc. They were all trained right along with
> the male astronauts.
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