A 22 foot long rocket taking off
  1. You have to enlist two or three of your buddies to help carry your rocket out to the launch pad.
  2. You buy more of your rocketry supplies at Farm & Fleet than at your local hobby shop.
  3. You've bought a new van or truck because your old vehicle wasn't big enough to carry your rockets to the launch site.
  4. When something inside your rocket needs to be fixed or replaced, you can just reach in and do the work.
  5. Your house is furnished with tables and chairs made from the scrap wood left over after cutting out your rocket parts.
  6. You read Consumer Reports for help selecting house paint, but can go on for hours about the virtues of different brands of epoxy, carbon fiber and fiberglass cloth.
  7. Your igniters cost more than the "A" motors the kids fly at the park.
  8. You spend more time filling out government forms for your rocketry hobby, than preparing your tax return each year.
  9. You've been stopped by the police and accused of being a terrorist based on what was in, or strapped on top of, your vehicle.
  10. You know exactly when all the local farmers are planning to plant and harvest their crops.
  11. The total memory and processing power of the electronics in your rockets exceeds that of the computers NASA used to control the Apollo missions.
  12. You own more and bigger parachutes than anyone in the local skydiving club.
  13. You use more duct tape than masking tape when prepping your rockets.
  14. Launching a dog or a small child in a rocket is merely an ethical problem, not a technical one.
  15. Airline pilots have filed UFO reports based on observing your rockets in flight.
  16. You've had to use a backhoe to recover a rocket.
© 2008 Greg Smith

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