Tuesday, February 06, 2007

I Think This Qualifies as "Truth is Stranger Than Fiction."

Lee, one of my favorite bloggers over at My Letter of the Day, put up a post today about the completely psychotic actions of Astronaut Lisa Nowak. For those of you who haven't read the news today, Nowak drove 900 miles while wearing an adult diaper (so she wouldn't have to stop for potty breaks) in order to confront a woman who she felt was a rival for the affections of fellow Astronaut William Oefelein. Nowak tricked her nemesis into thinking she was stranded so she could spray the poor woman in the face with pepper spray. The other woman managed to drive away and call police who then found a wig, a BB gun, a steel mallet, twist ties, a knife and rubber tubing among Nowak's belongings. She'd like authorities to believe she just wanted to talk things over with her adversary. Yeah right. This got me to thinking though. What if this was a Stephen King novel? Imagine. You have a female Astronaut in the dark recesses of space prey to all kinds of alien contact. What if she went on a spacewalk and stepped in some alien goo? Do they decontaminate when they come back into the space station? Who's to say that all the Astronauts are not now infected, ticking time bombs waiting to blow? Really, it wasn't Nowak's fault. It's the alien who took over her body and is now in control of her brain. I mean, why else would a person drive 900 miles in a diaper? Only an alien would think this is normal. Well, Stephen King might also. But what if folks? What if? Seriously though, what a whack job.

22 comments:

Stewart Sternberg said...

When I was dating, this was usually the sort of woman who appealed to me. I enjoyed the desperate eyes, the slightly elevated laugh that could cut through a block of ice, and the nervous twitch that suggested foreplay.

Some people might see this picture and think: Whacko. I see potential. Some people read about the diaper and think: Freak. I read about the diaper and think: Gametime.

SQT said...

Stewart, as always you are hilarious.

I was talking to my husband about this though and he was wondering how she managed to make it through the psych profile.

But I bet she was an excellent Astronaut. Think about it, the focus on one's task it takes to drive 900 miles without stopping. This is a woman who focuses on her mission and doesn't waver until completion.

Too bad she's crazy.

Peter P said...

She is to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, so I am going to withhold judgment.

900 miles without stopping? Was she driving a Prius?

ShadowFalcon said...

omg i cna't believe that, it hasn't been on the news here. its like Johnny depp in the astromauts wife...how insane

SGT DUB said...

The heart and mind rarely agree on a suitable action. we shall wait and see how things turn out.

Crunchy Carpets said...

All I can think if is ....imagine if people like this are picked for the roughly 6 MONTH journey to Mars...if we ever do a manned flight.

6 months with that sort of mentality.....

FUUUUUN

OddMix said...

I read this story yesterday. All I could do was shake my head and mumble, "Wow! Let's see how many ways we can screw up our life."

Jean-Luc Picard said...

This is definately a sci-fi plot.

Avery said...

I wonder if the changing pressures and g-forces broke something in her head? Seriously, lots of people have dropped dead on that Space ride at Epcot. What if her body was able to withstand the abuse but her mind wasn't? Maybe she had some sort of stroke. Or, she could just have really, really liked the dude (in that, 'you'll never get out of here alive and you'll never see your bag of a girlfriend again,' endearing sort of way).

mist1 said...

After hearing about this story, I have decided to remove some choice objects from my purse and the trunk of my car. Like the diapers and the twine and the muscle relaxers and the pepper spray. I'm going to leave the beef jerky and cigarettes though. They're mostly harmless.

jedimerc said...

Astronauts are under a lot of pressure and they do some ah... interesting things to let off steam, but this seals it... weirdest story I've ever heard of to come out of NASA...

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

think it has something to do with that 300 mile high club or what?

smiles, bee

Titania Starlight said...

I just wonder if she is one of those speed freaks. You know they show the before and after pics of someone who is on crack. No matter what ...she needs some serious help.

Alex said...

She used to be a Peacekeeper until she became obsessed with another astronaut, Jon Crichton. Unfortunately Aeryn Sun's looks have gone downhill (though the nose job looks kinda nice).

The Curmudgeon said...

Everyone's making a joke out of this, I know. (And Stewart's comment is funny. Sick and twisted... but funny.

SQT, you get full props for realizing that the diaper wasn't just a bit of craziness, but an aspect of her (misplaced and misguided) drive and determination.

I think this story is so sad -- I put up a post about this yesterday afternoon. I'll probably do a follow up today.

But the bottom line is this: We take the best and the brightest, build them up, call them astronauts, let them think they're going to lead the rest of us into a new age -- and then give them busy work to do. The Shuttle. Committee after committee.

Your mother was right: Idle hands are the devil's playground.

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

If this really was the work of Stephen King, wouldn't all of this be occuring in a sleepy New England town?

Lee said...

We bloggers really owe this wackjob a big thank you for all the content! HTS left some more great Sci-fi Soap Opera titles over in my comments - my fave being "Stank Eye for the NASA guy".

Crunchy Carpets said...

alex...lmao!

Crunchy Carpets said...

Oh and yeah....we take these booksmart and fit engineers and make them what..truck drivers in space on a crappy old ship.

SQT said...

I'm baaaaaaaaack! I'm literally hyperventilating.

Okay, I'm not really. But I'm glad to have my computer back.

SQT said...

Curmudgeon

I just read an article today that might shed some light on Nowak.

She was her high school Valedictorian, Naval Academy graduate and test pilot all before becoming an astronaut. This was a seriously high achieving woman. I can't help but feel all the pressure to be perfect probably caused her to snap.

I certainly can't condone her actions, especially if she did intend to kill the other woman. But I do have some compassion for her. Not only was she this "perfect" astronaut, but she had 3 kids as well. That's an awful lot to handle. I also feel bad for her family, they'll end up suffering the most.

Vancouver mermaid/Montreal photographer said...

This story is too creepy..and I read she was married with 3 kids? How is her family going to cope with this embarrassment?