I had a great lunch with James today. I can't believe or even completely understand how he is the age he is. I knew that there was some experimentation with extending human life, but I didn't know that the scientists of the past were so successful. According to James, after DNA repairing experiments had been stopped, some of the knowledge learned at that time, were covered up by the government, and no more people were allowed to do the DNA repair except for the people have already done it. James is the only one left. I wonder how he has been able to adapt all of this time. It must have been hard over the centuries of life to watch as everyone around him died off. I don't think I could do it. I have a great deal of respect for him just for that fact.
We are meeting tomorrow, and I can't wait to learn more about his life. I'm Especially interested in the 21st century. For whatever reason I have alway been interested in that time. A lot of the technology that we take for granted now was just beginning. I mean James would have witness some of the first people to venture into space. Now we travel through space and don't even give it a second thought, but then it was a very dangerous proposition. There are so many things I want to ask about. I guess we will just see how this conversation goes. Wow! I just can't get over the thought of living then!
After my lunch with Ted today, I think that I will have enough in common with Ted that I think we will be good neighbors. I very much enjoyed talking to him about his various farming ideas. He mentioned some seeds that have been genetically engineered to require less water. He has brought them with him, so I will be able to see how they grow as soon as we get to Mars. Maybe he will even let me try some of the left-over seeds that he might have, or the saved seeds for next year. I would love to be able to experiment with them. Also, it sounds like he will have a fairly large parcel of land since he works for a farm based on Earth, and he will be responsible for a good portion of the food for the Mare colony. The colony has alway produced its own food, but there has always been a small need to get some food supplies from Earth. From what Ted told me, his farm should be able to produce enough to fill the gap. At that point Mars will be a completely self sufficient planet. I'm so glad that I will be able to see that.
During our lunch, Ted and I were able to talk for a couple of hours. I let him know about my age and a few things about my life. He seemed to be fascinated with the vast amount of time that I have been alive, and how technology has advanced over that time. He was very interested in the 21st century. He had learn about it in school, but said there some big gaps in the history books about the way of life. So, that was a large part of our discussion. I loved talking about my early life with him. Most people don't even care about that time. It made me laugh when he asked, did you even have computer when you were born? He was amazed to hear that we did, but even the most simple calculations would require a computer as large as a house basically. It was very fun to think about those old times. In fact my mind is still wandering back, and Iv'e had a chance to laugh and cry a little while Iv'e sat here in my room.
We have decided to meet again tomorrow. He said, if I was willing He would like to know more about my earlier years. Of course I will be happy to tell hime a little more about my past.
On a side note. I wasn't able to talk to the captain, and I'm still a little worried about the ships shutter that woke me last night. I'm sure it is minor but I need to set my mind at ease.
A little bit of fear has entered my mind about this journey. After feeling the shutter of the ship yesterday, there hasn't been any announcement from the captain about it. It wasn't huge, but it was enough to wake me up after we got back to our cabins. Today, I have heard other people talking about it so I know other people are starting to get a little bit worried about it. Although, there hasn't been any further disruption on the ship that I have noticed. So, maybe I'm just over reacting to the whole situation. I have been known to do this in the past. If I do see the captain I will ask him though.
I'm looking forward to meeting Ted for lunch today. I'm really hoping we can be friends since we are going to be living so close to each other on Mars, and we have common interests in that we are both fond of growing our own food. When you are as old as I am, It is hard to make friends. Most of the time with the age difference it is hard to find common ground. That is the worst thing for me. A lot of the time I feel out of touch with the current time in history. Sometimes my mind is still back in the 21st century not the 27th. I would say that is why I'm the last living from that time. All of the others that were allowed to have there DNA repaired just felt too out of touch. They all eventually let themselves die by not getting their DNA repaired and aging like everyone else. Maybe some day I will feel so out of touch that this will happen to me, but for now I still have too much to do. There is just too much out in the universe to see.
Well, I'm off to lunch with Ted.
The computer has run a full diagnostic of the engines. The conclusion is that one of the power cells is starting to fail. We have ten power cells, and can run on only five. I have decided that we are going to press on without replacing the cell for now. We will be able to replace the cell when we get to Mars. They have informed me they have ample in supply reserves. I have informed the crew that we will have to stay on at Mars in order to do a full work-up on the ship.
On a more uplifting note, I have informed the crew that they will receive five extra days of shore leave on there choice of Mars or Earth, and I feel thins is much needed since we have made five trips without any break. I'm also very much looking forward to seeing my family on Earth. Some two months is just far too long to be away from the people you love.