It is 9:00 PM Earth time, and we are just getting back to our cabins and the other parts of the ship now. I'm so glad we didn't have to spend the night down in the lower holds of the ship. People were already getting restless and it was only about eight hours. I can only imagine how people would be like if we had to stay down there for a few more hours, and god forbid if we had to be down there for 24. For a short moment I had a flashback of commercial airline flights of the 21st century. It was just how people bitched and moaned if there flight was slightly delayed back then. I had to chuckle. Here we are on a journey that used to be considered extremely hazardous, and is now routine. Some people even take the trip as a vacation with there kids it is so safe. And yet, there is still so much that can go wrong, and you are far enough from Earth that if there is a major problem it would be hard to rescue the survivors.
There was one woman in particular that threw a huge fit, and was demanding that they let her out of the safe areas of the ship. The crew had to tell her, very calmly, I might add, that she would likely have radiation poisoning it she were to leave, and they couldn't allow her to exit. She said, "I don't believe you. You are just playing us all for fools. Isn't there some kind of waiver that I could sign so that I could be let off this part of the ship?" The crew just came back over and over again stating why they couldn't let her leave, and in the back of my mind I was hoping, just a little, that they would come back and say, "OK, here is your waiver. you can now have free rein on the ship." This went on for about half an hour until the lady just gave up and sulked for the rest of the time. Ever once in a while I would here her say, "This is so stupid! Don't they know how much we paid for this trip?" It was very hard for me not to laugh.
Me, on the other hand, just waited patiently and read a book. Besides, we were well fed, and they arranged some entertainment. There was games, and a couple of the crew knew how to play musical instruments. I was very happy. Of course, I would have been happy with the food and my book. I have always been very laid back though. I just go with the flow. I think life is better if you are laid back. Life isn't hard. We make it that way.