Did you know I was born into a Commune in Mexico?
Yup, my Mom’s parents sent her to an alternative school in Mexico called Shimber Beris when she was 14.
She ended up staying for over a decade. She met my Dad (also a student,) they got married and had babies...as did many of the other students at this “school.”
That’s a whole other story, but I want to tell you what she did when she came back to the States.
She was in her mid 20’s, had never driven a car, had a job, or had to take care of herself.
My parents split up and all of a sudden my Mom was alone and had no idea how to be an adult.
But she figured it out.
She saw an ad in the paper for a job as a secretary at @nasajpl.
She made up a resume that sounded like she had experience, but really she had none...couldn’t type, file, anything.
And somehow she got the job!
All of a sudden she was a secretary at Jet Propulsion Labs, with a bunch of forward thinking, educated science and tech people...way out of her element.
Besides meeting Carl Sagan, (who she said held secret weekly meetings about life on other planets and UFO’s,) she likes to brag that the very first computer on a secretary’s desk was at JPL.
It was called an automated office data system, AODS, and she was so proud of it!
She and her new boyfriend would teach disco dancing in one of the larger offices during her lunch hour.
Those were quite the times!
And my Mom is one cool Lady!
So I was especially proud to tell her that I flew a job for JPL the other day! I got to fly the new Mars robot out to a glacier so they can test its capabilities on uneven terrain.
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And hopefully I’ll get some footage of the actual first flight of the Mars Robot to share with you!
Speaking of bragging rights, being that I’m a #pilot
working for NASA, wouldn’t that mean that technically I’m actually now an Astronaut?! 👩🚀😆🤷♀️
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