GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE; RUSS AND
Russ: oh, oh, oh, oh. (I stand up and
salute.) hello Taal, indeed greetings.
Taal is one of the pilot leaders if I
Russ: ahh yes.
Russ: officer. My former officer and……
Russ: still commanding officer when I get
back into a ship here once in a while.
Russ: well, how’s life been treating you
Taal, any good excitement lately?
Taal: I have another confirmed victory to
Russ: hey, congratulations.
Taal: thank you.
Russ: good deal. What was the
circumstances surrounding this? You’re not
talking about Mark and your guy’s….
(Mark and Taal have holographic flight
simulations against each other on the
Taal: no, no, although I have challenged
Russ: oh good.
Taal: but he did not accept or decline.
Taal: no, this was a vessel that would not
yield for inspection.
Russ: oh, okay.
Taal: it would not stop for inspection. I
fired a warning shot across its bow, it
carried on going. I fired a shot at its
engines to disable, it returned fire.
Russ: bad call on his part.
Taal: so I scanned, took down its shield,
scanned again. It continued returning fire
so I destroyed.
Russ: you gave it plenty of chances.
Taal: we are meant to.
Russ: yeah. Now that reminds me of
something Taal, I was reading about an
incident that happened back in 1954 where
a ship crashed in the deserts of……
John: New Mexico.
Russ: of New Mexico and apparently what
had been shown is that apparently it came
out of the atmosphere and burned up and
the bodies inside burned up but knowing
the shielding the capabilities of it, it
seems like it was disabled first before it
made its headlong plunge into our
Taal: that was not me.
Russ: oh I know that wasn’t you but that
sounds like something that would happen.
Taal: yes, an engagement would……the
primary function of an engagement is to
take out shielding first.
Russ: uh-huh, okay.
Taal: by disabling the shielding, it makes
the target easier to board or destroy,
preferably board for inspection.
Russ: right. Now, wouldn’t it be a
necessary standard operating procedure to
make sure that the craft disintegrates
before it hits the ground?
Taal: if the crew is alive this would be
not……sorry, I do not know the
Russ: practical right.
Taal: thank you Kiri. (Speaking to Kiri.)
Russ: okay so those crafts that were found
where the crew had died but the ship
survived intact, was that just maybe pilot
Taal: possibly yes.
Russ: oh okay. Some of these guys probably
flying around here aren’t that great of
pilots probably, from some of the other
Taal: no, there is no such thing as bad
pilot, bad pilot dead.
Russ: that’s true. So when's your next
Taal: I will be escorting on Wednesday a
group of two vessels….
Talk: to Sirius. I will be returning with
said group a week later.
Russ: a ski team I believe.
Russ: on route to the skiing.
Taal: we are part of honor guard.
Russ: excellent, so you get to go to the
Taal: yes, I am not competing.
Russ: too bad. How’s Katrina doing?
Taal: she is going also…..we are
Taal: you would say second honeymoon?
Russ: ahh, I take it she’s one of the
Russ: ahh, lucky guess.
Taal: yes, it is the only chance that she
has had to fly in over a year.
Russ: yes but she’s…..the child’s growing
Russ: she doesn’t have to be running
inventories in the hangers anymore, she
should be able to fly isn't she?
Taal: she is still ground crew, she is…..
Taal: will be for another 6 to 12 months.
Russ: that must just tear her up.
Taal: yes, she is requesting to be shuttle
Russ: that’s good, are you taking the
little one with you?
Russ: excellent, good.
Taal: he will be flying with me.
Russ: ahh, his first trip to Sirius I take
Russ: good, good, that will be nice. What
a nice vacation, second honeymoon with the
child and everything.
Russ: oh fantastic. Okay, well I look
forward to seeing you whenever I can,
you’ll be on the base for at least until
Taal: until Wednesday.
Russ: Wednesday, that’s right.
Taal: we stop on Sirius to rendezvous with
other ski team so we go there for big
Russ: umm, formation flying then?
Russ: oh neat.
Taal: have always wanted to go to surface
of Centauri Base.
Russ: hmm, I’ve been to Centauri Base,
Taal: looking forward.
Russ: yeah, you’ll have a good time, lots
of nice things to do out there. And are
you doing any recreational skiing once you
Taal: yes, probably, Katrina wants to ski.
She said name of mountain and she had
wistful look in her eyes.
Russ: well excellent, that will be fun for
you guys then. By the way, I understand my
former copilot had a bit of a experience a
Taal: yes, again. He has accident prone.
His vessel still being sent for repair,
has new one.
Russ: oh he has a new one?
Russ: okay, I was going to say, poor guy
got jumped and everything.
Taal: glad he made it back.
Russ: well that’s good.
Taal: as I said, no such thing as bad
Russ: bad pilot.
Taal: thank you, dismissed.
Russ: farewell Taal.
John: thank you.