Or Not 2020 Is
What will the new year bring? Floods? Famine?
Snowpocolypse? Asteroid strike? Could be great prosperity! We really don't know
but whatever happens, stay tuned and we'll get through it
Are you like Calvin; perfect in every way? Could you be a rocket bigot and not even realize
it? Do you know a rocket
bigot? The ones I know would never consider themselves a bigot and would be
deeply offended if they were accused. Are you asking yourself what a rocket
bigot is? Well, it's pretty simple. Like any other form of
bigotry, a rocket bigot is anyone who considers their particular portion
of the hobby more important, or better, than any other area. It goes well
beyond a simple difference or preference, a rocket bigot looks down upon other
flyers who have different rocketry interests than theirs, they feel
threatened by difference and if they could, and sometimes do, they try to
exclude those who fly a different type of rocketry, or at least limit their
access and participation. In simple terms they prefer to be exclusive,
rather than inclusive. I believe the attitude comes from fear. Fear of losing
out to anything that's different than what the bigot personally enjoys.
The not so funny thing is I have heard some rocket bigots say they
support all areas of the hobby, regardless! Then turn right around and work
diligently to limit all other areas of rocketry in favor of their own agenda.
They never realize that to strengthen any portion of the hobby, strengthens the
I've seen rocket bigotry and discrimination take many forms. Most
commonly it's based on the number of newtons produced by a particular
engine, high or low, but it can also can be based on age, gender, club
field and equipment use, competition or sport, even the interpretation of the
Safety Codes. And for the sake of avoiding a riot here, let's not even talk
about EX and making your own motors.
What is really sad about this form of bigotry is that in a day and age
when NAR and TRA leaders are trying to grow the hobby and their respective
organizations, there are those within their own ranks, long time members, who
question whether or not a particular newton group, kids, women and
even senior citizens should really be allowed to participate. Some
pose these questions in a quiet manner by their overall attitude, some question
Rocket bigots have little effect on other flyers when they are flying as
individuals and not with a club, but when they are members of a club or
organization, their negative attitudes and actions can quickly cause
animosity, friction and fragmentation within NAR, TRA and their
With so many attractive hobbies these days other
than rocketry, you'd think most club officers would embrace diversity and be more tolerant of
those flyers who may be somewhat different in their approach and
participation of the hobby but that's not always the case. Our local club does a pretty good job but I've seen others that
are very polarized and on both ends of the spectrum.
believe any real rocketry enthusiast would like to see his or her Section or
organization do everything possible to include everyone from water rockets to
P motors, scale, sport or other and since it's the time of year when new resolutions are made, perhaps
now would be a good time for everyone to stop and consider for a moment what
you can personally do to promote every facet of the hobby. Whether it's
your facet or someone else's, make a resolution for 2020 to go out of your way
to make sure everyone you fly with feels welcome at your field no matter
who they are or what they fly.
Take a Rocket Babe or a rocket babe to your next launch,
regardless of what they fly.
“Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good
resolutions. Next week you can begin paving the way to Hell with them as
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it’s the road to 2020! Time to wipe the slate clean and start another year and
rocketry is no exception. Have you made any plans or set your goals yet?
Consider taking your skills to the next level. Maybe it’s time to try staging
or clustering or better yet, staging and clustering and if you’ve done that for
low and mid-power, try doing it for HPR. Maybe add a video camera payload to
your favorite rocket; it’s not that hard or expensive to do these days.
As we start the
new year I have three suggestions for your new year’s list of
things to do. For one, start paying forward. Find a teacher or youth leader to
assist in the coming year.
if you’ve never been part of a rocketry club, join one and pitch in there. Like
teachers and youth leaders, clubs never have enough volunteers. You’ll make new
friends, learn some new building and flying tricks and maybe help someone too.
Some of our best friends we met at a rocket launch and even though some
have left the hobby over the years, the friendships remain.
make plans to visit several clubs this year or even a national launch. Go to
the NAR and TRA websites and locate a few of the clubs within your reach then
go fly with them. You might even consider going cross country and attend one of
their major events like NARAM or LDRS!
course, it’s up to you. You could just stay home and read the forums or
Facebook and let everyone else have all the fun but I can tell you from
experience, it’s more fun to do it and be there, than read about it on your pc.
She'll go with you anywhere! Kevin, owner and moderator at the Alien Soup  sci-fi
forum, enjoys Rocket Babe - Dust Storm between innings at a recent ballgame!
optimist stays up
until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure
the old year leaves."
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