“If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat,
if your house burns down then you’ve got a problem.
Everything else is just an inconvenience.”
Well. That is good advice. It still doesn’t help Holden look through the binoculars at the copper mine far below. And since he can’t read yet, the signs won’t do him a lot of good. Thankfully, while I am far back . . . Grandpa is nearby. Grandpas also always have quarters in their pockets. You need a quarter just to look. Holden and his brother want to know why it costs a quarter just to look at air. They don’t think that sounds right. Hum. Grandpa thinks that is a good point. Holden thinks the binoculars look like a robot with eyes. He says “maybe we’ll see aliens inside of it” . . . Grandpa smiles and says “maybe”. In goes the quarter. Just as Holden gets his eyes adjusted, the machine quits. This time Grandpa has something to say about the machine. 25 cents for 30 seconds ? That is worse than a parking meter or the arcade !
“What was most significant about the lunar voyage
was not that men set foot on the moon
but that they set eye on the earth.”