A downside of befriending and marrying engineers is the occasional nerdy conversation. These conversation go beyond dungeon level mastery, the complexities of Bruce Wayne and light saber fighting techniques.
These conversations usually involve physics and mathematics. But these nerdy conversations don't stop there. When aerospace engineers are involved, as they always are, they throw airplanes or other vessels into the mix. I've learned to deal with these conversations and throughout the years, I've gotten quite good and understanding the mechanics of planes, trains and automobiles.
This is yet another adventure during the week where my friend came to visit. Like my husband, he is also an aerospace engineer, getting excited over the mechanics of everything. He insisted that we had to visit the USS Midway.
Hubs and I aren't too big into military history. If it weren't for the push of our friend, we probably wouldn't visit the museum. The three of us walked around the ship and while some families ogled the lifestyle of the military, we drooled over the mechanics of the ship; the pipes, the chambers, the shafts, the missiles.
When we went to the top deck, rows of planes greeted us. The boys went crazy, acting like two children in a candy shop. They had several conversations about how planes were landed onto the carrier and what the turn-around time must have been like.
The boys were approached by several volunteers who seemed impressed with their knowledge of planes. Of course, the volunteers didn't realized their credentials. One volunteer made sure to point out another carrier on the water. It seemed ordinary to me but that ordinary looking aircraft carrier, Carl Vinson had returned from a seven-month deployment last year, which included the burial of Osama bin Laden.
The two of them walked through the planes and drooled over the helicopter. I stood at the edge of the carrier and took in the view of the city. We didn't stay on the boat long because our car was parked at a meter several blocks away, but the few hours we spent there were enjoyable and pretty cool.