My little Taoist immortal is closer than ever to going the distance to the moon--especially since I just learned that I was wrong; the moon is NOT 286,000 miles away, but ONLY between 221,600 and 252,000 miles (so maybe I already made it), with the average being about 238,000 miles. Was 286K a childhood myth? I think some ancient Greek astronomer's calculation.
So, based on the 238K average, a virtual moon landing is achievable maybe in the next 18 months. The personal milestone of 225,000 was reached this morning, pretty awesome I think for my vintage 1990 Mazda Miata, well and lovingly maintained. I stopped on the freeway to photograph the odometer. (Oil pressure looks low, but that's typical for hot idling...especially at her age.) In any case, TAO 61 is a metaphor for Taoist cultivation:
Perhaps the moon distance will be achieved on the mid-autumn festival, 2013; that would be auspicious! Whatever the odometer reading, that would be a good time to celebrate.
|That's 225,000 miles.|
|On the road.|
|Safe at home,.|
|Recent timing belt replacement; even more important than no-fault insurance.|