A nice experience for the staff at Fazoli's

From: Tom Wagner (sciteach@mchsi.com)
Date: Thu Jul 23 2009 - 03:59:30 UTC

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    I taught a science class at Kaplan U. earlier tonight and happened to 
    mention that the ISS was going to pass high overhead. Not knowing where I 
    would be at the time, I set my cell-phone alarm to go off five minutes 
    early. As it turned out I was at my favorite place to relax, Fazoli's 
    restaurant. I feel quite at ease sharing with the staff things out of the 
    ordinary. Right after my alarm sounded off I called for the night manager 
    and told him about the bright high pass of the space station that was soon 
    going to happen. A minute before, or so I thought, I hurried outside. 
    Following in short order was the entire Fazoli's staff!! I was the only 
    customer at that time. Somebody turned out the lights over the door as they 
    emerged. We waited in high anticipation. Seconds turned into a good minute 
    as I was trying to come up with some sort of excuse as to why it didn't 
    show. I checked and rechecked my week-old printout. Yes it is the 22nd and I 
    am reading the military time right.  Fortunately the boss was far enough out 
    from the building that he saw it before I cowered in total embarrassment. He 
    asked, "Is that it?" Those three words were music to my ears!
    
    It made a wonderful bright pass in a clear sky! They asked questions about 
    how high it was and how many people are on board. How fast it was going was 
    a hit with the manager. I filled them in on the historic significance of 
    this event in particular. They were also amazed when I told them how big it 
    is.
    
    Needless to say I was VERY glad we had a fine visual experience. As far as I 
    know none of them had ever seen it before.
    
    Tom  Iowa  USA 
    
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