Just a few minutes ago my son and I are in the living room with the TV cranked up watching final 10 seconds of the Space Shuttle Discovery's countdown. This has always been important for us to watch. I worked at KSC on the shuttle program for over 10 years and my son was born in Cape Canaveral Hospital and you could see all the launch pads from his hospital room. It's in our DNA! So son wants to go to the Air Force Academy, be an aerospace engineer, test pilot, astronaut, etc. Discovery's launch was postponed a long time for technical problems. Finally I get to see sad history being made and I think I have a teary eye coming on thinking back to all my friends and the good and tough times we had down there. So what an annoyance when the darn telephone starts to ring off the wall in the next room. Do I go and answer or stay and watch. Of course I should stay and watch, right? Probably just a darn pan handler anyway during dinner time. Something said go get it. But I'm going to miss the launch! They main engines are just starting up. OK, run and get it. I don’t' recognize the call ID at all. It's suspicious and I NEVER pick those up. I can hear the rumble really picking up in the next room. What a waste of time! No, pick it up. Some one I've never heard before asks for my son. Great. One of his friends with a math question or something. I run back to see Discovery just unleashed from its tie downs and bolting up off the pad as I hand the phone to him. He's totally not interested in it. We're glued to the TV. He starts talking to someone excitedly about the shuttle clearing the tower and leaves the room. Comes back in non nonchalantly and says, that was Representative Patrick Meehan and I got an appointment to the Air Force Academy. Then he can't contain it anymore and cracks a smile and high fives me. Wow, shuttle and AFA appointment coming together in the same seconds after months of delays and waiting for each. Yep, I call that a good sign!