Re: Keeping up with the Joneses

Doug Jones (
Wed, 26 May 1999 09:10:10 -0700

O'Regan, Emlyn wrote:
> Sorry to butt in on a tangent, but who or what is the Rotary Rocket
> company? I must cave in finally to the desire to know what a Rocket
> Plumber is, also.


...and a rocket plumber is a self-deprecating propulsion engineer. In many ways, a rocket combustor is a glorified shower head. Of course shower heads don't melt down if you make a mistake turning the valves...

> Also, if you have to choose between never going into space and manning
> the a prototype, well, go for it! Either you'll go to space (SPACE!)
> or get a Darwin Award. Either way, it's fame. And, you'll have an
> excuse for never getting around to Cryonics.

Hey, I've been shot at and missed, shat at and hit (the joys of infants and parenthood), been blown up, burned, and broken my back (twice). Flying on a rocket should be right up my alley... and I am signing up with Alcor, I just have to get one set of papers notarized and I'm set. Folks at the office were joking about getting me a special spacesuit with a built-in guillotine and a liquid nitrogen bottle. Nice to know they care...

Doug Jones, Rocket Plumber
Rotary Rocket Company