1. Fact: There is a man who is planning on jumping out of a hot air balloon from 120,000 feet. He calls himself “God of the skies.” If he makes it he’ll be the first human to travel the speed of sound.
Light : 670,616,629 mph
The X-43A Scramjet drone: 7,000 mph
The North American X-15: 4,510 mph
Sound: 768 mph
A Boeing 747 : 605 mph
The Bugatti Veyron : 267 mph
A wind gust on top of Mount Washington in 1934: 231mph
Sam Whittingham on a bicycle : 83 mph
An African cheetah: 70 mph
Usain St. Leo Bolt: 23.72 mph
A cockroach: 3 mph
Hair: 6 inches per year
3. Falling in love happens at the speed of light. Or like a plunge that occurs at the speed of sound. Or at the rate of growth of hair. In my case, love arrives like glass, like a slow moving liquid, a crystal, that isn’t really liquid at all, but instead a solid full of defects and orderlessness that moves so slowly, that for years, we believe the illusion that it’s not moving at all.
4. It happens the way a jagged, disfigured rock is made smooth by a loving ocean. It happens at the rate of speed that a volcanic island is formed and flowers burst from its cool, black pumice.
5. The point is, it happens . And this is how it happened.
This is the beginning of a new CNF (Creative Nonfiction) piece I will try to work on during the fall semester. It’s inspired by Bluets, by Maggie Nelson.