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You’re about to board an airplane to travel to where you’ve never been before, and where you had no idea you’d ever visit – all the way to the Canadian tundra, to check out a new site for a uranium mine.  Of course this isn’t a typical event in a person’s life.  I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone who got on a plane to do that, and I’ve never seen a uranium mine, either.  But I do know what someone might wish for you just as you are about to board the plane, and you notice that it’s a small one, and you are puzzled by the large rubber bands that appear to be bound to its propellor. 
     “Godspeed,” says your friend.
     “I sure hope so,” you say.
     What does your friend mean by that?  Does he want you to get there more speedily?  Maybe – maybe he also has seen the rubber bands, and thinks that they can’t have that many hours left in them before they snap, and you have to land somewhere in Saskatchewan, and then think how sorry you will be!  But he may also be wishing you go…

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