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Video: Endeavour Launch

I would like to tell you that this is the sight I saw last night, sitting huddled on the balcony. The Kennedy Space Center is, after all, all of perhaps three or four miles from my hotel. I had seen the shuttle launch once before, when I was covering a NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway, which is nearly 75 miles to the north. That day, you could clearly see the shuttle streak through the sky.

So even though I'm more of a baseball guy than a space guy, I dutifully set my alarm last night for 2:20 a.m. -- giving me eight minutes to stumble out to the balcony. The alarm went off, I shut it down -- and I went back to sleep. I woke up at 2:48, ran to the window, saw tons of traffic heading south on Route A1A. I missed it.

Nationals at Braves tonight. John Patterson back in a Grapefruit League game. That's all for now.

(Video for this entry is from AP via Jonathan Forsythe. The tragic tale of a shuttle missed is from Barry Svrluga.)

Also: I wrote about the process of being cut in today's paper, and had a notebook with all kinds of goodies.

By Jonathan Forsythe  |  March 11, 2008; 8:03 AM ET
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