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the Kessel run (in under 2 hours)

Wednesday,  05/13/09  11:30 PM

Tonight I made the Kessel run in under two hours!  The Kessel run, you say?  Ah yes, well, that would be my ride from Dana Point Harbor to the Las Pulgas gate of Camp Pendleton and back, a round trip of 40 miles.  The mathematicians among you will deduct that yes, I had to average over 20mph to do this, 20.4 precisely, if you must know, and yes I am quite pleased with myself.

the Kessel run - in under 12 parsecs?Of course "Kessel run" refers to a line in Star Wars; Han Solo brags about his ship by noting it "made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs".

I know you know parsec is a unit of distance, not time (the distance from the Earth to an astronomical object which has a parallax angle of one arcsecond, or 3.2 light years), but as the invaluable Wookieepedia explains

The Kessel Run was an 18-parsec route used by smugglers to move glitterstim spice from Kessel to an area south of the Si'Klaata Cluster without getting caught by the Imperial ships that were guarding the movement of spice from Kessel's mines.  Han Solo claimed that his Millennium Falcon "made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs".  Solo was not referring directly to his ship's speed when he made this claim.  Instead, he was referring to the shorter route he was able to travel by skirting the nearby Maw black hole cluster, thus making the run in under the standard distance.

So be it.

I celebrated with a rare prime rib and a nice cab :)

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