Dad pulled over the RV. He said something to mom like:
First rule in government spending: why build one, when you can have two at twice the price?
— S.R. Hadden, from the movie “Contact”
I got out. I HAD to see what these things were. There was a sign; what do you mean we can’t go in?
I looked ahead, I looked around. This was big. Very big. A job had to be done and done right. I sat down and said to Mom and Dad:
I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.
– Hal, 2001 a Space Odyssey
A job had to be done, and done right. I was ready for the challenge. But was the VLA ready for me?