How I Spent My Winter Holidays I
Friday, January 20, 2012 1:20:00 PM
In June last year, I decided to spend my Winter Holidays around Proxima Centauri, so I booked a suite at the ProxCityGalactic some time by December, and started planning my stay. ProxCity is nice in the Holiday season, always good deals to be made at the markets.
I also booked the travel.
Proxima is a flare star that undergoes random dramatic increases in brightness because of magnetic activity. By February every year forecasts of the flare activity around this red dwarf for the next year are released, and last year's forecast promised a 'Orange Flare Period' around December. So, I was in for some nice, hot days in one of our most popular deep space colonies.
The Space Lift seemed to be the most rational choice of transportation.
So, I only had to choose the cabin standard.
There are primarily three different standards of space lift cabins, grouped after length of voyage. The distance between Prime System Earth and Proxima Centauri around my date of departure would be estimated 4.2 light-years (4.0×1013 km), travel time around Hours 6.45. I would need a cabin with at least one seat.
Economy Class Space Lift Cabin.
Diner Class Space Lift Cabin.
A tad pricey, but very romantic if on a date.
Suite Class Space Lift Cabin AKA Lounge Class
Lounge Class would by far be the cheapest choice. However, it gets crowdy with twenty, forty people sitting around. Thermal comfort is hard to maintain when space traveling, especially over long distances.
Note: Funny thing, that traveling through the loneliness of deep space will bring people together...
Fortunately, most lounge class cabins are equipped with bar facilities, with a relaxed and informal atmosphere according to the brochure. I never met a bar keep in those places who couldn't shake a decent Alpha Lime.
And I do love Alphas...
To Be Continued.
The traditional Alpha Cocktail is three parts Teluxian Vodka (my favorite brand is Con's) and one part deuterium-depleted water. Enjoy...
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