"Houston, we have a problem" has been my catch phrase since that Bruce Willis film Armageddon (or was it Tom Hank's Apollo 13?). You have to jog my memory here.
In any case 'Bruce Willis film' is not strictly correct, as even though he was the main actor, the film was not directed by him. I think it was a Michael Bay film.
I find it rather strange, in fact a bit disturbing, that I can't remember other details. The movie was screened not so long ago, and yet apart from that particular dialog I can't recall much else. I can't even remember from which film it was.
A sign of aging, perhaps?
They say three things happen to you when you grow old:
- You lose all drives - I certainly have plenty of drive in me yet
- Your memory will fail you
- ? Alamak!* I can't remember what No. 3 is! (*also referred to as "Blimey!", or "Heck!", or "Crap!")
The only reason I have been able to remember that particular phrase is because I use it often, normally when I come face to face with a near-disaster situation. I'll say "Houston, we have a problem" when:
- The boat sprang a leak
- I am very hungry and I only realise I have run out of spaghetti or penne after I have cooked the pasta sauce. The nearest provision shop is ten miles away, and the shopkeeper has absolutely no clue what pasta is
- Grandma is flying off to somewhere and I have to send her to the airport forty miles away. Since I'm lazy to drive she takes to the steering. On arrival at the airport we hug and kiss good-bye. I walk back to the car, only to realise that Grandma had taken the car key along with her to Florida or somewhere. (In this instance blimey!,or heck!, or even crap! will apply just as well)
Of course I still remember "I don't want to miss a thing". Who can forget that, bad memory or not. I'll leave you to enjoy it and reminisce...