He likely didn't get far before coming back down, or even more likely, we'll see him on CNN with "Flight 370 flight track showed strange Elmo figure near last recorded blip".
My childhood room was just as I remembered, the same little items on top of my dresser.
The slide rule is one my favorite Uncle used to help design the Boeing 737.
After dinner, and much conversation, Big Bro and Partner in deep, lengthy discussion on all things technical, it was time for some sit time. Soon everyone was curled up with a book, Partner helping Dad on and off the couch, that doesn't have a "lift off" pad, and which he hesitates to use, even if it is in a spot for the best evening light.
It was good to be home, and even better to see my new family embraced by the old.