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February 8, 2011

"And before you ask, no, I’ve never been to Earth.”

“It wasn’t going to be my next question, actually,” Dan said, even though it was what he’d been thinking of asking. “But, since you brought it up, how come?”

He shrugged, and Dan realized he didn’t even know the man’s name yet. “What’s the hurry? Earth has been there for billions of years. It’s not like it’s going to vanish any time soon. Besides, how many Earthlings have been to Mars?”

“Point taken,” Dan said. “My name’s Dan, by the way."