This is one of those movie lines that is useful in everyday life, at least if you're a geek like me. I recently discovered that I am not the only one who gets self-consciously emotional when this line is heard. I was out with a friend who is also a noder, and in the middle of a trilogy trivia duel, he mentioned that "You know, I have to admit, I don't know anyone else who does, but I get the chills when..." which is as far as he got before I finished "...the first transport is away." He stopped, grinned, and we high-fived.

It denotes the first successful step, taken against heavy odds. Use it yourself! I have found it fits perfectly:

  • When departing on a car trip after much preparation
  • When reporting to a team that their first product (report, story, what have you) has been published or accepted
  • At every shuttle launch
  • Whenever something successful happens to the ISS
  • After the first shot/drink/beer of the evening, when everyone concerned really needed it.

The first away. The first transport is away.