stand by for news…

in the not-too-distant past, i listed to MPR every morning. was a member, even. and then this whole minor skirmish in the middle east happened, that that\’s ALL they started to talk about. my feelings about said skirmish are as such that i cannot listen to updates about it anymore. i acknowledge that this is the equivalent of sticking my head in the sand; i am ok with this. sometimes you just need to look out for yourself (and your blood pressure).

however, i still listen to talk radio each morning on the drive in, and news snippets find their way into that– even on KFAN. here are some fun ones from today:

+ a 46-year-old father in concord, california drove his blue honda sedan to work on tuesday. like most, he rolled up his windows, locked his doors, and went into work. unlike most, he had has 11-month-old son in the backseat. he had forgotten to drop his son off at daycare on the way in, forgotten the child was in the car. by the time his wife called and asked why their son was not at day care (3:30 that afternoon!), the boy was dead. this is disgusting. and yet it happens an average of 36 times a year in the u.s.

as a human being in our modern age, i know what it\’s like to have 30,000 different things running around in my head at one time. as such, as recently as last fall i\’ve driven down lyndale with a freshly purchased caribou coffee atop my car. you know why i did that? BECAUSE I WAS TOO FOCUSED ON MY KIDS. there is no excuse for a memory lapse as disgusting as this, and i can only hope that there is a particularly humid place in hell for these poor excuses for human beings.

+ MSP officials have been warned by the FAA to be on alert for terror \”dry runs\”: passengers smuggling ordinary items (including, of course, block cheese) onto planes that can be used to create explosive devices. an airport official was interviews and confirmed that, while there are no specific threats, that airport security screeners are \”stepping up their level of vigilance.\”

two problems here.

a) are there truly degrees of vigilance? i\’ve never understood that. i thought you either were or you weren\’t.
2) if there are degrees, are you saying that, say, a couple weeks ago when i flew to hartford, that screeners were only 75% vigilant? 50%? is that supposed to make me feel better??







4 responses to “stand by for news…”

  1. alex Avatar

    Osama Bin Laden. Iraq. Saddam. 9/11. Iraq. Iraq. Saddam. Osama Bin Laden. September the 11th. Iraq. Saddam. Osama. Saddam and Osama’s Adoptive Shaved Ape Baby. 9/11. Thank you.

  2. Explosive Bombchelle Avatar

    I’m going to be really pissed if they start screening out block cheese. It’s bad enough my travels from New York are filled with prayers of no delays or lost baggage to ensure my frozen quarts of King House Hot and Sour soup don’t defrost and spill all over the contents of my bag, something that wasn’t a problem when I was allowed to bring my soup on the plane. If I suddenly have to justify all the Italian Bread I’m flying back to MN, I’ll have to start driving to NY.

  3. Explosive Bombchelle Avatar

    ” there is no excuse for a memory lapse as disgusting as this”… I don’t know, I see this as an example as to just how dangerous sleep deprivation is…

  4. Brian Avatar

    “there is no excuse for a memory lapse as disgusting as this, and i can only hope that there is a particularly humid place in hell for these poor excuses for human beings.”

    Yeah, this is a little harsh. I’m sure the guy is in hell, and will be, for the rest of his life. That said, I agree that I just cannot imagine how this can happen…

    Also – sorry to hear about your caribou. Did it fall off and spill down the window? Or did you remember in time to save it?

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