15 October 2012

Bringing the Stupid; More Snow


A college hockey referee from Colorado, with all the acuity of a mental pygmy, cracked what he thought was a joke at the Alaska Airlines counter here. Observing that the baggage agent put his luggage tag on his friend's suitcase, he said,
"But my friend's bag has a bomb in it," the agent remembers him saying, according to a charging document. He recounted it to authorities slightly differently, more to the effect of "what if my friend's bag has a bomb in it?"

Either way, his comment was "perhaps an effort to be funny or flirtacious," Assistant District Attorney Adam Alexander said Sunday before Friesema made a court appearance.

Friesema, 44, may have been joking but no one in the airline business is amused by off-hand comments about bombs.
 Okay, so maybe he's the one person in America who hasn't seen the "don't joke about bombs" signs that have been in airports for some 40 years. But his actions resulted in a three-hour shutdown of the south (main) terminal at Stevens Airport, with some thousand passengers being bussed to the north terminal, and flights delayed or cancelled.

It seems Ron White is correct: you can't fix stupid. But the offender now faces jail time and a fine. I only hope he did a better job as a referee.

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After a decade in Anchorage, we've learned never to be too confident in announcing that winter has begun. It wouldn't be the first time that we had snow - sometimes, several inches of it - followed by a weeks-long warm spell.

But it appears that winter is just about here. It was raining when I left home, and during that 15-minute drive to work, it became a slushy rain/snow mix.  AccuHunch Weather guesses we'll get another inch or so by tonight. This is the third snowfall of the season. Those who have been predicting an early winter feel justified, although this isn't really that early. Back in '47 (before you were born; remember, kids?) Anchorage received its earliest snowfall on Sept. 20.

Okay, so folks here have long memories.  Either way, it could be sign of another long winter season.

12 comments:

Bob said...

Only way he could make it worse is if his friend's name was Jack, and he called out, "Hi, Jack!"

Rev. Paul said...

Pa-DUMP-bump!

ProudHillbilly said...

And every person standing around him does a face palm in frustration...

I hate it when I'm driving somewhere and I realize that the rain drops have started bouncing and making a ticking sound as they hit the suv.

Rev. Paul said...

PH, pretty much. We don't get much ice/sleet up here, for which I'm VERY grateful. The snow pellets (my great-grandmother called it "hominy snow") yes, but sleet ... not so much.

Sandy said...

There is plenty of stupid people now a days. I agree you can't fix stupid and this person joking about a bomb is quite stupid.

Enjoy the snow and cooler temperatures, make sure to bundle up. Give the family a hug from and old Okie friend. Have a blessed day.

Ajdshootist said...

Just another reason for me not Flying
these days.

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Sandy. It's not nearly cold enough to bundle up, yet, but I know what you mean - and it's appreciated.

AJD, I understand that, too. I wouldn't, if I didn't have to.

Stephen said...

It's a well known fact stupid is very hard to impossible to repair.

It's eight degrees here today...wanna swap?

Rev. Paul said...

Stephen, I'm not sure that our current 35 degrees would be an improvement for you Southern folk ... but sure. Send it; I'd be perfectly okay with 8.

Old NFO said...

It was the altitude... that's what caused his stupid... sigh...

Rev. Paul said...

NFO, nice debate reference!

ruralcounsel said...

Stupid, sure.

Criminal? Shouldn't be. What a waste of time and resources to run this clown through the courts and give him jail time (at you know who's expense). A nice civil violation that costs him a big fine, ... like a speeding ticket, would be more appropriate.

Let's save the jail time for the guys with the real bombs.