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Saturday Light Fare

Posted on: April 26, 2014

What I have to look forward to

What I have to look forward to

Of course it’s not that flat here in Bama, but that’s the weather that is probably heading this way from late Monday possibly through Wednesday, according to the NWS.

weather threatsSo, I’m charging up cell phone batteries, checked the batteries in my Coleman lantern, and checked the batteries in the weather radio,but fat lot of good that may do since the NWS here is having issues with the transmitter:




Lovely.  I may have to download one of those weather apps for the cell phone.  I’ll have to see what’s available at the app store.  So moving along…

You know that phrase “acting squirrely “?

Perhaps this is one of the instances that gave us that phrase.  The McMillen Ice Arena in Ft.Wayne Indiana closed in 2009 and the city then spent $1.9 million dollars to transform the place into a community center hosting basketball, an indoor track and other activities for young and old alike. The huge spaces that once held sheets of ice will be home to multipurpose rooms that can house basketball courts and artificial turf for indoor soccer.  The entire project is estimated to cost about $4.5 million. But that was before the squirrel.

An errant squirrel caused about $300,000 worth of damage to the new McMillen Community Center set to open June 7.

Parks Department officials told parks board members Thursday that on April 1, a squirrel got into the electrical system at the freshly renovated complex in McMillen Park, causing a massive power surge that fried the three new HVAC systems and damaged some parts of the boiler system.

The squirrel did not survive.

Good for the squirrel because had he survived, it may not have been for long once the workers saw what he did.

 Now this is an excellent example of schadenfreude

And don’t think these firefighters in Boston did not get a bit of a chuckle at this.  I’m not sure too many of them could afford a BMW Coupe like the one pictured, but then I”m not totally up on European luxury sports vehicles.

So there was this fire in Boston that eventually went up to an eight-alarm fire. Firefighters arriving on the scene saw that this very nice BMW was parked right in front of a fire hydrant that was needed to fight the fire.  So the firefighters on the scene had a great idea:  break out the driver’s window, run a hose through, break out the passenger window and run the hose out to the firetruck.

“The general reaction is that some people find humor in it,’’ said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. “But it’s really a serious situation. That water supply is the lifeblood of the engine company. The engine carries 750 gallons – and that could be gone in just two minutes. With that number of alarms, every hydrant is important.’’

But then there was a complicating factor in the firefighters’ workaround.

At the fire scene, MacDonald said, firefighters noticed that the way the hose was snaked through the car created a major kink, slowing down the volume of water flowing to fight the fire that eventually displaced an estimated 30 people.

A small platoon of firefighters circled the two-door, lifted it slightly and moved it about a foot away from where the driver had originally parked it, MacDonald said.

The Beemer stayed in place until after the firefighters were released from the scene.  The car was also ticketed and the next morning it was gone.

Remember the Corvette museum and the sinkhole?

That would be the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky.  And the sinkhole would be…well the sinkhole that swallowed up eight classic Corvettes.  They were finally able to get the last one out and…well, it seems the Corvettes pancaked onto each other and this last one out is probably going to need a bit more than touch up paint.

The Mallett Hammer was donated to the Museum this past December by Kevin and Linda Helmintoller of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, Lifetime Members of the Museum and previous R8C Museum Delivery participants. Upon hearing the car had been located, Kevin traveled to Kentucky to witness the rescue operation. “I expected bad, but it’s 100 times worse,” he said. “It looks like a piece of tin foil… and it had a roll cage in it! It makes all the other cars look like they’re brand new.”

Kevin and Linda spent 13 years modifying the Corvette, a car they purchased new in 2001. The Mallett Hammer conversion was completed in June 2002 and since then has had many AntiVenom LSX Performance modifications with the car boasting 700hp with 575 torque at the flywheel. The car’s speed achievements helped it score a cover of GM High Tech Performance magazine.

There is a video of the car being extracted (for lack of a better word) which you can see here.  I’ll admit it’s painful to watch.

Playing hide and seek?

So this poor Mom in Lincoln Nebraska had to go potty.  Fact of life, we all do it.  But while she was in there, her little 3 year old boy gets out and wanders to a nearby bowling alley, obviously a place he had been before.  I say he had been there before because he obviously knew where the “claw machine” was.  And he was pretty limber and agile as he was able to crawl up into the machine so he could really get to all the stuffed toys and things there.

Madsen’s Bartender, Rachell Hildreth saw the whole thing, “I really don’t think he noticed any of us outside the machine because he was just picking up stuffed animals and putting them down where they come out of.”

There’s only one way the boy could have gotten into the machine, through the prize hole.  Luckily there’s a different way to get out.

Jim Lakey with VVS, the owner’s of the machine, came to the rescue, rushing to the bowling alley with the machine key.

“You have to weave your way in and out so he had to work pretty hard to get in there,” explains Lakey, “I had heard about this happening in other parts of the country, it’s kind of a rarity.”

The boy was uninjured, happily playing with the stuffed toys inside.

Police say no citations were issued to the mother because she acted quickly and appropriately, upon learning that her son was missing.

The youngster did walk away with a new plush toy and gave folks a story to tell for years to come.

Various youtubes

The week in review from The Onion.

As much as I don’t like to fly, I would fly on this attendant’s flights.  At least she would make the misery tolerable.

Poor Biscuit the Corgi pup has the hiccups.

Okay Widdershins, that’s all I’ve got today.  Let me know how your day is going.  I may be busy trying to dig a storm shelter or something in preparation for the weather heading this way.

This is an open thread.






9 Responses to "Saturday Light Fare"

Just click your heels together 3 times……..

Just click your heels together 3 times……..

And kiss my @ss goodbye. 😆

@Fredster. I hadn’t heard about the Beemer up here in Boston. It is indeed karma for those of us who have lived in that part of town. I lived one block away from that fire for a few years, in the same type building. We lost two firefighters that day, and I know the firemen on the scene were desperate to get water into that building. The Beemer owner should be criminally charged-and never see his car again. Such hubris!

Mary Luke, I’m surprised you had not heard about that. Yep, it’s karma for the guy or woman And I loved it when the firefighters realized there was a kink in the hose so they just picked the Beemer up and moved it some. LOL!

I am now hash tagging: #oneofher18millioncracks FYI,

@4 Fredster, I’d like to see a few more Beemers picked up and moved. Too bad they couldn’t boot it because they had to get it out of the way.

@Fredster. BMW of Sudbury MA, one of the tonier suburbs equivalent to Back Bay pricing, lists the 2014 coupe starting at 50K, plus “options”.

Mary Luke@8: I tried to see the model name or number on that one from the photo but just couldn’t read it. I knew they all had number and letters or letters and numbers but I don’t know any of them. I hope the driver had it “optioned” out. LOL!

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