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Wed, Jun 09 2004

Shouldn't Duck Brand Duct Tape Be Called Duck Duct Tape?

Did you know that you can now get transparent duct tape from 3M? Of course, one should not confuse 3M Duct Tape with Duck Tape. If you're not busy on Father's Day weekend, you could attend the Duct Tape Festival, where you might get one of 500 rolls of free Duck Tape, if you arrive early enough.

Then there's the poor old Taped Duck.

posted at: 18:01 | category: /Playing | link to this entry

Is It Warm Out Here Or Is It Just Crowd Control?

The Pentagon has been working on something that was obviously the brainchild of a team of menopausal woman who knew the power of hot flashes.

posted at: 14:51 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

See How The Mighty Have Fallen--And A Lot Of Other People Too

Well, I guess some falls are funny and some are not, but you can see links to all kinds of falls at People Falling Over.

posted at: 14:41 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

The Pretty Little Security Guard Wants You To Check Your Shoes

I had to smile, and then wince in agreement, at the comments offered up over at Let's Run The Numbers. My husband once had to take off his shoes before a flight to attend the funeral of his own sister, probably because his ticket had been purchased in a rushed and unconventional manner. Or maybe it was because he looked a bit off-kilter and out of sorts. Well, one would in such circumstances. I don't know their reason, or if they even had a reason. I only remember that it seemed that they were adding insult to injury at the time.

An acquaintance once told us that she believed "profiling" air passengers was a really good idea, even though her own daughter had been singled out for extra attention. Later, when airlines told us not to lock our luggage because they would need to open it, she was one of the first to complain. As long as we allow them to treat us like criminals while we pay for that privilege, they will continue to do so, and will very likely increase their activities to include more invasive and humiliating behavior. Sometimes flight is almost a necessity, and they know that. If we can't vote with our pocketbook, we can at least support efforts to make flight not only safe, but tolerable, and preferably, as pleasant as possible. And we can vote for those who appoint those who oversee such decisions. After 9-11 we were all encouraged to go on living freely in order to show the terrorists that their actions were not affecting us. It's a little tough to do that when the same sources encourage travelers to be treated like potential human incendiary devices. The two attitudes clash. A little like lipstick and combat boots.

posted at: 11:30 | category: /Politics | link to this entry

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