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Mon, Jun 06 2005

Safety First

I noticed a recent flurry of stories online, originating mostly from India media sources. Some of the stories have conflicting information, but all involve an air carrier in India named Jet Airways Ltd. and a U.S. air carrier named Jet Airways, Inc. Their little legal scuffles may be causing a few headaches for our Department of Transportation now that it's been reported that Jet Airways Ltd of India is seeking to sue Jet Airways, Inc. The folks from the India-based company seem to feel that the air carrier in the U.S. has made false claims about Jet Airways, Inc.'s business intentions and those of Jet Airways Ltd. Jet Airways Ltd seems to have collected quite a bit of goodwill from its customers over the years. I really don't know much at all about Jet Airways, Inc. I did find a web site for this Jet Airways Inc., but it doesn't seem to be the company in question at first glance.

I haven't looked into all this in depth, but only choose to mention it because of the preponderance of coverage seeming to come from the India side of the planet. One thing is certain. With words and names like "terrorist", "Dawood Ibrahim" and "Al Queda" being thrown around, the DOT personnel will have to pay attention. I hope the facts get sorted into something everyone can live with. Although it's been a rather low-key quarrel up until now, I think we can expect to hear more from all parties.

posted at: 12:32 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

The Music Of Don Grady

Some days a writer needs a little music to get the words going. It's sometimes difficult to know exactly what to listen to in order to get the right mood for a story or other piece of writing. A lot of times music gets me past a "stuck" part of what I'm writing. At other times, the sound of the music is the actual catalyst for a new piece of writing. This morning I listened to excerpts from some of Don Grady's compositions. It's wonderful how most composers have not only a set of favorite chord progressions or individual note patterns, but an underlying tone that ties everything they write into a sort of emotional theme. What I hear in Don Grady's work is the sure spirit of hope. Always. Even in his darkest musical passages he still manages to let us know that there's something better just around that next bend in the road. And he does it with an enthusiasm that makes me want to be right there when it happens.

posted at: 09:34 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry

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