Monthly Archives: November 2011

Friend Shoots Friend For Taking Over Bed

Utah man lies in wrong bed; gets shot.  The Salt Lake Tribune

A Sandy man was charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court for assault, a second-degree felony for shooting his friend in the leg for lying in his bed the day after Thanksgiving, according to court documents.

The man became angry when the other man was lying in his bed at his house in Sandy. The two so-called friends fought and the bed owner asked the man to leave. As the man was leaving the house, the bed owner pointed a gun at the man and said, “Give me one good reason why I shouldn’t shoot you in the foot or shin,” according to the charges.

Despite a rationale approach, the offending friend could not convince his “friend” to not shoot.  Instead, he found himself a friend in an orthopaedic surgeon, who promptly repaired the gunshot wound to the leg, with a rod.

Moral of the story:  Avoid becoming a huge bed bug, lest the owner shoot, instead of shoo. 



Playing The Piano For Blind Elephants

British man drags piano to top of mountain to serenade blind elephants.  Metro UK.  A gift to some behemoth mammals who apparently enjoyed it.

It happened in  Kanchanaburi, Thailand. 

‘It was a 50th birthday present to myself. My wife and I have been working with blind elephants for many years, and I thought it might be something they would enjoy to listen to.  

‘I had to drag the piano up a mountain – I have a really bad back, but I wanted to make the effort so I could feel like I had undergone a personal challenge.’ 

His next goal is to have a concert to raise funds for the animal sanctuary.   He will probably plan on playing more than Slow Movement 2 from Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata at that time.


Using The Doorway As An Excuse For Memory Lapse

Walking through doorways causes forgetting, new research shows.  Notre Dame News, from the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

“Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” Radvansky explains.

“Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized.”

Can’t wait for the legal eagles to use the Americans with Disabilities Act as the defense for anyone whose memory fails them for whatever monumental task lies just beyond a doorway.  Whether as a student, an employee, or a family member, a disability will be claimed for any of a variety of situations that evolve not so well.

Can you hear it now?

  • I forgot all the answers to the bar exam because I crossed the door and entered the testing area. 
  • I forgot the lines for my part in the upcoming action-packed movie blockbuster because I passed through the stage doors.
  • My mind went blank when I started to sing the national anthem on live television, because I went through the doors at the stadium.
  • I forgot how to do the surgery because I entered the operating room.
  • I tripped after I could not remember to put my shoes back on once I passed through the TSA metal detector door.
  • I forgot how to put the brake fluid back in the brake master cylinder because I walked through the garage doors.
  • I forgot how to secure all the doors, entrances, and exits to the prison, when I walked in through the guard doors at work.
  • After I walked into the master control room, I forgot how to turn off the nuclear reactor at the radiation plant. 
  • I forgot all the cockpit buttons and gauges when it came time to land the jumbo 747.
  • I did not turn the oven off because I walked out of the kitchen. 
  • I could not remember how to perform after I crossed the threshold with my new spouse.
  • I forgot I was supposed to pay for all my purchases at the department store because I walked through the store entrance.
  • I forgot how to calculate the drug amounts for that bag of IV medication.
  • I just could not remember how to make change for that $100 bill as the cashier at work.
  • I forgot the kids in the car because I got out of the car and closed the door.


Pie Plans

And so went the plans for the delicious pie.

“Pie I Will Be Eating: All of It.  Pie I have eaten versus pie I have not eaten.”
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Down Under Seeks Top Position On Retail Package

Stumbling upon things in the most odd of places. 

Check your containers for Australian references from the bottom.

“Bottom of a Smoothie pack.  In Autralia, this would be the top.”
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Beware Travelling Bed Bugs During The Holidays

Don’t let bedbugs come home for the holidays.  The Salt Lake Tribune. 

My.  If it isn’t difficult enough coping with the onslaught of people, descending down home for the holidays.  And landing in a hotel to bunker down elsewhere outside of your comfy zone. 

Beware the bed bugs!  They want a cozy place to lay their heads down too.   They are willing to travel and jump on connecting flights just like people.  Anywhere there is a bed and baggage, bed bugs will travel.   

Holiday travel gives the blood-sucking insects a chance to hijack your suitcase and clothes. 

Vermin.  They never seem to be content staying with their own kind.  They are watching you.  They await that moment to jump on the bandwagon and head off for new digs.  Equal opportunity too.

“We’ve always said it’s not a respecter of economic or social, ethnic background of any sort,”  

 So watch out. 

Some of her standard advice to anxious callers includes isolating the bed, adding a dustmite-proof mattress cover and regularly running the bed clothes in a hot dryer. A clean tuna fish can with half an inch of mineral oil should be put under each leg of the bed to essentially suffocate the bedbugs.

Tuna?  That will be great smelling that all night long.  Oil or water based?  It might invite some friendly cats though.  The TSA agents who sift through your baggage will be very understanding about why you are carrying tuna cans.  Just label the cans with a big black marker, “For Bed Bugs.”

But some humans may just be the perfect meal.  Bed bugs know their best victims.

A few weeks after Christine Van Damme and her family moved into a five-bedroom rental house in West Valley City last spring, her husband and brother-in-law noticed red, itchy bites on their arms and legs. The brother-in-law, staying in the guest bedroom, seemed to be suffering the most.

“For some reason they loved to snack on him,” she said.

“Tasty,” they likely said. 


Thanksgiving 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to all. 

We have so much to be thankful for today.  As always.

Don’t let the feast overtake the meaning.

Funny Thanksgiving Video

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