Sixteen reasons why airplanes are easier to live with than women

Maybe its the pilot wife in me, but I find this bleeping hysterical. 😀
1. Airplanes usually kill you quickly… a woman takes her time.
2. Airplanes can be turned on by a turn of a switch.
3. Airplanes don’t get mad if you do a “touch and go.”
4. Airplanes don’t object to a thorough pre-flight inspection.
5. Airplanes come with manuals to explain their operation.
6. Airplanes have strict weight and balance limitations.
7. Airplanes can be flown anytime of the month.
8. Airplanes don’t come with in-laws.
9. Airplanes don’t care about how many other airplanes you have flown before.
10. Airplanes and pilots both arrive at the same time.
11. Airplanes don’t mind if you look at other airplanes.
12. Airplanes don’t mind if you buy airplane magazines.
13. Airplanes expect to be tied down.
14. Airplanes don’t comment on your piloting skills.
15. Airplanes don’t whine unless there is something seriously wrong.
16. However, when an airplane goes quiet, just like women, it usually isn”t good.

Remember Mister Conspiracy Theories?

He’s back… do you remember him?
Mister-needs-an-aluminium-hat called again today. Unfortunately (yay!) I did not have the “pleasure” of talking to the nice man this time, but I thought y’all might be interested in his current theory.
Hurricane Katrina was organised by the government to initiate the “New World Order”. *gasp*
Apparently, the US government used microwaves to create Hurricane Katrina, so the suffering could create more of the “dark energy”. Makes me rethink my Lean Cuisines, how about you?
Also, just in case anyone is from NYC, the president will declare martial law there by the end of the business day. Better get out now. Wouldn’t want to be sent to one of those internment camps! lol!

Where Were You When the Lights Went Out, LA?

How Los Angeles Lost Power
Ouch. It seems someone cut the wrong wire, and managed to take down the power to half of LA. Wahey. :-/
Ordinarily, this would be something I would laugh at, and move on my way, however, this “little booboo” managed to wreck my day rather nicely. Someone did something wrong with the generators at our datacenter for my company, which caused our servers to loose all power. VERY BAD JUJU. 🙁
I spent about 15 hours at work yesterday, helping to deal with the mess. Still getting bitched at by people who think we should have done something to prevent the power from going out at all.

Hurricane Katrina

By now, everyone has seen all the pictures on TV of Hurricane Katrina. Most of us have seen Jesse Jackson or Kayne West on the news talking about how the government “hates black people” and the delays are unconscionable.
As a person who has had training in disaster relief, I would like to offer a different perspective on the “delays”.
1. They are dealing with a disaster area the size of Great Britain. At the time that I am typing this, the disaster area declaration covered 90,000 square miles. That’s a hell of a lot of terrain to cover. They have to come up with the plan and manpower to cover a disaster area the size of a small country.
2. There are only so many trained responders. Right now, there are National Guard troops, Red Cross workers, etc. from all over the country in the affected areas. It takes time to get there, especially with breadth of damage to the infrastructure of the affected areas.
3. The people in New Orleans and Biloxi were looting and shooting at the relief workers. One of the first rules of disaster relief and search and rescue is to keep yourself safe first. You are no damn good to anyone if you get yourself hurt or killed, because then you are part of the problem. Once the shooting and unrest started, the rescuers on the ground had to wait for the National Guard to come restore order.
4. The damage caused by the hurricane itself. Power is out. Roads are damaged. There is a shortage of gas. Relief workers can get in, but they can’t get around. Most of New Orleans is under water, in some cases, up to 20 feet deep.
In a disaster of this magnitude, it is going to take time for help to get there. According to one of my trainers, when the “big one” eventually hits Los Angeles, all the facades on the buildings of Los Angeles are going to come down, causing over 6 feet of debris in the streets of downtown LA. In all likelihood, several of the dams in the area are going to go, causing flooding. In the face of that kind of damage, they said, “We aren’t coming. We are going to be stretched to the limits and not able to deal with all the damage. You HAVE to be prepared for a week or so of being stuck in your house awaiting help.” The same is true for the hurricane areas.