Living That Airport Baggage Carousel Dream 

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Lorenzo Vega is only two years old, but he’s already managed to live one of my life-long dreams, by taking a ride on the baggage carousel. It looks like quite a trip.

Don’t miss the video from CNN, which includes multiple angles, and some great behind-the-scenes footage.1


Footnotes:

  1. As always, the video is archived here. ↩︎

“Economy Acceptable” Would Be More Accurate

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

While planning a recent trip to London, I discovered that Virgin Atlantic has some rather amusing fare types. They have “Upper Class”, their top level, with full lay-flat beds. One step down, they have “Premium”, which offers an “extra-large leather seat”. Though “Upper Class” is a slightly stuffier sounding name for “First Class”, these are generally fairly standard.

Where things get goofy is “Economy”. Virgin offers not one, not two, but three flavors of “Economy”. As of 2019, they are:

  • Economy Light

  • Economy Classic

  • Economy Delight

If you’re skeptical, I understand. Here’s a screenshot from their site:

Given this bizarre set of options, I would dearly love to what didn’t make the cut, because I bet the rejects were amazingly terrible. You know you’re not going to have a great time in “Economy”, period, but the name “Economy Light” leaves me thinking you might well find yourself “seated” in the overhead compartment. There’s also nothing “Classic” about “Economy”, at least not in any positive, “Coca-Cola Classic” sense of that word.

Ultimately, I went with an “Economy Delight” ticket. I wasn’t delighted to pay extra, nor would I describe my travels as “delightful”, but it clearly beat the alternatives.

Recent Snippets

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Today, a brief collection of things I recently read that made me laugh!

That Was the Problem in the First Place, Roy

A short note on Roy Moore taking another run at the Senate in Alabama included this gem:

Roy Moore, the 2017 Republican nominee for Senate in Alabama who lost the race after being accused of sexual misconduct, announced on Thursday he’s running again…When asked what he’ll do differently in his campaign this time, Moore said he would “make more personal contact with people.” Moore was accused of sexual assault and of pursuing sexual relationships with teenagers while in his 30s.

Whether it was intentional or not, props to the writer for placing that quote where they did.

It’s Real, and It’s Spectacularly Awful

While reading some restaurant news, I saw the following quote:

…the owner of dumpling-centered catering business Dumps-A-GoGo

Believe it or not, that is a real business, with a website and everything.

A Rabbit Does Not Need To Fly With You

Finally, in terrible people possibly getting what they deserve, we have the case of Congressman Duncan Hunter. He and his wife appear to have misspent hundreds of thousands of campaign funds. Now, prosecutors have flipped his wife, and she’s testifying against her guilty-as-sin husband. As part of that, we got this headline:

Duncan Hunter’s wife admits she bought plane ride for pet bunny with campaign funds

My initial thought on reading this was that she’d taken the rabbit on a sightseeing trip, possibly for its birthday. A closer reading indicates that the spending was to fly the rabbit on a commercial airliner, at a cost of $500. That would be a goofy use of one’s own money, but when you’re illegally spending campaign funds in that fashion, it becomes one of the stupidest crimes I can fathom.

In closing, the bunny’s name is “Eggburt”.

The Dream Remains Alive

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Since 2012, I’ve been hoping Mike Carp would make his way to the Los Angeles Angels, joining an elite school group of players who share a last name with a type of fish. In 2015, a minor league contract brought Carp close to the right city, but the wrong team. In 2016, he fell out of pro baseball entirely, before his 30th birthday.

However, Google Alerts never say die. A recent email showed me that Carp is now playing for the New Britain Bees, an independent league team, as he attempts a return to the majors.

A Google Alert with news on Mike Carp

Better still, the Alert included news of recent Bees game, where Carp had an RBI base hit. Keep it up, Mike, and hopefully the Angels will come calling soon.

A Wicked Hush-Hush Weather Forecast 

Friday, July 19th, 2019

50 years ago this week, Apollo 11 was launched into space, allowing Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to take humanity’s first steps on the moon. A few days later, along with Command Module pilot Michael Collins, they made it back to Earth safely. That was due in no small part to the secret work of an Air Force meteorologist with access to ultra-classified spy satellites. There are countless amazing stories about our first trip to the moon, but this one was new to me.

Rent-A-Wiener 

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

If you’re heading to Chicago for this year’s Lollapalooza festival, you might like to consider this unusual sleeping accommodation.

The Closer Who Saved Himself 

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Dennis Eckersley is one of the best pitchers of all time. He’s also a somewhat bizarre, yet bizarrely great, baseball broadcaster. The Boston Globe has a tremendous profile of the man who overcame alcoholism, the Kirk Gibson home run, and his best friend stealing his wife.

As Close as We’ll Get 

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

In 2013, mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing was granted a “royal pardon” for his previous “crime” of being gay. At the time, I wrote that what was really called for was a royal apology. In 2021, we’ll come as close as we’re likely to get, when Turing’s face is featured on the new 50 pound note.

An Uncommon Loon 

Monday, July 15th, 2019

It appears that a pair of Common Loons lost their own chick this spring, so they wound up adopting.

A Mallard duckling rides on a Loon's back

That Is Too Much for a Grape 

Friday, July 12th, 2019

$460 per grape is too much for a grape.