Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Vignettes

Hanover, NH:
Founded in 1761, it is a friendly, well-ordered, prettily-steepled community with a big central green, an old-fashioned Main Street, and a rich and prestigious university, Dartmouth College, whose benignly dominant presence gives the town a backdrop of graceful buildings, an air of privileged endeavor, and the presence of five thousand students, not one who can be trusted to cross a road in safety.
I'm a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson

I've been there.  It's true.  Those stupidly self-entitled students will cross a street without checking to see whether or not that 25,000lb truck is going to stop.

10 comments:

Old NFO said...

So Darwin wins a LOT up there... :-)

dinthebeast said...

Hmm. They do that around the UC Berkeley campus also. We always thought it was something about Berkeley, but now I wonder...

-Doug in Oakland

Ole Phat Stu said...

They're our future, when automatic-driven vehicles will stop for them :-(

Comrade Misfit said...

NFO, you'd think so, but folks know those Special Snowflakes are all Ivy-League grade fools.

Stewart Dean said...

ahhhh, it's prolly that way in most college towns. New Paltz, one of the better SUNYs, has those same headphone zombies that cross the street oblivious to traffic.

deadstick said...

I had an aunt who lived to a ripe old age there...guess it's a generational thing.

avsutton said...

I always thought this Mindless Zombie behavior came about at the same time as The Pedestrian Has The Right Of Way thing, which totally ignores physics.

The New York Crank said...

The mindless zombie thing came along in big numbers pretty much with the invention of the smart phone. What's more important, staying alive, or seeing who tweeted what?

Walking while holding a cell phone ought to be a felony, along with driving.

Yours very crankily,
The New York Crank

deadstick said...

Coincidentally, I was sitting at a Light Rail station in Denver a couple of hours ago when a guy came walking briskly past holding a phone to his cheek. He kept repeating "Fuck you. Fuck you. Fuck you..." Nothing else, just the same repetition. At the same time, his gait gradually increased to a lope, then a dead run. Then he hung a hard right and dashed out into busy traffic, dodging cars, cars dodging him, lots of screeching and honking...couldn't hear him any more, but he made it across and disappeared around a building, phone still in his ear.

Let's see, moon phase...nope, first quarter. Something else must be going on.

3383 said...

I'm still trying to figure out why some people walk down the middle of the street like it's the sidewalk. I think it happened relatively quickly about 8 years ago.