Before I go to work a brief message

She was built like a well crafted ship.  She was a cute with lines that accented her body.

Words can be manipulated if they are masculine, otherwise they can be feminized.

Why is it smart when you bump your knee?  Is pain smart?

I tried to get my flux compassator to work so I could go back and fill up my gas tank for a quarter.

Troops that take over your house and said to be quartered.  How do they do that?  Only a quarter stay?

If you bite a two bit coin and break a wisdom tooth are you wise or just dumb?

Does one rotate at a Rotary Club meeting?

If space is the final frontier what is the last town in the frontier called?

Do pie men get yeast infections?

Are the superheroes in Marvel marvelous?

 

German Hero

My Grandfather went to Israel after my Grandmother passed away. He visited a place called the John Kennedy Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial there. There is mention of a non-Jewish man posthumously honored. He is Captain Gustav Schroder and was named Righteous among the Nations at the museum. He was also awarded the Order of Merit by the Federal Republic of Germany. Not many have heard of this man.

Yet he was a friend of the Jews in a time when hatred and Anti-Semitism ran rampant.

He was the captain of the MS St. Louis which in 1939 carried over nine hundred Jews to their supposed freedom to Cuba. There they were not permitted to enter and many were sent back to Europe where the concentration camps awaited.

Even Franklin D. Roosevelt did not afford these people sanctuary and my wife’s Grandmother despised him for not doing so.

He, like Oskar Schindler who Spielberg depicted in his movie, took a chance. He took a stand and except for some medals in a drawer or noted on a tablet on a wall he has faded into the history books.

A lot of people did similar actions. It was a time of doing the right thing for many and they did. They should be honored and not forgotten. The movie Ship of Fools was based on this voyage. Being Jewish I never understood the feeling of hate towards my religion. But now I know that there was a group of people who stood up for my race and I will honor them in memory.

A history quiz for Americans

  1. How many states are there?
  2. What sunk the Titanic?
  3. In what war was Vicksburg?
  4. If the president and vice-president are incapacitated, who takes over?
  5. Who is Rosa Parks?
  6. Is Puerto Rico a state?
  7. Finish the statement, “All men are created __________”
  8. What is the number of the original colonies?
  9. Where is the Liberty Bell?

I tried once to give this exam to my students but I changed the questions.  Instead of what sunk the Titanic I asked what country sank the Titanic?  I asked where Rosa Parks was? And finally I asked what was the Liberty Bell made of?  The answers indicated we are in deep trouble. Germany sank the Titanic, Rosa Parks is in New York, and the Liberty Bell is made of gold.  Welcome to the dummy down America.  “Scary is it not” said my friend Yoda.

Simple questions. Should a high school senior know them?

The probability is that there is a good percentage who do not know the answers. Do we teach the answers to these questions?

How can one not know the answers?

We are a nation of trivia. We know more about the television shows then the answers to these questions. We know the words to music and that is essentially nonsense. Yet we do not know some of the essentials on our own country. Sad, pathetic and a rift on our educational system.

Note I did not give your number ten. It is usually, “who is the vice president of the United States?”

Now if you read my blog you probably know the answers because my readers are above the average bear. But ask your fellow Americans and be shocked.

So many students have answered to the first question fifty two.

Of course Puerto Rico is a state. Etc. Simple questions and the students even in college are scratching their heads. Not knowing our history is paramount to losing out on democracy. We believe in the red, white and blue but they should be more than colors but concepts.

Coaster incident today, what a coincidence.

Today on CNN :

  • Small boy thrown to bottom of rollercoaster cart after his seat belt comes undone
  • Operator knew seat belt had malfunctioned several times but still let riders on, dad says

(CNN)What was meant to be a fun day of riding roller coasters at the amusement park turned into a very scary ordeal for one family

Point I can make.  At one time I was a ride operator.  I saw many people I would not hire as toilet bowl cleaners put in charge of devices that could kill or maim human beings.  Ride operators are usually kids in school who care little about work they are on their I pads as the coaster is working, or talking and not paying attention.  There are some that are human rejects with their meth teeth as a give away of their life style.  Pay someone minimum wage and the quality of the worker goes down to zero.

Supervisors should have been on top of this but they usually hang out in their offices and avoid operations.  This incidence sounds like it could have been really bad and if it were not for the video it would have gone by the wayside.

Going to the amusement park

How safe are the rides we take for granted? If you really look at even the simplest ride you would grimace. The big ones are the ones that grab our attention. But look at the statistics and you see the kiddie rides cause many injuries. Why because you can never predict what a child will do. A restraint can only work as well as it can but the children can twist and turn and before you know it they are loose. Edges are everywhere and kids get cut. What do you do, close the parks? Is Disney safe? Universal safe? Any ride anytime and anyplace can be a disaster. Have you ever seen the crowds in a thunder and lightning storm? They walk in the open and cannot believe that lightning can hit them. We believe it can never happen and yet once in a while in the papers people get hurt, and everyone shakes their heads and cannot understand it.

 

Roller Coaster Incident

We take for granted that the things we are doing supposedly for pleasure have no consequences. But if you take any machinery and abuse it that machinery can bite you in the rear end.

I was working for Cypress Gardens Amusement Park and had learned to operate their roller coaster called The Triple. It was named for three hurricanes that hit Winter Haven.

The Scenic Railway at Luna Park, Melbourne, is the world’s oldest continually-operating rollercoaster, built in 1912. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One summer. On this particular roller coaster and probably others the controls only work when the coaster is in the area where riders get on and off. Once the coaster leaves this area there are no controls but gravity and the use of common sense that riders will not do something stupid.

I had a supper break and was just coming back. I had ascended to the platform when I saw that the coaster was coming around the last turn. This coaster is an old one and wooden. It gets up to thirty miles per hour but it seems more when rounding a curve.

Just before the last curve a young kid stood up. Now the bars that we put down have wiggle room and if you are skinny and flexible you can slip free. But that was compounded because he stood up. As the roller coaster cars made the turn he tumbled out. He fell twenty feet to the concrete below. He lay there and was not moving. I thought he was dead.

The coaster came into the station. As it did the girl who was operating the machinery pushed the stop button. This automatically brakes the cars and freezes the bars holding the people into position. Therefore half of the cars were stuck outside the station and half were at the platform. One young man somehow wiggled out and jumped to the platform. He said something to the effect that the boy laying on the ground was his brother and that he had stupidly dared him to stand up. He was horribly distraught and ran out to be with his brother.

I unlocked the other passengers and got everyone off the cars. The girl operator called the tragedy into dispatch. A crowd was gathering around the body of the boy. We closed up the roller coaster and roped it off. Security guards ushered the people away from where the boy lay. Our medical personnel was already on scene.

It turned out that the boy was extremely lucky. On the way down he clipped one side of the ride and then another. This slowed his momentum. He still suffered quite a few broken bones, cuts and abrasions but he was alive. A helicopter landed in the park and took him to a hospital.

Those who were running that ride, including myself, were allowed to go home early as it was an emotion experience that drained us. I do not know how people who work ambulances and emergency wards do it. I was exhausted from the strain of the incident.

The police interviewed everyone the next day. Florida authorities inspected the roller coaster and the grounds and did their report. There was no question the young boy was at fault but legal cases have contributing factors interwoven into determinations and there was going to be a legal suit. To my knowledge it never came to trial. I assume it was settled out of court. I was glad because I really did not want to relive the experience testifying.

This  happened a while back and has been refitted to be safer.  Better seat belts.  But you would be amazed at some parks how unsafe some of the rides are.  Kids are a big factor for you never know what they are going to do.

Now I put this on the blog yesterday and repeated it today.  Why?  Because there was an incident of a young child slipping out of his restraints yesterday.  It is on CNN and the parent has video.

Should we ban roller coasters?  Should one sign a waiver when one rides a coaster?

Obviously no and the beat will go on.

There are car accidents everyday and we still use cars.  Dogs bite people and we still have dogs.  Acceptable risk is taken everyday by you and me and that  is the way of the world.

a few puns at sundown

Men who give out  the lines in the bar should be doctors for most of the time they flat line.

The women who are losers  are miss takers.

When Papa John gets old will the slices go smaller in size?  Will they be delivered by walkers?

What does one bee say to a bee it loves?  Honey be mine?

Should not lime be used in lime pits under the arms of a limey?

When a para  legal makes a mistake does he or she say para shit?

Do they sell staples at Staples?

Can pass actions be positive if current actions are ac/dc?

If an electrician gets a shock is he or she amped up?

 

 

How safe is an amusement park?

Going to the amusement park

How safe are the rides we take for granted? If you really look at even the simplest ride you would grimace. The big ones are the ones that grab our attention. But look at the statistics and you see the kiddie rides cause many injuries. Why because you can never predict what a child will do. A restraint can only work as well as it can but the children can twist and turn and before you know it they are loose. Edges are everywhere and kids get cut. What do you do, close the parks? Is Disney safe? Universal safe? Any ride anytime and anyplace can be a disaster. Have you ever seen the crowds in a thunder and lightning storm? They walk in the open and cannot believe that lightning can hit them. We believe it can never happen and yet once in a while in the papers people get hurt, and everyone shakes their heads and cannot understand it.

 

Roller Coaster Incident

We take for granted that the things we are doing supposedly for pleasure have no consequences. But if you take any machinery and abuse it that machinery can bite you in the rear end.

I was working for Cypress Gardens Amusement Park and had learned to operate their roller coaster called The Triple. It was named for three hurricanes that hit Winter Haven.

The Scenic Railway at Luna Park, Melbourne, is the world’s oldest continually-operating rollercoaster, built in 1912. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One summer. On this particular roller coaster and probably others the controls only work when the coaster is in the area where riders get on and off. Once the coaster leaves this area there are no controls but gravity and the use of common sense that riders will not do something stupid.

I had a supper break and was just coming back. I had ascended to the platform when I saw that the coaster was coming around the last turn. This coaster is an old one and wooden. It gets up to thirty miles per hour but it seems more when rounding a curve.

Just before the last curve a young kid stood up. Now the bars that we put down have wiggle room and if you are skinny and flexible you can slip free. But that was compounded because he stood up. As the roller coaster cars made the turn he tumbled out. He fell twenty feet to the concrete below. He lay there and was not moving. I thought he was dead.

The coaster came into the station. As it did the girl who was operating the machinery pushed the stop button. This automatically brakes the cars and freezes the bars holding the people into position. Therefore half of the cars were stuck outside the station and half were at the platform. One young man somehow wiggled out and jumped to the platform. He said something to the effect that the boy laying on the ground was his brother and that he had stupidly dared him to stand up. He was horribly distraught and ran out to be with his brother.

I unlocked the other passengers and got everyone off the cars. The girl operator called the tragedy into dispatch. A crowd was gathering around the body of the boy. We closed up the roller coaster and roped it off. Security guards ushered the people away from where the boy lay. Our medical personnel was already on scene.

It turned out that the boy was extremely lucky. On the way down he clipped one side of the ride and then another. This slowed his momentum. He still suffered quite a few broken bones, cuts and abrasions but he was alive. A helicopter landed in the park and took him to a hospital.

Those who were running that ride, including myself, were allowed to go home early as it was an emotion experience that drained us. I do not know how people who work ambulances and emergency wards do it. I was exhausted from the strain of the incident.

The police interviewed everyone the next day. Florida authorities inspected the roller coaster and the grounds and did their report. There was no question the young boy was at fault but legal cases have contributing factors interwoven into determinations and there was going to be a legal suit. To my knowledge it never came to trial. I assume it was settled out of court. I was glad because I really did not want to relive the experience testifying.

This  happened a while back and has been refitted to be safer.  Better seat belts.  But you would be amazed at some parks how unsafe some of the rides are.  Kids are a big factor for you never know what they are going to do.

 

A thought for the day

I wake up in the morning with the thoughts of dreams in my head.

My eyes great the day and I jump into the day with a leap from my bed.

A shot of coffee and to the computer I go for messages and the like,

Nothing is greater than seeing my blog and comments to heighten the psych.

 

Out the door and to work I go with a smile on my face,

I work at Lego Land Hotel and see people from every country and race.

Little kids with chuckles on their breath and excitement in their hearts,

Weaving through the hotel to journeys of imagination, they go every way as they dart.

 

Nothing keeps me as young as watching the children as they enjoy the sights,

Of this I report for this is important as anything else that I do write.

Old age is a myth and you stay young by keeping fit and seeing the kids,

Reflection on a life well spent, no hang ups, no drama, no spoilage in containers with unopen lids.