Sunday, March 18, 2012

Top Heavy Airplanes?

I saw in the newspaper the other day that the airlines have succumbed to passenger pressure. They are making overhead storage areas larger. To hold all the junk folks carry on the plane with them.

Am I the only one who thinks that move is dumber than dirt? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather pay a baggage fee and have them give me a bigger seating area than have them enlarge the carry on storage space. Not only would that give me a more comfortable traveling experience, it’d also give me better odds in a plane crash.

Say what? Yeah, that’s right. Just think about it. Once they load up the overhead storage with more luggage, a body could survive a crash only to be pummeled to death when the overhead storage bins bust open and rain destruction in the way of God knows what objects down on an unsuspecting passenger. If you've flown any, you've seen what oddball things people drag on board with them. I've seen everything from guitars to flower arrangements.

Not only do you have to worry about what might conk you on the head when the plane hits turbulence, but what about flying an airplane that has become top heavy? Face it, our airlines are aging (sort of like me). They were designed for people on top and baggage on the bottom. What sort of aerodynamic laws will these planes be challenging when they become heavy on top?

Way back when these planes were designed, overhead storage bins held blankets and pillows. Sometimes I think way back isn’t so bad. Especially if it means the difference between having a pillow conk you on your head or a fully loaded carry on suitcase. Or how safely the airplane can take off and land...

Friday, March 9, 2012

Garbage Day Reveals Illiteracy Problem

Either my neighbors are illiterate or they can’t follow directions.Why do I think this poorly of my neighbors? Because every garbage pickup day, about 25% put their garbage cans out wrong. So either they can’t to read or they can’t follow the directions printed on their garbage can lid. I’m sure, when they come home they wonder what in the world happened to their garbage cans.

Well, I’ll tell you what happens to their cans because I’m usually out walking my dog, Jocky. The cans get throwed around because the city has gone and bought some of those newfangled garbage trucks. These new trucks don’t have 2 people on the back, picking up the cans, tossing the contents into the back of the truck, and then making sure the can is put back where it started.

No siree, now it only takes one person driving the truck and pulling some levers to empty the cans. These trucks got this big old arm that comes out and grabs that can, hoists it upside down in the air, and shakes the contents right into the top of truck bed. Emptying the garbage can is a piece of cake for the driver.

Of course, if you’ve done put your can out backwards, the whole operation gets a little shaky. During the pickup process, the lid sometimes gets busted off, but most often the can ends up all cattywampus when it’s set back on the ground.

Which is how many of my neighbors are going to continue finding their garbage cans unless they put them out there with the handle pointing toward the street. It’s not college physics we’re dealing with here, it’s just a simple matter of pointing the arrow on the lid in the right direction.

Speaking of directions, I think I’ll go with my neighbors not reading the directions rather than not being able to read the directions. Helps me keep the faith in Tassanoxie’s school system.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Lady Runaway on Sale during Ebook Week!

Here's a newsflash for romance readers, the ebook version of Ginger Hanson's Regency adventure romance, Lady Runaway is on sale during Ebook Week, March 4 - 10, 2012. Grab this chance to read one of her books. She's one of my favorite writers and I know you'll love Lady Runaway!

It's available at