Monthly Archives: April 2007

The old stereotypes

The other day, I went to the bank to make a deposit, and saw a short guy standing next to a REALLY BIG pick-up truck.

At first, I just chuckled, ha ha little man, what are you compensating for?

But then I got thinking – how many short guys do I know with big trucks? There’s that guy, and one of the guys I work with is short and pudgy, and has a humongous Ford diesel pickup. But he also has one of those little Suzuki Samurai trucks, and usually commutes in it. But then again, his Samurai has a big lift kit and huge tires.

And then my brother-in-law is kinda short, and has a big truck. His dad is short too, and has a huge truck.

But then again, I have to wonder how many normal-sized people and huge people drive big trucks, but we only notice the shrimps?

Stricken down by Taco Bell

I’m not sure if I ever mentioned it, so here’s some background on the fat guy:

He was the IT guy for our old company. So he set up everyone’s computers, did all the tech support, set up e-mail accounts and the company website hosting, and all sorts of stuff like that.

For some reason, he set up his own e-mail account to be ‘all@company.com.’

So sporadically, when he uses that e-mail address, everyone in the company gets to see the reply. And this morning, he sent an e-mail to our boss, but misspelled the name, so it bounced and everyone got a copy.

Turns out, the fat guy had too much Taco Bell last night and was sick. He wants to work from home today so he can sleep it off.

I think I’ll go to Taco Bell for lunch, and take the rest of the day off.

Fred Thompson – Actor, cool guy

It’ll be really cool if Fred Thompson runs for President.

From his blog at ABC:

In recent years, however, armed Americans — not on-duty police officers — have successfully prevented a number of attempted mass murders. Evidence from Israel, where many teachers have weapons and have stopped serious terror attacks, has been documented. Supporting, though contrary, evidence from Great Britain, where strict gun controls have led to violent crime rates far higher than ours, is also common knowledge.

So Virginians asked their legislators to change the university’s “concealed carry” policy to exempt people 21 years of age or older who have passed background checks and taken training classes. The university, however, lobbied against that bill, and a top administrator subsequently praised the legislature for blocking the measure.

The logic behind this attitude baffles me, but I suspect it has to do with a basic difference in worldviews. Some people think that power should exist only at the top, and everybody else should rely on “the authorities” for protection.

Despite such attitudes, average Americans have always made up the front line against crime. Through programs like Neighborhood Watch and Amber Alert, we are stopping and catching criminals daily. Normal people tackled “shoe bomber” Richard Reid as he was trying to blow up an airliner. It was a truck driver who found the D.C. snipers. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that civilians use firearms to prevent at least a half million crimes annually.

When people capable of performing acts of heroism are discouraged or denied the opportunity, our society is all the poorer. And from the selfless examples of the passengers on Flight 93 on 9/11 to Virginia Tech professor Liviu Librescu, a Holocaust survivor who sacrificed himself to save his students earlier this week, we know what extraordinary acts of heroism ordinary citizens are capable of.

Read the full article.

Physics at work

Recently I noticed that when I clip my fingernails in my cubicle at work, no matter which way I face, the nails manage to ricochet right into my keyboard. I think I need to start turning it upside-down before clipping, to keep the nails out.