Saturday, April 07, 2007


Dawdling before getting down to actual work today (and still bewildered about the way those giddy British naval and marine warriors snatched by Iran and shown admiring their gift bags on release are getting a free ride as so-called heroes after kowtowing to terrorists), a few items from today's papers:

Folks, this is your captain speaking ...

(AP) -- A Northwest Airlines flight was canceled because the pilot was yelling obscenities during a cell phone conversation while people were boarding, and cursed one passenger ...

The pilot of the Las Vegas-to-Detroit flight was apparently in a heated cell phone conversation in the cockpit, then went into a lavatory, locked the door and continued the conversation ... the pilot cursed one passenger who confronted him.

Howling over the Screamer: (Shown above, AP Photo)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — ... A suburban amusement park has gotten so many complaints from neighbors about bloodcurdling screams that it has instituted a no-shrieking rule for its scary new thrill ride, the Scandia Screamer, a gigantic, windmill-like contraption that sends people plunging 16 stories to earth at nearly 60 mph.

Riders who let out a screech — or just about any other noise — are pulled off [the ride].

"After the first complaint, our rule was 'no profanity,' " said Steve Baddley, general manager at the Scandia Family Fun Center. "Then neighbors said it wasn't just that — it was the crazy, excessive screaming. Then they said it was really all of it, the loud laughing, everything. Eventually, we said, 'Bag it, that's it — no noise.' "

...As passengers are strapped in, the operator recites this warning: "We are required to remove you from this ride if you make any noise. If you feel you might make a noise, please cover your mouth tightly with your hand ... If we hear any noise through your hand, we will remove you from the ride." ...

... Last weekend, park employees stopped the Screamer only to realize it wasn't a rider who ran afoul of the new policy, but a customer on the park's miniature golf course who howled after hitting a hole-in-one.

Most of the complaints have come from residents in a pocket of neatly landscaped homes that are separated from the 30-year-old amusement park by a 12-lane freeway. ...


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