My girlfriend and I walked in the other day and turned the TV on. There was a story about a 93-year-old man that froze to death. Now, sometimes the stories about a person freezing to death make sense. It could be a car that broke down somewhere in the mountains.

A month ago, someone froze to death while walking in their sleep. And, this may sound horrible, but I had little sympathy. I feel that if you sleep walk, and it's bad enough that you could be turning on the stove or going out in freezing weather and not waking up...then you need to somehow bolt your doors shut or have someone strap your ass to the bed. I'd rather have you freeze to death than get behind your car and drive while you're asleep (which I'm sure the DMV will say that talking on your cell phone is worse than drivers that are actually asleep).

Anyway, back to the 93-year-old. The electric company turned off the power to his house because he had a thousand dollar bill that went unpaid. When authorities found him, it was around 35 degrees in his place.

Everyone on the news was so upset that a company could do this. As was my girlfriend. And, as horrible as this story is...I'm just not sure why we blame the electric company. What are businesses supposed to do if you don't pay your bills? If this guy can't get on the phone, or send in a check; or put on a jacket or two...well, he really shouldn't be living on his own.

I was having lunch with a few friends last week when a 6-year-old was killed at a monster truck show. I asked them if it was a Darwin type of thing, that people at a monster truck show would be killed. They all thought that was horrible, and that a family should be able to bring kids to events and have fun. I said, "Yeah, I'm all for you taking kids to Disneyland or something geared towards a 6-year-old. Legoland is nice. But the one time in my life I dated a woman who liked monster trucks and race cars, I took her to an event (courtesy of free tickets provided by the radio station I worked for). I couldn't believe how loud it was.

So even if you aren't expecting car parts to fly into the crowd, I just don't think it's the best event to take a kid.

Well, another tragedy happened at a monster truck show. An announcer (and also, ironically, safety coordinator) was walking onto the field as one truck passed. He didn't see the other truck behind it. And, he got run over while addressing the crowd.

The crazy thing was all the news stations were showing this! They cut away right before the wheel actually crushed him, but it was bizarre to see.

Unlike the previous monster truck show, they did cancel the rest of this one after the death.

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techpete Jan. 28, 2009 @ 3:02 p.m.

I am very saddend to hear about the tragic death of the six year old at the monster truck event. I'm sure he was very excited to be there as is with most any child. Children are for the most part what keeps the monster truck industry going, kids love them, and the drivers love the kids. You ask any driver why they do what they do and they will tell you that its mostly for the small fans.I'm sure the driver of the truck was devestated and it will be something that will haunt him the rest of his life. My heart goes out to both the childs family and the driver of the truck. Safety is something that's not taken lightly at racing events, promoters, drivers, racing teams,even crew members try to do the best job they can to make the vehicles, drivers, and most of all the people there to watch as safe as possible. Sure the vehicles are loud but thats part of what makes it so exciting. Besides most of the kids at all the events i've been too are usually wearing ear protection. I would have to say that with all the years that monster trucks have been around now, they have an excellent record for being one of the safest racing events to attend. I will also like to say that if you ask any small child which one they would rather go too, monster truck races or legoland i garuntee you they'll pick the trucks. I lost a brother at a sprint car race when a wheel came off of a car and flew through a gate. He and another boy were playing in front of the stands down by the fence. Both were crushed, the other boy survived but my brother died on the way to the hospital. He was just getting ready to turn 10yrs old. My dad was on the track racing and our family was there watching. Yes freak accidents do happen and its always tragic when they do. But they are far and few between. My dad never held any ill feelings against the driver of the car that lost the wheel or the sport. Until he passed away he continued to watch the races even though he sold his race cars and to this day my mother will still watch the races.

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Josh Board Jan. 28, 2009 @ 5:24 p.m.

Hey pete...sorry to hear about your brother. And your dad, for that matter. My best wishes to you.

I'd be willing to bet, though, that MOST KIDS don't wear ear protection at those things.

And, I also wonder why they don't have plexi-glass, the way they do at hockey games. Even though I'm sure it doesn't happen often, just the nature of the beast -- big vehicles crushing other vehicles, and the fact that metal debris could be flying all around, should be enough to make that mandatory. Even if it detracts from the action.

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