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Jeanne Schinto 8:30 a.m., May 19
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.