Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Carlsbad Caverns Unexpected History

Rhonda found this as we drove away.
These four domestic terrorists held hundreds of people hostage in a cave 750 feet underground
With hazy objectives and a lot of liquor, they seized Carlsbad Caverns
Like most actions taken under the influence with firearms (or even without), the results were beyond stupid:
“I’m tired of Mexicans coming in and taking our jobs. No, make that all aliens. They ought to kick them all out. They’re making $20 billion in welfare . . . ” complained Mark. Eugene Hiram Meroney, a Native American and “easily the most intelligent and articulate” of the bunch according to Cantwell, talked about how the nation was repressing his people. They expressed frustration over increasing gasoline prices and OPEC. Cantwell is permitted to see the hostage, Linda Phillips. “She is extremely calm considering her plight,” he wrote. 
Even more startling:
In February 1939, the Superintendent of Carlsbad Caverns National Park Thomas Boles wrote to Robert Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” and Floyd Gibbons’ “Headline Hunter” radio program about what he considered to be an unbelievable story; a ranger had fallen into the 754 foot elevator shaft at the park and survived!...
With the tickets all purchased, Ranger Thompson began his prepared speech to the assembled tourists. He opened the elevator door (there was no failsafe to prevent this when the car was not there) and turning to the crowd stated “Let me see your tickets” while he backed in. A woman shrieked “Look out” but it was too late; Thompson plunged into the abyss. ...
Thompson knew the elevator and quickly realized the cables were his only hope. He grabbed on and thanks to the thick cable grease he was able to slow his decent while preventing severe friction burns. After falling nearly 100 feet and sliding an additional 40, Thompson found himself clinging to the cable in the dark elevator shaft. Calling out for help to the glimmer of daylight far above him, Hieb and two other employees brought a second car down the parallel cable, inching ever so slowly to where Thompson was still hanging on in the shaft. While pulling him in the men found Thompson “none worse for the experience other than a well greased uniform and a few blisters on right hand and a friction burn on left arm.”

Carlsbad Caverns

I have strong and positive memories of the Caverns from my 1967 vacation with my parents and youngest sister.  Rhonda was thrilled with it.  When I visited in 1967, they used a variety of colored spotlights on the features, and they were beautiful.  Now they are entirely white lights.  I asked a ranger about this.  She explained the heat was causing mold to develop, so they are now entirely LEDs.  Still awesome.

Texas Hill Country

San Antonio and surroundings were as flat as I expected.  The hill country west of there, on the way to New Mexico is an area that I have never seen before; surprisingly interesting and pretty.  The road cuts through limestone made the journey of many miles well worth it.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

What Happened to the Guy Responsible for Denny's Decor

That is my wife's explanation for the Aloft hotel in San Antonio.

The pixelated pillows and the vertical hold carpet (for those who remember analog TV) suggest time in electronics:

I Am Shocked

9/25/18 Baltimore Sun:
A top Harford County Sheriff’s Office official, while praising Aberdeen Police for their response to last week’s shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in Perryman, criticized gun laws that he said allow a person with acute schizophrenia to own a gun.
Maj. William Davis, chief of the agency’s police operations bureau, told Aberdeen’s mayor and City Council members Monday that the suspect, 26-year-old Snochia Moseley, of White Marsh, had been diagnosed with acute schizophrenia, but she answered “no” to questions about whether she had been diagnosed with a mental illness when filling out paperwork to purchase a handgun.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Seeker-Friendly Church

I am profoundly skeptical of the whole seeker-friendly church marketing strategy (and that is what it is), but we saw an especially tragic example on a church in Alamogordo.  "What do we have to do to get you in here?"    The cynical response is, "Free meth!" The correct response is, "Preach the gospel.  Use words if necessary."  The example your members show will attract far more members then your social media presence.

Someone Has Not Mastered English

Today's spam is from someone addressing me as groovy guy, and describing herself as a 27 year old shiny girl.  (I think she meant she was "bright.")