The art of driving seniors to Twin Peaks through heavy periods of light rain
By By Luke Boyd, Columnist
You can look around most any time and see things that are being done or have been done that make you ask, “Just what are/were they thinking?” Here are a few I’ve noticed lately.
• Why do caregivers put the safety of their charges in danger?
I have a friend who lives in one of our local care facilities. He’s lost his wife and can no longer drive but he’s in pretty good shape for an 86 year old. His facility has a men’s club of about 20 or so for which they plan activities. Most members are about his age. One thing they do is take them out for lunch once a week. During a recent conversation, he said, “You’ll never guess where we went to lunch this week.” Of course, I couldn’t. “Twin Peaks,” he said.
Now for the uninitiated, “Twin Peaks” is not a conservation organization to stop mountain-top mining just like “Hooters” is not a similar group to protect our owl population. I was amazed that a senior living facility would take a group of men there for a meal. Our conversation continued as I asked, “How was the food?”
“Oh, it was good.”
“What did you have?”
“Well, I really don’t remember but I do remember one thing – those waitresses don’t wear much clothes.”
“Did any of your group have a heart attack or pass out?”
“No, but one fellow said it took him two days before he could get his pacemaker acting normal again.”
I’m telling you folks, we’ve got a disaster in our city just waiting to happen.
• Why do they use “see-through” sound barriers? The recently completed I-65 widening project south of Highway 96 is a good-looking road. There are attractive sound barriers along the west side all the way down past the Harpeth River. At one point there’s about seventy-five yards where these panels are clear. Why? There’s really not much to see. If you are in a high vehicle you can see a long power line and a few back yards. Surely it’s not for these residents to see the traffic. Once you’ve seen several semis, you don’t need to see any more. Could it be a test to see if clear material diverts sound more effectively than solid concrete? Who knows? Franklin’s former major, John Schroer, is now the head of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. If you see him, ask him.
• Why do they have blimp coverage of sports events that can’t be seen from the blimp? About 50 years ago, The Goodyear Blimp was the only blimp in town, and it was quite prestigious to have your game covered by it. Now several companies have blimps which they send around to various events. They give the TV viewer some unusual shots of some of the action. But why cover a game with a blimp when it’s played in a domed stadium? When the announcer says, “And here’s another shot from the Henpeck Market Blimp,” all the viewer sees is the stadium, 50,000 cars in the parking lot and traffic on the nearby freeway. No matter how many times they give a shot from the blimp, the picture never changes. The only thing more absurd is blimp coverage of night games in domed stadium in which you get to see a lot of lights. Am I missing something here? If I am, I hope somebody will clue me in.
• Why do some newspapers have such a hard time getting things right? Not long ago I read the following correction in another publication. “An ingredient was inadvertently omitted from a recipe for chocolate pecan pie in Sunday’s edition. The crust requires 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour.” It make you wonder if any reader attempted to make the pie crust without using any flour and it really makes you wonder how it turned out if they did.
Why do some weather folk keep trying to find different words to describe weather? It seems to me that we have been having the same kind of weather for some centuries. It would seem that weather vocabulary would be fairly standard by now. Not so. Recently, I heard a weather person say that we would have “heavy periods of light rain.” One has to wonder if that would be similar to “light periods of heavy rain.”
It’s something to think about – along with all these other things.
Posted on: 5/17/2013