Over the last week or so, I have noticed a few odd things going on. Before I share the them, I just wanted to let you all know about a great cause. I mentioned on my bible and money website a few weeks ago that there is a 17-year old young man who is suffering from primary lymphedema, and needs to have micro-surgery that will cost $90,000!
Unfortunately, the surgery will not be covered by insurance, and so his parents were left trying to find ways to pay for this potentially life-saving procedure. I am happy to announce that they reached their goal!
Now, onto a few less important matters.
Deep Fried Kool-Aid And Girl Scout Cookies?
Yes, you read that right. About 2 weeks ago I wrote about a new “health” sensation that was introduced at a California fair – deep fried Kool-Aid and deep fried Girl Scout Cookies! I was excited to learn that one of my favorite Girl Scout cookie flavors was used, and that my favorite kool-aid flavor was as well.
I am really hoping that one of my good friends makes these for us in the very near future. I won’t mention names here because I don’t like putting people on the spot, but she knows who she is (and so does her daughter)!
Man Urinates In Water, Costing The City 8M Gallons!
According to a story on Fox News, a man was caught on a security camera urinating into a city reservoir, in Portland, Oregon. Because of this, the city has decided to drain 8 million gallons of water from the reservoir.
Initially, I was very happy to read about the city’s decision, and I hoped that my city would make the same choice in that situation.
But then the story indicated that many of the residents were outraged by this:
Some people in the city, in the suburbs and around the world called the flush an overreaction, especially since animals such as ducks contribute waste routinely and, sometimes, die in the water.
“More than 1 billion people worldwide do not have reliable access to clean drinking water, and here we are tossing away nearly 8 million gallons of water just to appease the ignorant residents who believe their tap water will otherwise turn yellow,” read one comment posted on The Oregonian’s Website.
Public health officials say, however, that urine is sterile in healthy people and that the urine in the reservoir was so diluted — perhaps a half pint in millions of gallons — that it posed little risk.
The article also points out that…
The reservoirs are drained twice a year for cleaning, and workers have found animal carcasses, paint cans, construction material, fireworks debris and even the plastic bags people use to scoop up after their dogs, said David Shaff, administrator of the city water bureau.
That is so disgusting!!! Apparently, the city is planning on replacing all of their open air with underground storage units. I can’t believe that carcasses, and paint cans, and everything else mentioned above are found in the reservoir. I guess in light of the fact that those things are routinely found in the water, combined with the fact that urine is “sterile”, I can see why this move was viewed as extreme.
However, I think David Shaff, the administrator of the city water bureau, gave the most reasonable, scientific reason of all…”Nobody wants to drink pee…”. Check and mate!!!
In case you weren’t as convinced as I was by that statement, maybe this will help:
Shaff said the security cameras also showed something that’s still unidentified was thrown in the water, heightening concern about potential risks.
City Commissioner Randy Leonard, who is in charge of the water bureau, defended the decision, citing a potential public health risk. He said he worried about the possibility of chlamydia or AIDS from blood in urine.
“I’m for taking the most conservative approach,” he said.
Of course they guy who urinated in the city reservoir was drunk at the time!
Hermon Raju Was Too Educated To Behave On A Train?
A few weeks ago Hermon Raju was on a train speaking loudly and using profanity while having a conversation on her cell phone. When she was asked by passengers, and eventually employees, this was her reaction:
I don’t even know what to say to that. It’s amazing how arrogant people can become, and think that other people are beneath them because of various factors!
Turtles Stopping Flights
Another piece of odd news came courtesy of the La Times. About 150 turtles made their way onto the runway at JFK airport in New York. Flights were delayed as the crews worked to clear them from the tarmac.
The story became so popular that the turtles started their own Twitter account, @jfkturtles (they have close to 8,000 followers)! I thought that one of their tweets were pretty cute:
“We go straight to the runway because it takes 5 hours to get out of our shells for the TSA”
I have to admit, I’m not too sure that I would hold up plans because of a few turtles on the runway; but then again, I don’t like drinking pee, so maybe I’m the crazy one!
Justice For Criminals?
The La Times also had a story about UCLA students who park illegally around the city. These students are getting upset about the city giving them parking tickets!
The largest problem is that the students will try to shove as many cars as possible into a driveway (referred to as “apron parking”), and they end up blocking the sidewalk – which, apparently, is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The city just started cracking down on these offences, but the students are complaining about how unfair this is.
I really don’t care about how few parking spots are available to them, the fact is that they are breaking the law, and trying to justify it!
Here are a few of the statements they have made:
Residents who live in the apartments around UCLA are outraged over the ticketing, noting that some landlords guarantee them an “apron spot” in their lease. Some landlords charge tenants extra for the spots even though they are illegal.
“There are too many people,” said UCLA student Kevin Farzad. “It’s the college slums.”
“As far as everyone remembers, people have always parked like that,” said Omeed Alipour, a 20-year-old biology student at UCLA.
“It’s pretty impossible to get around without a car,” Alipour said. “Students have jobs and internships to get to.”
Instead of breaking the law and then complaining about paying fines, maybe they can try to work with the city to modify the laws in a way that works for everyone.
I just thought it was both funny and sad that people are knowingly openly breaking the law and then crying about the consequences!
I know that these stories had nothing much to do about weight loss, personal finance, or health, but I found it strange that so many odd things would be made public in a short period of time!
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