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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Airplane Heroes

A dedicated pilot. A trustworthy cockpit crew. An alert staff who rose above the "you ain’t nothin but a waitress in the sky" stereotype. I can think of dozens of ways to describe and praise these newly anointed heroes. What really struck me was how the media considered the event to be a miracle. I ask... if we agree that a miracle occurred and I do, how should we consider tragic events where the outcomes result in human suffering and loss of life? Are miracles purely the result of human action or is there divine intervention? Or, are all heroic acts just random, unconnected events that have no larger significance . Some would say the latter. For me, it's a combination of several things. But ultimately a unification of the secular and the sacred.

I was a bit surprised by the media overhype however. Here's one blogger's reaction and links. Closer to home, I received this message in my email recently:

"Like [Minnesota] state employees during a natural disaster, the well-trained, unionized crew-members reacted coolly under pressure. Question: Who do you want piloting the plane on your next trip? Answer: A unionized, trained crew with years of experience. " - MAPE

US Airways Flight 1549 Surveillance Video from DuckStud on Vimeo.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Local Laundermat Overcharges

Once a month or so I drop off some shirts for cleaning at a local Duluth laundry. Usually I'm a happy and satisified patron. Not anymore.

Today my bank tells me that "sohboh" laundermat of Duluth charged $514.49 for a laundry drop-off on 12/15/08. Yep, that's right!

Whoa... when's the last time a sucker dropped off a dozen shirts for laundry and signed for them only to realize they cost 45x times worth the value? Granted, I'm not financially savvy when it comes to balancing books, but usually I know when someone overcharges.

I remember.

P.S- between you and me, the actual charge should have been $54.49 not $514.49.

Now that the holiday's are over be sure to review your checkbook and credit card purchases. One important questions to ask...."Did I keep all of the receipt(s)"?

Please ma'am and/or sir, I just want my $463.00 back + the $30.00 bank overdraft. Let's avoid court if possible. No hard feelings and I'll pray for you.