So I'll just talk about a few things.
We seem to be in a flood of celebrity deaths. My personal response is some sadness over Farah Fawcett, contemplation of a life gone badly wrong with Michael Jackson, and I am ashamed to admit it but, relative indifference to the deaths of Ed McMahon and Billy Mays. I guess Farah Fawcett will always be Jill Monroe to me. An odd thing comes to my mind though as I think about her. She had a bit part in the movie Logan's Run as she was a relative unknown when the movie was made but by the time it had come out her stature had risen so much that she was made a headliner for one five minute scene and a brief second scene that her character didn't even survive. It's amazing how swiftly one's star may rise or fall.
The world was Michael Jackson's for the taking and he blew it. I personally think that much of his problem was the same that inflicts people like Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, they achieved fame and wealth before their personal growth was ready for it and it consumed them.
It has been hot the last week or so. Tuesday it was so hot in the plant that the unthinkable happened; management shut down production and sent the crew home. I don't know exactly how hot it got but I know that later that afternoon when I made rounds the temp was over 110º. I couldn't get through the plant and out of it fast enough. They also had to call an ambulance last week. One of our second shift people came in and went straight to our Human Resource Manager and said he needed to go to the emergency room because his chest hurt bad. The HR manager looked at him and asked "Why did you come in? You should have just gone to the emergency room! You know your job is safe!" then he realized that my co-worker was falling and was having a heart attack right in front of him. Call the ambulance. The guy is alright but will be out of work for a few weeks.
We are supposed to be soon buying and driving much smaller cars. Now I have no problem with such cars being manufactured and sold in America so long as it is what the consumer wants. I wouldn't hesitate to invest in a company that made small cars as I believe there is a real and legitimate market for them. I draw the line on the government mandating the production and sales of such cars. Can you see it in the future?
The Future Sport Utility Vehicle.
The future hot sports car.
and of course the future Ford Mustang
(Hat/tip to a friend named Brian)
As far as my family goes. Both my father and my brother were in the hospital last week. Both are in a situation that could best be summed up as Not good but could be a lot worse. All prayers, thoughts and well-wishing is much appreciated. Thank you my friends.