So, There I was....*
This afternoon, I'm reading blogs and other sources on the web looking for something to write about. Is a person who's Mom is Black and Father White, White, but if a person's Mom is White and Father's Black, he's Black? Apparently so, but why? Agenda, of course. That philosophical discussion is way beyond my ken. So, I'm not going there.
|Politicians, Doesn't matter if they're on the left or the right, they're all the same|
The interesting thing about it is it's Atomic Number. Now, cognescenti of all things Physics, know that the Atomic Number of an element is a count of the number of Protons (and because there are the same number also the number of electrons). As new elements were discovered, they kept having higher and higher Atomic Numbers with the highest number seen to date being 118 for Ununoctium.
The new Element has an atomic number of 0 which has excited scientists as they had believed the "science was settled". However, the new Element has no protons or electrons, rather it only has one type of subatomic particle and they revolve around each other in a completely random fashion. Dr Iben Geisteskrank of the Frankfurt Institute has stated that the particles run around like a "chicken with it's head cut off".
Unfortunately due to it's random orbit, the particles can and do run into themselves which causes an atomic reaction causing more of these particles to be created. The number increases in an exponential rate. Yet even with the increase in subatomic particles in random orbit, the Atomic Weight is still 0. Since even at the height of the meltdown, the Element's Atomic Weight is zero, theoretically the meltdown could continue infinitely. It can take quite a while, but usually, they quit colliding and the process stops.
Scientists did, however, notice that while the reaction was going on and more and more particles were being created, there was a noticeable reaction in any humans in the area. The humans seem to run around in no predictable pattern doing completely illogical things.
This reaction led to the naming of the element and it's subatomic particles. The element is named Stupideum and the particles are called Morons.
As usual, the element has quickly been weaponized and I know for an absolute fact, a 100MT Stupedium bomb was detonated over my town this past weekend.
In a recent Conde Nast poll that listed the 5 best Octoberfest celebrations in the US, our town's celebration was rated #1. That was the initial collision of Stupedium particles. Subsequent to that rating, the Visitor's bureau estimated that between 20 and 30K people would be visiting.
They underestimated. Travel along Main Street was impossible. Compound the crowding was the Town's Open Carry law. That term to most readers of this blog means one thing (which is still technically illegal in Texas), however, here it means it's perfectly okay to carry and consume an open beer or glass of wine on the sidewalks of the town. Normally mature adults consuming a recreational beverage isn't a problem, but the presence of large amounts of Stupedium changes the equation.
Thusly, a collision of Stupedium particles continued unabated.
Main Street is a combination of two major US Highways. Oil Field Trucks traverse it many times a day carrying huge pumps. Trucks carrying the wind turbine blades that are half a block long traverse it regularly. Yet, People were jaywalking as if it was a peaceful country lane. Knowing better than to try to navigate along the path of the Stupedium Atoms, it still took 3-4 light cycles to cross the street at 90 degree angles. Morons were everywhere, bumping into other Morons and causing the Stupedium explosion to expand further.
Into this madhouse comes my Daughter in Law. Driving along on a side street a couple of blocks away from Ground Zero of the Stupedium explosion, she's T-Boned by a guy who decides he needs to make a left turn this instant. The left turn would have taken him toward Ground Zero and he swears he never saw her. Turns out he works for the area adult beverage distributor. Hmmm.
Anyhow, the car is totaled. (We presume, the appraiser hasn't finalized, but the front axle is broken, the engine compartment is breached and the windshield is shattered. AirBag deployed. Car is 7 years old, so...totaled).
The good news is the Daughter in Law is okay. Ambulanced to the ER as a precaution, she's sore and bruised. Wrist is very sore, but X-rays don't show a fracture. So, dodged a bullet on that front.
We're now down in San Antonio to pick up a rental car and clothes for her for the week. Little Juvat works in San Antonio, but is going on a trip this week. The Daughter in Law works here in town so She and the GrandDog are staying with us.
The only rental car company that was open on their side of town happened to be on Lackland. I've been on some military bases since retiring 17 years ago, but I'm pretty sure the number of occasions can be counted on one hand and certainly on two. After reading the warning from Old NFO about ID card update requirements (which I haven't updated), I had some concerns about what would happen if it got confiscated, as it was Sunday and the Personnel office most certainly would not be open. What would happen if it got confiscated and I got in an accident on my way home? (The card serves as my health insurance card.)
My Son handed both his and my ID to the Staff Sergeant at the gate. He scans them and hands them back. Then says "Have a great day, Colonel" and snaps a salute. Been a long time since I've been rendered that honor, and I think there might have been a puff of dust hit me in the eye about then. Returned it, and said "Thanks".
So, in the remarkably improbable circumstance where you're reading this, Sergeant, Thanks. You made this old Fart's day.
Come to find out that, yes, the Rental Car Company was open. However, they don't have any cars right now as it's Parent's Weekend for Basic Trainees, so can you come back in a couple of hours?
We drive over to the Static Display area and are looking at the airplanes. We didn't have my Son's whiz bang camera, but I asked him to take my picture taken next to a very special one.
|Two confirmed in Round One.|
As I was standing there, an Airman Basic is showing his family around. The family is asking questions about the airplane and the Airman is trying, but he doesn't have much background. How fast is Mach 2.5? What does this do? etc. I step in and show them around answering questions. As we separate to go about our business, the Airman stops and thanks me. I'm pretty sure he had to have had an age waiver, he looked so young.
|Murph, It's right there, just in case you were wondering.|
So, beware of Stupedium explosions, they're always unexpected and can be dangerous, but sometimes the result is a decent day.