Morning all:

Quote Of The Week:

” Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it.” Gordon R. Dickson

It’s early, quiet, still dark (even with the delayed time change last weekend) and in the kitchen our Krups coffee maker is dutifully sputtering away. A few more minutes and I’ll take a break to fill my White Castle mug.

“Sputtering”, which reminds me.

I believe that our sputtering Congress’ approval rating is quickly dropping to nil. Upon being asked about this the mummified Senator from West Virginia, Robert C. Byrd, stated wheezily: “impossible, when I was a child a Mayan I met proved to me that ‘zero’ is in fact a real number.”

This week’s action item for the austere group was the confirmation of our new US Attorney General. All week the questions put to the candidate, and all the accompanying debate, did not waver from the real subject, the banning of Waterboarding.

I believe it was Senator Kennedy who woke up long enough to announce that waterboarding was nothing more than “controlled drowning.” He’s our national expert on the subject.

Personally, I don’t have a clue what all they’re talking about. On my travels occasionally I have sat in my hotel room and watched the late-night ESPN X-Games on TV. I have seen young folk waterboard and perform some amazing stunts; stunts with wild names such as the “whirlybird” and the “tootsie roll”. People this is good stuff! This is America!

Last night, friends, Marcia, and I enjoyed a local wine tasting – the wines could have been better selected, but hey. What was more interesting is the insight I gained. This occurred after I got bumped into for the third time while trying to enjoy my glass of wine. Let me back up to last week when I heard a safety expert from a major safety consulting firm speak.

One item mentioned is that unlike other animals, for the most part human beings do not look beyond their peripheral vision when they move. He challenged us to just stop and look about us at a Mall or an Airport. See how often people just step out, step backwards, or cut over, without looking. It is only the fact that we are moving quite slow, have little momentum, and low mass (for the most part) that injury is avoided.

I guess that all the noisy buzz you hear in public places are the millions and millions of “oops, I’m sorry” murmurings.

Some interesting stats from this safety talk:

In the USA, analyzing the incidence of unexpected or premature deaths that occur each year, found that:

5,500 were work related
19,000 were deaths attributed to community accidents (park equipment, hiking, boating, climbing, swimming, etc.)
35,000 accidental deaths occur in the home
55,000 are due to road related accidents, and – drum roll please
98,000 deaths are because of medical mistakes!

Lastly, when analyzing the sources of unexpected injuries it was found that 90.2% occur due to some type of self-behavior, only 8% due to the behavior of others, and a minuscule 1.8% due to a mechanical malfunction.

Make it a great week. Look before you leap, jump, or walk.

Cheers,

Dirk

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