My View For Awhile: Tornado?

As I drive across the state to another airport… a cheaper airport… I am listening to weather reports about possible tornados where I am going. Great.

MKE is a strange airport.  But this sign at TSA was fun.

Nice club.

I have just enough time to tank up on espresso before I head to the gate.



I made it safely to the ground, in spite of the fact that the aircraft may have been held together with bailing wire and chewing gum.

I listened to danger music for my flights soundtrack.

I hope they indict her.

AAnyway… after a tasty burger…

…I am now in the “quiet” area of the club… besieged by four simultaneously nearby phone conversations.   Why do people need to shout into their phones?  Because the people they are talking to are far away?

Anyway, this Delta lounge is the most like to those you find in European airports, though the pickin’s are still pretty slim.

I have a goodly layover here.  Enough so I don’t have to rush at all.


I may rush after all… at least to a different corner of this lounge.   The woman in the corner has been shouting down her phone – rapidly – and without breathing – for about 30 minutes.


Please, I beg you, teach, train, form, discipline your children not to “up talk”.   For love of all that is decorous and good, beat them if you must, just don’t let them “up talk”.

The human race thanks you in advance.

Meanwhile… she wins… I’m moving.   GAH!





Boarded.  Which it’s a nautical term, ain’t it?

I don’t think it is an actual law of physics that two objects can’t occupy the same space at the same time, but rather a law of frequent airline travel. I am, however, being asked to defy this law and occupy the same space as the bulkhead and the arms of the seat.

Is it Newton’s 3rd Law of the Leges Motus that says that when one body (e.g. mine) exerts a force on another, second body (e.g. the bulkhead, etc), the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction on the first body?  I think Newton underestimated the second body in the case of frequent flying.

Speaking of nautical terms, however, I think bosons can occupy the same quantum states as other bosons.

“But Father! But Father!,” some of you libs are tittering, “That’s boat-swain!  That’s how the wonderful President would say it!  You obviously spend too much time in the past because … you hate Vatican II!”

It’s “bo’s’n”.  And he should really check on the hull of this CRJ200.


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  1. Frank H says:

    One of the best features of MKE is the great independent Renaissance Books store, with its emphasis on really interesting used books.

  2. dans0622 says:

    Is that “Great Stuff” expanding foam insulation? It really is great stuff but I wouldn’t want to see it sticking out of anywhere on the airplane.

  3. acardnal says:


    Who said that cheese curds and bratwurst were bad for one’s vocabulary?

  4. acardnal says:

    Something was added that I didn’t add!

    Second try:

  5. GregH says:

    What is “up talk”? Is that the same as “back talk”?

  6. ckdexterhaven says:

    I had a child who was an uptalker. Short of beating this child, nothing would get him to stop. He finally quit on his own. (I considered beating…)

    Don’t be too hard on the parents, they may have been suffering as you were!

  7. Grateful to be Catholic says:

    “Recombobulation.” That’s a great lost positive, or lost re-positive.

  8. bombermac says:

    Have safe travels, Father. I wonder if you were headed out to Oklahoma? We were on the lookout for possible tornadoes all day today (although I don’t know that any actually formed).

  9. Absit invidia says:

    Up talk is that annoying thing that probably originated among California valley girls who say things “oh my gosh, is that something like a frappuccino?” Except it has now caught onto normative sentences that lift the last word in the phrase as a question mark. Sadly now guys (“guys”) are talking this way. It would go something like “dude, grab your surfboard and let’s go catch that gnarly wave?”

  10. fishonthehill says:

    AGGGGHHHH up-talk drives me crazy. Up-talk is predominate on the upper east side of Manhattan. Instead of straight talk, every statement ends with intonation rising, turning statements into interogatives. Maybe they are unsure of themselves! It is very annoying.

  11. paladin says:

    :) Father, thank you for that! I finally have a word for that completely annoying syndrome: “uptalk”!

    My favorite response to it is this:

  12. pelerin says:

    Amused to find that the annoying ‘uptalk’ exists in America as well as here in Britain. I understood that it was due to the influence of the Australian tv soaps over here. One of my offspring even puts question marks after most of his statements in emails. Very strange to those of us of the older generation.

  13. mburduck says:

    Looks like you were driving a VW. I have one, too, Father, and I love it. Safe travels!!

    Mike the Professor

  14. Kathleen10 says:

    To me it is worse when parents ask their child’s permission for everything.
    “I’m going to leave now…ok??” (gads!)
    “You have five minutes and then we’re going…ok??”
    This is a terrible habit. I can promise you, children today are “empowered”, and many parents have no idea whatsoever what they are doing. Many children are in appalling hands. We should pray often for children, many of whom suffer from RBW Syndrome. (Raised By Wolves)

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