Things & Stuff
2008-02-01 - 10:23 a.m.
Well, we went to the Park yesterday to renew our annual passes.
As of this writing, the cost for an adult one-day "Park Hopper" pass - good for admission to Disneyland and California Adventure for the one day - is $91. The child one-day Hopper (ages 2-9) is $81.
So a family of four - two adults, two children, and parking - has spent $355 before they even get into ANY park.
For another $24, you can get a premium annual pass that INCLUDES parking and has no blackout dates. That's for the highest tier of annual pass. There are less expensive ones, the lowest being the Southern CA Select for $129 - you don't get to go at all during most of the summer, any weekends, or any holidays. That calendar is here.
My days off are so fluid, and Brin and I go so much, that it's worth it to get the premium, waka-waka-gee-whiz pass.
Besides, the Parks are a great place for me to walk.
And now, your global warming Moment Of Zen.
Damn, those pro-AGW "facts" just keep taking a beating. A US Senate report shows that, unlike what the pro-AGW would have you believe, polar bears are in no danger of becoming extinct. In fact, many of the polar bear populations are GROWING.
And this is from the Committee on Environment And Public Works. So they should know what they're talking about, right?
Oh wait - they're all in the pocket of Big Oil. Or President Bush. Same thing, right?
Speaking of global warming, former President Clinton says that, in order to combat global warming, "we [the US] just have to slow down our economy".
Got that? Better to not produce than raise the planet's temperature a fraction of a degree over a century.
And this is during a time when some believe there may be a recession on the horizon?
In the You Can't Make This Up Dept.:
Last month, a burglar broke into the Knoxville, Tennessee home of 80-year-old James "Smokey" Taylor.
Both the burglar and Taylor made mistakes. The burglar broke into the home of a former Green Beret and weapons expert. Taylor, in defending his home and property, shot the intruder in the head...with a .22 pistol. The bullet bounced off, stunning the intruder and forcing him to crawl outside where he was picked up by the police.
Then it gets fun - Taylor was subsequently (and with tongue firmly placed in cheek) court-martialed for “failing to use a weapon of sufficient caliber”:
Taylor’s defense attorney, another retired Weapons Sergeant, disagreed. He said Taylor had done the right thing in choosing to arm himself with a .22.
“If he’d used a .45 or something like that the round would have gone right through the perp, the wall, the neighbor’s wall and possibly injured some innocent child asleep in its bed,” he said. “I believe the evidence shows that Smokey Taylor exercised excellent judgment in his choice of weapons. He did nothing wrong, and clearly remains to this day an excellent weapons man.”
Taylor was acquitted, and gave the following statement afterward:
“I would have had an even worse mess to clean up if it had gone through his forehead,” Taylor said. “It was good for both of us that it didn’t.”
Never presume that someone is a pushover just because he's old.
We have a few things to do before nap time.
And then, the gig.
Be seeing you.
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