> Thanks again, guys. I think I'm going to start a route that can lead to
> removal. I sent a proactive, blameless, "concerned citizen, how can I
> help?" type letter to the mayor today. I stuck to the facts, pointed out
> the glaring problems (the dam and the rescuers ignorance of what just
> happened), and provided potential solutions. The teacher at MVCDS where I
> set up the aquariums was in the mayor's office last week and said "He's
> most unpolitician politician I've ever met." That was a compliment, by
> way :) So we'll see how that goes... No response, Fire Chief Michael
> gets a letter. No response...
> "You called down the thunder... Well now you got it curr! And hell's
> coming with me!"
> Man, I've always wanted to just yell that at someone and mean it. :)
> Today I was starting to be able to think back through it. I remembered
> something really funny. I totally froze when I first looked and saw what
> was happening, but by knowing some trivia about human behavior (or animal
> behavior for that matter), I was able to snap out of it quickly. I
> of this reaction in a very strange way, I can't for the life of me
> what psychologists call it...
> I was in a doctors office reading "People" magazine, which I find can be
> amusing if read from the back forward. It makes more sense that way, I
> think, especially when other options are limited (it's not like they have
> there ;) Part of the content I parused was about that wiley band of
> pranksters known as Jack_at_$$ from MTV and movie fame... While all that I
> looking at was part of a world I divorced when I killed my television
> years ago... Even disgusting, counterintuitive things can make some good
> used appropriately. Mileage may vary, of course.
> Any way, the prank they'd pulled was to abduct Brad Pitt from in front of
> grocery store or someplace high profile like that. Someplace where Brad
> Pitt would draw a crowd and attention and then see how everyone reacted
> they sped up in a van and threw him in, and then peeled off. Apparently,
> everyone froze... didn't even make a movement like they were going to help
> (I never saw the clip, so correct me if I'm wrong). And, this is a normal
> piece of psychology to freeze... It's like an archetype or something
> let me start acting like I understand Jung :) Since reading that bit,
> prepared myself to not freeze, given that I am around water so much. I
> guess it worked.
> So the last thing that ran through my mind before I began my ascent of the
> ravine wall was...
> Brad Pitt.
> It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
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