Frontier Former Editor

January 30, 2008

Today’s life lesson: Never say ‘eh’ to the nice Air Canada pilot, eh?

Filed under: Air Canada, airlines, George Beurling, I'm nuts about flying, nervous breakdown, William Shatner — Frontier Former Editor @ 2:56 pm

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Even a Canadian has to let go once in a while, although it’s been a long time since the last Canadian was hauled off an airliner in restraints . . . .  (here)

The co-pilot of a Heathrow-bound plane was dragged kicking and screaming from the cockpit after suffering a mental breakdown while in control of the flight.

He began yelling and “invoking God” as the Air Canada 767 flew at 37,000 feet over the Atlantic. He was held down by other crew members and a passenger, a member of the Canadian armed forces.

The co-pilot then had restraints fastened to his wrists and ankles and was handcuffed to a seat. The flight from Toronto made an emergency landing in Shannon and the co-pilot, who had been crying and screaming according to witnesses, was taken off the plane.

He was taken by ambulance to a psychiatric ward where he is being treated for a suspected nervous breakdown.

No word about reports of suspicious claw marks and missing panels around the port engine nacelle, though. 

 Actually, this makes for three Canadians I know of who might be considered dangerous in the air (Celine Dion in first class notwithstanding) . . . . . (here)

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January 27, 2008

Tommy Boy

Filed under: Earth Day, get clear, Hollywood uber Alles, Risky Business, thetan, Tom Cruise, Uncategorized — Frontier Former Editor @ 8:24 pm

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Why not head this off with a comparison between Claus von Stauffenberg’s Wehrmacht personnel photo and Tom Cruise’s Scientology ID badge picture? (note: this graf and photo use protected by existing statutory and case law regarding satire, parody and general treatment of public figures)

Thanks to Raincoaster’s recent missive on constipation and Herr Cruise, I am reminded of the time that I and my significant other attended Earth Day festivities in front of the Capitol in, I believe, 1989.

We were sitting on the grass about 40 or 50 feet abreast of the podium, enjoying the sunshine and general spring miasma of a May day in the District of Columbia when somebody began haranguing the crowd.

I looked up and asked significant other; “Who’s the short guy?”

“That’s Tom Cruise,” significant other replied.

“Iceman shoulda had an accidental missile release,” I observed.

January 21, 2008

Maybe the little things do count more

Filed under: Blacksburg, bureaucracy, observations, old college days, rationality, schools, Virginia, Virginia Tech — Frontier Former Editor @ 4:35 pm

I spent part of the coldest day of this year in Blacksburg, Va. Sunday and picked up this little piece of literature: (more…)

January 14, 2008

The old man’s still an artist with a Thompson.

It’s been a cinematic month here at the FFE emporium, and a month of depressing, cynical, grisly and darkly humorous cinema at that.

Luckily for me, last week was wall-to-wall “Miller’s Crossing” on cable. Yes, I watched it three times in a day and remembered why I missed watching it so much.

One reason:

January 13, 2008

Another entry in the chronicle of “I really am getting old . . .”

Filed under: Afghanistan, ancient history, Charlie Wilson, Tom Hanks — Frontier Former Editor @ 12:40 am

Tonight I went to see “Charlie Wilson’s War.” As the sound system suddenly went haywire in the theater, I went out in the lobby to find a manager to put it right again.

No employees were to be seen, but two teenage girls were in the lobby. They said the staff all left. I thanked them and turned back to the theater, and one asked me if “Charlie Wilson . . .” was good. I said yes. She said, “I like Tom Hanks.”

I said, “Yeah, but it has some ancient history in it.”

I was about their age when Aeroflot brought its first ‘tourist’ charter into Kabul.

January 1, 2008

Finally, for some ridiculousness around which I can wrap my consciousness

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frontier Former Editor @ 2:49 pm

Some of you may know I’m a scale modeler in my copious spare time, and I’ve modeled some strange things.

Take the left-handed violin, for example . . .

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