November 21, 2007

Beef, Corn and Kisses

I was reading the paper today and a couple things popped out at me and made me do a pause and a *blink*.

The first was when I read about the Buffalo Zoo and how they have lost three polar bears. It was very sad. Further down in the article it stated that the zoo was checked frequently by the USDA.


The beef people?

Am I the only one who did not know that zoos are under the jurisdiction of the USDA, the same folks who are in charge of the meat we eat? I just thought that was… odd. I’ve never thought of zoos as agriculture. Circuses too I believe.

I’m not sure where I’d put zoos. I’d not really thought about it. OSHA? Nope. Children and family services? Uhh… closer, but nope. Humane Society? Mmmm… getting closer. FDA? No. EPA? Ohhh, could be. TSA? Nope nope.

The USDA it is. Interesting.

On to other thoughts...

Then. Holy crap. Good Grief. I’d never have possibly imagined. But…

Some family in Iowa had a grain bin come apart, and pour 500,000 bushels of corn, which created pretty much a sea of corn, that lifted the house off the foundation, crushed the house, and but for the Grace of God, these folks lived, but not without the help of the local emergency crews who had to use O2 hoses for the father and brother until they could be released from their corn and lumber prison.


Folks, I know NOTHING about farming. Well, some, a bit more than Jimbo, but not much. I’m no expert on it like Jerry. But I’m telling you now, to be crushed by 500,000 bushels of corn just astounds me. I’ve heard about people drowning in grain silos, but to be sitting in your home, minding your own business and a sea of frickin’ corn lifts your home away like an odd version of the Wizard of Oz, and then crushes it, leaving you to fend for yourself? Holy crap. That just frickin’ blows me away.

The neighbors said they heard the rivets popping off that bin like machine gun fire. Talk about some serious PTSD. I’d spend my whole life being afraid of being around grain bins. Add any gun fire nearby, like hunting, and I’d probably stroke.

My Mom keeps laughing that I can’t get past this. Because I can’t. (She’s not laughing at the horror of the situation, but at me… and how I can’t quit talking about it.) She said, “Nobody would pop popcorn around you! One pop of popcorn and you’d hit the deck!”

Meanwhile, as an engineer, I’m thinking, “Who cheaped out on the rivets?” Those were new bins…

And as a human, I’m thinking, “I want to help…”

Of course though, reading about the farm story made me think of Jerry and what a frickin’ funny guy he is. When we were at Eric’s he changed into overalls and unloaded a bail of hay and straw he’d hauled with him to Eric’s, and gave us a demonstration on the differences. I laughed so hard. Jerry truly has one of the most wickedly funny senses of humor I have ever had the pleasure to meet. I laughed that whole weekend… I am still quoting him. Good Grief.

Oh and while I’m on odd tangents, when did Hershey’s Kiss start putting messages on their white pull tabs? Hello? It’s supposed to have Kisses, Kisses, Kisses all over it as it has for umpteen years! Not cute little messages like ‘HI’ or ‘Congratulations’ or ‘Looking Good’. Please.

Some days I can’t handle change… like the time Pillsbury changed their pie crust from folded to rolled. I actually emailed them about it. Evidently I'm the only one who hated the change. I STILL hate it... but it is what it is.

I'm ready for the Kisses to go back to Kisses. Forget the HI. Please.

Posted by Boudicca at November 21, 2007 11:08 PM | TrackBack

Did you read about the woman that had panic attacks in the local Publix on the Black Wednesday of grocery shopping because her friend seemed to think it'd be funny to give her a recipe and expect her to shop for and make something she has never seen or tried before?

And yes, I agree about the kisses! No sense in changing a good thing.

Posted by: Sissy at November 21, 2007 11:32 PM

Good grief no, but that sounds like something that Morrigan would do to you!

Posted by: Bou at November 21, 2007 11:34 PM

I remember playing in practically empty grain bins as a child. It was great fun to slide on the corn and soybeans. Neveronce was it considered deadly. Well, unless the bin was full.

A tall grain silo will tower over a house- it would have an avalanche effect. I can't imagine.

Posted by: Jody at November 22, 2007 07:46 AM

my bet is the rivets in that silo came from china where they check tensile strength by just pulling on the steel..if it don't break they paint it with lead based paint and ship it..

Posted by: GUYK at November 22, 2007 09:01 AM

Wow. That just sucks.

Posted by: vw bug at November 22, 2007 09:29 AM

I bet it will taste great Sissy!

Posted by: Morrigan at November 22, 2007 11:17 AM

GuyK- I think you may be on to something...

Posted by: Bou at November 22, 2007 10:52 PM

Wasn't that in a movie? No, wait, it was popcorn in a house. Real Genius.

Posted by: Amy at November 24, 2007 07:05 PM