Monthly Archives: June 2007

And Everyone Slid Off Into The Irish Sea

Actual headline on the NY Times web page right now: Britain on Edge After Car Slams Into Airport Had not realized the island was that delicately balanced.

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Nelson, The Babe Magnet

I tell ya, it was just like that old Eagles song, Standin’ on the corner in Winslow, Arizona, Such a fine sight to see, It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flat-bed Ford, Slowin’ down to take a look at … Continue reading

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The Friendly Ranger- R.I.P.?

Back in the days when I was training young rangers, one of my stock lectures included a short homily that went something like this: People sometimes ask me, “What’s the hardest part of being a park ranger?” They’ll be expecting … Continue reading

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80-Year Old Sprints Nearly 40 MPH!

Okay, so it was downhill. Really downhill. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (AK)Hikers Rescued After Fall On Chilkoot Trail NPS Morning Report, June 29, 2007: On the morning of Monday, June 18th, two members of a family of four … Continue reading

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One Villain, No Heroes?

Okay, here’s the story: arrogant rich guy buys a chunk of protected land overlooking the C&O Canal National Historic Park. Tells NPS, “I want to build my mansion here, but the problem is that my sweet little boys are allergic … Continue reading

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Interior Biggie Cries Like A Little Girl

Former #2 man in the Bush-Cheney Interior Department does the Paris Hilton Snivel: Judge Orders Prison Time for Ex-Interior Deputy Washington Post, June 27 2007: A federal judge rejected the tearful pleas of the former second-ranking official in the Interior … Continue reading

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Drunker Than Dubya At A Frat Party

Man mistakes straw bale for stricken woman, gives it CPR The Island Packet, June 27, 2007 A Hilton Head Island man confused bales of pine straw with a dead woman, and tried to resuscitate them early Tuesday morning, according to … Continue reading

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Newf Owner’s Haiku

Black hair binds roller Rubber drive belt burns and stinks One more dead vacuum

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Another Dead Kayaker At Apostle Islands

Damn. Out by the mainland sea caves, like the last one. Details sketchy, more to come.

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Death Of A Chief Ranger

Saw an obituary this week for the former Chief Ranger of an important National Park; a fellow I had not thought about in a long time. De mortuis nihil nisi bonum, so I won’t mention his name; my one encounter … Continue reading

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Humor Impairment- Can It Be Cured?

Probably not in this case. A contributor to the Coalition of NPS Retirees listserv quotes a “news story”: WASHINGTON, DC In a nationally televised address reminiscent of President Kennedy’s historic 1961 speech pledging to put a man on the moon, … Continue reading

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News Flash: Bureau of Prisons Better Place To Work Than National Park Service

…at least according to a survey just published by a Washington think tank: The Best Places To Work In The Federal Government The study rated 222 Federal agencies by ten criteria: Employee Skills/Mission Match Strategic Management Teamwork Effective Leadership Performance … Continue reading

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