Thursday, August 27, 2009

Friday Shoot-out - Incongruous

The events of Tuesday of this week are the base on which this Friday Shoot-out is founded. It was a day unlike any other I have known.

We drove our underage granddaughter, who had spent the summer with us, to the airport to return to her family in Idaho. Craziness soon ensued.


On the way, we stopped for lunch at a nice restaurant. This sign was posted outside the entrance. I wondered...., when a thief robs the place will they leave a note saying, "I may be back!"

At the airport I assisted my granddaughter with her luggage at the terminal and then left my wife with her, to see her to her gate. I decided to park in the cell phone parking lot until Billie called me to pick her up.

At the parking lot I got out of the car to stretch my legs. There were informative signs of all sorts, there.

Having just come from Terminal A, I knew there was no parking available at either terminal. Since the parking lot was a mile away, I wasn't about to walk there. I guess I could have reached a cab on my cell phone if nature called.

I found it interesting that the disabled were the only ones required to get a permit to park, and then had to pay a $250 fine to do it.

As I walked around I made an amazing discovery. The air traffic control tower was in the trash can!

After getting a closer look, I realized that tiny airplanes were flying around in there, too. Click on the picture to get a closer look.

One of the little jet planes barely missed a tiny light pole which was also in the trash receptacle.

A few minutes later, another jet was not so fortunate. It was a direct hit!
That's what they get for flying around in a garbage can!
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I, quickly, rushed to the site of the crash. The whole trash can was completely obliterated! It was almost total destruction! The only thing left standing was the little control tower. If you look closely you can see, on the right side of the picture, what looks like one of the doors of the airplane. Just below the control tower there is more evidence of the horrible results of the crash. It's red! Could it be bl.....! Oh, what a trying day!
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As I arrived home that afternoon, Scruffy could see that I was a little frazzled. He said, "Let's go to the river and unwind. A little fishing will be just what you need."
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Scruffy always knows just how to cheer me up. Little did I know how strange this angling experience would be.

It was, indeed, a beautiful night at the inlet. The glow of the distant lighthouse reflecting in the river's glassy smooth water had a very calming effect on me. Scruffy and I caught lots of nice fish.

If you look closely, (click to enlarge) you can see that the flounder has both eyes on the same side of its head, unlike the trout. That is strange, but this particular flounder was even stranger than that.
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He was wearing a cell phone on his hip!

Before I knew it he was calling the Department of Fish and Game.
I heard him say something about his inalienable rights as a fish.
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Soon, he even had his friends involved in the ruckus!

So, to avoid any further confrontation, Scruffy filleted and released them.
Overall, it was a very incongruous day! I hope to see many more like it.

31 comments:

  1. Hahaha!!!
    I think the most incongruous part was the sight of a middle-aged man squatting down to take many studious pictures of a trash can.
    Somebody should have got that one on efilm!

    Good old Scruffy, you can count on that squirrel to take charge.

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  2. I did get some very odd looks.

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  3. HA!! That's some scary squirrel there, Gordon :)

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  4. I think he enjoys that knife a little too much!

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  5. Gordon Thats a nice picture of a Halibut, they must be heading south.

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  6. I'm surprized they let such tiny airplanes leave the state. Then again, you take a jumbo jet to get to FL, they don't want you to leave, so the only flights out are really tiny little planes, I guess!

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  7. I'm with NanU - I would have loved to take a photo of you taking a photo of the trash can, I imagine you were VERY BORED there in the parking lot.

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  8. This is a hilarious post. It had me cracking up.

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  9. I was prepared in case somebody asked what I was doing. I would mtell them I was the health inspector.

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  10. Road trip! What fun. Love how your captured the air tower/plane/garbage can. You clever boy.

    Fish with cell phones, eh? I think they are doing that around here. They now read the Fish Daily News, a secret undeground fishpaper started by a group of revolutionary fish.

    They now know the size limits. Those cell phones are used to call the boat coppers if anyone dares keep an undersized fish. Otherwise, they are out of luck.

    And Scruffy is very clever, too. My, I would hate seeing you two out on the town. Whoo hoo! What a shoot that would be. It could be a little incongruous.

    Great photos, Gordon.

    Have a great weekend.

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  11. Dad- Should I be worried about your mental status? Oh, to jump inside that mind of yours!

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  12. I love it! Those tiny planes are oh so clever! You know you are good :)
    What a great summer you GRAND~child must have had, lucky girl.

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  13. That's one little squirrel I'm staying clear of.

    Amazing what you find in the trash these days!!

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  14. Do the tiny planes have problems getting clearance from the flies in the garbage container. It was so funny, especially the flounder. I hope your granddaughter had a safe but tiny trip home. Do they wrap you up in shrink wrap to get you on the planes? Great shoot out!

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  15. Gordon!
    Whew! What a bizarre account of affairs!Thank goodness you have Scruffy to add some normalcy to your life...

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  16. LOL - the direct hit comment had me cracking up!

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  17. Funny and creative! I am quite jealous that I didn't think of capturing airplanes with trash cans. And flounders on phones, that too!

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  18. How creative! I love the fishing squirrel :)

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  19. I love all of the interesting things coming out of the garbage can. great job!!

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  20. Incongruous indeed to have so much fun with a garbage can - who would have thought?!
    Very clever, indeed!

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  21. Great photos - The fish and the cell phone had me cracking up.

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  22. This really is a wacky entry, you cracked me up! lol

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  23. Ha health inspector my...well camera! Yes, the fish and cell phone had me running to the lou I was laughing at this whole thing...how clever you are with the tower in the trash can!

    I was just waiting for this post to fall from the sky, and I would be chicken little!

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  24. You always makes me smile with your posts and photos Gordon. Smart you are!

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  25. you just never stop do you! Did you work in a tower like that back in your air traffic control days? I bet it was under strict weight penalties for the employees. I bet they also had some height discriminations.

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  26. Too funny. Good lesson in perspective, eh? Bet those jets were in a holding pattern in that trash can.

    Those fish are cellfish. I myself prefer shellfish.

    Thanks for entertaining me, Gordon!

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  27. LOL... I love it! That squirrel might be related to the ones running around my backyard--always into mischief!

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  28. Ha-ha, what else is there to say? You have my vote for the creativity award.

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  29. Completely hysterical!!!!
    Wow! "What a day..." is RIGHT!!!
    ;^) ;^0
    (Love the poem in the post above, too!)
    ;^)

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