Boo, and also Hoo

I got this from one of Jack Baruth’s commenters, and I have decided that if I ever get this whiny about a mere car, you should borrow an AR-15 from a classmate and perforate my rib cage:

Said another commenter:

There are weak, confused drama queens about, in this unfortunate time; and a lot of them are, at least chromosonally, males. Here in my little hipster settlement in the Bitterroots, we have more than the average share — California expats.

Okay. Weak and stupid people abound.


How does this HAPPEN? Like you said … it’s insured. He just bought it. Stand back and watch the fireworks; and think about whether you want to use the insurance money to get another … or maybe, not make the same mistake twice.

But no. There with his woman with him … he’s carrying on like a scared four-year-old. And who comes to help him? An ARMY MAN. Someone who DOES have emotional and mental discipline.

As Roberta X says:

[N]o one wins their last battle; the best any of us can hope for is to enter it unafraid.

I don’t think I’m quite to that point yet.


  1. fillyjonk »

    23 February 2018 · 12:51 pm

    One thing I can see right away I would have done differently (granted, some circumstance may have prevented it, I don’t know): Instead of getting off in the very MIDDLE of things, and then freaking out as cars blow by me, I’d have pulled off to the far right hand side, onto what passed for the shoulder, and then gone and stood well off the roadway and away from the car in the grassy verge. (Or even just jumped the fence and stood on the WALKWAY that is there PROTECTED between lanes of traffic)

    Granted, yes, maybe the burning car would start a grass fire, but that might just summon the firefighters faster….

    And I’d have figured; hell, I’m out of the car, it’s insured, the firefighters are on the way, they’ll know what to do.

  2. McGehee »

    23 February 2018 · 3:44 pm

    Dude: the car is burning. You’re not.

  3. fillyjonk »

    23 February 2018 · 5:20 pm

    I will say I’m wondering how much of that sobbing freakout happened because there was a camera in the person’s vicinity.

  4. CGHill »

    23 February 2018 · 7:00 pm

    All I know on the subject: World Tour ’06 was cut short in Coal County by a dumb deer, and I don’t remember even raising my voice, let alone bawling like — well, like I do for the dumbest reasons.

  5. fillyjonk »

    23 February 2018 · 7:03 pm

    I find in Real Emergencies, I get to get quiet and get serious and do what I can to get myself out of it. It’s the dumb little crap like the printer jamming that makes me fall to bits.

  6. fillyjonk »

    23 February 2018 · 7:04 pm

    Ugh. “tend,” instead of that first “get.”

    I think I really am migraining a little bit tonight, having a hard time braining.

  7. jsallison »

    23 February 2018 · 8:38 pm

    Oh for the Love of Life Orchestra…. Dude you have multiple traffic lanes available, pick one and go stand in it. It’ll all be over soon, promise.

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