Friday, March 14, 2008

More needle gun

Here's a picture of the guy with the needle gun on the old, rusty Ranger...that vessel's an argument for sending old steel ships to Pakistan. Turning it into wire coat hangers would be a higher use for the steel. Today, I felt like going out there and telling them how stupid and useless they are, but why bring them down? They feel they're being productive. (They also play that 'orrible mexican, mariachi music, with the tuba all day...does anyone actually like that stuff? I suppose it sounds okay in old Puerto Vallarta, but it doesn't travel very well.)

Let me retract what I said about old steel ships. We've been spending a lot of time on some thirty five year old ferry boats for Alcatraz Cruises and they are still great. Every day they reliably carry thousands of overweight persons (snack bar aboard!) from Pier 39 to Alcatraz Island and back. They've been upgraded and repowered (depowered from 2000 hp to 1300) and fitted with catalytic converters...this is the Bay Area, and we all drive Priuses. Funny thing, the same company runs the same boats from Manhattan to Liberty Island in NY, but they could care less about catalytic converters there...instead, all passengers have pass through airport like security.

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