Thursday, May 3, 2012

For a Busy Work Week - Just a Photo and a Proverb

Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion”

. Egyptian Proverb


  1. It is always that way. All politicians are skilled in prestidigitation.

  2. Target Fixation...

    This happened to me on the bike recently. I was so focused on the impatient Rock Hauler 18wheeler behind me, that when I bailed off to a side road, I totally failed to see the pickup approaching from my right. Luckily we both stopped in time. Totally my fault on that one.
    (see the writeup here)

  3. And EITHER one will kill you...

  4. In Psych 101 they called that "functional fixedness": only being able to look at a situation one way, not considering other options.

    It could come back to bite you, scorpion or not. Pays to look around at everything. :)

  5. This is just part of a very long email from an SR-71 pilot; thought you might enjoy it after a long day.

    One day, high above Arizona , we were monitoring the radio traffic, of all the mortal airplanes below us.

    First, a Cessna pilot asked the air traffic controllers to check his ground speed. 'Ninety knots,' ATC replied.

    A Bonanza soon made the same request.
    'One-twenty on the ground,' was the reply.

    To our surprise, a navy F-18 came over the radio, with a ground speed check.

    I knew exactly what he was doing.
    Of course, he had a ground speed indicator in his cockpit, but he wanted to let all the bug-smashers in the valley, know what real speed was, 'Dusty 52, we show you at 620 on the ground,' ATC responded.

    The situation was too ripe. I heard the click of Walt's mike button in the rear seat (his co-pilot).
    In his most innocent voice, Walt startled the controller by asking for a ground speed check from 81,000 feet, clearly above controlled airspace.

    In a cool, professional voice, the controller replied, 'Aspen 20, I show you at 1,982 knots on the ground.'

    We did not hear another transmission on that frequency, all the way to the coast.

  6. I like the parable about Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs...Being a " Sheepdog ", I make sure people know about the motives of the snake & scorpion.

    The game is up for the village idiot from Chicago....he's going down.

  7. Umm...don't know if I should fess up...

    I was ponderin' the expanse of skin under the fishnet stockin' and plumb missed both the snake and the scorpion...

  8. Monkeywrangler - good one.

    North - indeed.

    Keith - I'd heard that, Most excellent. I remember watching the blackbirds coming into Beale, they look like they've be targeted on you even though you were no where close, they just didn't seem to move, they were so big.

    linearthinker - hate to break it to you but that's mesh, not a fishnet stocking. :-)


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