Yes, I know that flying is statistically safer than driving. Yes, I know that I was thisclose to being a pilot in the Air Force. And yes, I know that I was raised around pilots for my entire flight, and that my dad is a test pilot who currently tests the very plane on which I will be taking my trip. My rational mind is aware of these facts, but my irrational mind is claustrophobic and not at all interested in logic. Please, for the love of god, don't leave any flying horror stories in my comments section. Only messages of support, please.
After the flight to Seattle, I will be driving with my family to Idaho to see my grandparents and extended family. It should be quite the drive. My parents will be in the car, as will my brother (who is 6'3"), my sister (who is 5'9"), me (5'7"), my parents' black lab, Elmo, and my dog, Jack. Plus our luggage. I wish I could convince my parents that we need to take two cars, but they aren't listening.
When I get to my parents' house in Seattle, I'll write a post to let you know that I've arrived. In the meantime, if you pray, send a few out to Alaska Airlines flight 401.
Not a lot of news to report in the sports world these days, because I don't really have much to say about the Mitchell Report. I mean, nothing in it was hugely surprising, right? The general public can't honestly be shocked about most of the names, but maybe the public outing of everyone will lead to stronger policies against PEDs. We can't change the past, and I'm not interested in spending years crucifying guys who so obviously used but will continue to deny it as long as they can. So that's that.
The Dodgers signed a Japanese pitcher named Kuroda, and I can't seem to get a consensus on whether this is a good or bad thing. Some are worried that the guy will be 33 by the time the season starts, and he wasn't exactly mowing 'em down in the Japanese League. Detractors seem to think that, at best, we're looking at a mediocre #4 starter. But, some people, like this guy at ESPN, are apparently thrilled with the signing, and think the Dodgers have really scored big-time here. I don't know what to think about it, because it's hard to look at numbers when the guy has never faced major leaguers. Hard to believe he'd be worse than Esteban Loaiza was for us in 2007.
No Red Sox news, but Surviving Grady had this video up, and it made me laugh, so I'm putting it here for your enjoyment.
AUTHOR: Buck Rampage
DATE: 12/20/2007 07:07:57 AM
I'm on about 40-50 different airplanes a year and haven't died yet.....so you should be good.
AUTHOR: Jack Cobra
DATE: 12/20/2007 08:52:10 AM
If you die can I take over your blog and name it Oil Can Koufax? Please?
Seriously though, planes don't kill people, people kill people. Have a safe trip, I'm sure it will be just fine...
DATE: 12/20/2007 09:19:08 PM
Your dog is adorable. Have fun!
AUTHOR: Bruce Paine
DATE: 12/20/2007 10:08:34 PM
My favorite airplane activity is to pretend to be someone else and use accents and words you don't normally use. Texas and Australia are my favorite places to be from
DATE: 12/20/2007 10:48:55 PM
I'm commenting on my own blog because I'm not willing to get my computer out of my bag and log in. So, yes, I am alive. My dog handled it quite nicely. The flight wasn't too terrible and I really appreciate the warm wishes (especially Buck's, since that's the only one I read before the flight).
Bruce, I might use that accent thing on the return flight. It sounds fun.