9/11 Boatlift

A friend of mine recently shared a link with me that was quite moving about 9/11 that I had not heard before.  The short, 12 min video was produced by Tom Hanks.

Orig Vid Link: http://biggeekdad.com/2011/09/boatlift/

Boatlift is the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. I had no idea that the 9/11 boat evacuation was larger than Dunkirk and they completed it so fast. The video is narrated by Tom Hanks who I am a big fan of as usually whatever he has a hand in turns out to be a great production. If you’ve never seen Band of Brothers set aside a couple weekend nights and watch one of Tom Hanks finer productions.

 

Strange, But True

Sometimes real life is stranger than fiction.

First we have a man carrying a dead weasel being accused of assault. The victim asked, “Why are you carrying a weasel?” Police said the attacker answered, “It’s not a weasel, it’s a marten,” then punched him in the nose, dropped the carcass, and fled.

Up next, a friend of mine volunteers at her local rehab shelter where she meets all kinds of used and abused women.  This tale is one that actually happened… it’s a tale of ” redneck lovin’ ” to use the abused woman’s words (we’ll call her Marylou) as an example of how her ex-husband treated her.

Marylou used to be a housewife. One Christmas, she received two gifts from her husband: a toaster and a dildo. She gave him a confused look and that’s when he said to her, “If you don’t like the toaster, you can go fuck yourself.”

Last up, we have Titanic II sinks on maiden voyage.

Most people would think twice before buying a boat named Titanic II. And sure enough, when Briton Mark Wilkinson took the 4.8-metre cabin cruiser out for its maiden voyage, it promptly sank. “If it wasn’t for the harbourmaster, I would have gone down with the Titanic,” Mr Wilkinson, who had to be fished out of the sea at West Bay harbour in Dorset, southern England, told local media. One eyewitness said: “It wasn’t a very big boat – I think an ice cube could have sunk it!”

 

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse in Style

I was in Borders Books perusing the high end auto classifieds in the DuPont Registry looking at all the wonderfully exotic and classic cars people have and the enormous price tags on some of those beauties.  One of the ad pages in the magazine caught my attention with a body style I had never seen before called an STV.

They termed it the Shadow Hawk Super Terrain Vehicle.  The company hand builds each one to custom specs at a rate of 12 per year and it seems like the desert model would be the ultimate “survivor vehicle”.  🙂