September 9th, 2008

me - wtf?

Stupid, stupid stupid.

Some "Ultimate Fighting" champion or other died in the desert the other day. He had gone out on some kind of spiritual journey, and ended up dead.

Here's the stupid part:

On Aug. 16, Tanner wrote about collecting supplies for his journey, and wrote about the dangers he might face.

“I plan on going so deep into the desert, that any failure of my equipment, could cost me my life,” he said. “I’ve been doing a great deal of research and study. I want to know all I can about where I’m going, and I want to make sure I have the best equipment.”

Of course, this led followers of his blog to fear for his safety, as they often did when Tanner reported his frequent by-the-seat-of-his-pants adventures. In a blog dated Aug. 27, Tanner tried to calm his audience.

“This isn’t a version of ‘Into the Wild,’” he wrote. “I’m not going out into the desert with a pair of shorts and a bowie knife, to try to live off the land. I’m going fully geared up, and I’m planning on having some fun.”

But he also affirmed that things could go wrong if his equipment wasn’t up to snuff.

“I do plan on going back pretty far, so I did mention in one of my posts that I wanted to make sure to have good quality gear,” he said. “Any failure of gear out in the desert could cause a problem.”

Apparently though, excellent gear does not include making sure you have a full gas tank.

“What we were told is that (Sheriff’s officials who found Tanner) believe his motorcycle had run out of gas, so he went to walk out in like 115- to 118-degree heat,” Vincitorio said. “He was miles away from his camp. That’s where the helicopter found him. Right now, they just think that he succumbed to the heat.”

Tanner had apparently told friends before he left that if they hadn’t heard from him in a couple of days, they should contact officials, which is what happened. When he stopped responding to text messages, friends waited a couple of days and then notified officials at the Imperial County Sherrif’s Department on Friday.

A search ensued and Tanner’s body was found Monday.

Sorry, but this feels like a Darwin award to me.

George Carlin said it best:

"Just think how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of them are even stupider!"
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Music Meme

Snarfed from my jennkitty:

- Choose a singer/band/group
- Answer the following questions using ONLY titles of songs by that singer/band/group

The Band: Eric Clapton

1. Are you male or female? Lady in Red
2. Describe yourself. Motherless Child
3. What do people feel when they're around you? Hello Olf Friend
4. How would you describe your previous relationship? Bad Love
5. Describe your current relationship. Forever Man
6. Where would you want to be now? Behind the Sun
7. How do you feel about love? Something Special
8. What's your life like? Running on Faith
9. What would you ask for if you had only one wish? Presence of the Lord
10. Say something wise. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
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    Eric Clapton - Hello Old Friend
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Zo.. new LJ

I've got a few very good conservative friends who simply cannot deal with a lot of the raw language, liberal politics and so forth that I post in this LJ. And then on the other hand, I have some very good friends who have zero interest in reading my religious and faith related posts. How to keep both groups happy?

I'm setting up a second LJ, my "polite, nice lady" journal.

On that journal I will be posting my faith related stuff, and cross posting much of the content from this journal, such as what's up with the family, etc.

For those who want to read my religious musings, they can be found here: j3nny3lfsfaith (note, this is an edit, I set up a community so I don't have to juggle accounts)
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Tweets for Today

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Me, Al Franken!

Apparently, Al is whuppin' BUTT in the Minnesota primary elections. He's got 70% of the Democratic vote to be the Democrat candidate for senate.

Go Al! With you in the capitol building, American can ONLY win. :D