What a week … seriously

Published 1:09pm Monday, March 17, 2014

Occasionally it’s difficult to decide exactly what to talk about in this space. And this past week has been more than usually hectic, making my thoughts bounce around like a pinball – never pausing at one place for very long.

So in keeping with this week’s brainwaves, here are some things that grabbed my attention however briefly:

•How in the heck do you lose an airplane – a very large airplane? With today’s radar, satellites and computer capabilities it seems like that would be virtually impossible.

Honestly, we’ve all seen the Google Earth photos of our neighborhoods and heard about satellites able to “see” the numbers on license plates or “listen” to conversations in the ladies room. There are many more examples of the power of technology to track and locate – smart bombs and missiles for instance.

Anyway, with all of those powerful tools in use it appears odd for a plane to go missing. I keep hearing that it “disappeared.” Did the Klingons throw a cloaking device on it and haul it away with a tractor beam? Seriously, that’s nearly as believable as it “disappeared.”

To recap, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (a Boeing 777) took off last Saturday in good weather with 239 people on board. It was supposed to have landed at its destination about six hours later.

But about 45 minutes after takeoff, air traffic controllers said they lost contact while the plane was over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam.

Approximately two hours after takeoff, a Malaysian Air Force official said radar tracking showed the plane’s last known location over a very small island in the Strait of Malacca – hundreds of miles from the intended flight path. Since then dozens of theories have arisen about what happened to the airplane, but so far there’s been no real information.

•Much closer to home, Slapout’s Jess Meuse is still “safe” on American Idol. The elimination of a contestant Thursday night brought the remaining number of performers down to 10.

All of those young folks – including Jess and two others from Alabama – reached a milestone by making it to the Top 10. They will all be part of a nationwide American Idol tour. It’s really exciting to see how well someone from our local community is doing.

•And in our own yards and neighborhoods, spring blooms and birds are defying the still up-and-down temperatures and generally fickle weather patterns. It’s amazing how quickly those Bradford pears can burst into full bloom.

I definitely love all of the flowers, but my sinuses object to all of the temperature extremes.

•You all need to pay close attention in the next couple of months. There are tons of activities going on right here in our county. I mean it when I say there’s something that will suit just about anyone.

I’m sure I’ll see at least some of you at one place or another.

Until next week … and bless your hearts.

 

Peggy Blackburn is managing editor of The Wetumpka Her­ald and Elmore County Weekend. She can be reached at 334-567-7811. Her email address is peggy.blackburn@TheWetumpkaHerald.com.

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