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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Weirdness Aplenty Around Here

Maybe it is the screwed up weather we're having here. Or the economy going into the crapper. Or the downward spiral it seems society is taking in terms of sense and reason.


I'm talking about the strange behavior folks are demonstrating in towns close to where I live. I fear it may be contagious. I fear it may be hitting my town soon. We can't have that. Hell, I'm already insane enough. It wouldn't take that much to push me off my cracker. Just ask my closest friends. They will cheerfully regale you with stories of my demented, sordid past. I'm not bragging. Just stating facts.



Anyway....

The following news stories happened just recently, not far from here:

An Ohio seventh grader by the name of Angelica Hummel came to school with red highlights in her hair. The officials at Bowling Green Junior High told this 13 year old girl she had to dye her hair back, because the school's dress code prohibits hairstyles that bring undue attention or make the wearer conspicuous.

This is stupid. Do these imbeciles know what year it is? There are thousands of girls her age dying their hair.

The officials have banned Hummel from school until she removes the dye out of her hair. The 13-year-old says she doesn't like being stuck at home and wants to return to school. But she says her punishment is unfair, because other students have highlights, too. Parents Mike and Michelle Hummel say the school is wrong and they support their daughter's decision to keep the red coloring.

Good for them. I agree.

Bowling Green Area Schools Superintendent Hugh Caumartin is siding with the school, saying the dress code cuts down on distractions.

All hail the fascist Bowling Green Regime.


Next, we move on to the curious story involving a sleepwalker and a homeless man.

A grand jury on Tuesday indicted a homeless man accused of raping a college student while she was sleepwalking near her home, by the highway. The woman, a 23-year-old student at the University of Cincinnati, woke up during the attack and fought back, but could not get away. It has been reported that she didn't consent to sex and anyone seeing the woman in her sleepwalking state would have known that something was wrong.

This is according to the prosecution.

I'm not blaming the sleepwalking woman, certainly, but one has to question her reasoning for not placing measures that would ensure that she could not leave the house in the middle of the night. I mean, if I knew my sleepwalking antics were that extreme, I think I would have all my doors and windows loaded with dead bolt locks. Maybe I'd even entertain the idea of placing an armed guard near my door. Or have someone live with me? How about installing a security alarm? I don't know. I'm sure it wasn't the first time she went travelling beyond her house. If I suddenly woke up, in the middle of the night, near a highway, a few yards away from an oncoming semi truck, I'd be so scared shitless, I would take one or two of the options I've mentioned already to ensure my body parts remained intact.

But hey, that's just crazy me.

Dexter Ford, 52, was indicted on two charges of rape, attempted rape, kidnapping and felonious assault. He faces up to 46 years in prison if convicted on all counts.


And now, further proof people will go to great lengths for a few dollars more.

A rash of sewer grate thefts around northern Kentucky has police worried about safety has scavengers seek scrap metal to sell.

At least 26 sewer grates have been stolen this month from streets in Newport, Covington, Fort Thomas, Wilder, Southgate, Bellevue and Dayton.


The grates are typically made of cast iron and can weigh up to 180 pounds. It costs at least $120 to replace and reinstall each stolen grate, although they fetch only between $10 and $30 apiece at scrap yards.


When it comes to scrap metal, the thieves have stepped up beyond just acquiring sewer grates. Police say they're also known to break into vacant houses and steal copper piping, cut catalytic converters from vehicles, take manhole covers from city streets and steal aluminum lampposts from the side of highways.


Batten down the hatches, everyone! The loonies will be coming for our metal paper clips next!

7 comments:

Sy said...

We had the same with a kid who had his head shaved and then lines cut in to his hair. Banned from school. I guess it made him more stupid. It is great that having individuality is frowned upon huh!

Right. I cant spend all day chatting here, I have a grate to steal!

Kelly said...

Reminds me yet again of the old Rush song, "Subdivisions" and the line where they say "Conform or be cast out." Individuality is frowned upon almost everywhere anymore.

I wish you luck on your grate stealing, Sir.

Drowsey Monkey said...

That red hair thing is just stooopid! The poor girl wants to go to school and she can't. I've never understood making kids stay away from school as a punishment ... that's dumb. And suspending her for her hair colour? Give me a break.

As for the sleepwalking gal, well, I can understand that, I know people who've walked in their sleep, and it's not easy to control it...it's a weird thing.

Kelly said...

I went to a Catholic school for 8 years before high school and they weren't as strict as that Bowling Green school. I agree with ya. And making her stay away not only deprives her of her education but in seeing her friends, too.

Jared Page said...

I had no idea that cities were having problems with people stealing crap metal! That sounds like a problem I would expect to exist in a third world country, not here.

The grate seems ecspecially weird. Lugging around 180 pound grate to sell for 30$ sounds a lot harder than working a low end job.

J. Alden Page said...

crap metal was supposed to be scrap metal :)

Kelly said...

Yeah, just goes to show, people will steal just about anything. All of the food banks and soup kitchens are having trouble keeping food supplies, too. There's been an increase in homeless people, as well. The economy and high gas prices are really screwing people over around here. I don't drive unless I absolutely need to.

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