December 8th, 2008

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"Well, I wrote it"

We have basketball games tonight, and since I wanted to get an early start at work this morning, I ran up to the high school last night to change the names on the scoreboard roster boards. It's 10:00 at night, I am literally the only person on campus. The closest parking spots to the gym (and the only ones at all that I can see clearly from the door) are all handicapped. So I parked in the nearest one. Any other time of the week, I wouldn't do that. But it's late, and I don't know when the parking lot lights are scheduled to turn off (after which it will be DARK,) and if some twit decides to fuck with the car, I want to be right there to catch the prick.

I finish up, kill the lights, and step outside about 10:10. Lo, the sheriff's deputy who was busy writing someone a ticket on Espola in front of the football stadium when I arrived, he's now standing next to my car. This isn't a surprise--when they see cars in the lot in the off-hours, they usually do drive through to investigate. I'm all for it. We've had trouble with vandalism, including dickmunch skateboarders who think it's okay to cut railings so they can shoot video of themselves jumping off small hills. What is a surprise is the ticket under my wiper.

"Is this your car?"
"Sure is."
"Do you know you're parked in a disabled zone?"
"Sure. But this late at night, I'd like to keep it close to the building."
"Well, I wrote it."

Well, how about un-writing it? During the day, or while any other event is going on, where any other people might be parked in the lot, I'll park legally. But that late, one of the last things I want to do is walk out of a pitch-dark gym into a pitch-dark parking lot with an armfull of stuff and walk any further to the car than I need to. There's no contention for those spaces, and I'm bloody staff (evidenced by the parking tag stuck to the glass right next to where he placed the ticket,) so discretion is not an unreasonable expectation. If it were $20, I'd pay it and write it off as a nuisance. But it's $330.

Arguing with cops outside the presence of a judge is never a good idea. And I have People who are now looking into it anyways...
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But what does it mean for Jim Shorts?

Former Chicago radio personality Kevin Matthews has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It's treatable, and Kev sounds good, so I'm not overly worried. It stands to argue, he could even be president.

Kevin's been back on the air for a while at WLAV-FM in Grand Rapids, MI. He talked to Spike O'Dell on WGN briefly this morning. Kev confirms that Jim is not a candidate to replace Spike after he leaves at the end of this week.
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F-18 down

An F-18 flying off a carrier at sea lost one engine, then tried to make it to MCAS Miramar to land. The pilot wasn't able to make it and punched out, landing safely in someone's back yard in the University City neighborhood. The plane crashed into a house just east of University City HS. A neighbor found the pilot and related to KFMB-TV that the pilot told him all of this. KNSD-TV has photo galleries linked from this story. One house on the ground is reported destroyed, plus two cars. A second house is damaged. The fires are now out. No word on whether anyone on the ground was injured. The crash site is Huggins and Cather in San Diego.
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Crash details

The Union-Tribune's got 'em.


  • 2-seat F/A-18D, carrying a single pilot
  • Part of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101, of Miramar's 3rd Marine Air Wing
  • The unit includes both Navy and Marine pilots
  • Pilot was flying off the USS Abraham Lincoln, at sea in the Pacific off the San Diego coast
  • Before the crash, both engines had failed
  • Two fatalities on the ground
  • Two houses destroyed, one badly burned
  • The pilot punched out, landed safely, walked away, and was taken to Balboa Naval Hospital to be checked out