Last week, the TV was all ablaze with pictures from the space-ship looking balloon hovering over Colorado somewhere between power lines as it floated slowly to the ground. Emergency personnel were everywhere, along with medical people because supposedly a six year-old boy might be inside. In the meantime, air traffic was interrupted, which I’m sure made everyone around the airport sunny and delightful. and all the while emergency personnel, law enforcement people and no telling who else stopped what they were doing, which might have been important, you would think, along with interrupting my regular TV programming.
Ever since O.J. Simpson jumped in that white SUV and drove down the street for hours, TV news coverage jumps on the opportunity to broadcast minute-by-minute news coverage. And I really don’t have a problem with that, but when goofballs like this father, I won’t dignify his need for attention by even mentioning his name, send these people on a wild goose chase when someone might really be in an emergency situation, and if turns out to me needing help, all I can say is he better head for high ground because I’m not going to be happy.
I feel for the guy’s wife, though, because seems to me she has four kids to take care of if you count the grown one. My advice to this father is instead being out there building space ship balloons, you need to keep better track of your six year-old child. I always knew where my six year-old was and what he was doing.
I passed by “The Today Show” the next day where the whole family sat looking like the all American family trying to explain how this could have happened. I thought to myself, well, the little boy seems in very good spirits considering all the trouble that came about. Apparently, the little boy was hiding in the garage, which sort of made me wonder does he have to hide there often? I watched a few minutes of the interview, but quickly decided I’d seen enough in just a few short minute to understand this man. No one else in the family even spoke. He answered every question and made every comment.
Now, it is my understanding that the law enforcement people have uncovered enough evidence to think this was definitely a hoax, and they are talking about filing criminal charges. If this is true, then somebody besides the taxpayers needs to pay for the time that was spent on responding. Of course, I’m not in a position to say what kind of a sentence should be handed down to someone who causes so much havoc, but I have an idea or two. My favorite is that if he likes flying so much, I say strap a lawn chair to a group of large balloons, buckle him in, and let her rip. Up and away he goes, and where he lands no one knows. He seems like the adventurous type to me.