Monday, April 25, 2011

"Hey caller, where's the fire?"

By Jim Mullen

"Anyone who deals with the public can tell you stories that will make you wonder how our species survived but the dinosaurs didn't. National-park employees tell stories of visitors to the Grand Canyon who ask what time they turn on the lights at night and where are the escalators to the bottom. Rangers in the Everglades tell of finding a woman sunbathing on a deserted -- but alligator-frequented -- island, with nothing but a bottle of suntan lotion to ward off the hungry carnivores.

"Didn't you see the warnings signs?" they asked.

"Yes," she said, "But I didn't think they meant me.""

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