Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Wright brothers at the International Aviat...Image via WikipediaAviation, it started right here...

Planes, pilots, control towers have all been making the news the last few years. Airline pilots showing up for work under the influence of alcohol. Pilots that pass their destination by 150 miles because they’re asleep in the cockpit. Boeing 737’s becoming convertibles at 36,000 feet when part of the roof comes off and air traffic controllers asleep in the tower when incoming flight crews are asking for landing instructions. I know the last flight I was on they had a DJ working the cockpit compartment. I heard several flight attendants and a couple of guys doing the Cupid Shuffle when we were over New Jersey. I also noticed the plane rocking from side to side a little later when I heard the DJ mention, “Chickens on the dance floor...NOW”. Then there was an intense 4 minutes of YMCA, when I thought the plane was going to do a slow barrel roll. About an hour later all went quiet with soft background music...that’s when I thought I heard someone snoring. Guess the auto pilot had been engaged for the final 3 hours to the west coast. I felt safe again. Well what can we do to stop these wild parties in the mile high club and above. I’m thinking cockpit cameras so all passengers can enjoy the party or stop the foolishness when they’ve had too much. When the roof comes off we need to tell the DJ to cut the bass that’s probably causing those roof pop offs. Maybe an acoustical set with bongos and guitar would be a lot safer. And if your dancing in first class or coach maybe being tethered to the aircraft would prevent injuries when encountering strong winds or storms. Seat belts when sitting, tethered on the dance floor. I like that. And with the cockpit cameras we can keep an eye on the pilot and copilot to make sure they don’t doze off when our flight destination is approaching. Maybe a cow bell button on our screen remotes would be cool for the wake up gesture. Aviation it just keeps getting better and better. I got a flight next week with a live performance of Lady Gaga doing Poker Face...can’t wait.

Great news to report from the Minds In Motion school here in Springboro. Their Gala fund raiser held at Heatherwoode on March 19 raised over $50,000 towards building a community gymnasium and arts center on N. Main Street contiguous to the school. They’ll have timing, dates and more once plans are finalized. It was a terrific evening with about 250 people present. Silent auctions, an auction and fun opportunities in abundance kept everyone entertained all evening. The magnificent event was orchestrated by Tricia Fote, School Director and Gina Pangalangan, Minds In Motion, CEO.

A few events coming up that you’ll want to mark your calendars to attend:
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. fund raiser for Tamarack Swim Club at Campioni’s Pizza at 92 Edgebrook Drive. Come enjoy great pizza, subs and so much more. Ten percent of the daily take will be donated to the Tamarack Swim Club for their 2011 season. We joined in 1978 and still belong...best swim club in the area. Love It!
Tuesday, April 26, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Rooster’s Annual Customer Appreciation Party supporting SCAC the Springboro Community Assistance Center. Bring 4 can goods and get $2 off your bill, other items needed are non perishables, cereals, cleaning supplies, paper goods, gas cards. Wendy Ford, Director of the SCAC will be with us to tell us about the need in our community and what SCAC is doing right now. Great give a ways, dancing, karaoke and I’ll be the master of ceremonies and music maker with all the hits from yester year and today.
Thursday, May 12, 2011, Medals in the Making, Embracing Grace. Igniting Hope. At the Prodigy Training Center, 235 S. Pioneer Blvd. Springboro. Hear Gerry Faust, former head football coach at Notre Dame and Moeller High School. A passionate speaker on issues of faith, family and sports and the impact roles they can play on the lives of young people. Emcee: Marsha Bonhart from Channel 2 television in Dayton. Call Rhonda Croucher at 937-550-0051 for tickets now. Take a tour of the facility and enjoy a wonderful dinner provided by Heather’s Coffee and CafĂ© before hearing Marsha Bonhart and Gerry Faust. Tickets are limited call now to not be disappointed.

I leave you with the words of Mehmet Oz, MD: How we treat the weakest among us is how we will be judged.

Merge Wright’s email address is: mergewright@yahoo.com

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