Flight Sim enquiry raises terror alert
By Andrew Orlowski in Las Vegas
Posted: 08/01/2004 at 22:39 GMT
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A mother’s enquiry about buying Microsoft Flight Simulator for her ten-year-old son prompted a night-time visit to her home from a state trooper.
Julie Olearcek, a USAF Reserve pilot made the enquiry at a Staples store in Massachusetts, home to an earlier bout of hysteria, during the Salem witch trials.
So alarmed was the Staples clerk at the prospect of the ten year old learning to fly, that he informed the police, the Greenfield Recorder reports. The authorities moved into action, leaving nothing to chance. A few days later, Olearcek was alarmed to discover a state trooper flashing a torch into to her home through a sliding glass door at 8:30 pm on a rainy night.
Olearcek is a regular Staples customer and schools her son at home. The Staples manager simply explained that staff were obeying advice. Shortly before Christmas, the FBI issued a terror alert to beware of drivers with maps, or reference books.
At one time it was rare to find US citizens, in the safest and most prosperous country in the world, jumping at their own shadows. Now we only note how high.
Umm…. YEAH? What the hell. Crazies
So since I don’t think I ever posted it before, here’s my schedule for next semester…
The Yellow shaded area is where I’ll be working at Krell. I haven’t yet decided if I want to come in Friday afternoons yet. They want me to, so I probably will. We’ll have to see.
Yesterday I got my Cover Letter finished and a few other things done with that stuff. I’ve applied to 51 jobs now. And have mailed two follow up’s. The rest will go out sometime in the next few days. I think the week of the 26th I’ll start doing call backs. Maybe earlier. I want to give them plenty of time, but not enough to forget about who I am. So I’ll have to see about it all. I really just want to get interviews set up for the time that I’m out there. April 5-9, because I don’t want to go out there and get an apartment and not have anything else done. Hopefully everything will come into place.
After work, I went home. Expecting Andrew, Courtney and Katie to all be there, and then I’d make supper, and we’d have a good old time.
But after spending 35 minutes in Hy-Vee, because some idiot didn’t know how to run the register (I had already checked out and had to stand there for like 20 minutes before she got me a reciept to sign), I got home and they weren’t there. I was pretty damn annoyed really. Especially since I had asked him to call me if the plans were going to change any, which they obviously did, and I didn’t get any phone call. I called him and he said it’d be like an hour, which annoyed me even more. Because now I had to make them all supper by myself. I was just annoyed.
Anyways, they all got there just as supper was getting ready and we ate, then sat around and had a pretty good time. We watched TV and did about nothing else.
After they caught the 9:53 bus, Andrew and I sat around and talked and didn’t really do anything. I was really exhausted last night, and was in pain from my knee and muscles. I feel better today though.
This morning so far, I’ve spelt in, had a real breakfast, showered, shaved, came to work, applied to a few more jobs (the supply has been dwindling lately), and now I’m getting ready to go to the staff meeting… Which is where I should head now, it’s time.