Sunday, 29 March 2015

hard landing

Sometimes you've just gotta do what you've just gotta do.  Simple as that. MOUSES!

In the wee hours of this mornin', a plane made a hard landin' at the Stanfield International Airport.  The pilots got the plane safely onto the ground and although about two dozen peeps were taken to hospital, there were no fatalities. Thank goodness for that.

But this here post isn't about the actual landin'. It's about what happened afterwards.  Let me explain.

When you have well over a hundred peeps standin' about outside in blowin' snow and sub-zero temperatures, you do what you need to do do to get 'em inside.  And when some of those peeps are in shorts or short-sleeved shirts or sandals or any combination thereof, you make darned mousin' sure that you get 'em inside, pronto.  Pronto as in right away, for sure.

Now I know, peeps flyin' into a Canadian airport in winter weather might be wise to wear somethin' a little heavier than shorts and sandals but that's besides the point.  The point is, they were out there in the snow and the cold and not properly clad.  MOUSES!

Those sun-lovin' peeps had been off somewhere warm, lovin' the sun - probably 'cause they didn't like the cold - when they returned home to be left outside in the snow.  Again I must say, MOUSES!!

Officials from the airport have stated that shortly after midnight on a Sunday, they simply don't have shuttles on paw to transport stranded passengers off the tarmac and into the warmth and safety of the airport.  MOUSES!!!

Okay.  Fine.  There were no shuttle buses.  But are they tellin' us there was no way to get those peeps inside?  Really?  REALLY?

I'm findin' that somewhat difficult to believe.

Maybe the traditional methods of peep transportation weren't available but there were other means, I am sure.  Just needed someone to show some gumption, that's all.

Sometimes peeps can't see the forest for the trees.  It's a fact.  Some peeps get so wrapped up in the little details that they totally miss the big picture.  You know, like that big picture of all those short-sleeved shirt wearin' peeps shiverin' out there in the cold?  Yeah, that would be the big picture, for sure.

So there weren't any shuttle buses.  So what?  I mean, really, SO WHAT?  There were cars.  There were cars in the parkin' lot.  There's at least one car rental place at the airport so there were rental cars, too.  Someone had to have access to the keys.  There might even have been some taxis. And what about shuttle buses belongin' to the nearby hotels?  And I imagine that there would even be peeps capable of drivin' all those cars, too.

You probably do need to have special qualifications to drive around on the runway but do you know what?  In times of emergency, you sometimes need to break a rule or two.  You just do.  MOUSES!

Like I said about the trees in the forest...  If you get all caught up in the little details of those trees and rules and regulations and whatnot, you miss the fact that there's a big ol' forest standin' out there. MOUSES!

Had I been me runnin' that ol' airport, I would have shown some gumption, for sure.  I would have found every available vehicle I could find.  Even my own, if necessary.  Then I would have pulled in security officers 'cause it is an international airport so there must be security around even in the wee hours of the mornin'.  And I would have given those security officers the keys to those cars.  Then I would have had them all led out by a baggage cart handler 'cause they know their way around the runways and there must have been at least one around since there were planes landin', proven by the fact that one of 'em did. He or she could have led the cars out to the plane, picked up the passengers in twos and threes and brought 'em all inside where it was warm.

You know somethin'?  Some of the passengers might even have been able to ride on the baggage cart itself.  Not the safest means of transportation, I imagine, but perhaps safer than standin' outside in the blowin' snow while wearin' sandals and shorts.  MOUSES!

Oh sure, there would have been questions to answer afterwards and a few eyebrows would have raised but those peeps would have been safe and warm inside and questions could and would be handled later.

Decisions needin' to be made aren't always as hard to make as they appear and if you're doin' what will be right for the big picture, you'll land on your paws, for sure.  Like I said before, sometimes you've just gotta do what you've just gotta do.

Peeps shouldn't be be too quick to confuse the words can't and won't.  They do actually have two different meanings.  Sometimes, things that shouldn't be done under normal circumstances actually can be done in cases of emergency.  Gumption is all that's required.

So the passengers were only out in the cold for fifty minutes.  Bet those were some of the longest fifty minutes of their lives.

And what if it had been longer?  It could have been.  Could have been even colder, too.  Would airport officials have allowed 'em to stand out there for two or three hours and still have said there were no shuttles available?  MOUSES!

You know what they say.  They say, stupid is as stupid does.  Do you know what I say?  I say, don't do what Stupid does 'cause, you know, HE'S KINDA STUPID!

Stop frettin' on those teeny-tiny details, no matter how complicated they seem, and do what you need to do to make the bigger picture a better thing.  To make it a picture worthy of lookin' at.  And for goodness sakes, get those shiverin' peeps out of that there cold!  MOUSES!

I absolutely abhor that expression 'bout thinkin' outside of the box 'cause as we all know, boxes are the best thing since sliced bread - maybe even better - and no one should ever be told to get out of one just to think BUT there is an argument here to be made 'bout thinkin' usin' a little creativity and ingenuity, for sure.  MOUSES!

They're just lucky that my Peep #1 wasn't on board that plane 'cause she probably would have hiked her way back to the airport, no matter how far away they were.  Oh yeah, they would have tried to stop her from doin' that.  They would have said it was too dangerous and whatnot.  They might have even arrested her or somethin'.  But Peep #1 would have looked 'em straight in the eye and said, "Good.  A jail cell will be warmer than this.  MOUSES!"

Sometimes when life hands you lemons, you've just gotta make some good old-fashioned lemonade and...  Scratch that.  When life hands you lemons what you really ought to do is toss 'em out, grab some nip and kick back with an extra-strong niptini, for sure.

The world would be a better place if there were more cats in charge and runnin' things, I think.  We cats know how to deal with lemons.  When a curve ball comes our way, we adjust.  We know how to show a little gumption. Initiative and resourcefulness could be our middle names!  We know how to climb those trees, givin' us a good view of the forest in its entirety and when jumpin' down from said trees, we know how to land softly on our paws, for sure.  And we know to never, ever, follow the one who goes by the name of Stupid.  We know how to make the world a better place.

Yup, there should be more cats in higher places, for sure.  Another reason why, my friends, my appointment to the Canadian Senate is long overdue.  #Niss4Senate!!!  Tell the Prime Minister, today.  And you might wanna mention it to the airport authorities, as well.  MOUSES!

41 comments:

  1. Oh dear those poor souls that had a traumatic landing also had to deal with a very cold night out on the tarmac and no one who knew what to do..wow....hope everything worked out OK and I hope those ppl do something about the way they were treated.

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    1. Someone seriously dropped the ball on this one, for sure. purrs

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  2. What a horrible experience. Far and away not like my mom's blogs every now and again when she talks about people deliberate walking around outside in shorts and tank tops and flip flops in the dead of winter on purpose because they chose to. Mom thinks they are needing medical attention.

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    1. You get peeps like that, too? When Peep #1 was sellin' tickets on a basket for the animal shelter a couple years ago, EVERY SINGLE DAY she saw at least one peep in the grocery store wearin' shorts and at least one wearin' pjs and it was in February. MOUSES! purrs

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  3. A Wowzer of a Blog, for sure. If you campaign like that you'll have my vote for Senator, though I don't live in Canada you could run UK too! Mr Cameron please take note!

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    1. Hmmm... Maybe YOU could run for Parliament, Erin. Then you and I could converse 'bout international affairs and whatnot. purrs

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  4. Yeh, they need cats in charge,for sure..We don't 'do' cold...and those peeps wouldn't have done cold in our care.
    Niss4Senate!! YAY!
    The REAL Maple Syrup Mob xxxxx

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    1. They wouldn't under my watch, either. We cats are so much smarter than peeps. Don't you agree? purrs

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  5. Oh, Nissy, that is absolutely awful about the peeps in shorts in the cold for so long. No airport should be without shuttle buses after all. It is 2015, not 2510! I really hope you make it to the Senate!!!

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    1. Yeah, in 2510 I imagine that eggbeater teleportation technology will be pretty much mainstream. purrs

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  6. Nissy, you are so correct, they should have done something about those cold cold peoples. Have a great day.

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    1. They really should have. I would have and that's a fact, for sure. purrs

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  7. The world truly would be better if felines were in charge. WE know better than to leave anyone outside in terrible cold.

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  8. Cats should be in charge of everything - we got more cents dan most peeps.

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  9. Oh, Nissy, that is absolutely awful about the peeps in shorts and flipflops out in the cold for so long !

    XOXO

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  10. We agree that having those people wait so long to get inside was silly!

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  11. I just heard about this on the news! So terrible and scary.

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  12. NIssy, you should be in charge of everything in Canada. You would have handled that better than the authorities. I like Grumpy cat's saying, when life gives you lemons freeze them and throw them at the people who annoy you. I hope you are feeling better, I pray for you every day.

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  13. Goes to show humans are rather slow. I read there was a hard landing but never went further, Pat has a low attention span lol

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  14. Nissy, you are too right!
    It was mighty cold and snowy and windy last night when those peeps
    were left outside!We have fur coats and we would not want to be outside.
    We purr after this, that some changes are made.
    If planes land in the middle of the night, transport should be available!
    We need to get you into the Senate soon!
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

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  15. well, the humans get what they ask for usually...and they left the cold for the warm and knew they were comin' back to the cold...go figure...the humans never have as much practical sense as us cats. And Nissy, we actually, in many ways...DO RUN THE WORLD...just sayin'

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  16. Too bad my human wasn't there, too. She and your human might be in jail somewhere, now.
    MOL!

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  17. I agree, Nerissa - humans just don't see the bigger picture sometimes, and they lack resourcefulness. We kitties are SO much better at this type of thing.

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  18. Nerrisa! Yous is the smartest! Mes hopes that any of those peeps that gotted to stand is the snow gets a cold and sneezes and sues the pats off the airport!!!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  19. Dang, with a hard landing my Dad would have to change his shorts!

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  20. Oh, that's awful! I can't imagine and neither can the lady. Yes, kitties in charge would be better than this. 50 minutes! Egads! Niss4Senate!!

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  21. There is no excuse for letting people stand out in the cold like that. Sweet Nissy if you lived here we would sure vote for you, you know how to treat people. Hugs and nose kisses

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  22. Hey Nissy, just found out you haven't been feeling well. Now you are on the pink pills like Sammy and Flynn. Pretty important group of Cats if you ask us. Hope you are feeling better.
    Luvs
    Marty

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  23. We agrees, we kitties would do a far better job of running the world. There would be lots of naps and nip. Mom bean says she hopes there isn't a next time but if there is that the airport is better prepared.

    Sasha, Sami, & Saku

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  24. You know, sometimes peeps are just downright stupid.

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  25. We think those airport officials should been made to stand out there WITH them!!
    (and oy, do we know hard landings or what at our house full of pilots - MOL!)

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  26. This is such a shame of the companies, Nissy. Sometimes it looks like they don't know what to do in ..kind of crisis.. I need some nip now to process :D
    We heard from Phoebe that you are still ill, so we bring you some extra Healing Pawkisses to feel better soon <3 <3 <3

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  27. That is awful and ridiculous. I am sure they could have got the shuttle buses if they had tried. They probably took a sadistic pleasure watching all those people freezing with the cold.

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  28. Good grief......talk about NOT being prepared for anything - airports EVERYWHERE should be ready for ANYTHING especially these days. Seems like every time you turn around there's something involving airports or airplanes that makes you wonder "what were they thinking?!" I am SURE if you were in an official position in the government hierarchy this would NOT be happening........MOUSES!

    Hugs, Sammy

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  29. What an awful experience ! The world would be better if cats like you rule it ! Purrs

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  30. Now there are some dumb bunnies... But I would not want to put down rabbits who may be much brighter than this bunch of ninnies. Yep Ninnies it is
    Keep them on their toes my furend
    Timmy

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  31. Nissy, I don't know about the senate, I think you need to be PM or president or have your own tv show or something!!

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  32. Very well written and very well said. Love the differentiation of Can't and Won't. Common Sense seems to be something gone by the wayside now a days. Seems most people don't have it or don't use it. Seems cats have much more sense than people, even they know to get out of a storm before it starts (except maybe Anderson, hope you are doing ok Andy, after your trip over the railing).

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  33. Don't peeps understand that frostbite happens in really cold weather? Couldn't the city send a couple of empty buses? I would expect better of a cold climate city. Even ours does better than that!

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  34. Sorry but i can't see why they made people stand in the cold. Our Peeps , like yours, would have been arrested for non-compliance ::eye roll"" I mean its b***y cold in Canada isn't it?

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  35. #Niss4Senate for sure, we know like you said that you wouldn't have let those poor people wait out there in the cold in flip-flops!

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