Choppers and blimps in the night

Rather different day, not that it was particularly exciting. I wanted to walk down to the farmer’s market at 0-skunk-30 this morning but I ended up bagging it because when I woke up it was raining cats and dogs and I couldn’t tell from the weird pattern on the weather map whether I thought we were going to have lightning or not. So I saddled up the Ninja and headed out to the Jackson Road Meijer to buy toilet bowl cleaner instead. “Oh goody, it’s my day to clean the toilet bowl!” And got totally freaked out listening to NPR on the way out as they interviewed what sounded like average everyday baggy old people who had been *arrested* for TAKING PICTURES!!! Accused of spying or just making some pin-headed jack-booted policeman feel uncomfortable. (Disclaimer: I am NOT saying that ALL policemen are pin-headed or jack-booted.) Anyway. These sounded like average everyday people. People like me, who carry their cell phones everywhere and use them to take photooos and post them on the Internet. For no other reason than amusement.

I filled up the Ninja — right at the next pump from the shareef who is always sitting on West Delhi waiting for speeders — and I got my TB cleaner and another $100 or so of grokkeries. I went home and mucked around at the Landfill for a while but then about mid-morning I got a little twitchy so I headed out for a walk. It was cloudy and kind of misty and just cool enough that I started out wearing a hoodie over my tank top. I was galumphing along down Miller and I got to West Park and… Whoa!!! There was the Goodyear Blimp in the sky above the park. I wanted to get a picture of it but I didn’t. The reason is because, as I tried to frame the photo, I knew that the blimp would appear as a tiny little blip in the sky. The iPhone 3GS camera can do a lot of things but it does not have an optical zoom. But I have to admit that the monologue going through my mind as I stood on Seventh St. and fumbled with my phone was something like… “I wonder if somebody will see me here taking pictures of the blimp with my phone and think that I’m spying or something. And I have this little black backpack and…”

Stupid maybe but the authorities around here seem to be a little jittery this weekend. Not only is tomorrow the 10-year anniversary of September 11 (this is news to y’all roight?) but… drum roll… The University of Michigan football team is playing its first night game EVER tonight. Notre Dame. They have blocked off some streets near the stadium and there are police choppers all over the place along with the blimp and the usual small airplanes that pull banners. I dunno, the University of Michigan thinks very highly of itself and maybe it has the right to. But I strongly doubt that any terrorists would bother to bomb a football stadium in some flyover state. Anyway, I clumped back over to Westgate, ran an errand at Staples, then headed to the Plum Market and home again.

Managed to make a smidge of progress in my on-going de-hoarding prodjekt, then walked downtown for dinner with @mouseleen at an oddly deserted Seva, now hanging out in the Landfill Back Room listening to various aircraft keeping watch over the Michigan Stadium a couple miles away from here. And crickets.

Love y’all and g’night,
Kayak Woman

5 Responses to “Choppers and blimps in the night”

  1. Karen F Says:

    My backdoor neighbor (diehard Notre Dame Alumnus) started out with a VERY NOISY family tailgate (I thought about firing up my mower at the height of the ruckus), and now everything’s moved inside to the Size Mongo TVs (yes, 2) in his backroom for the game. And I *still* hear him over everything else….

  2. kayak woman Says:

    A young reporter tweeted: “Outside Michigan Stadium. Why aren’t people this passionate about stuff that actually matters?” AAAAA-MEN!!!

  3. Margaret Says:

    Good luck against ND. I don’t think a WA team has ever beat them. Maybe the Huskies did once. 😉 Taking photos around government installations can get you in trouble–in many countries. I had to be very careful in Senegal.

  4. kayak woman Says:

    I agree with Margaret about photos of government installations. But the folks I was hearing about were just taking photos outside their homes or at Mall of America or whatever.

  5. jane Says:

    yes, the blimp and police copter were on the noisy side during dinner.

    @Karen – I’m guessing that the ND fans got loud towards the end of the game. then very, very quiet. 😉 which is of course when I was cheering the loudest!