December 06, 2002
Maybe I Should Watch Local News More Often

If the TV show I was watching just now hadn't had a local news 'teaser' ad, I wouldn't even know that a train just derailed about 200 yards from where I sit. It blocked one of the two ways of getting out of my apartment complex, and is right in the back yard of some of the other residents.

It's cold out and past my bedtime, but maybe I should put on a coat or two and go watch the cranes put the cars back on the tracks. Local news reports that there was a derailment and ensuing fire just a year ago only half a mile in the other direction. Fortunately, the rail line is a spur that leads only to a power plant, so the only chemical substance likely to be leaked and scattered around the neighborhood is coal.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at December 06, 2002 11:16 PM

Re: "Maybe I Should Watch Local News More Often." Betcha that tidbit of useful information didn't show up on the local news until after 1) a particularly photogenic automobile accident, 2) a murder, 3) an apartment fire, and 4) a 'consumer' report on the dangers of exploding Christmas trees.

Posted by: R.N. Butler on December 8, 2002 02:45 PM

Occasionally, I think I must be missing important things by not watching the local news.

Then I try to watch it, and can't make it through the entire half hour.

Posted by: Dean Esmay on December 10, 2002 09:13 AM

Doc, didn't you hear anything unusual? Like a zillion sirens close by?

You're really starting to make me think "absent-minded professor." ;-)

Posted by: Meryl Yourish on December 12, 2002 02:17 PM