Friday, September 21, 2007

Repost Friday: Don’t Fence Me In…At Least Use Walls

I've posted this one at least once before...sorry. The two blinding migraines and near constant dizziness I had today made it a little hard to come up with something, unless you want tales of nausea and lots of tipping into things as I walked. Actually, that might be kinda funny. Oh well. Enjoy and have a great Friday!


Well, the U.S. is taking a stance and apparently, we mean business. President Bush has signed the bill (I don’t remember what happens next, so I’ll have to consult my old Schoolhouse Rock DVDs) to construct a 700-mile long fence between the U.S. and Mexico Border. The only two problems that come to mind are 1. It’s a fence and 2. It only covers about 1/3 of the border. I’m sure that whatever department of the Cabinet that happens to be in charge of the fence has already thought those details through, so I won’t bother.

We now join an elite group of governments who have built structures to protect their borders. China had the Great Wall to keep out Mongol invaders or something like that and Germany had the Berlin Wall to divide East and West. Did you notice anything about those two structures? Yep, they’re both walls. When you’re serious about closing off or protecting your borders, you apparently build walls, not fences. Fences are to separate neighbors or dogs or toddlers who have just learned to crawl or walk, not to stop folks from illegally leaving or entering a country. Heck, even Charlie Brown and Linus had a wall to stand in front of when discussing their deep intellectual thoughts. I can’t think of any famous structures with the name fence in their title. Can you?

Thousands of people go to see the Great Wall of China every year and I saw recently that the Chinese government is taking steps to make sure that the wall doesn’t erode. I got to meet Ronald Reagan several years after his presidency and one of the first objects I noticed in his bookcase was a chunk of the Berlin Wall. I can’t say that about any fence. We don’t have cubicle fences; we have cubicle walls. Heck, even Humpty Dumpty’s wall is in the Smithsonian. Ok, I made that up.

Now the question remains as to what type of fence we’re going to use. Wouldn’t it would be a blast to be a fly on the wall (although in the White House or any other government building, it’s probably a ‘bug,’ if you catch my drift) when they meet and decide what type of fence to use. Queue the dream sequence music…

Aide: “Well Mr. President, we could use a picket fence.”
Cabinet: “No, picket fences are for manicured lawns and gardens with daisies and pansies.”
Aide: “How about barbed wire?”
Cabinet: “No, that could inflict injury and there may be litigation issues with injury.”
Aide: “What if we went with a natural fence or border that would like nice with the surrounding desert, like an adobe fence?”
Cabinet: “Adobe would be neat, but Adobe may be offensive to some.”
Aide: “We could use that plastic orange mesh fencing that highway workers, construction companies and amphitheaters with overcrowded rock concerts use.”
Cabinet: “Isn’t plastic mesh bad for dolphins?”
Aide: “We could use that new fancy aluminum faux wood fencing.”
Cabinet: “If it’s new then it’s too expensive, any other ideas?”
Aide: “Well the cheapest and easiest type of fencing to use would be chain link, but all you have to do is lean against it or use wire cutters and it’s rendered completely ineffective.”
Cabinet: “Did you say the cheapest and fastest? Ok, our new 700 mile border protection will be chain link, meeting adjourned!”

Concerning the fence and illegal immigrants, our government hopes that if they build it, they won’t come. I’m hoping I can get my contractor’s license for fence building and my over inflated construction bid to the government as soon as possible! If those aerospace folks can charge $800 for a hammer, just imagine what 700 miles of chain link fence will cost. Plus, when working in the desert, I think you must be able to tack on some type of hazard pay.

16 comments:

Lis said...

Two migraines? Oh, you poor thing. I hope you feel better soon. Whenever I have one, I always think I'll feel better if I just dash my brains out against the wall or spork them out through my eyes.

Michael C said...

Lis: I love sporks! They're like lovely freaks of nature!!

katherine. said...

I was gonna say the same.."TWO migraines" yikes.

get better soon...don't you have a birthday celebration coming up?

Patti said...

I do hope you feel better soon. Migraines are the worst. Having two blinding ones sounds simply awful.
Sorry to read that.

May your Friday be a better day. At least it's Friday, right??
Get better for that 5th birthday blowout you've been planning. ;-)

Gledwood said...

It's weird I had a dream of just such a fence some years ago, only it was smaller and tumbling down in places and dead simple to climb over... and I woke up laughing!

In fact someone said to me "why were you laughing so much in your sleep?" and that was the dream which is why I recall it so very clearly...

Do you think it will maky any difference? There's no fence between Europe, Africa and Asia and no easy overland crossings due to geography... but untold thousands come over by highly dangerous fishing boats etc... or simply fly in without visas and claim political assylum...

Gledwood said...

by the way how's it going? I saw your illuminated skull at someone else's blog and realized I had not dropped by here for quite some time...

have a pleasant weekend!!

Crashdummie said...

I wante dto reuse my comment, but I cant quiet recakll what I wrote. Mind giving me a hint :)

have a fab weekend!

Odat said...

Feel better!!! Enjoy the party!
Peace

Preposterous Ponderings said...

Hello! Popped on your blog. Looks great!

Sorry you aren't feeling well. I hope the migraines go away soon.

Just telling it like it is said...

Micheal sorry about the vitigo..ever try Meclazine and zofran..or phenergan. I am not sure that would interfear with your current medication but I do see lots of people with inner ear problems...The meclazine is for the dizziness and the zofran or phenergan is for the nausea!! I hope you feel better!!!

Just telling it like it is said...

as for the migraine sometimes we give people a cocktail of benadryl, tordol(antiflamitory) and sometimes decadron (steriod) doesn't give you big muscles but makes you feel better...and about a 1000cc bolus of normal saline..hope you feel better!!!

Just telling it like it is said...

or you could try a shot of tequilla and eating the worm coarse I know you don't drink so don't listen to that advise!!!

Candace said...

TWO migranes? Urf. :-(

Maybe they should put up a "good neighbour" fence. Or a "bad neighbour" fence. Maybe it's an electric fence. With a minefield. . .

I hope your migrane migrates out of your head quickly.

Amy said...

Hope you are feeling better!!

meleah rebeccah said...

Migraine? Forget it. I'd be in bed with ice packs in the pitch black darkness fetal position.

Feel BETTER SOON

FRIGGA said...

Scary as it is, that conversation is very very very true - ex: Smuggler's Gulch. :-(

Oh, my TT13 is up and it's interactive - sorry I haven't been by in a while, but work has been cutting into my blog reading 8-\ So I'll be the one commenting several several days after the fact ;-)