Quote of the day—Ry Jones

I didn’t cross any tape, leave any roads, or drive around any gates, but there I was in the forbidden area…

I noticed on the map there was a road that would save me several hours on an already several hour detour, so I took it. Came to the back of a ROAD CLOSED DUE TO FIRE sign. I will admit I considered turning around several times due to the thick smoke, but I didn’t.

Ry Jones
July 29, 2013
In which I do an impossible thing twice in one day, and something I didn’t want to do twice in a weekend.
[Further discussion with Ry revealed what I suspected. Ry’s definition of “road” is not universally accepted. In this case it was “the trail marked with tape”.

His definition of “thick smoke” would find significant correlation with the criteria for special equipment required by professional firefighters.—Joe]

5 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Ry Jones

  1. Thick smoke isn’t good but what you really need to watch out for are the flames. Check out this video — when the couple finally sees the flames. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Otz7MDekNzk

    (Your post just reminded me of watching this. I thought it was funny. They were so busy watching the smoke.)

  2. Had a day like that myself. Led a small group of bicyclists along a bike path through an ominously quiet prairie dog town in an urban state park. Came back to the road where, facing the other way, was a big sign declaring the trail we had just covered off limits due to an outbreak of Black Plague in the dog town. It explained why the town was so quiet.

  3. OT, but saw this in the comments at Ace’s place:

    A DEA Agent stopped at a ranch in Texas and talked to an old rancher. He told the rancher, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.” The rancher said, “okay, but don’t go into that field over there…”, as he pointed out the location. The DEA Agent verbally exploded and said, “look mister, I have the authority of the federal government with me!” Reaching into his rear back pocket, the arrogant officer removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher. “See this badge?! This badge means I can go wherever I want… On any land! No questions asked, no answers given! Do you understand old man?!”

    The rancher kindly nodded, apologized, and went about his chores. Moments later the rancher heard loud screams, he looked up and saw the DEA agent running for his life, being chased by the ranchers big Santa Gertrudis Bull…… With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it was likely that he’d sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified. The old rancher threw down his tools, ran as fast as he could to the fence, and yelled at the top of his lungs……

    “YOUR BADGE! SHOW HIM YOUR BADGE!”

    • Funny 🙂 Reminds me of a time in the Army. I was in a bridging unit,but essentially our training was 90% the same as combat engineers. I was looking through binoculars scoping out a field on a training exercise. On the far side was a string strung up between posts, with small triangular signs hanging on it. We couldn’t read the signs because they faced the other way. I asked one of the recent basic-training grads what he thought it was. He didn’t know, so we sent him down to recon the area and read the other side, then report back. When he got back, he was very angry. He said something like “very funny,” but in a more colorful way. We told him it was important to remember what he was taught in basic, because it might have real-world application. We knew it was a training field, so it was safe. But I’m willing to bet he will never forget the triangular shape of a “minefield” sign ever again. http://www.mondial-defence.com/2011/Products/Mine_Warning_Triangles.html

      • Serious pucker factor. But sometimes the crappiest (for the recipient) teaching methods are the most effective.

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