Late last week, a prankster called in a bomb threat to the Jewish school my kids attend. Class was dismissed early, and the children and staff evacuated to a building up the street where we parents picked them up.
Today, it happened again.
I don’t even know what to call these people. They lie on a gradient from prankster to idiot to terrorist.
I had one child at the school today. Child One is on a school ski trip and Child Three is home with me after a night of throwing up. Elvi is in class today. Fortunately, I was able to find Child Two a lift.
Speaking of bombs, I watched “Grey’s Anatomy” again last night. Many writers fawn over it, so I figured I’d give it a shot. It’s not winning me over. It doesn’t engage me the way “House” does. It’s a personality thing… – oh, yeah. Bombs. More on personalities another time.
In last night’s show, two WWII re-enactors build their own bazooka. It misfires and one takes it in the gut when he walks in front of the loaded tube. What a crock, in writing and plot.
The unharmed partner of the bazooka team meets one of the doctors and rattles off a textbook definition of bazooka: “a 60mm rocket-launched shaped charge that was the finest antitank weapon of World War II.” (I paraphrase, but that’s the gist.) Does anybody out there not know what a bazooka is, at least broadly? The character does not have to go into precise detail. The male intern would know what a bazooka is. All he, and any ignorant audience members, need to know is that it can explode. Why the minutiae then? I guess the writers wanted the re-enactor to be a foolish geek.
But all the re-enactors I’ve ever met have been dedicated historians, not foolish geeks. Furthermore, they know better than to walk in front of the muzzle of a misfired weapon. And they wouldn’t dare manufacture their own homebrew bazooka rounds.
This was unnecessary character assassination at a “Monsters and Mazes” level. Why not have the guy hit with a bazooka round as a battlefield accident? Why make these guys fools?
Next is the issue of the Code Black. A bazooka round is about 3.5lb of explosive – roughly the same amount as three hand grenades – but shaped in such a way that the force of the explosion is directed primarily forward (toward the nose of the shell). Anybody in the same room would be in danger, and possibly adjoining rooms as well, but you wouldn’t have to evacuate the entire wing of a hospital. Bah!