Friday, March 29, 2013

The Park Clan, Gangnam style

"Park" is a very common Korean name.  All I can figure is that centuries ago when most of my ancestors took the traditional route from Scotland westward via sailing ship to the New World, a cousin or two peeled off eastward instead and hiked their way across Russia and China before settling in for a while in Korea.  Hence all those little "Park's" running around the Korean peninsula today.

For some reason Korean Air thinks I'm from that Asian twig of the family tree and keeps wanting me to sign up for one of their credit cards.  At least that's what I think it says.  Or maybe it's a demand for child support, I'm not sure.


It's all in the presentation....

The idea that airline ticket prices should be based on the passenger's weight seems to be gaining some traction.  The topic comes up often when airlines industry groups talk about reforms needed to insure their long-term financial stability.

If you stop and think about it, it does make sense.  Whether you're moving letters or packages or passengers, whether it's via truck, train or plane, the more the freight weighs, the more it costs to move it.  It's simple "fizzicks".

The problem is when airlines suggest that "large" people pay more all the equal rights people get their panties in a wad.

"You're discriminating against the 'girth challenged'.  This is 21st Century America.  We're better than that!"  Then they all run down to the Hungry Heifer who has generously donated poster board and sign paint (and refreshments) for the protest march. 

OK, so it's politically incorrect to charge large people more.  So why not set ticket prices based based on what it costs (fuel, space, in-flight refreshments, etc) to accommodate large people, then give a discount on a sliding scale for thinner people?

Would that be any more palatable?


(Talk about the perfect segue!)


The Ballpark at Arlington, the home of the Texas Rangers, has announced the overhaul of their food concessions for the upcoming season.  The featured offerings this year will be from their signature "24" menu....

....dishes that are 24" long like this "Murph-a-dilla" quesadilla....

....or this 24" long "Boom Stick" hot dog...

....or containing 24 ounces of meat like this GIANT "Rio Grande" steak sandwich....

....or the 24 ounce "Beltre-Burger".

Like cheese?  The "Bases Loaded" has 24 ounces of the gooey stuff.

So far patron feedback has been very....



And on a happier's wishing you all a very Happy Easter.  :)



  1. I wonder if that would be incentive for me to lose weight? Of course, I can count on one hand the number of times I've flown anywhere so probably not.

    I have to say, I felt a little ill looking at those food pictures. So maybe there's hope for me yet!

    1. Yeah, I'm afraid my rebate would be pretty modest, too. :)

  2. Maybe if your middle name wasn't "Un"...

    If you take up more than one seat you need to pay for 2, and if you smell you should pay for a whole row! Your idea might make it more palatable.

    Looks like Ranger fans are going to pay extra to fly.

    Happy Easter...enjoy your traditional Easter kimchee!

  3. Wow - that sandwich and burger have more meat in it than I eat in a whole month! So...will they be making a 24-oz bacon sandwich called The Park? ;-p

    Happy Easter to you and K!

    1. Nope, that would be an OD for anybody.

  4. I am just old enough to remember being weighed before boarding some flights. It may have been in the Bahamas in the sixties, on something like a Piper Aztec.

    You probably saw and snickered that the pols up in Jackson passed a law that gummint cannot limit portion sizes in restaurants. They are number one for a reason.


    1. Me too Fin, but I think that was as much for balance as for weight.

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    1. Thanks! I'll have something to post soon.