Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dumb, dumb dumb dumb, DUUUUUUUUMB!

At what point does society have the right to say that we’re not going to bail out stupid people? Public money is being spent, and other people are putting themselves at risk today to look for a couple from Medford, Ore., who went missing while apparently searching in the mountains of Oregon for a Christmas tree. Jennifer and Keith Lee headed out Tuesday morning after telling their four children that they were going to bring back a special tree. They hoped to get a silvertip fir, which is supposedly a really nice tree that grows only at high elevations. They did not, however, bother to tell anyone exactly where they were going, and now a search is being conducted by land and air in the high Cascades between Medford and Klamath Falls. Temperatures in that area last night were in the teens. Such an excursion is risky for anyone, but Keith Lee, 36, is a diabetic, and his wife, according to a relative, is not much of an outdoorswoman. The fact that they have four children at home makes this even more reckless and irresponsible, in my book. Oh, and it's not as if they didn't know they might run into trouble. The Lees got stuck in the woods for four hours last year while searching for a tree in the Siskiyou Mountains south of Medford. I know that the authorities always respond in situations like this and do their best to find the lost or stranded people, but I think they should be able to issue this reply when asked to look for those who disregard their safety and fail to use common sense: "Sorry, we don't search for dumb@SS#S."



Blogger Brant said...

Update: The doofuses are back to civilization, and telling authorities that they managed to free their stuck vehicle by putting rocks under the wheels. They were gone for two days. Does this sound fishy to anyone else? I'm getting visions of the "flying saucer" family.

December 3, 2009 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

I hike a great deal and being prepared is no joke. All trail heads have sign in logs, USE THEM. They get checked every day and are the rescue peoples point of contact for where you are or at least might be if you wander off the trail. Have a flashlight that works on batteries AND friction. There is NO CELL service in most mountainous areas. If you are going in the woods buy a GPS locater like the smart skiers wear. Hopefully they will hold this family financially responsible. If Washington State sends a helicopter to pluck you out of the mountains you get the bill. It cuts down on may a Flying Saucer Family.

December 3, 2009 at 11:22 AM  
Anonymous x anonymous said...

4 kids at home... they need a nice break right before Christmas... so they lied to the kids to get away a cpl days without having to pay for the kids. 2 days for TWO @ the Hilton... so daddy can find that silver top!!! :-P

December 3, 2009 at 12:20 PM  
Anonymous great get aways said...

If we only had a little more climate change / global warming , we wouldn't have to look for them!

December 3, 2009 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

Your last sentence said it all, Brant.

December 3, 2009 at 8:52 PM  

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