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The volcanic ash thing just keeps causing problems. And we survived 4/20

So you know how there are news stories that come along and you sort of pay attention to them, but then they just drag on for days and days and suddenly you’re fascinated?

That’s kind of how I am with this whole volcanic ash thing going on in Europe. At first I just chalked it up to one of those weird meteorological phenomenons that would pass. But do you realize that until Britain re-opened its airspace Tuesday, 95,000 flights had been delayed?

I mean, a cloud of volcanic ash is clearly not something to mess around with, and it reminds us of just how powerless we really are when it comes to science. And who even knew there were active volcanoes in Iceland?

This whole story has just been weird. I’m so glad I’m not stuck in England right now; I can’t imagine too many more frustrating experiences than sitting at or near the airport every day, hoping that today will finally be the day I get to go home.

**I know most people think of 4/20 as a the Marijuana holiday (for those of you squares out there, 420 is the police code for pot.).

But are you aware of how many huge news events happened on either 4/19 or 4/20 in the last 100 years? I was just hoping these last two days were uneventful. Check this out:

–April 20, 1961: The Bay of Pigs invasion. Not John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s finest hour.

— April 19, 1993: The end of the 50-day Waco siege at the Branch Davidian compound.

— April 19, 1995: Timothy McVeigh blows up an Oklahoma City office building. 168 people are killed.

–April 20, 1999: The Columbine High School massacre. I’m thinking you remember that one.

Also, April 20 was Hitler’s birthday. Always a big celebration around the Lewis house.

So, yeah, I’m glad it was a relative slow news couple of days.