Thursday, October 15, 2009

In my beautiful balloon...

Does it make me a callous, warped person that the first thought I had after reading the breaking story about the lost six year old child being trapped inside a homemade hot air balloon was "Up Up and Away" by the 5th Dimension?

Actually what would really make me a bad person would be if I referred the kid as having pulled a "Steve Fossett" (which I sort of just did I guess...). If only the kid was old enough to have read the classic Choose Your Own Adventure Book "By Balloon to the Sahara". That story completely turned me off the romantic myth of free form hot air balloon travel. Every other ending had my party and I getting killed or abducted.

*UPDATE: It looks like the kid was the real villain in all this; little shit was hiding in the attic the whole time. He'll probably get a Today Show appearance out of this.


  1. Started singing this song to the receptionist at my work yesterday and got a good laugh when she looked at me in that "too soon" look. This was before they found him in the garage. Did you think about the similarity between this stunt and the stunt Bart attempts in The Simpsons episode Radio Bart (S3E13)? Maybe the Simpsons have been a bad influence after all?

  2. Now that you mention it, this is eerily like that episode (sans Sting).