Emergency Room Service

Okay…I just want to get this out of the way.  Another oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. It is not a platform owned by BP.  No fatalities.  That is all I have to say about that.

Mark Eskelsen, of Oregon, spent 10 hours resting in a hot tub.  The problem is the hot tub is not his.  See, Eskelsen is homeless, so his calling the police to tell them he had been soaking in a hot tub, periodically yelling, was not his intuitive side shining through.  There is more, yet—he started the call by telling the 9-1-1 operator he was the sheriff of Washington County.  Later, he came clean with the dispatcher.  He also requested a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows…and a hug.  The article does not mention who owned the hot tub.  The detail that arrests my attention is the cell phone he used to call 9-1-1.Homeless Coder I do not know many homeless people walking around with cell phones.  The homeless person I did know had a cell phone, but he stopped buying minutes when he could not afford rent.  The stereotypical image of homeless people shows a group of people in one area with shopping carts and bags full of cans (with a music box somewhere in the mix…and a spray bottle with a towel).  What purpose would a cell phone serve here?  *ring* Hey, I found the motherload of cans over here, under the bridge.  Yeah, there are even one-pint Pabst Blue Ribbon cans.  All right, see you in about 10 sec—oh wait…there you are *click*.  They may be homeless, but there is an appreciation for classical music—until they figure out how to change the ringtone.

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