The latest Toshiba flat-screen not only has high-definition and picture-in-picture, it also emits international distress signals! Want!Unbeknownst to an Oregon college student watching tv in his apartment, his Toshiba flat-screen was emitting a strong signal at 121.5 MHz… which happens to be the frequency for international distress calls. Langley Air Force base (clear across the country in Virginia) received the distress call via satellite and quickly dispatched police, civil air patrol, and search and rescue teams to his pad.
Now what I want to know is, if you are leading that search and rescue team, at what point do you realize there may have been a mistake? At what point do you perhaps call off a bit of the backup? Is it when your life-flight choppers are hovering over cheerleading practice? When your emergency rescue vehicles are frantically rushing past Burrito King and Pizza Time to find survivors? Maybe it’s when you deploy your search dogs near the game of Ultimate Frisbee being played on the Commons, just hoping against all hope that you have trained them well enough to look for the plane wreck and not chase the frisbee… hoping they can withstand the strong odor of patchouli in the air. At what point are you no longer able to look your men in the eye and convey any sense of confidence in your mission, as sorority girls in “Delta Chi – Tappa Kegga Party ‘04!” t-shirts are giving you spirit fingers and yelling “woooOOOOOO!!”
What do you do, soldier?.. What do you do!
I am not one of the brave men of Search and Rescue… perhaps I’ll never know the answers to these questions. All I do know is the exact thought that entered that poor student’s head when he heard the “hut! hut! hut! hut! hut!” and saw the rescue party come crashing through his front door: I’m so high right now.