Saturday, January 31, 2009

It's Alive!

Not only have I made a miraculous recovery, but it seems that finally coming down with the awful cold I've been fighting off for the last month has cleared up the perpetually runny nose and blocked sinuses I've had since Christmas. I slept a solid 7 hours last night until you know who licked me awake around 9:45 this morning. I knew right away that I had recovered as my head no longer felt like it was a basketball. I still have a little chest congestion but no more sore throat and the achy joints are just your regularly scheduled old age creaks and pops.

I am in infinitely better shape than this poor man, found frozen in a 2-3 foot pool of ice in an abandoned building in Detroit.

While you might be shocked to learn that this grisly scene was stumbled upon and ignored for at least a week before it was first reported, even more outrageous is the response from the authorities in Detroit. As you will see from the time line copied from the Detroit News article, an entire day went by before the Fire Department and finally the Police could be bothered to send out responders.

Contacts with authorities
When reporter Charlie LeDuff got a call about a body lying frozen in an abandoned building, he told police officers, who referred him to 911.


About 5 p.m.: Reporter calls 911 and describes the body's whereabouts.
20 minutes later: Operator calls back asking for more specific directions.


4:43 p.m.: Reporter calls 911, waits and is disconnected.

4:46 p.m.: Calls again and explains that he called yesterday but body is still there.

4:55 p.m.: Fire Department calls back for specific directions and reporter offers to meet at the site.

5 p.m.: Fire Department arrives and the homicide department is called; recovery begins.

I mean, I realize that he was already a dead-sicle, so hurrying wouldn't matter, but you would think they could get there faster than an entire day.

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