So that’s basic cable, huh?

August 30, 2011


Lamar, we are very eager to see the new cable car system you’ve designed for our highest mountain, nearly 10,000 feet. May we take off the blindfolds now?

Absolutely. If you look through your binoculars toward Zugspitze, you’ll see the sleek, shiny cable cars of…

Excuse me, Lamar, it doesn’t look like there’s anyone inside that cable car. My GOD, there are people on TOP of it!

That’s right. That way, there’s a much better view and they can breathe in the mountain air.

But…but…what is inside the cars?

Luggage and schnapps.

Lamar! What if people don’t WANT to perch on a slippery cable car roof, desperately holding on for dear life?

Then I guess they shouldn’t be heading for a two-mile-high Bavarian mountaintop, should they? These folks should be happy they’re in First Class.

First Class? There’s also an Economy Class?

Yeah. You see that guy balancing himself on the cable as he walks?

Lamar, this is beyond belief! All we asked you to do was design a safe and simple cable car system to get people up the mountain and back down!

Back down? Say, can I talk to you privately for a minute?

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Freddy Nock from Switzerland balances on the ropeway of a cable car leading on Germany’s highest mountain, the 9,718 feet Zugspitze, near the southern Bavarian resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, August 20, 2011. REUTERS/ Michaela Rehle

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Nock, Nock, Nock-in on Heaven’s Door…

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

I love to go a-wandering
Along the mountain track;
And as I go I love to sing,
My knapsack on my back.

Valderi, Valdera, Valderi
Valderi, Valdera
My knapsack on … wait, oh crud!

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Is that the Basler Turbo 67 painted on the side of the cable car?

Posted by Billl | Report as abusive

It looks to me like getting down the mountain is the easy part. As long as you have a parachute… And as long as Lamar didn’t pack said parachute. Or you can be wearing a very nice pair of shoes, as long as you don’t mind losing one.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Don’t Nock it until you’ve tried it. That last step’s a doozy. Thanks BG for fair and balanced reporting.

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive

Do you think that Freddy Nock knows Basil Basler from Basel? 11/04/30/stoke-the-boiler-boys-were-bali ng-basil/ 10/12/28/seeing-the-world-with-strings-a ttached/

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

I humbly offer two haiku:

Walk up the cable
Much fresh air and scenic views
Save some money, too

Riding on the car
With luggage inside the car
Efficient first class

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Wow … and I thought I had a bad commute to work. 😉

Posted by justCAM | Report as abusive

Lonnie! Lonnie come down from there!

I am a pretty birdy!

Lonnie! We told you not to look Hulga directly in the eyes! She’s warped your brain man!

Tweet tweet!

Lonnie….umm…Polly! Polly want a cracker? Got a cracker for Polly here!

Ohhh cracker! Be right there! Tweet tweet!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

@Ifly: Hilarious! Best of all, you remmebered the name Hulga Fekrat: 10/10/21/remember-the-name-hulga-fekrat/

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

It’s that cable guy again with a new show “Suvivor Cable”. Last one up is a rotten splat. And, Wow, two non flying planes in one day.

Posted by ming45 | Report as abusive

Please excuse my former dementia and mis-speak. I could not believe my eyes, that it is not a cable car but the new BT-105 THUD ordered by that airlane Hulga Fekrat is the COO of, you know Kas… something or other in Siberia.

Posted by ming45 | Report as abusive

@Spin, once you know the name Hulga Fekrat you can never un-know it!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Lol Malt and Mr.Pilot!
Much needed laughs for a hump day..

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

My pleasure. It’s a hard nock life out there, we all need a laugh.

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

Couldn’t that Nock guy spice it up a little by juggling while he was at it? Maybe bowling balls? Or maybe ride a bike across the wire or do a cartwheel on it?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Spin, is this a zap-trap? “..or maybe ride a bike across the wire…”

I would tell you he’s actually planning to do it in the coming weeks in Austria and Switzerland but that would be…shift!

Said too much already…

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

@Malteser: You are quite kNOCKledgeable.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Spin, knock it off. You might earn me a zapping! 😉

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

Really? There are people who DON’T want a go on top of a cable car?!

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive