Saturday, May 8, 2010

Steampunk Jack

So, you may have heard that we've had a bit of a problem lately with a volcano.


Luckily, my 5 year old son came up with a solution.


Apparently, he learned all about it in school, how the volcanic ash fouls jet engines, making it dangerous for them to fly, how the volcano in Iceland made a big cloud of ash that blew our way, how that cloud kept any planes from flying here at all.  For 5, he had a pretty solid grasp of the situation.


That evening, he was filling us in over dinner.  After he gave us all the details, he stopped for a moment to have a bite of garlic bread.  Then he says, "Hey, Dad.  Do blimps not have jet engines?"


Blimps. 


Yep, that would do it alright.  Blimp engines aren't as vulnerable to ash as jet turbines.  They don't fly as high either.  I'm not an expert, but I'm pretty sure that airships could safely fly under a cloud of ash. As far as I can tell, it should work.


Now all we need is a fleet of blimps.  Every time the wind blows out of the north, we're going to be grounded, so if anyone can put us in touch with the folks at Goodyear . . .