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GAS! GAS! GAS! oh, your phone’s ringing

You’ve got to hand it to the Nicelanders, they’ve got this fabulous sense of the absurd. Take the trucker fiasco, for example. At the height of the action, the cops saw themselves driven to spray mace on the unruly crowds, moving forward with remarkable stealth and yelling GAS! GAS! GAS! GET OFF THE ROAD!!* at the top of their lungs. Totally hilarious. And now some GENIUS has gone and made a ringtone out of it. A ringtone! Isn’t that just the best thing you’ve ever heard??

This morning around 1,000 people had downloaded it. Up next is EPI, who couldn’t stop laughing when I played it for him. I can just see it now: He’s going to download it, then be constantly texting me, asking me to phone him at opportune moments. Just hope he remembers to turn it off when we’re at the movies. Or at a funeral service. Or at a truckers’ convention.

SUNNY AND TRANSLUCENT BUT WITH A CHILLY WIND
Sums up our weather today. YT allowed herself to be taken in and headed out for a stroll around the golf course slightly underdressed. Result: stroll was a lot brisker than it might otherwise have been. It’s nice to see the sun, though, and the migrating birds are all arriving, one by one. Right now 4°C [39F] and the sun came up at 5.09, will go down shortly at 9.43 pm.

* remember when I said I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry? Well, that was precisely when.

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  • pierre l April 28, 2008, 10:36 pm

    Just to check that I read you properly, the police sprayed, and it’s the police yelling (not the crowd, in panic)… On its own, there isn’t a lot to say for this ringtone (for me at least), but coupled with the explanation, I can’t stop giggling. I can see the possibilities for a new criminal offence in Niceland: walking up to a policeman and playing that ringtone.

  • hildigunnur April 28, 2008, 11:22 pm

    now almost 7000 different people (or 7000 different ip numbers) have downloaded it. And you REALLY don’t know how excellently you hit the nail on the head with this…

  • RK April 29, 2008, 12:46 am

    I feel really bad for finding this as funny as I do. I’m tempted to download it but it just wouldn’t sound as funny here in L.A as in RVK. And besides I’m afraid that every time my phone rings I’d respond with a really bad combo of shock and panic and then a lil bit of guilt.

  • Rozanne April 29, 2008, 4:15 am

    I guess the Icelandic cops don’t get much practice with riot/crowd control. They sound pretty polite to me. I have never heard of any American cops actually warning people before letting loose with the tear gas (gas! gas!).

  • alda April 29, 2008, 10:29 am

    Pierre, yes you read that right. 🙂 and I agree about the ringtone, it’s not exactly the pleasant sort of ditty you’d like to emanate from your mobile as a rule, but it’s pretty hilarious in context.

    Hildigunnur, gah! 7000 people = potentially 7000 phones with that ringtone. It’s going to be everywhere, no escape!

    RK, why feel bad? I don’t feel bad, I laugh and feel good! 😉
    I think you’re right about LA, though, this sort of thing wouldn’t really translate well.

    Rozanne, no they don’t, thankfully. The cops here are totally mild-mannered, which is why this whole POLICE BRUTALITY outcry is so ridiculous. Those people don’t know what police brutality is!

  • Colin April 29, 2008, 3:22 pm

    That’s quality entertainment. And very polite to give a sporting chance. I remember as kid watching Dutch riot police using tear gas canisters that looked like flame-throwers to give anti-MX protestors a 15 second blast to the face, without so much as a by-your-leave.

    Off topic: you can add me to the list of people in favor of the rotating header pictures. I got the hill at Grundarfjorður this morning and it was a welcome reminder indeed.

  • digdug727 April 29, 2008, 7:02 pm

    i find myself sympathetic to the police for a change. they managed to repeatedly engage the truckers without physical violence. it only devolved into this situation when bystanders started throwing things. no matter where you are, when you throw stuff at the police, all bets are off. watching the video, i have to say the police managed to maintain some restraint when dealing with the protesters and aggressive bystanders. if that had happened here in Texas, they would have charged the protesters on horseback. after that, they would gas, club, subdue, handcuff, and drag on the ground anyone within their view. i am not joking. sadly, it has happened here on a number of occasions. 🙁

  • alda April 30, 2008, 10:58 am

    Colin, is that what you call a hill where you come from?? Around here it’s a mountain. 😉

    Doug, I rest my case. I think these people yelling POLICE BRUTALITY around here don’t know the meaning of the term.

  • Colin May 2, 2008, 3:57 pm

    Alda, in Scotland that would indeed be a mountain, but my sense of scale was thrown off by living in California. When you can drive on an 8 lane highway in the Tejon Pass at over 1200 meters, or on mountain roads at over 2000 meters in the Sierra Nevada, you re-process what you think of as being tall.

    Which is entirely irrelevant to the jaw-dropping beauty of said mountain.

  • dori sig May 3, 2008, 10:43 am

    and here is the video of the gas man

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=UTXpXesMcKE

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