August 14, 2011


I have watched the video a couple of times of last night horrible tragedy in Indianapolis (the stage collapse prior to the Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair). The first thing that crossed my mind was how you see a number of people run towards the fallen stage, looking to help their fellow man. This helps reinforce my belief that we are basically a good lot of people with just a few morons sprinkled in. I hope that in that situation I would have done the same, run towards the stage and help those that were trying to lift it up off the people that were trapped underneath.

The second thought that crossed my mind was that of an engineer: why on earth did they have such a temporary, and apparently not very sturdy, stage setup in such a tornado prone area of the country? I find it mind boggling. My only point of reference is the New York State Fair, which has a pretty sturdy grandstand setup for the concerts that take place there. I find it hard to comprehend why such a temporary rig would be used in a weather-volatile area of the country. It just doesn’t make sense to m.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those that are injured and with the families of those that were killed in last night’s horrible tragedy. The things should not happen and it is horrible when they do.