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Silent Running in General

Silent Running I feel the need to write something profound, but profundity seems to be escaping me tonight. We have had a solid 12 hours of decent rain. It is very welcome, because we were head...

July 27, 2017

I Will Mend Your Heart in General

A little over 7 years ago I fell in love for the last time. I was still living in my house on great island. I had gone to the Sea Dog for New Years Eve. I danced with a girl I had known for f...

July 25, 2017

Pilot Shortage in General

I saw this coming back in 2003. The identity politics, politically correct crap was invasive. Today the focus is on stupid shit like “sensitivity training” and “transsexual awareness training.”...

July 21, 2017

Fade Into You in General

I have always thought the way petite women could reach behind their back and hold their other arm incredibly sexy. Kind a reminder of how differently men and women are built. I used to think H...

July 19, 2017

1979 in Background Noise

Written 5/17/2007 Background Noise is where I plant stories that strike me from the OD days. Shakedown 1979, cool kids never have the time On a live wire right up off the street You and I shoul...

The meteorologists have taken to calling this the summer that wasn’t. We have only had a couple of hot days. The rest of the time it has been pleasantly cool, mid 70s with low humidity. Whic...

July 03, 2017

Time Will Tell in General

Up the country and back again. The bean was in good spirits, although she insists on wearing a hoodie even when it is stifling hot. The flanken ribs were a hit, though the Oi kimchi not so much...

July 02, 2017

Fence-In in General

Loose gear and circuit breakers - “Pilot,” “One,” “Two,” Three.” Radalt - “Set, five thousand.” Masks/visors - “Pilot,” “One,” “Two,” Three.” G-Warn - 4gs to the left, 0g snap roll to the right, ...

June 24, 2017

YHGTBSM in General

I go to bed on schedule, a little after 10PM. At 3AM I get up to take a leak. And. Then find myself staring at the ceiling. It is now a bit past 4AM. I wanted to go to Mae’s for breakfast, bu...

June 24, 2017

Denali in General

I was actually looking for my Bachelors Degree diploma when I came across my “goodbye” photo from the Wizards. It is a stirring shot of a sole EA-6B flying over Denali in Alaska. It is a very pr...

June 23, 2017

Early Summer Ramblings in General

Microsoft word gives me the fits. It defaults to Calibri 11 pt font, which for some reason I find as obnoxious as hell. I was career military. Since we got computers in the early 90s the stand...

June 21, 2017

Summer Girl in General

I suspect it is allergies, as the streets are completely yellow with pollen. But damn but I feel like someone dropped a freaking house on me. My eyes are itchy, my nose is running, and my joint...

June 21, 2017

Days Like These in General

Days Like These Awesome workout song. The tempo changes work perfectly on an elliptical, moving from the higher resistance slower parts to the higher paced parts of the song. RIP John Wetton. A...

June 04, 2017

Countdown in General

Countdown I was on the way home from the store when Evel came up with this one. The markers of our life. The “Where were you when?” I was a kid when the space shuttle Enterprise, the test bed f...

May 31, 2017

Boom, Like That in General

I canned my Facebook profile. It was getting too stupid. I bounced from PB for a while so the liberals could gnash their teeth and make pronouncements about the end of times. PB has calmed dow...

May 25, 2017

Top Gun II in General

(Can’t take credit for this, written by a fellow AOCS alum) Will Maverick be a pudgy 737 captain at a major airline? Member of an ALPA committee struggling against the corporate structure? Balanc...

May 24, 2017

March 2010 in General

What I was doing at work 7 years ago. Trying to merge several databases to give answers to people who asked questions. Photobucket is giving me fits.

May 24, 2017

All Right in General

Somewhere I have a clip of me doing this song, about 30 seconds long and just me and the Ibanez acoustic. No percussion, no bass. During cruise in ‘99, this was my “go to bed” song. I had a ch...

May 16, 2017

Season of the Ant in General

I live in the end condo of a four unit building. For the most part I am pretty happy with where I live. Truth be told see no reason to move until I become infirm. Believe me, I will shuffle of...

May 11, 2017

Carefree Highway in General

Pickin’ up the pieces of my sweet shattered dream I wonder how the old folks are tonight Her name was Ann and I’ll be damned if I recall her face She left me not knowin’ what to do… Wednesdays a...

May 08, 2017

Sweet Jebus in General

Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday morning tend to be my busiest days. So Basically I have 3 1/2 day weekends. If you told 22yo me that 54yo would have 3 1/2 day weekends he would have said “sweet!”...

May 06, 2017

Generation Kill in General


May 04, 2017

Here I Go Again in General

Five weeks into Private Pilot Ground School. I actually look forward to going to class, unlike the classes while getting my MBA where a half hour before I would search my brain for any reasonab...

April 28, 2017

Observation in General

Observation I was watching a episode of Chicago Med. A family came into the ER, the pregnant woman having problems breathing. As the staff went to work trying to figure out what was wrong it so...

March 20, 2017

Alabama Song in General

Alabama Song Strange winter. Strange start to spring. It was warm but windy today. I thought about going to the beach with a book. Taking a walk. Something. Unfortunately I stayed up way la...

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