When L.A. Was Empty: Wide-Open SoCal Landscapes | LA as Subject | SoCal Focus | KCET

My dear friend, Joy McCann had this on Facebook a little while ago. The pictures of Los Angeles a long time a go are quite good.

View of North Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley from the Santa Monica Mountains, 1909. Courtesy of the USC Libraries - California Historical Society Collection.
View of North Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley from the Santa Monica Mountains, 1909. Courtesy of the USC Libraries – California Historical Society Collection.

Go to the link below and have a look. I think you will enjoy it.

When L.A. Was Empty: Wide-Open SoCal Landscapes | LA as Subject | SoCal Focus | KCET.

Travels on The Central Coast on Memorial Day Weekend 2015

Mrs. ORPO and I have been on the Central Coast of California this weekend. We went up to Cambria/Moonstone State Beach and to Morro Strand State Beach along the Pacific Coast Highway…………aka The 1.

I broke out the old Kodak Z612 Point and Shoot just for giggles…………………………………………..It still works good!

We also hit the Craft Brewery in San Luis Obispo, Tap It to see what it was all about…………..We Like It!

The Barrelhouse Flavours we picked up on Friday in Paso Robles.

I made it simple when we returned to the Vandenberg Inn and gathered them all for a picture. The Goodness from Figueroa Mountain that I obtained in Grover Beach at Von’s will be for a later day…………………..




Beer Blogging from The California Central Coast

Dateline: Vandenberg AFB VOQ

Missus ORPO and I are at our favourite lodging facility(affordable!) We drove over this afternoon and we did take our sweet time…………….We had a late lunch courtesy of the Arby’s in Lost Hills and then we made two stops in Paso Robles.

The first was at one of my most favourite breweries around, Firestone Walker, where upon the Growler was filled with Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA. This is one of my all time favourite flavours out there!

We then ventured to a newer establishment that we saw a sign for………….Barrelhouse Brewery. I procured a couple of 22 OZ. bottles that will be sampled later this weekend with the post to be part of the process………………………..

Without further ado……………………………..Wookey Jack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Yeah, It is that good!!!!!!!!!!

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See Gar and Wookey Jack For Buck……………………….

Showtime 100: This Day in 1972

I was a Senior in High School being two weeks shy of graduation when this happened. It was on the “local news” out of Great Falls, if I remember correctly. Maybe it was on Huntley-Brinkley………….Suffice to say that I remember it, vaguely. I was still 17. The registration for the “Lottery” was 4 months away.

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Yeah, I know how Cunningham turned out. He sold his soul based on his status. It shouldn’t overshadow what happened, though. I leave that to the reader to make his or her final decision.

The following is from AcePilots.com.


Ten-engine electric plane prototype takes off-A different sort of Plane Pr0n

Interesting idea. I think that Remotely Piloted Aircraft are an up and coming utility technology. Please understand that this comes from a layman and not an engineer. The radio control hobby world has led to a new use for what used to be expensive toys. Now they are becoming sophisticated, really expensive toys.

The possibilities are endless, in my humble opinion.

Image: Ten-engine electric plane prototype takes off

A team at NASA’s Langley Research Center is developing a concept of a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft. The prototype, called Greased Lightning or GL-10, is currently in the design and testing phase. The initial thought was to develop a 20-foot wingspan (6.1 meters) aircraft powered by hybrid diesel/electric engines, but the team started with smaller versions for testing, built by rapid prototyping.

The full skinny and a video are at the link.

(OK, it’s a Monday and I have it off as I moved my Regular Day Off from Wednesday to today due to a big meeting with the young captain(AMU OIC), The AFGE Local(Not a member) and the rank and file as it were.)

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-05-ten-engine-electric-plane-prototype.html#jCp


Pictures of The Southeast Kern County Desert

My City in the Distance, California City


Another view of California City



Mojave Spaceport(MHV) with the San Gabriel Mountains in the distance






Looking up the Tehachapi Pass to the West



Wind Turbines……………and more Wind Turbines. Kern County communities do not get power from these. It goes to Los Angeles.


Signs, signs, everywhere the signs, blocking out the scenery






Some got captions. Some did not. This is a look at the that part of California, where Missus ORPO and I live, here among the Joshua Trees.


Why a British warship will host US F-35s – Business Insider

“The “special relationship” with America is central to Britain’s national security and America also counts heavily on British diplomatic and military support. In an era of budget “austerity” in Britain and sequestration in America, there is great benefit for both countries when it comes to joint military operations and platforms procurement.

The combination of budgetary factors, procurement costs and issues, and the continuing need for air and sea power is why the relationship between the US and UK is so “special” that Britain’s next aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, will likely be home to US Marine Corps F-35Bs — American fighters flying from a British warship.”

F-35 In Flight

Read more: http://ciceromagazine.com/features/special-relationship-u-s-marine-fighters-flying-from-a-uk-warship/#ixzz3Yl0ET8HBhy a British warship will host US F-35s – Business Insider.


I went to the grocery store in Mojave, CA today.

Pictures ensued on the way home.

Thai Airways 747s
Former Air Canada 767s including the infamous Gimli Glider.
KLM MD-11s in the back row awaiting their fate
Lufthansa 747s awaiting their fate alontg with a few Qantas 747s




Freight Train coming down the hill to Mojave and points East
BAC 1-11 regional airliners. These two have been here since I moved to the desert in 2009.