It’s been 5 months?

I rolled in this afternoon/evening after I had left over turkey, lumpy mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberries(whole ones) followed by pumpkin pie with that pressurized whipped cream…… I was gonna enter something profound and highly literal and kaboom, I suddenly realized it had been five months since I had been here…. So here goes ladies and gentlemen……

I have been working because we are considered mission essential. I know some folks who are not that lucky especially given the edicts of our not so esteemed governor, Greasy Gruesome Newsom. He is a reason that makes a repeat of 1776 a rather splendid idea at times………

We had a bit of a stressful event at Eddie’s Airplane Patch relative to the 412th AMXS in the July-August time frame that did cause some consternation in the unit. In a nutshell it was a possible contact with a possible contact of a confirmed case in a member’s family. To several of us it was an option to get the quick nasal check for the said China Virus. My flight chief at the time was sort of pushy about me getting it done. He worried about me due to my age and the fact that I have had some health related issues and having had cancer being one of them. I wound up being placed on administrative leave from Mid August to Mid October. Full pay and regular leave and sick leave still being earned. At least Missus ORPO and I were able to take a trip to Wichita, Kansas for the First Birthday of our Grandson, Grayson Austin Green. Add in that your humble Crew Dawg was also rolling Sixty-Six in that time period. My New Flight Chief was in a bit of a tizzy when he was informed about said vacation. I had already forecast it in January before he moved into his current position. I don’t even think I got charged the full amount of leave. Missus ORPO and I had a splendid time with the family.

I also had a fun event in August that required my old friend, the prep. You know THAT PREP! I also had the endoscopy done and that was a first. Polyp in the transverse colon and rectum, both of which were negative on the biopsies. The upper tract had some items that also had biopsies done and those were negative as well. The diverticulitis is there and it is being dealt with as I would prefer the surgery to be done after I retire at Edwards and we return to Kansas. Then I will have all the time in the world.

No Hockey yet. Supposedly the AHL is going to start the new season next week but no one knows anything because the above named elected official is being his usual 24 carat ass wipe self…….

There, caught up, I think. I am still thinking on whether or not to keep ATJT going or not. I am up against the free amount expiration soon. I have considered doing the Pinch Paisley thing and just calling it good because of the social media thing taking over.

Big Day yesterday

The blog had it’s best single day yesterday with 203 new and unique page views.

The total for the blog since the start is now at 12,940 and climbing. Humbled by this, I am.

Got some good friends out there like NFO, Snigs, Bob Belevedere, xBradtc and all that have been instrumental in that number. I cannot forget my sister at Pixie Place II and Kae at The Bloodnut Blog from down under. Dragon Lady and Swampie at A1A are on the list as well.

Header Picture

The storage area at Mojave. One of these former Air Canada 767s is the Gimli Glider.

Air Canada 767 C-GAUN, fin 604, the famous Gimli Glider, in repose after retirement at Mojave.


Made the Big Time!

Over on the Right is the Blog Roll. On it is Stormbringer. I made a comment of a post of his the other day. It was about a B-17 with the same tail number as my new jet. I commented about 80-3666.

In my inbox the next day was a note from my Buddy Jeff at Parrothead Jeff and Friends. Seems that The Stormbringer himself wanted a short post and a picture.

So, If you go over to the link and click on it. It will take you to Stormbringer.  And I even got some linkage from Theo at Last of The Few. Two of the Premier Mil Blogs out there.

Made the Big Time!!!!!!!

Tired of Black/Miscellaneous

The black template was getting to me. I needed something on the lighter side. So, what do you guys think?

Also a history lesson. Today is 18 April. In 1775 on this date, Paul Revere made his “Midnight Ride.” The call to arms to release the yoke of tyranny. Can fit quite well in these times, ya think?

And in 1942 on this date, LTCOL Jimmy Doolittle led the attack on Tokyo and the Kwanto Plain with B-25s launched from The Good Ship, USS Hornet.

Did some more stuff to the page, Navy. Got patches of Ships, Squadrons and Air Stations along with a few other ones for your viewing pleasure.

Blogger took a Dump

UPDATE: It’s back working! Now I won’t have to go through the process of starting over with it! Yay!

I can’t log into Old Retired Petty Officer. I can get into everything else at Google/Blogger. I checked and others are getting error codes up also. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm? Is the Joshua Trees going to be primary from now on? Or will I rebuild ORPO on WordPress as it’s own entity. Must think on this one.