Monday run to Lancaster…..

Pictures ensued…..

I had to take a release form to my VA doc from my dentist. It seems he is worried about the mixing of medications used for doing the dental work that I need and the ones the VA has me on. Another fun process………..argh……… The dentist also thinks it is a good idea to wait until the urinary issues to be resolved before I have teeth pulled and some oral surgery……

I have to admit that this stuff is getting old….. If it ain’t one thing, its another.

Seeing as the Trusty Nikon was in the car, I decided to grab a few pics on the way home. The H-60 was a pleasant surprise. It was shooting touch and goes at Mojave and I got lucky enough to get a few shots of it. The day is windy and we are under a wind advisory beginning at 1600 PDT…. The wind blows in the desert….. Big surprise isn’t it!

So here they all are!

Click them to enlarge and please enjoy!

ORPO Sends.


Update on the fun and games

I had my ct scan on Monday of last week. I now wait……….. It’s part of the process ya know.

I had an EMG on last Thursday as well. The lady that administered it says I have sciatica….. She says that the nerve is pinched in the lower back. She did tell me the results of my most recent blood work. Good news on that front. Those three antibodies have very low numbers! At least I don’t have that to worry about at present!

I am not going to dodge the fact that I am concerned as there is a family history of cancer and I have had it once already…….

Until next time my friends!!!!

In Memoriam of Apollo 1

I believe it was yesterday that marked the 50th anniversary of the tragedy of Apollo 1 that took the lives of Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. It is still vivid in my mind.

An old shipmate of mine from days in the Argonauts of Attack Squadron 147 now works at NASA at Cape Canaveral. He was kind enough to send me some pictures of the launch pad from that day that is now abandoned in place.

Without further ado, here they are.


Navy’s new ship’s Capt. Kirk is used to ‘Star Trek’ jokes – U.S. – Stripes

Navy’s new ship’s Capt. Kirk is used to ‘Star Trek’ jokes – U.S. – Stripes.

The Zumwalt-class destroyer is floated out from dry dock at the General Dynamics Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine, Oct. 28, 2013. The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as chief of naval operations from 1970-1974.

Red Gorge on Moffat Tunnel Subdivision

Red Gorge on Moffat Tunnel Subdivision

Following numerous curves along the meandering Colorado River, BNSF’s Denver to Provo freight snakes through Red Gorge between Radium and Yarmony, Colorado, on November 1, 2012.

BNSF MDENPVO led by BNSF 7598 West. This is one of the new GE Evolution Locomotives in service. 4,400 HP giving almost 170,000 pounds of tractive effort.

Hit the link for the bigger version and the straight skinny

Central Valley Air Show 15 October 2011

I made the trip to NAS Lemoore over in the San Joaquin Valley today. A coworker and his wife went along. Nice show as always. A few pictures for your enjoyment.

F/A -18F in commemorative colours honoring the maintainers during Our Centennial. This is the pattern on the Navy Working Uniform
Executive Sweet: B-25 Mitchell
Super Hornets and Fighting Falcons on the line.
F4U Corsair with markings of VF-17 The Jolly Rogers
Bright Yellow SNJ
A pair of Stearman Biplane Trainers
Republic Seabee

Cessna 195

Ryan PT That is a five cylinder radial engine on it.
T-34C from Training Wing Five
F-16C of the California Air National Guard from Fresno
F-16N of Naval Strike Air Warfare Center, NAS Fallon Nevada
EA-18G of VAQ-129 NAS Whidbey Island. This is the replacement for the venerable EA-6B Prowler in the Electronic Attack Mission
VFA-122 Flying Eagles Intake Covers are even cool
F-16 West Coast Demo Jet
B-25, P-51 and F8F
The F8F Bearcat. This was Grumman's last single engine piston fighter.
Super Hornet. Down and dirty!!!! Loud and Proud!!!!!!!
The Super Hornet roaring by the crowd
Yours Truly in front of the Argonaut Spaces. The parking for the event was on this line. This was the squadron I was in at Lemoore. Well, almost. I was actually in VA-147, flying the Venerable LTV A-7E Corsair II. But this was from November of 1985 to June of 1987 when I transferred to AIMD SeaOpDet 46964. But I still miss those days.

Tehachapi Loop and Murray Farms with Bailee

Took the Granddaughter up to the Tehachapi Loop today to hopefully see a train go around it. We got an Eastbound UP Manifest Train.

Bailee at the Tehachapi Loop Marker
MOW equipment going into the house track
UP 5373 East entering the Loop
Around the hill on the Loop
Head end over the rear portion of the train
Bailee with UP 5373 East in the full Loop
Bailee with UP 5373 East in the full Loop
Murray Farms at the bottom of the hill in the San Joaquin Valley
The Ant at Murray Farms
A bunch of grapes

Warner Brothers Studio and Griffith Park

We took the Granddaughter, Bailee down to LA/Burbank yesterday. We did the tour and then hit the observatory at Griffith Park.

A good time was had by all!

Bailee and Daffy
The Famous Water Tower!
In the Shop where stuff is built
The General Lee
Bailee, Scooby and the Mystery Machine
HOLLYWOOD! From the Griffith Park Observatory
Looking at Downtown!
Grandpa and Grandma with Bugs
My turn!

We had planned to go to Pink’s for lunch. The line was really long! So we headed up toward Grauman’s Chinese Theater. No close by parking and the place was packed! So it was just the studio tour and the observatory. We got something there at the Edge of the Universe Cafe’.

And I got out of the Warner Brothers Store for less than $150!