You don't know me
You don't like me
You say you care less how I feel
How many of you would sit and judge me
Ever walked the Streets of Bakersfield...............
From the Kern County Desert....
Small essays and other things that come to mind or suit me at the time.
All are welcome here, to my world, such that it is.
A walking contradiction, partly truth, mostly fiction,
taking every wrong direction on his lonely way back home......The Pilgrim Chapter 33
I have become..........Comfortably Numb...
He lives in the Islands and fishes the pilings and drinks his Green Label each day..........


Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me
Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain't coming back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me

There's no place I can be
Since I've found Serenity
But you can't take the sky from me

Counted the Stars

Counted the stars on the 4th of July
Wishing we were rockets bursting in the sky
Talking about redemption and leaving things behind
As the sun sinks west of the Mendocino county line

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Earthquake in Nor Cal

The mighty hand of Mother Nature struck in the wee hours this morning up in the Wine Country of California.
I got up about an hour or so and when checking my usual stuff, saw a short bit on it online from an acquaintance.......
6.0, with some healthy after shocks. One of those was a 3.6.
So far there are 3 people reported to have serious injuries. Major damage in Sonoma and Napa.
There will be updates all day. I have KTLA on right now.
Positive Waves and as Buck Pennington says, I hope the Diety at Hand has interest in all these folks recovering from the quake.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Treadmill results for today

This has become SOP 3 times a week since my VA check up this past spring.
Pre diabetic is what my doctor at the Lancaster Veterans Community Based Outreach Clinic said.
I do an hour at 2.5 mph.
I also have to cut my carb intake.

Plane Pr0n-Bear Style

I stole this from Jeff Hollenbeck. It was on his Facebook page.
I think it is really cool.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Saturday, August 09, 2014

On the Verandah

Home at Casa de Sharon y Glenn.
Since Missus ORPO and I were able to enjoy the fine company of a few of the Lexicans last night....
I also had to let Buck Pennington know that I am going to do this on occasion.
Twas a most excellent gathering.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Sending off Dave Harvey at Shakespeare's in Sandy Eggo

Missus ORPO and I finally got to Shakespeare's!
Dave Harvey and his Missus are heading out to Dallas, Texas tomorrow for a new chapter in their lives........
In company were fellow Lexicans Beth Lieras, Dwight Cardwell, Our Dear Mary Lefon.
Excellent food and excellent drink.
Missus ORPO got to meet some of the gang.
And here we all are!
I finally made it, Captain

In the Argonaut T-Shirt

L to R: Missus ORPO, Beth Lieras aka Fuzz, Dwight Cardwell, Mary Lefon, Dave and Mrs. Harvey. A good time was had by all!
Late addition:

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Beer Blogging from Sandy Eggo

Missus ORPO and I journeyed to Sandy Eggo for a small gathering of some Lexicans at Shakespeare's tomorrow evening.
This evening after fighting the football game traffic on the 15, the 163 and the 8, we checked into our room at Motel 6 Hotel Circle North and then took off to Anthony's Fish Grotto for dinner. I had the good fortune to eat at this establishment when I graduated from Boot Camp at RTC Sandy Eggo in December of 1973 at the tender age of 19...........Go ahead and do the math..............
After we finished up, we headed to a convenience store to pick up the Missus some smokes and I picked up a six pack of Stone Pale Ale.......I didn't realize that they made a Pale Ale!
Quite tasty indeed......................................
I will have the Trusty Nikon D3000 with me tomorrow and pictures will be uploaded upon our return home to Cal City.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Mr. and Mrs. ORPO

I have decided to post a couple of pics of the two of us all dressed up at the Niece's Wedding on 20 July.
Yes, I am wearing an ear ring, a sterling silver dream catcher to be precise. It goes well with the shaved head................................

BTW, I took extra time and care when I shaved my head that morning. Missus ORPO got a new hair colour as well.
Yes, Buck, I wore a tie and a purple shirt. Both items were OK'd by the Niece early that morning..................The Niece was her day.

Inventories of war: soldiers' kit from 1066 to 2014

Found on Facebook courtesy of Arthur Barie, proprietor of Bring the heat, Bring the Stupid.
While the First World War was the first modern war, as the Somme kit illustrates, it was also primitive. Along with his gas mask a private would be issued with a spiked ‘trench club’ – almost identical to medieval weapons.
On a winter’s day in 1915 the family of one Capt Charles Sorley – athlete, soldier and poet – received a package. It was his kit bag, sent home by his regiment from the Western Front, where Sorley had been killed, aged 20, at the Battle of Loos. Out of this bag came a life abridged: personal effects, items of uniform and a bundle of papers, from which emerged his now famous sonnet When You See Millions of the Mouthless Dead. A new photographic survey of military kits now illustrates that curious combination. The photographer Thom Atkinson has recorded 13 military kits for his ‘Soldiers Inventories’ series.
1916 private soldier, Battle of the Somme
While the First World War was the first modern war, as the Somme kit illustrates, it was also primitive. Along with his gas mask a private would be issued with a spiked ‘trench club’ – almost identical to medieval weapons.
Battle of Waterloo
1815 private soldier, Battle of Waterloo
Kit issued to soldiers fighting in the Battle of Waterloo included a pewter tankard and a draughts set.
Picture: THOM ATKINSONMore Pics and descriptions at the link below.I found it to be an interesting little photo essay.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The 707 is 60

"July 15, 1954, was a Day of  Monumental Change.  Aviation change, that is.  World change.  Today is the Anniversary of that event - an event that changed the course of commercial aviation, the world, and certainly of the Boeing Airplane Company.

It is the 60th Anniversary of the First Flight of the 707 Prototype - the Dash 80.  The product of a bunch of engineers who probably lived in Bellevue, Washington, wore wing-tipped shoes with argyle socks , white shirts with pocket protectors, and carried K & E slipsticks (slide rules.)  They produced a machine that - on a dozen levels - changed the world."----From the site 
Welcome to Trains, Planes, and......  

Roll Out of first 707

The above text and pics are courtesy of the site mentioned.
The 367-80 flew about two months before I was born.
The rest of the story is at the link below. Enjoy.

I will not go down and tell my children I didn't have the courage, the conviction, the commitment or the character to fight for this country...Don't go home and let your children down~~ LTC Allen West

Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

‎"Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.("Therefore, he who desires peace, let him prepare for war")" from "Epitoma Rei Militaris," by Vegetius (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus)