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

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.

The Niece's Wedding Part 2

My Niece, Ashlee Luque became Mrs. Michael Quick on the 20th of July, 2014 CE.
Family and Friends from near and far were in attendance.
Missus ORPO crafted the awesome wedding cake as is her custom for kids, nieces and nephews.
Son Pat, DIL Diane and Ashlee

Mrs. ORPO, Her Sis Debbie, Pat and Diane

The Groom, Mr. Michael Quick

The Ring Bearer escorting his mother, my other Niece Stephanie

Brother in Law Hector and The Bride

The I Do's are done. 

Missus ORPO and Diane

Mother and Son

Yours Truly and Missus ORPO

First Dance as Husband and Wife

Father-Daughter Dance

Mother-Son Dance

Cutting The Cake

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Niece's Wedding

Twas a very nice day indeed.
My Niece, Ashlee became the Bride of Michael Quick.

The outstanding cake was made by Missus ORPO. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

More than 100 Greek warplanes (including last A-7E Corsair jets) conduct live firing exercise

More than 100 Greek warplanes (including last A-7E Corsair jets) conduct live firing exercise


SLUF's last ride........................

I was in VA-147, The Argonauts from 1985 to 1987. The Corsair II was one hell of a light attack platform. It was also fairly easy to work on..........except for those bloody autopilot actuators.................

Monday, July 07, 2014

Historic photos brought to life : theCHIVE

Historic photos brought to life : theCHIVE


Manzanar-6 July 2014

One of our 10 Concentration Camps utilized during WWII to hold approximately 110,000 "Internees" who were Issei and Nesei Japanese Americans.
We were supposed to be the "Good Guys" for crying out loud.
The process was similar to that used by Germany in the "Resettlement" of the Jews and others deemed to be a detriment to Germany but on a much smaller scale. A Jew, no matter how pious or rebellious will see the similarities.
I understand the pretense was under the guise of War Time Security.
Yes, I did use the term, Concentration Camps.
 Taken from Wikipedia: "Manzanar has been referred to as a "War Relocation Center," "relocation camp," "relocation center," "internment camp", and "concentration camp", and the controversy over which term is the most accurate and appropriate continues to the present day."
I did get a bit choked up at times while in the Old Auditorium, now museum..................interperative center.
I simply ask that the reader simply take a look at the pictures and decide for themselves.

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)