Conan On What Is Best In Life

Mongol General: Hao! Dai ye! We won again! This is good, but what is best in life?

Mongol: The open steppe, fleet horse, falcons at your wrist, and the wind in your hair.

Mongol General: Wrong! Conan! What is best in life?

Conan: Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.

Mongol General: That is good! That is good.

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


Psalm 107:

23They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

24These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Time to enjoy a good cigar and good brew

Missus ORPO and I went to the Joshua Tree Enlisted Dining Facility on board Edwards AFB today.
The 412 Support Services Squadron put on an excellent feed!
The Shoppette/Class VI was open and we made a stop to fill the car and I procured a 4 pack of 395 IPA.
Missus ORPO got some Queen Anne Chocolate Covered Cherries and some girl movies from the Red Box.
Unwind time!
I hope all had a great day today.

Thanksgiving Greetings to All!

Best Wishes for a Wonderful Thanksgiving from Casa de Sharon y Glenn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mazeltov!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Adventures in Beer

Missus ORPO and I went to Palmdale on a stuffed toy animal run. Saturday is the Teddy Bear Toss Game in Bakersfield at the Condors Hockey Game.
We decided on BJ'S for Dinner........The Cru was excellent! I also procured a new glass as well. After a stop at Wally World in Lancaster for Holiday Desert makings and a 12 of Sam Adams Winter Lager, we returned to the Casa de Sharon y Glenn. I must admit that the Winter Lager is quite good!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

What are they building? Old Olympia brewery coming back to life(plus a bit of a rant)

A friend of mine had this little ditty on her Facebook page....................
As an old Pacific Northwest Navy Hand, it does warm my heart.
We had two flavours back in those halcyon days......................Olympia and Rainier....................
Both left us in recent years. I was working my ballast train along the Columbia Gorge in Washington State a few years ago, staying in The Dalles, Oregon. The Fred Meyer had the Rainier. Olympia was shut down by the parent Miller/Coors in 2003. The Rainier was brewed in Irwindale, California.................let that sink in.............................Irwindale, California................
But enough ranting.............................
The Olympia Brewery may come back to life......................................
http://mynorthwest.com/1059/2648465/What-are-they-building-Old-Olympia-brewery-coming-back-to-life
I may have to find an excuse to head north to see some "old friends!"
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Developers have announced ambitious plans to bring craft brewing, restaurants, retail and more to the old Olympia Brewery in Tumwater. (Dana Commercial)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

30,715 pack Carrier Dome for Crunch-Comets | The American Hockey League

A Minor League-AAA, hockey game! This is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (theahl.com) ... The Syracuse Crunch established a new attendance record for an indoor professional hockey game in the United States as 30,715 fans filled the Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University for a regular-season American Hockey League game against the Utica Comets on Saturday night. 

The Crunch, top development team of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, defeated the Comets, top affiliate of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, in the Toyota Frozen Dome Classic. 


Hockey is Life. Everything Else is just Details.



30,715 pack Carrier Dome for Crunch-Comets | The American Hockey League

The wind was blowing today in The Southeast Kern County Desert..........................go figure

We had some strong winds today. At times in the 60 mph gust range. I had to make a run to our storage unit near the California City Municipal Airport.
Pictures of the late afternoon from California City..........
Dust was blowing everywhere




















North Dakota Names Landfill After Obama(Sarcasm?)

This was on The Daily Currant.....................
File under, Who woulda thunk!
Gotta love North Dakota!

"In an overwhelming 35-10 vote, the state Senate advanced a bill naming a 650-acre site currently under construction after the nation’s 44th president. Governor Jack Dalrymple is expected to sign the measure into law Tuesday."
The entire scoop is at the link..........................It is a good laugh, methinks.
http://dailycurrant.com/2014/11/17/north-dakota-names-landfill-after-obama/?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=ketv

Friday, November 21, 2014

New Addition to ORPO's Blogroll....................................

My, Sweet Friend from The Pacific Northwest, Janet Knight.

"§kyye {baby} lives in the Pacific Northwest and blogs from… well, just about everywhere. (Look up, I may be flying over you right now.)
She is:  A Warrior Mom;  Mother of two crazy, intelligent, adorable, beloved and exhaustingly active boys ~ Wife of yet another.  Daughter of a US Airman (AFRES) & daughter of a Devil Dawg.   Sister of a Marine Sharp Shooter.  RAH!   Honorary Sister (as bestowed upon her by several US Mil. Veterans.)  MOS:  Patriot.  Unit:  Infidels.   Rank:  I could tell you, but… well, you know.    Precariously owned and operated by a decidedly aloof feline of the Chocolate-Point Snowshoe Siamese persuasion.
Claims to fame:  Pilot.  Airport Bum.  MHC Member.  Airline Widow.  Frequent Flier.  Seahawk #12.  Cougar.  Finance & Economics major.  Author.  Foodie and gourmet coffee aficionado.  Artist.  Dreamer…
General Purveyor of Good over Evil with the requisite amounts of humor and [heavy] sarcasm.  (This is your first, last and only warning.)
Thanks for visiting."

Give her some time and believe me, you will appreciate it.................................ORPO Sends. 
WAVES OF EFFERVESCENCE

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Steel Beach- When US Navy Ships Throw Giant Beach Picnic Parties

I have Fox Trot Alpha on my favourites listing.............Every now and then things are rather interesting. This is one of those things that is...................

Yours Truly, in his younger days when in The Sea Service of The United States of America, did participate in a few of these.

It usually coincided with Beer Day as well...............

We would have bands, basketball, RC cars racing, sunbathing, golf into the water, bbq burgers and dogs and boxing.

The Good Ship Ranger and The Good Ship Kitty Hawk somewhere in the Northern Arabian Sea/Indian Ocean at a place called Al Masirah. Al Masirah was the Fleet Anchorage off of the little island belonging to the Sultan of Oman where the Brits had built him a base was. It was a transfer point for people, parts and mail to and from Ships of The United States Seventh Fleet.

Good Lord....................I still miss it..................................

Steel Beach- When US Navy Ships Throw Giant Beach Picnic Parties



Steel Beach- When US Navy Ships Throw Giant Beach Picnic Parties
USS George Washington CVN73. I did the Shakedown Cruise of this ship.


Steel Beach- When US Navy Ships Throw Giant Beach Picnic Parties

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Getting ready to restore Big Boy | WyomingNews.com

This is awesome! Trains are part of the very fabric of this Nation. The UP as a fleet of old steam locomotives that are some of the best advertising around..

Yes, I love trains!


Getting ready to restore Big Boy | WyomingNews.com
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)