Happy Hour

"IF A LIFETIME CAN BE LIKENED TO A DAY, THEN THIS IS HAPPY HOUR!"
BUCK PENNINGTON

Mother, Mother Ocean

Mother, Mother Ocean, I've heard you call
Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall
You've seen it all, you've seen it all
Watched the men who rode you, switch from sails to steam
In your belly you hold the treasures, few have ever seen
Most of 'em dream, most of 'em dream
Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred year's too late
The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder
I'm an over-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late

Yoda

"Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."
―Yoda, to Luke Skywalker

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
I have these pictures and I keep these photographs
To remind me of a time
These pictures and these photographs
Let me know I'm doin' fine
We used to be so happy once upon a time
Once upon a time
But the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line
And the sun sank west of the Mendocino County Line


""SOME SEE A GLASS AS HALF FULL, SOME SEE IT AS HALF EMPTY, I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHO’S DRINKING MY RUM."
Rumbear

Sunday, July 26, 2015

GREAT BIKINI PICS---Guns and Bikinis

I haven't done any Rule 5 in a while....................
I found this at a place I go to occasionally............................
Yep............................................



There is one more at the link provided below..............................
Plus a plethora of other outstanding posts....................................

http://www.gunsandbikinis.net/2-GREAT-BIKINI-PICS.html

From The Federalist: The Nonexistent Link Between Grilling And Gender

"Do you ever go out in your driveway, fire up your grill, grab yourself by your balls, and just howl at the sky, fully taken over by your own caveman essence and the general awesomeness of being a man? Well, if you’re me you don’t need the grill to make this happen, it’s just a normal part of Saturday afternoons. For Jacob Brogan in Slate, thegrill is a necessity. Of course, as he explains, this is problematic.
“At such moments, I get the sense that I’ve fallen into a societal trap, one that reaffirms gender roles I’ve spent years trying to undo. The whole business feels retrograde, a relic of some earlier, less inclusive era.”

I bet he doesn’t even grab his junk and howl at the sky. And he just keeps going. “Gathered around the coals with beers slung low, we’re all but enacting a myth of the American man, telling a story in postures and poses. No longer mere Ph.D. students, we have become bros."--------------Rich Cromwell
The Nonexistent Link Between Grilling And Gender

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Astronomers Find Evidence Of Two Undiscovered Planets In Our Solar System | IFLScience

photo credit: Lexicon via wikimedia commons. The most distant of these outer solar system objects share a trait that hints at an unknown planet.
So Pluto isn't a planet and it then it is and so forth. I grew up with the knowledge that Pluto was a planet. In the mix is the new descriptive, dwarf planet.........................
All I know is this is pretty cool stuff when dealing with the outer reaches of our solar system.

Astronomers Find Evidence Of Two Undiscovered Planets In Our Solar System | IFLScience

Friday, July 24, 2015

Everybody knows this one..................................

Seems a couple of FB friends and I started playing lyric tag.........................
Then this one came up..............................
Yeah

Through early morning fog I see
Visions of the things to be
The pains that are withheld for me
I realize and I can see
That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
I can take or leave it if I please

i try to find a way to make
all our little joys relate
without that ever present hate
but now i know that it's too late

That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
I can take or leave it if I please
That game of life is hard to play
I'm gonna lose it anyway
The losing card of some delay
So this is all I have to say

That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
I can take or leave it if I please
The sword of time will pierce our skin
It doesn't hurt when it begins
But as it works its way on in
The pain grows stronger, watch it grin

That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave it if I please
A brave man once requested me
To answer questions that are key
Is it to be or not to be
And I replied oh why ask me

That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And I can take or leave it if I...
That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
I can take or leave it if I please
That suicide is painless
It brings on many changes
And you can do the same thing if you please

Monday, July 20, 2015

Flying Eagles Reunion, Part 2

Special Picture from the event................................Shipmates.
Three of us, Richard Taylor, Mark Errecart and I are members of a somewhat special group. We are members of The Order Of Magellan. We completed a Circumnavigation of the World, 3 January-30 June 1987 onboard The Good Ship, USS Kitty Hawk CV-63.
John Edgren was my Indoc and Ejection Seat Instructor when I first arrived at The Flying Eagles in June of 1985.
Left to Right(Tall Guys)
John Edgren, Richard Taylor, Mark Errecart
Short Guy-Me

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Reunion. VA-122 Flying Eagles: Homecoming?

We are at NAS Lemoore in the Hornet Inn(Navy Gateway Inns and Suites) on Bon Homme Richard Street.
It was the Biennial VA-122 Flying Eagles Reunion. I was a FRAMP Student at 122 in 1985 for about four plus months. I was in training in the Airframes/Hydraulic Systems/Flight Controls/Landing Gear syllabus for further transfer to VA-147, The World Famous Argonauts.

It has been a long time...................................
We did a tour and presentation at the new version, VFA-122.
Erika Goodrich's picture is not on the board outside of the Ready Room yet.
The PAO was a little surprised that I did know her call sign.......................not to be mentioned at the present time.

Two of us also did the World Cruise on Kitty Hawk in 87, Me, AMH2 Errecart and AZ1 Taylor. PO2 Errecart and I were Argonauts and PO1 Taylor was Ship's Company in AIMD.

I took pictures.....................................yeah, go figure.
Here is a few of our gathering....................................

























We stopped at the Memorial on Reeves Boulevard............................I knelt for a moment...............I shed more than one tear.

There were other bricks in this Memorial that are representative of my Navy Career...................


Tomorrow, Missus ORPO and I head back to the Desert...............................

I gave my Lockheed Martin Fighting Falcon Coin to the Fleet Reserve Branch 261 from the 416 AMU........................................It was the right thing to do.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Another Toy

This one is unique. The Ural Side Car rig.
The guy at Gizmodo has a full riding review on this unique machine.
A 2WD side car motorcycle would be a neat thing for where I live.
I don't care if it is slow, it's the where I would go that counts.
These machines have a certain appeal and would be fun for me now days.


"Should You Buy It?

So here’s the thing. Everything I’ve described about how limited and difficult and dangerous these things are actually adds up to what makes them such charming, unforgettable experiences. 

Do easy-to-drive, but utterly anodyne modern cars leave you cold? Do you like the sound of riding something made to do battle during WWII? Is the carrying capacity of motorcycles too limited? Do you have a dog? Does the ability to mount a machine gun to the sidecar sound like an intriguing opportunity? Do you like traveling to remote parts of the world where roads don’t go? Do you want to ride in the snow? Then yeah, you’re going to want a Ural. Just be careful!"-Wes Siler
Stock Photo


Bucket List Toy...............

OK, it is a Toy...................that I would love to park here at Casa de Sharon y Glenn in The Beautiful Southeast Kern County Desert.


Yep, a midlife crisis fixer if there ever was one!
Read more at the link below.
http://jalopnik.com/you-can-now-get-an-apollo-edition-mustang-because-the-w-1717969196

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Cowpens' bizarre cruise

CO seldom left in-port cabin during second half of ship's deployment, report found.

This came across my FB news feed this evening. Interesting little article I must say.
I will leave any judgement to the reader.
Funny statement coming from me, isn't it.

This ship has had some checkered history of late as some of my blog followers are aware of. Captain Holly Graf does seem to jump right out there, ya know.

The latest makes one go hmmmmmmmmmmmm. So hit the link and have a read. 


The ship is headed for a modernization and upgrade to be more compatible with the newer Aegis Crusiers in the Fleet.

Operation Damayan
Friends and families gather on the pier at Naval Base San Diego for the April 17 homecoming of the cruiser Cowpens. Few were aware then of how strange the deployment had been. (MC3 Will Gaskill/Navy)
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)