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
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.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Plane Pr0n-Bing reveals map of biggest aircraft graveyard in the world | Daily Mail Online

Most of the folks who follow this blog are aware of the big boneyard at Davis Monthan AFB.
The Daily Mail had a piece on it with the Bing Map Images.

While it isn't the only aircraft boneyard in the world, it is the largest, containing around 4,400 aircraft. Planes that have served on aircraft carriers have to be washed to get rid of salt. All aircraft have their fuel tanks lines drained and any explosive devices are removed

While it isn't the only aircraft boneyard in the world, it is the largest, containing around 4,400 aircraft. Planes that have served on aircraft carriers have to be washed to get rid of salt. All aircraft have their fuel tanks lines drained and any explosive devices are removed.


I thought it was an interesting piece.....................................
More pics and the rest of the article at the link below

Bing reveals map of biggest aircraft graveyard in the world | Daily Mail Online

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Sunday Night Beer and The News

Watching KTLA after some Mythbusters and the new Cooking Channel All Star Academy...............
Got this at the WinCo in Bakersfield last night after the Condors game.

Citra Simcoe from Lengthwise Brewing in Bakersfield..................cue Buck Owens and Dwight Yoakum.....................
The glass is from Figueroa Mountain Brewing in Beullton..................................
Oh for the love of g-d................................I am a Californian...............................

Something for a Sunday: Somebody’s Gotta Do It – CNN's Mike Rowe Pays Tribute to Navy Seabees

"Hard work. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he praised one of the hardest working groups (and often the most overlooked) groups around– the Navy Seabees. Do you know about the Navy Seabees?  If not, no worries.  Their work is rarely on the front pages of magazines (unless it’s their own - Seabee Magazine), and it’s one of the many reasons Mike Rowe is trying to get the word out about them.  A little background:"

Mike Rowe is a straight shooter..................young men would do well to take him as a role model, in this author's most humble opinion.

The remaining is at the link at the bottom.

A Gratuitous Picture is enclosed as well. 



Somebody’s Gotta Do It – CNN's Mike Rowe Pays Tribute to Navy Seabees

Friday, February 27, 2015

These Guided Smart Shells Could Revolutionize The Navy's Dated Deck Guns-Foxtrot Alpha

Boom from the Sea....................that doesn't miss.............................As My Friend David Robinson says, IS GOOD!

"Raytheon's 155mm M982 Excalibur extended-range guided artillery shell is being shrunk down to fit into the Mark 45 five inch deck guns that are deployed aboard the Navy's Cruisers and Destroyers. This miniaturized sea-going Excalibur, known as the N5, could triple the range of current five inch shells and offer pinpoint 'danger close' fire support like never before.
These Guided Smart Shells Could Revolutionize The Navy's Dated Deck Guns


The Excalibur round really is a modern marvel. It can be hurtled out of a howitzer barrel under immense G loads, then once it reaches the top of its trajectory, it begins its guided glide path via pop-out canard control fins, which greatly enhances the shell's range over a standard 155mm round. Because it is guided, it can also hit nearly any target at near vertical angles, allowing it to strike the enemy in the shadow of steep mountains or in urban environments that traditional ballistic artillery could not engage safely."

These Guided Smart Shells Could Revolutionize The Navy's Dated Deck Guns

I think this is a good thing, even though I have no real knowledge of shipboard gunnery. Distance coupled with accuracy is something I had to practice as a Deer and North American Pronghorn hunter on the rolling plains of North Central Montana. When all it takes is coordinates plugged in...................the more dead bad guys, the better.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A little something from John F. Kennedy about that place so many of us love

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.
John F. Kennedy

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Behold the Rusting Beauty of Abandoned Train Graveyards - The Vintage News

"Retired from the tracks, many old trains find themselves in glorious graveyards, filled with car upon rusted car. Photos of these scrapyards let us witness the magnificent decay of these mighty vehicles."

From various places around the world, pictures of trains, rusting away.......................
It would be nice to see some of these old steam locomotives and their tenders in a museum but economics does have a hand in things these days.






Behold the Rusting Beauty of Abandoned Train Graveyards - The Vintage News

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lenticular. Just One Lenticular.

Got these with the Samsung Smart Phone just about sunset.
It was amazing to see this one over the West end of The Rand Mountains between the Fremont Valley and The Indian Wells Valley.
Two are from the drive way at Casa de Sharon y Glenn and one from an empty lot with no obstructions.




Want. Really. Really. Want.

A BMW R 1200 GS Adventure with a DMC Expedition Side Car.
The Bike is $18,340.
The Side Car is $7,995
I do need to win me one of those big lotteries..............................................
A fella can dream, can't he????????????????????



I like the one with the hard cases on it.................I could go a lot of places with it..................

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ER Visit

I left work last night early. My diverticulitis flared up on me. Pain.
I initially went to the Urgent Care in Lancaster. They had to refer me to the ER at either Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster or Palmdale Regional Medical Center down the 14. I elected Palmdale as the hospital in Lancaster has, issues, shall we say.
I arrived at about 0030 hours and waited after check in. I finally was called into the exam area and got the gown and an EKG..................................................waited................................waited.
Did I mention I waited?
It was around three hours before I got a CT Scan.........................................
Then the there was the blood draw at almost 0500................................Yep. Backwards.
The belly hurt the entire time............................
Labs normal
No one told me how the scan was
It all began with wanting an appointment at the VA Clinic in Lancaster with my doc. Instant hold and the nurse answered..........................
Tell nurse what was wrong and wait for a call back
Call back when I was on a jet...................
I explain to these people that I am out of touch except for voice mail after 1400
Antibiotics................................one week and no beer......................................
I got home at 0800 this morning.......................I crashed about 1000. I had been up about 25 hours. I called the supervisor and told him I would not be in tonight. Tomorrow is a wait and see thing.
Buck was right about one thing. Gettin old ain't for sissies.................................

Monday, February 16, 2015

Figueroa Mountain Brewing

Lizard Mouth Imperial IPA.
Mmmmm Mmmmm Yummy!
If you ever get to Buellton, California, check this establishment out!

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)