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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Restless................Gordon Lightfoot.

The lyrics only..............................
It describes the feelings that The Old Retired Petty Officer has these days.......................

Gordon Lightfoot...............................
There's a kind of a restless feeling and it pulls me from within
It sets my senses reeling and my wheels begin to spin
In the quietude of winter you can hear the wild geese cry
And I will always love that sound until the day I die
There's a plain and a simple answer to each and every quest
From every quiet dance who might be a special guest
In a movie made for TV or a late night interview
You might even find them on the Young and the Restless too
Do ya get that restless feelin' when you hear a whistle blast
Like an echo from the past
Of an old engine flyin' down a road that's ironcast
The lake is blue, the sky is gray, the leaves have turned to gold
The wild goose will be on her way, the weather's much too cold
When the muskie and the old trout too have all gone down to rest
We will be returning to the things that we love best
Do ya get that restless yearning when you think about your dad
And the scrimshaw that he had
Of an old schooner rovin' 'neath a sky that's ironclad
There's a kind of a restless feeling and it catches you off guard
As we gaze off at the distance through the trees in my back yard
I can feel that restless yearning of those geese as off they roam
Then trade that for a warm bed and a place I can call home
Will ya get that restless yearning when you hear the wicked blast
Of a spectre from the past
Of a cold diesel rollin' down a road that's built to last
Still I get that restless feelin' when I hear a whistle blast
See an image from the past
Of an old schooner flyin' down a sky that's overcast

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Obscure Stuff on the Net: Not Many People Realize This Incredible Palace is Hiding in Georgia

A Facebook friend of mine had this up. I clicked the link and wow!



One of the most beautiful buildings in the entire state of Georgia is the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta.



People travel from all over to marvel over each beautifully sculpted piece of the 36,000 limestone, Italian marble, and sandstone which make up this temple.

There are more amazing pictures at the link. So hit it and enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not Many People Realize This Incredible Palace is Hiding in Georgia

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Rainy Friday in The Mojave Desert

I finally remembered to take the trusty Nikon along with me last night.
This was this morning on the way home from work.
I stopped at my usual place at the Cal City Boulevard turn off from the 58.






















All I did was aim and shoot!

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

I have been thinking on this.............the career in Navy Air.

I am also on Google Plus and got a comment on a post from a gentleman who thought I should start a chronicle of sorts about my Navy career and the places I have been and some of the things I have experienced.
I aim to start this coming weekend with perhaps boot camp but more than likely my first sea tour on The Good Ship Independence with the first work up and deployment to the Mediterranean Sea.
We will see how it goes.

Friday, January 27, 2017

MiG-21 Fishbed In Stunning Pictures During the Tour-de-Sky 2016

Say what you will but the old Mig 21 Fishbed still soldiers on in some Air Forces around the world.
Following are a few pics from a small air show in Kuopio, Finland. All were taken by Fyodor Borisov/Transport-Photo Images.
I hope you all enjoy!

Here is the link as for some reason Blogger gives me a fight trying to get it at the bottom!!!!!!!
https://www.warhistoryonline.com/featured/mig-21.html?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=postplanner&utm_source=facebook.com

Finnish Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 at Tour-de-Sky airshow at Kuopio, Finand. (Photo by Fyodor Borisov/Transport-Photo Images)

Finnish Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 at Tour-de-Sky airshow at Kuopio, Finand. (Photo by Fyodor Borisov/Transport-Photo Images)
#8. And again – interior of the cockpit is in both langauges, Russian and Finnish.

Finnish Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 at Tour-de-Sky airshow at Kuopio, Finand. (Photo by Fyodor Borisov/Transport-Photo Images)
Finnish Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21

 Romania Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 at Tour-de-Sky airshow at Kuopio, Finand. (Photo by Fyodor Borisov/Transport-Photo Images)
Romania Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21

"Despite the presence of many other remarkable aircraft, the MiG-21 was the main star of the air show at Kuopio. Without doubts, it’s a legendary aircraft, one of the most characteristic in the world of military aviation of the 20th century. Even today MiG-21 is still in service, though its glory passed a long time ago. And so their story goes on, in armies of several countries. A day before the airshow, MiG-21 celebrated its 60th anniversary. This article will be fully focusing on this amazing machine!"

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Slippers

I thought I had lost them..................or they were more than likely in a place I forgot about.
It's nice to have them on, with it being one of those rainy and cold winter days in the Mojave Desert.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Gene Cernan 1934-2017

I has sad.
I watched this as a 17 year old.
Fair Winds and Following Seas...........................

Gene Cernan: "There is too much purpose, too much logic, it was just too beautiful to happen by accident," Cernan said. "There has to be somebody bigger than you and bigger than me...And I mean this in a spiritual sense, not in a religious sense, there has to be a creator of the universe who stands above the religions that we ourselves create to govern our lives." -Commander of the last moon landing. We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon.

Monday, January 09, 2017

The First Constellation: This Day in Aviation - Important Dates in Aviation History

"9 January 1943: At the insistence of the Army Air Forces, Boeing’s Chief Test Pilot, Eddie Allen, made the first flight of the Lockheed L-049 Constellation prototype, NX25600, from Lockheed Air Terminal at Burbank, California, to Muroc Army Airfield (today known as Edwards Air Force Base). Lockheed’s Chief Test Pilot, Milo G. Burcham, was the co-pilot.
When the flight ended after 58 minutes, Allen said, “This machine works so well that you don’t need me anymore!” With that, Allen returned to Seattle."

There are more picture at the link below. Enjoy!
This Day in Aviation - Important Dates in Aviation History

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Just for laughs

Seeing as Missus ORPO and I lived in Kansas for almost 12 years, I thought a post on the lighter side was in order.
Have a good laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seeing that in States like Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and the rest of the Central Plains, mobile homes are referred to as "Tornado Magnets."




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)