Happy Hour


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


"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.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Desert Evening in Cal City

Made a quick run to Rite Aid for a stogie.
This cloud with the setting sun on it looked cool.

City Hall with The PD antenna cluster

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Placard. Handicapped Parking...........................................

Was this bound to happen? I have no idea but it is here...................
Plantar Faciitis
The Neuropathy is a side dish at the moment.
Good until July 1.

Not so random pictures of the desert

Some of these are from my run to Barstow a few weeks ago and some are from my run to Ridgecrest today.
The Barstow trip was to get my free National Parks Lifetime Pass and the Ridgecrest trip was to get my temporary Handicap Placard.

Long since abandoned along the old Santa Fe

Closer view

San Bernardino Mountains

West Siding Signal Jim Grey

Today's sampling along Neuralia Road and SR 14 follows

Long abandoned ranch stead

Looking North along Neuralia Road

This was a Honda Proving Ground

Neuralia Road at Red Rock-Randsberg Road

SR14 and Red Rock-Randsberg Road

Junction of SR14N and SR178E

Welcome to Inyokern

Descending toward Red Rock Canyon SP and The Fremont Valley
Mojave is close.......Bishop is a long ways

Drifting Sand? In the Desert? Say it ain't so!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Famous Men and Their Motorcycles

This was on the Twitter Feed this AM whilst having my Morning Coffee.

I do remember a few of these movies.

The Art Of Manliness is a regular read for yours truly.

The full article is at the link at the bottom,

Famous Men and Their Motorcycles

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Flygirlpainter Project Part 3

Shayne, her hubby Scott Donnell and Jim Kaplan are finished with Scorpion 100.
This is one of the best looking helos I have ever seen!
The work involved is amazing.
Shayne is noted for the artwork on so many of the CAG Helos in the squadrons based at NAS North Island.

Shayne Meder with the Commanding Officer of HSM-49, Commander Bobby Brown

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Flygirlpainter Project Part 2

I told Shayne that I would do this on a regular(?) basis..................
So, it's Wednesday, OK!
More good stuff from my friend!
Please understand that these are in random order!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The tease................
When this puppy is finished, it will be awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Canada Celebrates Battle of Britain

Nuff said.


Saturday, April 04, 2015

Waxing Poetic

As I wax................poetically tonight...................
I saw a few things tonight on these here intertubes(thanks to Buck)..........yeah

I played the Red River Valley 
He'd sit in the kitchen and cry 
Run his fingers through seventy years of livin' 
And wonder, "Lord, why has every well I've drilled gone dry?" 

We were friends, me and this old man 
We's like desperados waitin' for a train 
Desperados waitin' for a train 

He's a drifter, a driller of oil wells 
He's an old school man of the world 
He taught me how to drive his car when he was too drunk to 
And he'd wink and give me money for the girls 
And our lives was like, some old Western movie 
Like desperados waitin' for a train 
Like desperados waitin' for a train 

From the time that I could walk he'd take me with him 
To a bar called the Green Frog Cafe 
There was old men with beer guts and dominos 
Lying 'bout their lives while they played 
I was just a kid, they all called me "Sidekick" 
Just like desperados waitin' for a train 
Like desperados waitin' for a train 

One day I looked up and he's pushin' eighty 
He's got brown tobacco stains all down his chin 
Well to me he was a hero of this country 
So why's he all dressed up like them old men 
Drinkin' beer and playin' Moon and Forty-two 
Jus' like desperados waitin' for a train 
Like a desperado waitin' for a train 

The day 'fore he died I went to see him 
I was grown and he was almost gone. 
So we just closed our eyes and dreamed us up a kitchen 
And sang one more verse to that old song 
(spoken) Come on, Jack, that son-of-a-bitch is comin' 

We're desperados waitin' for a train 
Was like desperados waitin' for a train

Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown

A friend had a picture of the monument in Ireland commemorating the arrival of Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown in their Vickers Vimy Bomber and the first non stop flight across the Atlantic.

I read about this in the 8th Grade if memory serves me correctly.

Statue of Alcock and Brown at London Heathrow Airport

Vickers Vimy

Memorial commemorating the flight in County Galway, Ireland
A full article is at the link below.

Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown

Flygirlpainter begins a new project at North Island

My friend Shayne Meder, aka Flygirlpainter is going to paint the CAG Bird of HSM-49, The Scorpions.
This is a fresh from the factory MH-60R which is a fresh canvas for Shayne.

I am going to be chronicling as best I can, the entire process as Shayne posts at her Facebook Page, which is Flygirlpainter, btw...................

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)