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
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


Sunday, January 22, 2017


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."

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Maccabeats - Hasmonean - A Hamilton Hanukkah

Just tossing this one out for all to enjoy. I am really starting to enjoy these young men!

24 December 1968 16:40:07 UTC, T plus 75:49:07

This one was up on This Day in Aviation today.
I remember it. I was 14 and we were living in Alberta, Canada at an almost remote school community on the Southern Prairies in a very cold winter. Perhaps the winter added to it.........................

Earthrise (William A. Anders/NASA)


Missus ORPO and I ventured down to Lancaster to hit Walmart and WinCo.
The first four I took from Casa de Sharon y Glenn before we left. The others were taken from the 14-138(Avenue D) Junction on the way home. When we hit Mojave, there was snow blowing across the 14.

All but the first four are looking towards the Grapevine. It was closed earlier today. We stopped at the convenience store near the house and the clerk said that the 58 at Tehachapi was closed. I check CalTrans but it said it was still open.
We do have winter in this neck of the woods!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Chant du Départ: Two Years

From OldAFSarge
Chant du Départ: Two Years: ( Source ) He was a heck of a guy. Friend and mentor. Two years ago today, Buck walked into the clearing at the end of the path. I...

The Exile In Portales is in our hearts.............always.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

A General Mattis Christmas Story

A General Mattis Christmas Story

A friend of mine had this on Facebook today. It gives one a bit of an insight to the character of General Mattis.
I understand why those Marines who served under him feel the way they do.

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)