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


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Electrolytes and such.................

First up, the electrolytes are all good. I got a letter from my Doc in Tehachapi yesterday with the news. The potassium is at 4.5 which is really good!
Second, I had an appointment at the Sepulveda VA ACC with an orthopedic surgeon for my left knee which has been hurting like hell at times. Bursitis. I got a shot. That hurt most of the night. It feels OK today.
If it ain't one thing, it's another ya know.
Like Buck said................."Gettin' old ain't fer sissies!"

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sort of out of the loop

Sorry for the absence dear readers. September has been a rather strange month. I wound up dealing with some potassium and water pill issues.
I spent the night of 8-9 September in the ER at Palmdale Regional Medical Center after the Lancaster VA Clinic said my potassium was critical.
I think my outside doctor might have it figured out. I am now off the water pills and the potassium supplement.

Saturday, September 10, 2016


Somewhere I failed to keep track.....................
I now have 616,000 page views on ORPO.
I'll be damned!
Thanks to all who take the time just to stop by. I really do appreciate it!

Last 3 Operational F-106s Depart Atlantic City Airport, NJ

Awesome Plane Pr0n!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

62 Trips around the Sun

I had to spend Thursday night and Friday morning in the ER at Palmdale Regional Medical Center due to the results of blood work at the Lancaster VA. I got the notice via voice mail late in the afternoon Thursday. The nurse said my potassium was at 2.7. The preferred range is 3.6 to 5.6.
It was a definite strain.
Buck was right.
Gettin' old ain't for sissies.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Running out of data

I haven't been on lately as the data provided with our Verizon Toys is depleting.
On the 8th of August we hope to have everything squared away. This is being sent from work!
Amazing that I can blog from Edwards AFB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Canyon Fire from Camp Roberts plus Pismo Beach

We stayed at the California National Guard Camp here this past weekend.
We were supposed to see Trace Adkins at Pozo Saloon on yesterday afternoon/evening. It was cancelled for "unforseen circumstances." Being it was past the cut off for our card holding the room, we went over anyway.
Since we are in the 5 year severe drought, there was a fire sort of close............The Canyon Fire by Lake Naciemento and it even crept close to the Hearst Castle this morning, as in about two miles close. The P-3 and BAE 146 tankers were cycling from Paso Robles Airport during daylight hours.

Obligatory Beach Pictures

Friday, August 19, 2016

USS America amphibious assault ship is gearing up to dominate the seas - Business Insider

A short article on the new Amphibious Assault Ship Class. The America has it's Beware of Rotors and Jet Blast plus AB Wings painted by my friend, Flygirlpainter, aka Shayne Meder MSGT USAF Retired and her business partner Roxane Bond.

USS America amphibious assault ship is gearing up to dominate the seas - Business Insider

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

PHOTOS: Large wildfire burns through dry brush in hillsides above Devore | abc7.com

This one is fairly close. I went to the FasTrip a bit ago and I can see the smoke from California City.

It started about 10:30 yesterday morning and is at 18,000 acres and 0 percent contained.

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image kabc"><span>KABC</span></div><span class="caption-text">A plane drops fire retardant while battling the Blue Cut Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016.</span></div>

Air Tanker dropping on the fire.
Just on Channel 5: Cadaver Dogs are now being deployed.

PHOTOS: Large wildfire burns through dry brush in hillsides above Devore | abc7.com

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A little bit of music....................Scorpions

I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment's gone
All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind

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)