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

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Airplane stuff for Buck and anyone else. And a beer, too!


Just for Buck.
Ain't it just so damn cool. Even us Naval Air and Marine Air guys love this airplane. Tomcat guys do not count for the most part. When I was in the A-6 community, our motto was, Medium Attack, Everything Else Is Just Support.
For the Air Force, these "Hogs" were and still are the best close in attack airplane left in the inventory. I served with Marines who dreamed of a carrier version for those funny, far off, shit holes we always spent time just over the horizon from.
I ran into an engineer from L-M Fort Worth the other day. He described the F-16 Falcon as the "finest multi-role combat aircraft ever built" Old dogs should be wary of the multi thing. And he could have been my son. Jeez, Buck. The engineers are children. And I would have to now argue on the side of the F/A-18E/F. It can also do the tanker thing. I don't think Falcons, Eagles and Raptors can do that.
And a note of somewhat historical significance. The 17th of December would have been my Paternal Grandfather's 106th Birthday. For the uninitiated, that very same day in 1903 was when Orville and Wilbur flew the Wright Flyer at Kill Devil Hill, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
And the top image is of what I am enjoying at present. Got it at Albertson's in Tehachapi. Decent taste and body at a reasonable price.

6 comments:

MUD said...

I am an old retired Army Officer named Petty. My first assignment as an officer was Fort Irwin there in the Mojave just south of Death Valley. married a girl from Yermo, CA. We now live in Kansas on 18 acres of woods. I'll drop in from time to time. MUD
http://ridingwithmud.blogspot.com/

Christopher said...

Glenn, caught a comment of yours on Traks blog,,lol,,had to visit and say hello and say Thanks for your service to our Nation.

Merry Christmas

Old Retired Petty Officer said...

MUD, We left Wichita at the end of October. Started out here at Edwards 9 Nov. Unlike most of my fellow aircraft workers in Wichita, moving for a job was an option.
Christopher, you're welcome.

Buck said...

MMmmm... Sierra Nevada! And seasonal, too!

I find it somewhat amusing/amazing there are now a lot of senior AF-types singin' the praises of the A-10 and finding money to re-wing them. All this, of course, after trying to retire the entire fleet a couple o' few years back. It's not beyond the pale at all to think the Grunts' and the Jarheads' wails, screaming, gnashing and thrashing against that demented policy had MUCH to do with the rethinking of THAT stoopid-ass decision. Good on 'Em.

Buckskins Rule said...

Even this retired submariner loves the Warthog. Few aircraft that ugly can be so beautiful.

Conservative Scalawag said...

Us Army boys love the brag about the Apache, but call the Air Force for A-10 Thunderbolts when Schumer hits the fan.

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

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