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


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Fucking I got today!

Courtesy of the Asswipes inside the Beltway. Chief among them is that worthless sand crawler that currently occupies the oval office.
 This is a bit of what happened today. The Sand Crawler in the White House and his minions, trolls and slugs are hosing over the Armed Forces Retirees. Sorry if the amounts are not what some would consider excessive but it is the severe increases from what it was. Percentages. And straight up, folks, we who served for long periods do not owe anyone else a damn thing anymore. Even the Sand Crawler in Chief is not good enough to kiss our asses.
I discovered my TriCare co pay for prescriptions took a near vertical rise in cost. I picked up my prescriptions today. What was a three dollar co pay for ninety days is now fifteen dollars times three medications. The other one is at twelve dollars. That was fifteen dollars for what was eighteen dollars before. Seems that someone inside the Beltway is out to hose over all Armed Forces Retirees. That is the only thing I can surmise. Why do all of you who support the CinC, blindly, hate us so? It is the only thing I can gather from this. WE ARE OWED! Regardless of what we do for a living. I do make a good living. But this boils down to right versus wrong. These benefits were EARNED doing what the ordinary American would not or in case of my generation refused to do. I include most of the Congress in that as well. 

Polite but blunt. I called Congressman McCarthy's office in Bakersfield and got a staffer. The paperwork is enroute to the house. I also left voicemails with my senators. Those stirling witches we are saddled with, Babs and Dumb Diane. I was polite but let my irritation and anger show. 
The promise..........broken. I will never pop tall at attention for any office holder ever again. Never. I will insult their ancestory, call them vile names but never, ever show anything resembling respect, again.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Theo Spark: Cartoon Round Up....

Theo Spark: Cartoon Round Up....

How Old is Grandma?

From my friend Cyndi, in Pilot Point, Texas. I have been there. Dumped a ballast train on the BNSF throught there.
Via: Ken Lambert
How Old is grandma?
Stay with this -- the answer is at the end. It will blow you away.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events.
The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general..
The Grandmother replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
' television
' penicillin
' polio shots
' frozen foods
' Xerox
' contact lenses
' Frisbees and
' the pill
There were no:
' credit cards
' laser beams or
' ball-point pens
Man had not invented:
' pantyhose
' air conditioners
' dishwashers
' clothes dryers
' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
' man hadn't yet walked on the moon

Your Grandfather and I got married first, .. ...... ... and then lived together..
Every family had a father and a mother.
Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, "Sir".
And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir."
We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.
We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege...
We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.
Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios.
And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.
If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk
The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam....
Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.
We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.
And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, . .... . but who could afford one?
Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.
In my day:
' "grass" was mowed,
' "coke" was a cold drink,
' "pot" was something your mother cooked in and
' "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.
' "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,
' " chip" meant a piece of wood,
' "hardware" was found in a hardware store and
' "software" wasn't even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.
No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap.
How old do you think I am?
I bet you have this old lady in mind....you are in for a shock!
Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.
Are you ready ?????

This woman would be only 64 years old.


Some of these were introduced well before this lady's time. But I still remember taking the oral polio vaccine in the early to mid sixties. I still remember being able to get a burger and a coke for about four bits!
Good Read isn't it? Cyndi has some really good ones. Every now and then they will be posted here.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

New aviation blog on the roll

Connected with JR this morning on Facebook.
Plane Pr0n for all of us who love flying machines!

This post has a really good title. Poetic it is.

After one has flown, he will forever walk this earth looking skyward,for he has been there and will always long to return…

To all, I wish a most pleasant Thanksgiving.
ORPO1 sends!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hypocrisy: Left Wants SCOTUS Justice Thomas Recusal, Ignores Kagan’s Clear Conflicts

".....This past weekend the Washington Post published a hit piece on the grand opening of a museum in Georgia dedicated to the birthplace of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The paper was desperate to make some grand conspiracy, some lawbreaking evil from the project. But whatever is going on with the museum, this story was just one more shot orchestrated by the left aimed at forcing Justice Thomas to recuse himself from the upcoming hearings on whether or not Obamacare is Constitutional. Of course, this is all a smoke screen to hide the fact that it is really left-wing darling Justice Elana Kagan that should recuse herself from the case...."
Emphasis is mine, not that of the author. But ya gotta wonder about the thought process involved. Outside of the stupid that is.
But hit the link and read it and then decide for yourself.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Beer Blogging for Today

Got this at BevMo! yesterday. Not bad at all.

From Boonville, CA in Mendocino County. Ten bucks for a six! But such is life when one prefers finer malt beverages.

Home and other sundry things.

Says it all. The Missus was crossing from the parking garage when I hit the baggage claim. Only cost three bucks for it this time. Did the run back over the Mountains to the AV. X-Mass Shopping in Palmdale and Lancaster. Then we hit this neat little Italian place in Lancaster, Barone's. Righteous Good Shrimp Linguini!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did a stop at BevMo! Got a bottle of Crown Royal Black and a six pack of a Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company up north of the bay area. It just sounded so good. I have yet to sample it. I will let the world know and have a pic of the bottle. It was ten bucks for the sixer.
Slowly unpacking.
Gotta trouble shoot the Titan. It quit on the Missus whilst I was in Utah. The tow guy said it sounded like the fuel pump was going. The AutoZone site is down right now. They have pretty good trouble shooting info on it.
But not sweating it. If it is the pump I have to have it done as the pumps on the new "injected" systems is in the tank. Labour intensive.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Live Blogging from up in the Sky

This is from Delta 1441. Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. We are about a half hour out of SLC. Another hour to go. Five bucks for the internet access. Ain't nothing free anymore. Kind of cool!
Riding an Airbus A320. First time on one. So far not bad. Handles the bumps well and I am aft of the wing. It is a military fare, basically. Like the old days, riding the back of the bus. But in civvies instead of Dress Blues or Dress Whites.
Got to do some shopping with The Missus after getting over the hill to the Antelope Valley. Christmas Shopping for The Grand Daughters, ya know!
Next adventure will be Red Flag at Nellis in late January and early February. Gonna hook up with Jeff and maybe do some live blogging from the flight line. That is if the Air Force is cool with it. The camera is definitely going.
And after Captain Sully's amazing ditching of US Airways 1549 and the results so far........
I am gonna have to take back all those rather disparaging remarks about Airbus's products. This is a nice riding jet.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Got this in the G Mail inbox the other day. It is funny!!!!!!!!

A very prestigious cardiologist died, and was given a very elaborate funeral by the hospital he worked for most of his life. A huge heart covered in flowers stood behind the casket during the service as all friends from the hospital sat in awe. Following the eulogy, the heart opened, and the casket rolled inside. The heart then closed, sealing the doctor in the beautiful heart forever.
At that point, one of the mourners just burst into laughter. When all eyes stared at him, he said, 'I am so sorry, I was just thinking of my own funeral... I'm a gynecologist.
The proctologist fainted

A really good one from Buck at EIP


May think they're irresponsible?  MAY?  I fail to see how any reasonable American could think otherwise.  It takes the utmost in restraint to watch these Super-Committee asshats from BOTH parties pontificating on my teevee night after night, and by that I mean NOT throwing sumthin' large and heavy at my screen.  I particularly find members of the Donkey-party reprehensible when they drone on and on about "jobs," when it comes to the impending sequestration and other contexts.  WTF do THEY know about jobs, anyway?  And while we're on the subject, there's this:

The rest is right here at this link

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

X-47B Demonstrator Receives Popular Science "Best of What's New" Award

I get to see this on a regular basis. It is a real neat machine. I would like the chance to take it to sea. I could have a really good time out there after not having been to sea in almost twenty years!

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Nov. 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The editors of Popular Science magazine have selected the U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-developed X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System to receive a 2011 Best of What's New (BOWN) award in the Aviation & Space category. The award was formally announced in the magazine's Dec. issue on newsstands now.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mythbuster Duct Tape Airplane production photos

From a blog with the Belite Site. It is the manufacturer of the airplane used in the Duct Tape Episode. It is also replete with photos of everyone's most favourite Mythbuster.............The most lovely Kari Byron!!!!!!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Great Salt Lake-Antelope Island and down to Salt Lake City

After a rather impressive meal at Applebee's in Layton, the Veteran's Day one for free ya know, I went and played tourist.
The camera was with me. Can't help it but I take my little Kodak Z612 with me a lot.
So for your viewing enjoyment........................

Across that causeway is Syracuse, Clearfield, Layton, Ogden and Hill AFB. A lot of  haze on this day.

Through that haze is Salt Lake City. It's there. Really.

Memorial to The Mormon Battalion of 1843.

From the steps of The Utah State Capitol Building

The Mormon Temple

Temple Square and part of Downtown.

Video: The Little UAV That's A Ball To Fly (Literally!)

This neat one is at AirPigz. It is becoming my favorite aviation blog out of all of them.
So hit the link and have a look. Quite interesting.

Saint Crispin's Day Speech

On this Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, Armistice Day.

Sir Kenneth is great in this one.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday, US Marine Corps!

On this day, 236 years ago. We got the Marines. Thank God.

Old Retired Petty Officer Sends!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

You may have been in Naval Aviation if you've ever worked at, or done at least 1 of the following things:

And many of these can apply to our Air Force, Marine and Army Aviation Brethren as well.
It was at the VA-128 Facebook page. I did two of my three shore tours in that command.

Slept on the concrete (or flight deck) under a wing.
Wished your jet would drop a Mk 84 on Ho Chi Min's/Saddam Hussein's house.
Ever said, "oh yes sir, it's supposed to look like that."
Drank water from a scuttle-butt that had more JP than H2O.
You know what a pointy head is. 
You consider 'moly b' fingerprints on food an "acquired taste." 
Have sucked LOX to cure a hangover. 
You know what JP tastes like. 
Used a black grease pencil to fix an over worn tire. 
You have a better bench stock in the pockets of your coveralls than the squadron can supply you. 
Used a piece of safety wire as a toothpick. 
You've ever had to say, "my boots are still black!" 
Someone has tackled you right before you cuss out the squadron Ops Boss over the radio. 
You refer to a pilot as a "control stick actuator." 
You've ever been duct taped to a tow bar and doused with PET and sand. 
You've ever been told to go get "some prop wash and a yard of flight line from supply." 
Worked a 14 hour shift on a jet that isn't flying the next day. 
You've ever said "as long as it starts every other try you'll be fine sir." 
You've ever considered a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to be a turkey sandwich in one hand and a wrench in the other. 
You've ever jumped into an intake to get out of the cold. 
You've ever been told to tow the jets around so they match the board in Maintenance Control. 
You've ever preflighted in really bad weather only to have Ops cancel after engine start. 
You've ever been hassled in the Chow Hall for shave/boots/uniform/smell after a 16 hour shift. 
You believe your bird has a soul. 
You talk to your bird. (In your head still counts) 
Your spouse refuses to watch any aviation shows with you. 
You've ever said, "That nav light burned out after launch." 
You've ever used a wheel chock as a hammer. 
The only thing you know about any city is where the good bars are. 
You know more about your co-workers than your own family. 
You don't know what the inside of the good BOQ/barracks look like (anywhere). 
The refrigerators in your barracks only have beer in them. 
Rode on the goose. 
You've "sucked Balut".
When you finish a DET there are enough empty beer cans to build an airplane to fly home on. 
You've ever looked for pictures of "your" jet in aviation books. 
You can't figure out why maintenance officers exist. 
You've ever been ticked off that they can't make up their minds on what the MAF's should look like. 
Evaded the fox. 
You've ever wished the pilot would just say, "Great bird, thanks!" 
You are proud that no one on base understands you. 
You've ever passed gas in the step van in winter just to clear it out. 
You relieve yourself more often outdoors than indoors. AND a lot of people other than your mother have seen you do the item above. 
You've ever worked 7 day 12 hour shifts on DET while admin goes sightseeing for two weeks. 
After getting back from the above trip, the admin pukes are getting an award while you are doin' a seven day on your bird. 
Played a lot of Acey Ducey. 
You can't comprehend why everyone doesn't want to be an airdale. 
You think everyone who isn't a airdale is a wimp. 
You know what 2 on 5 means. 
You can't figure out why your 2 weeks advance per-diem is gone after 3 days. 
You can't get through a trip without finding an ATM. 
On a trip the first place you go is to the Exchange on a beer run. 
Most of your advance is spent in $1 increments in a "club." 
Evaded the "old lady" at the Hide-a-Way. 
You can sleep anywhere, anytime, but as soon as the engines shut down you are wide awake. 
You've ever said bad things about the IDIOT who said, "No more nose art." 
The SRB is not the main reason you re-enlist. 
Your wife understands that you have a "mistress." 
Most everyone thinks your job mostly consists of waving your arms. 
You have scars on you that aren't from your spouse or significant/unsignificant other. 
You've ever used a helmet as a pillow. 
Gone looking for a snipe. 
Love Monkey on a stick. 
Been gouged by the tag end of a safety-wired canon plug. 
You know what a one wire is. 
Tightened a canon plug with channel locks, cause the one-wire didn't clip and bend the tag end. 
You know what a short arm is. 
You've ever stood on wheel chocks to keep your feet dry. 
You've ever done the 100 yd dash to the line shack when lightning was called. 
You've eaten more box lunches/MRE's than hot meals. 
You change underwear and T-shirts more often than coveralls.

You've ever done any of the following:
A. Used dykes to trim a fingernail.
B. Used RTV to fix a stripped screw.
C. Pulled the gun switch while riding brakes.
D. Wiped your hands on your pants.
E. Made tampons out of paper towels for drain hole leaks.
F. Knocked back a rivet stem that was hanging out a drain hole.
G. Wiped leaks immediately prior to crew show.
H. Picked your nose.
I. Thrown up more than two days in a row.
J. Gotten the new guys drunk just so you could make fun of them the next day.
K. Worn someone else's hat to go to chow.
L. Taken pride in grossing someone out
M. Made sure the coffee pot is the first thing in the Cruise Box.
N. The first thing briefed on DET is the coffee fund.
O. All you care about is the flight schedule and your days off.
P. Been to the club/bar before you even unpack.
Q. Hated the crew for going to club in flight suits.
R. Hated the crew for not recognizing you in the commissary.
S. Hated airdales that couldn't hack the line, got admin jobs and promoted BTZ.
T. Pencil whipped your training records.
U. Hate the fact that admin types get rides on your bird and you don't.
V. Chipped ice out of your moustache or a tie-down OR a grounding point.
W. Thrown something living into vented LOX.
X. Wondered where they keep finding the idiots that keep making up the stupid rules.

You know what a nose picker is. 
You know what a tin bender is. 
You know what a BB stacker is. 
You've ever been woken up by the returning drunks turning on all the lights. 
You've ever returned to the barracks drunk and turned on all the lights. 
You've ever had to defuel your jet an hour after refueling it. 
You know what a pecker checker is. 
You know what a stew burner is. 
Know what a skivvie stacker is. 
You've ever worked in a shop where the person held in the highest regard is the one who can drink a six pack in less than 5 minutes and not puke. 
The person held in second highest regard is the one who projectile pukes. 
You've ever driven home and don't remember doing it. 
You tell your peers you are getting divorced and the first thing they ask is, "selling anything?" 
You've ever gone straight to work from the bar. 
Because of the above you've done your preflight on "autopilot." 
Everyone you know has some kind of nickname.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

NAPs, Again...

No, not THAT kind of naps...
It concerns the Naval Aviation Pilots. The Enlisted ones that is. 
Old NFO mentions meeting some of the last. I sort of met ACCM Jones at Chase Field, Beeville TX in 1977 when I was a young AMH2 on my first shore tour. He was flying a C-131 out of Pensacola when it blew a cylinder in the number one engine. We in the Maintenance Department of VT-26 assisted as best we could. We had the only hangar on station that would almost fit the Convair.....
History lived. So go and have a good read at The Old NFO's place, I think you will enjoy it. I did.
Nobody Asked Me

Monday, November 07, 2011

New Milestone

70,000 Page Views. Wow! Who woulda thunk it?
Not me........But it is a good feeling.
Thanks to all for making it happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Spot-On Quote Of The Day… 07 NOVEMBER 2011

This was at that most excellent blog of one Bob Belvedere.........The Camp Of The Saints...
It is concerning the recent attacks on Herman Cain by the State Run Media and the other propaganda organs of the current administration.
I admit that I am pulling for Cain..........Not that he is perfect but he makes some sense to me......His flaws are that he has acknowledged support for restrictive gun control...........That does not set well with me....AT ALL. But that aside........if the media had done the same when vetting the "Light Bringer" who is "Not like us" perhaps things would have turned out differently three years ago.
But go and hit the link........read it.......decide for yourself........

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Hill Aerospace Museum on a cold November Day

I did go to the Museum here at Hill. Well it is actually outside the Roy Gate. It needs to be so the general population can visit it. A lot of neat stuff in it.
Stopped at the Gift Shop as well but a bit on the spendy side if ya know what I mean.
I will not be captioning these as it would be an endless procedure.
Just pure, unadulterated plane pr0n!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I even tossed in a few of the Wasatch Front with snow. It has been winter like here, almost since the day I started my course.
I do recommend paying this museum a visit should your travels bring you to the Salt Lake City Metro Area.
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)