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


Monday, March 30, 2015


David Gilmour
Need I say more?

Pink Floyd – On The Turning Away Lyrics

On the turning away
From the pale and downtrodden
And the words they say
Which we won't understand

"Don't accept that what's happening
Is just a case of others' suffering
Or you'll find that you're joining in
The turning away"

It's a sin that somehow
Light is changing to shadow
And casting it's shroud
Over all we have known

Unaware how the ranks have grown
Driven on by a heart of stone
We could find that we're all alone
In the dream of the proud

On the wings of the night
As the daytime is stirring
Where the speechless unite
In a silent accord

Using words you will find are strange
And mesmerized as they light the flame
Feel the new wind of change
On the wings of the night

No more turning away
From the weak and the weary
No more turning away
From the coldness inside

Just a world that we all must share
It's not enough just to stand and stare
Is it only a dream that there'll be
No more turning away?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Something to ponder: Eureka! Univision Discovers Cruz Has Latino Support


I found this one while perusing the nets..........................

I am interested to see the reactions at say, MSNBC or CNN on this.................or perhaps not. After all there is way too much spittle flying already.

While I like Ted Cruz, I may throw in with Scott Walker. That man gets results, That matters.

That all being said, the primaries are still quite a ways off.

Eureka! Univision Discovers Cruz Has Latino Support

Thanks go to my friend and shipmate Marlene Lomba-Villalobos.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Milwaukee Railroad Shops is on track for the upcoming year-Sioux City Journal

"The 12-foot long, 1,200-pound vintage diesel locomotive will pull three passenger cars, totaling 36 passengers, on a 1 1/2-mile loop around the facility, according to Matt Merk, executive director. One of the passenger cars will be handicap accessible."

I remember the Milwaukee Road Pacific Extension as a kid. The Milwaukee and the Northern Pacific ran side by side from Garrison Junction to Missoula. The Electric Hiawathas were used.

I had the pleasure to dump ballast on a remnant of the Milwaukee Road in Southeast Montana, Southwest North Dakota and Northwest South Dakota. I love that country!

Milwaukee Road Depot in Great Falls, Montana.
The full story about the Sioux City Tourist Train is at the link below....
Milwaukee Railroad Shops is on track for the upcoming year

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The HondaJet's Brand-New Engine Is Finally Approved For Flight

"Honda Aircraft recently debuted their first production HondaJet, and the over-the-wing aircraft design is anticipated to revolutionize the light jet market. The engines are also new and so is the company created specifically to build them. Honda Aero is the first new company approved to build jet engines in 23 years."
Yeah................Honda is building small biz jets. It is a unique but not the first to have the engines over the wing..That distinction goes to the VFW-Fokker 614.

VFW-Fokker 614 of Air Alsace

HondaJet In Final Phase Toward FAA Certification
The Honda Jet

The HondaJet's Brand-New Engine Is Finally Approved For Flight
The HF-120 Engine

I do like the Honda. Were I lucky enough to hit one of those great big lottery jackpots, this would be a possibility........................................

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Miller High Life Delivery Man Windell Middlebrooks Dead at 36

I saw this while doing my usual Sunday Surfing.....................Sad news at such a
young age. I lost an Uncle to a heart attack when he was 36.
I loved the Miller High Life Commercials he made and The Suite Life On Deck. He was a really funny guy.

Miller High Life Delivery Man Windell Middlebrooks Dead at 36 - Us Weekly

The Daily Mail has a pretty good article about him as well.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Flygirlpainter is Shayne Meder, Master Sergeant, USAF, Retired who along with her business partner, Roxane, do this on Navy and Air Force aircraft.
She does aircraft restoration at the Wings and Rotors Museum in Riverside, California.
She does seriously awesome paint schemes on Navy Aircraft and painted the Aviation Boatswain's Mate Anchors and Wings along with the Beware Of Jet Blast And Rotors on the Island of USS America LHA-6.
A sampling of her work follows.

I did get to see a few of her paint schemes at the MCAS Miramar Air Show and on board USS Ronald Reagan CVN-76 on 9 April of last year. HSC 4 CAG Bird.

I am proud to be able to call Shayne my friend..........

Sunday, March 08, 2015

A Gathering Of Us.........................Shakespeare's

We gathered at Shakespeare's in Sandy Eggo to remenisce.................to trade stories...............and welcome some new members......................................
It was a splendid evening...................
So many of Us...............

Goodrich with me and Robin Lee in the background.................

New member, Kris Caron and I. 

Here we all are! 

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)