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, August 30, 2015

The Last Piston-Engine Dogfights | History | Air & Space Magazine

I remember seeing stories about this on the CBC National with Lloyd Robertson. We were living in Canada at the time.

It was an amazing piece of history.

Fernando Soto in 1970 atop his Honduran Corsair, with symbols marking his victories. The aircraft is now in the Honduras air museum, which keeps it in running (but not flying) condition. (Fundación Museo del Aire de Honduras)

The Last Piston-Engine Dogfights | History | Air & Space Magazine

Saturday, August 29, 2015

LAX and The In-N-Out Burger

I guess one should say that I might be bored........................far from it! One of these days, the Old Retired Petty Officer is going to Sepulveda Boulevard and Century Way for a Double Double Combo with my trusty Nikon in hand!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Shabbat Shalom....................Shema.............................................Blessed be the name of the glory of His kingdom forever and ever.

Cover you eyes with your right hand and say:
Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One.
Recite the following verse in an undertone:
Blessed be the name of the glory of His kingdom forever and ever.
You shall love the L-rd your G-d with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you today shall be upon your heart. You shall teach them thoroughly to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be for a reminder between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.
And it will be, if you will diligently obey My commandments which I enjoin upon you this day, to love the L-rd your G-d and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, I will give rain for your land at the proper time, the early rain and the late rain, and you will gather in your grain, your wine and your oil. And I will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be sated. Take care lest your heart be lured away, and you turn astray and worship alien gods and bow down to them. For then the L-rd's wrath will flare up against you, and He will close the heavens so that there will be no rain and the earth will not yield its produce, and you will swiftly perish from the good land which the L-rd gives you. Therefore, place these words of Mine upon your heart and upon your soul, and bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for a reminder between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, to speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you rise. And you shall inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates - so that your days and the days of your children may be prolonged on the land which the L-rd swore to your fathers to give to them for as long as the heavens are above the earth.
The L-rd spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the children of Israel and tell them to make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to attach a thread of blue on the fringe of each corner. They shall be to you as tzizit, and you shall look upon them and remember all the commandments of the L-rd and fulfill them, and you will not follow after your heart and after your eyes by which you go astray - so that you may remember and fulfill all My commandments and be holy to your G-d. I am the L-rd your G-d who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your G-d; I, the L-rd, am your G-d. True.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Desert Ramblings with Sekrut Skwirrell and Department of Veterans Affairs.

I had to see the eye doctor at The Sepulveda VA ACC today in North Hills down below in the San Fernando Valley.
When enroute home to the Case de Sharon y Glenn, I did stop to get a few pictures of the Desert that is home.

California Aqueduct

Air Force Plant 42-Home of Secret Squirrel Stuff

San Andreas Fault

Avenue S with the geological bending of rock

Parked UP Coal Train

Antelope Valley Freeway to Mojave

BAE Systems Hangar at Mojave Air and Space Port

Yes, it's a Rainbow in the Desert!

It rained today in the San Fernando Valley.
Sepulveda VA ACC in The San Fernando Valley

Monday, August 24, 2015

CDR Salamander: The Jew: Eternal

I make no secret that I am a Jew. I may not be the poster boy for Judaism as I am a backslidin, renegade Jew. I am a Jew none the less even though I do not wear the ear locks, the fringed shirt, tefelin and such but that doesn't mean I am not a Jew.

CDR Salamander has a very interesting post here. I suggest reading it twice as I did.

We endure to this day. That endurance will be tested again, harshly I am afraid......

CDR Salamander: The Jew: Eternal: Jews are at best 0.2% of the world population. Yes, 2/10th of 1%. ~14 million world wide. If you put them in one nation, it would be somewhere between Belgium and The Netherlands. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Plane Pr0n, a little Train Pr0n and Such

Mojave to Stater Bros.............................
Cal City Boulevard from a four way stop.........................

After the market, I headed to the Mojave Air and Space Port..................................
At the entrance to the Airport are a Convair 990 Coronado and an F-4 Phantom II that is an empty shell. The Convair was used by NASA in flight research.

GE Aft Fan  Engine

I couldn't get square due to the fence I was standing against.

Kuchemann Bodies on the trailing edges
The objects on the Convair's wing tips are lights to keep it visible at night.

Since Mojave is a rail junction and small yard, the obligatory train pics follow!!!!!!!!!!
There is a rolling UP merchandise train out there, trust me.

Wind Turbines everywhere and the signal for West Mojave

CP SP 380 Mojave

The thermometer in the car said it was 106...............................................................Yes, It was Hot!
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)