Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I was uncertain of how best to cook it. Usually we use a sour cream and lemon recipe, but Cora suggested using teriyaki. I consulted a few recipes and came up with a decent marinade. Cora and I argued about how best to cook it, but she was right...as usual. She took over the cooking and this is what we eventually ate. She is a genius...glad I married her!! Dinner was spectacular! (those light colored squares are pads of butter)
I did laundry and dishes and read today. I also went to town and got a few items, then I took Cora some coffee in the wonderful town of Wapato.
Here is Cora, entrenched, as I found her, behind her desk working hard!
It was a good excuse to go for a drive. I got home and read some more.
It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed it. I hope the rest of you did also.
Today is such a nice summer day. It is not hot...not the scorchers we had there for awhile. It got cool last night, and if I was in control of such things, I would ahve left the night time temperature at about 65. It's supposed to get up to 82 today. i would guess it is that right now. It's ok. I have laundry up on the line and am watering the lawn and enjoying those summer activities. I am also reading. I just bought two books on Barnes and Noble.com...believe it or not I saved about $15 by going there instead of the normal Amazon...I think that must mean something. I am beginning to feel better about my Master's. I don't think I can realistically finish this quarter. I have been a bad student, but December might be more realistic and easier to deal with.
I also made some iced tea...a nice change. Well, I worked yesterday, nothing spectacular, but I did take my computer to the comp. doctor. I hope to have it back by Monday. Summer is going TOO fast, but there is not much I can do about it. I guess I should enjoy it while I have it, and maybe make frequent trips to southern latitudes during the winter. Wonder if Kim has a spare room...
Monday, July 28, 2008
I came home at lunch and got showered for my appointment with the dentist. The dental hygeinist took good care of me...I hardly felt the needle. They had the filling done in nothing flat. I had time to discuss adoption with one of the girls that works there...I went to school with her. She has a 10 month old baby.
On the way home I bought some vegis for stir fry. It was good but not altogether filling. I attempted to remedy that situation by making a Huffman standby: Graham Crackers and frosting. Simple: milk and butter and powdered sugar make the frosting which is generously applied to half of a graham cracker, the other half of which is slapped on top of the
I DID manage to read a bit tonight. about 20 pages of the prefered text and about five pages of a related text and some extras from one somewhat further removed. I feel I actually made progress. Proof, i suppose, is in the fact that it is 11:22pm and I am still awake. Well, i am going to go read a little more and then go to bed and work again tomorrow.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
If it were up to me, we would likely still be renting. If it were up to me we would still have used cars (in our cases, well used). I would likely still be working in a mill or be missing a few digits. We would probably not have
I may have the ability to bring many of the things she sees a need for into reality ( I have built two dog houses, two cat houses [feline, not...well, for cats], the potting bench, and many other things), but I don't have the ambition to begin the process as she does. I have a truly amazing wife.
Today I helped her begin the changing table...I think we make a good team.
Cora is taking a nap and I just finished making a bastardized version of a pasta salad. I used Yoshida marinade as a flavor and it tastes pretty good. I should have refrained from using the boiled eggs, though. Everything else was good.
Well, Cora is up, i will go get her some salad. Cora's keyboard is odd, it has alot of misspellings, so if you find some I did not, it is Cora's keyboard and not my fingers.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I then took a video of me attempting to get SOME sort of reaction out of my actor (she said actress, but I argued that I was calling her an actor rather than an acter) that might make her more likely to be entertaining. I tried to get some anger from her. I am not sure it worked. I think the cameraman gave more of an emotional performance than the actor (actress) did!
We also did some shopping and some running around. I saw a few flat screens I would like to have and Cora saw some baby clothes she could not avoid...guess who got to buy what they wanted...yep, I now have a flat screen TV...ahh, just kidding...we got some more baby clothes. Yeah...I was ecstatic. Austin Powers, is still awesome. I noticed it was on tonight and recorded it...now, I am watching it. I did not recall that Elizabeth Hurley was in it. Oh, and then there is Mr. Bigglesworth...Well, I look forward to eventually regaining access to my computer...Oh, and Kylee will be home tomorrow...She has been in Indianapolis for the past couple months! She is returning home to Tempe! We are all glad she will be home.
I went out to mend the fence and I met this fellow in the weeds, he was a bit peckish. He allowed me a few pictures, but asked me to be on my way.
Thank you Grandma for pointing out the correct spelling.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Today is also our 15 month anniversary for being logged-in in China. The last month has been a bit hard, but things are looking up with the possibility of a Burundi Baby showing up around the house sometime in the near future! (I don't mean one morning we will walk in the living room and see Burundi Baby just sitting on the coffee table like a flower arrangement...but wouldn't it be cool if you could get your baby fed-exed? Or FTDed? Ding-Dong. "well, who could that be?" "Good Morning sir, I have a delivery for Cora and Jim, sign here please." "Honey, it's here! I forgot we had ordered one! Its the Burundi Baby!" Or, Ding-Dong. "Here you are sir." "Honey! Burundi sent us a Baby Bouquet!!" "Ohhhh, they shouldn't have, but I am glad they did! ...should we put it in water?" )
Today should be a nice day. I am fairly sure I will be mowing. I should have a chance at having a good lunch. Psych is on and we may go down and visit my mom...they are taking her off of food and water, replacing it with an IV...do you think chocolates would be a cruel gift? Yeah, probably better go with something else....
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Short post, since I think I hear Cora on her way back.
On the down side, there is probably about a week's waiting for this, unless I wish to pay more for a rush job. So, I will probably not be posting very often for a week or so. Damned people and their spyware...it seems more like a virus to me.
Well, work and all the usual stuff coming up. I am unsure of what we are doing this weekend. Maybe working aroiund the house...the yard has seen better days and needs attention. Wish me luck with the computer.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
As I walked up to this anti-aircraft battery, mobile and on a Hummer chassis. As I walked up it turned and aimed its ordnance at me. I was a bit put off, since I valued my life more than I valued the lives of other people around me. I moved. It moved. The guy on the inside was obviously enjoying himself. Then I thought to use the camera. Here is what I caught.
I like the reaction of the girl in the right hand side of the screen. She seems to look at me and then she looks and realizes the anti-aircraft battery is aiming at her. Isn't funny? The armament, as I recall, was eight Stinger AA (anti-aircraft) missiles and one 20 mm machine gun...20mm is just shy of an inch for those of you not so good with the metric system...that is, the bullets are about an inch in diameter. I think, given its abilities shown here, it is probably good at anti-personnell and anti-tank duties as well.
The next video is of the three C-17s that started the airshow. First they came through and drops some
parcels cargo via parachute, then they came in to peel off for landing. The video is of the peel off...look at how they handle this airplane! The pilots almost treat it like a fighter. There is probably a reason for this...my guess is because it uses a stick instead of a wheel like other large aircraft. I want you to look at the size of this plane and then watch the video to see just how awesome this little feat of flying actually is. First the pictures
then the video:
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I finished the big mowing (mowing requiring the big mower) and switched to the small mower. I drove that small little tractor to the grass I needed to mow with it and it promptly ran out of gas. I went back to the shop on the big mower traded for the van and came back and filled the tank. I did my best, but with a growth rate like that...well, I would never be done.
When I finally got back to the shop...well, another mower was broken. I had to help fix that and bring it back to the shop...not a good week for mowers, I think. At least I have tomorrow off.
I will be attempting to read and get further on the master's...wish me luck.
Well, I am out of time, or I would post another. I mowed yesterday. I know, nothing new, but what is is the fact that the fan belt come off the pully and as I sat there I could watch the temperature rise. I quickly took the mower and parked it. This morning I have to go back and fix it so I can finish my mowing. This has been an odd string of breakages. I guess this is just not my year.
When we got home last night we went to town for dinner and to stop at the book store. We bought more books than we will soon read, but that is ok. I like books. When I got home I decided to do some reading...and that explains why no second post yesterday. Cora would be pleased.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
So, I had a great time at the air show yesterday. It was my first up close look at the NEW C-17 Globemaster III. I also got to see the NEW F-22 Raptor. There were several aircraft there. I was ecstatic to be there and free to wander around them at my leisure.
These are the two F-18 SUPERHORNETs. Note the square intakes...it is an UP-Engined F-18, more powerful.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Today, I attacked his little girly Vitara with grass and button weed. I later told him I was trying to camouflage it. He took it well. He has a good sense of humor, by which I mean he has not killed me.
I ended up getting the mower stuck. That same friend helped me, with his pansy little Vitara, pull the tractor out of the hole it had created for itself. It just needed a little (I stress LITTLE) push in the right direction. He LITTLE car had just enough ooompf. Though, you should have seen him strutting around shouting how awesome his little car was. It was truly funny.
Cora and I went to town to wash her car…apparently my truck does not need to be clean to go on a trip…and get dinner. Neither of us was particularly ambitious after work.
We are now watching shows our beloved DVR recorded for us. I am curious to find out how ever one else’s day was. How was it in Tempe? Indianapolis? Hood River? Spokane? Tacoma? Florida? Louisiana? Canada? Where ever you are from. I am curious to find out about your day! Whether it is about your weather or what you did today!!! PLEASE!!! Leave a short comment. Just click and you have the choice of being anonymous or leaving just your name or pseudonym, or, of course, if you blog I will definitely look at your blog! Yes, I am bargaining for comments!
Oh, yeah, a final thing. I GET TO GO TO MCCHORD TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
F3D, or Whale. This was a night fighter in Korea and an ELINT/EW aircraft in Vietnam. (ELINT is of Electrinic Intelligence-that is radar frequencies used by the enemy, etc. And EW is Electronic Warfare-i.e., jamming, etc.) This lovely picture of the WHALE is dedicated with love and respect to Kim!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I have known many stupid people. I know what you are thinking, "Jim, you should not judge people like that." All I have to say is, "Yes, I judge others alot, but how else am I supposed to feel superior?" but, besides that, which is usually done in the spirit of fun, there are bonafide, certified, no-doubt-about-it stupid people wandering around as I write this. Chances are you know one of them. It is unlikely you are one of them, since you are reading my blog.
Stupid people walk into truck stops and ask if they have a bathroom. Chances are they are standing below the restroom sign. Stupid people ask about the obvious. Someone asked the other day what mountain that was. He has lived here his entire life and never thought to ask which mountain looks down over the valley in which he lives? You mean that BIG one? "Uh, yeah, is it Mount Rainier?" My answer was simple, "What other mountain would it be?" Apparently, said Mensa member had never looked at a map of the state of Washington. There is yet another idiot I work with on occasion, and I do not fear he will see my site because I am fairly confident he could not type his own name, could not figure out the most obvious of things. Actually, I have two stories about this particular idiot. (bear with me, I need to get my annoyance with idiots and stupid people out before Tuesday, for reasons I am not allowed to explain.)
First, last year, this idiot needed to glue some carpet down. I don't remember why he needed me to be there, but I was there. Everyone is familiar with those tubes they use to dispense caulk. At the very least, you have seen them. OK, so, they have the nozzle that you need to clip the tip off of. Pretty simple. Even the moron got that one. But, nothing would come out. What is the first thing you would do? Me? I would look down the hole. If I did not see something coming out, which is what the problem was for the genius (Obviously, I use genius with some frivolity in this post) but he did not look down the hole...he just kept trying to read the package. I told him there was probably some foil or other seal holding it back, so just go get a nail and poke a hole in it. He gave me that incredulous look you see in idots around the world when they hear somethin that reeks of reason or logic. He continued to try to read the small print. He said to me, "it does not say to do that." We argued about that for about ten minutes before he finally got a nail and poked it...low and behold, the gorilla glue began to come out...what was so difficult??????? I am not EVEN kidding or exaggerating about the TEN minutes he spent arguing that because it was not in the instructions, he should not do it.
Just a couple weeks ago he stopped to use one of the vans. This particular van has a switch under the hood that prevents the battery from running down. The switch is large and in plain sight. It says "ON" and "OFF" on it. When you open the hood, which is not difficult to find the latch to, you see this large switch out in the open. All you do is turn it to "ON" and close the hood. Jump in and start her up like any other vehicle. He has been working there for a few years longer than I. He has been a maintenance sub before. He has operated that particular van before (He admitted it). He needed me to show him how to do it...then, it has a lift gate.
The lift gate is somewhat difficult to get into place...not in theory, just in practice. You have to shove it into just the right spot. When it is folded up, in the position it always is, the handle is EASY to see. It just sort of sits there, a handle out of place...er...in place, whatever. He needed me to show him the handle. Then explain why it was used...I sware I lose braincells when he is around.
It is amazing to me that people such as this are capable of breathing and walking at the same time, and maybe they can't, maybe all they do is take deep breaths and stop often. I don't know. How did these people NOT get put into an institution? How did they avoid "Special classes?" There must be several villages missing their idiots.
It is fortunate that many people are NOT stupid. If there were more stupid people than there are (NO, NOT THAT!), the world population would reach a critical mass of stupid and perhaps all of us would file, one by one, into the ocean to our deaths, a la lemmings! Oh, the humanity...I don't think I can extend to my readers just how stupid people irritate and annoy and just make me want to pull my hair out. I also want to note that I am not a particularly great mind, I just can't abide stupid. There are many sayings about stupid people: I See Stupid People, Stupid Hurts, You Can't Fix Stupid, Stupid is as Stupid Does, and You Can't Polish a Turd (that last may not entirely apply to stupid people). Now I know why some animals eat their young.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
So, I was looking at the site for the McChord Air Expo and I found out that they are going to have a B-2 Spirit bomber doing some sort of AWESOME (my word) demonstration. The B-2 is a relative (Grandchild?) of the YB-49 and XB-35 flying wings that were tested in the 1940s and early 1950s, only to be scrapped by a short sighted administration (my opinion. Its funny how my history oriented opinion and my air plane oriented opinion sometimes differ. I shall not go into it here). I have a piece of one of the YB-49s…one of my valued possessions (I have a few of those). It was recovered from the crash site near Edwards AFB in California. I am looking forward to seeing the B-2. There were only a very few built, not much more than 20 of them. I will be seeing a very special aircraft. Cora does not seem to agree with my priorities, but I think she understands that if I am going to be a freak about something, it’s better this than something else.
Also, they plan on having the Tora, Tora, Tora performers from the CAF. Used to be the Confederate Air Force, but now it is the Commemorative Air Force, apparently due to the connotations of the word confederate. It has been three years since I was last at an air show. I took my Dad on Father’s Day of 2005. We had a good time. He and my Mom are planning on being gone, prior arrangements, which I am sure my dad now wishes he had made for another weekend.
We are watching After the Catch. Phil is a sick man…I hope he does what the Doctors tell him to do…he apparently only has 2 months to live if he does not change his ways.
Well, I have to go, since Cora caught me posting…again. See, Cora can't even appreciate the CORRECT end of an air plane...
I mowed after that. It was so warm out that you could have thought you were in bed under cover...then the fact that I had just had lunch and the warmth cut in and I began to get the nods. I would get down off the mower and walk around to wake up...it was a long day...or course, it may not have been just that, since the tiredness seemed to follow me home. Once again, I had difficulty staying awake all night. I am going to make a doctor's appointment to get some hepititas vaccinations and I think I will ask him there about why I get so damned tired. He'll probably say that at my age I need to take naps during the day...
I got on the mower to leave the elementary school and the mower began driving strange...I had a slow...or fast, depends on how you look at it...leak on one of the tires...so I stopped at the shop that is here in town and had them fix it...took 45 minutes, but at least I made it back.
Today will likely go the same. Although, I hope to attend the first airsow in 6 years at McChord AFB on Saturday or Sunday. Cora's family are coming from out of town to visit over on that side of the mountains, too, so maybe I can drop her off. I hope we don't fight over who gets the camera...which is more important? Planes or family? Well, I think, given the name of this blog, that should be obvious...sorry Grandma! I REALLY want to see an F-22 Raptor up close. Also, I have yet to set foot near a C-17...they fly over all the time, but I have never been close to one...cue tears...
I note no one has offered donations for my drop tank collection...or have you mistakenly been giving to to Cora for her "baby" fund? Best make the checks out to me...I may open a museum and my biggest contributors will be able to see the exhibits before the general public...yeah, that's it! Send in that money, Cora loves airplanes and airplane parts just hanging about.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
So, there you have it, do any of these pics below look like it? I also thought tis might be off of an F-100, but those tanks look more areodynamic. Shown below is an F-104 and below that is an F-105.
The F-102 has some tanks that look similar...
And Pima has several in storage, wouldn't they look much better in my front yard?
And for those of you not terribly amused by aircraft parts, Yesterday I made another batch of potato salad and we went shopping. Today...well, it's starting really slow, which is just as well. It's Sunday!