Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
This week's FFFF is about your Chinese Zodiac sign. I was born in the Year of the Tiger! Here is a not so brief description from: http://pages.infinit.net/garrick/chinese/tiger.html
"Born leader" is the key word for the Tigers. They are always in the lead and are most likely the ones to cry out "Let's Go"! Noble and Fearless, Tigers are respected for their courage, even from those working against them.
I'd like to think tht YES, this describes me, but, I don't think I HAVE to lead. As for courage, I really can't think of anything I have really ever been afraid of, except having a loved one hurt.
Tiger people are daring fighters, they are capable of standing up to the better end for what they think is right. Although they could be selfish from time to time in the little things, they are capable of great generosity. Tigers are unpredictable, always tense. and like to be in a hurry.
Again, not so sure about being a daring fighter, though my Chess Game would probably indicate that I will fearlessly attackforces of greater strength in kamikaze-like abandon. My sister described my Chess Game as unpredictable! I don't know if tht is a good thing, because she usually beats me, often with much loss of pawns and other pieces.
Tiger people are difficult to resist, for they are magnetic characters and their natural air of authority confers a certain prestige on them. They are tempestuous yet calm, warm-hearted yet fearsome, courageous in the face of danger yet yielding and soft in mysterious, unexpected places.
Cora refers to me as charming, though I don't know if I agree. All those things sound nice, so I won't contest them.
Tigers are very confident, perhaps too confident sometimes. Although they love adventures, and are addicted to excitement it is better not to challenge a Tiger's confidence. They likes being obeyed and not the other way around.
Hmmm, I DO love good adventure, but I think Iam such an easy-going guy that the OBEY thing is probbly not true with me.
Because Tigers are urgent people and always in a hurry to get things done right, they usually choose to operate alone. Tigers like to work, they are hard-working and dynamic. If you assign a task to a Tiger, the job will be undertaken and accomplished with enthusiasm and efficiency. Tigers make money, but they are not directly interested in money. Still, the Tiger needs not worry about money: just when he fears the money is gone, more seems to show up.
I don't mind working alone, but I prefer to have someone to tlk to while I am doing it, but I am lazy. And I'd sure like to know where that money is, because I could sure use it!
Tigers are sensitive, emotional. They are capable of great love, but they become too intense about it. They are also territorial and possessive, if you are a friend of a Tiger, he wants you to take his side against the bad guys and because the Tiger is so adorable, you often do. As lovers, Tigers are passionate and romantic, but the real challenge for the Tiger is to grasp the true meaning of moderation.
Yes, I am sensitive...to others' needs, but I don't think would say I am particularly emotional. I don't know about my intensity. I do like to have people on my side, but who doesn't. I don't know about the lack of moderation, but I whole-heartedly agree that I am ADORABLE.
Did I mention we are going to go see the decommissioning of a carrier? We might also go to this ship, here:
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tonight, we have been getting ready for our visit to the Kitty Hawk I had to go to town and get another battery for the dumb camera becuse I can't find the other. I will be darned if I go to such a good spot for photos and have to suffer from battery deadness! I am also downloading the video from the video camera to the hard drive and charging the batteries for that, too!
Oh, MAN! I can't wait to go see some ships! Cora is showing only mild interest...but she's a girl. She did seem to indicate that I could go wherever I want because she knows she is going to be bored anyway. I see that not s a challenge to interest her, but as a free ticket to every military museum I can find!
And there ARE a few over there! There is the USS Turner Joy, The Bremerton Naval Ship Yard Museum, The Keyport Undersea Museum, there is are at least THREE air museums. I think I could keep us busy!
I get to teacher bilingual kinders tomorrow! YAY!!!!
I haven't forgotten my request for pictures of military bases...I am counting on you guys!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I am hoping for a HS job on Friday, as I'd like to leave as early as possible for Seattle. The Kitty Hawk decommissioning is coming. I am afraid our camera battery will die just as we get there. I can't find our spare and I would rather not buy another...still, it would break my heart to miss pictures of the Bremertn Naval Yard, especially since no one seems interested in sending me pictures they have taken of naval or air installations....hmmm, that gives me an idea...
I am hereby begging you all to go through your files, pictures, and albums and send me some pictures of installations/bases you have been to. I might even post them on my other site if you give me permission!
I challenge you to send me photos of the bases you have
The allert hangars at ex-McClellan AFB 2005.
McChord AFB, 2008.
Travis AFB 2005.
I took this one at ex-Mare Island Naval Base, these are the building ways. Many ships slid down this ramp!
I look forward to seeing what you folks have (Eric, Erin, John, and Edna).
I have been communicating with a fellow aircraft wreck enthusiast, and he said he was sending me an accident report! Maybe this will tie me over until the Air Force Historical Research Agency sends me the ones I requested back in December. I also located a batch of accident reports that I had misplaced. Well, they were actually right in front of me this whole time, but they looked so neat and tidy, I simply assumed they were Cora's work stuff. None of my stuff ever looks neat, so it was totally understandable!
I managed to download some pictures to our hard drive and erase a card, which will give me a little more than 1000 pictures on a card. Still, it may not be enough. Hence my worry! I think I will take the video camera, too!
Monday, January 26, 2009
First, the best: Piety Flats, my favorite!! Mercantile Red!
So, this is the Year of the Ox that we are boldly stepping into. I hope it brings us a daughter or son.
This one I did once we got back from CA...circa 2007
This pear is the first one, I like it better than the Apple. I did this one in CA. Cora's job includes juicing such fruits, so it was my intention to showcase those.
But my paintings are not all I do. Below you see the diorama I built for my small ships. The diorama is only 5 inches by 7 inches...everything but some of the ships are hand made and painted. This diorama currently resides at the McCalister Air Museum...if you get a chance swing by. I originally just wanted to share it with a couple people who volunteer there...but ended up leaving it for a time. When I came back to reclaim it one of the gentlemen there had built a stand and put up a plaquard describing it...I decided to leave it a little longer...pride, I suppose.
My dad enjoys HO scale trains. I built this water tower for him for Christmas a couple years ago. Every piece made by me...well, shaped and painted by me. The engine is his...I needed something for scale.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Toby's nightmare...totally accidental, but completely entertaining.
My airplane remains on the shelf...for now.
A ship of the Great White Fleet...
A ship of the Greatest Fleet in the World...
Friday, January 23, 2009
I think I neglected to mention yesterday that the sixth grade teachers were threatening to each get "sick" in sequence so they could keep me with them. A few of them might have also mentioned that they wished that I had applied for the job last year. (I did, but at the time, I thought I was only certified for grades 7-12 and said as much, now I know better[CWU, you suck]) I am frankly amazed tht they like me so much. I am too humble to scream, "THEY LIKE ME!!!! THEY!!!! LIKE!!!!! ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" (of course they do.) Still, however understandable their liking of me is, I sometimes wonder how it is they like me. They only see me during lunch and hear about me from the kids...oh, well, I consider it an honor that they like me. I like them just as much, but I like the kids, too.
So, local news agencies expect some snow this weekend. Maybe that'd be fun. I hope the passes clear up by next Friday! I may have to drive around the Columbia Gorge to get to Seattle, but, damn it, I WILL BE AT THAT DECOMMISSIONING!!!!!
The next one is of Mt. Adams. I took it at sunset in December. If you are lucky you might be able to make out the snow blowing off the shoulder of the mountain.
And finally, this is my lovely wife when we were Christmas Tree hunting.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I am one week away from the Kitty Hawk Decommissioning!!! I am sure I will take plenty of pictures and I will be able to bore you with ship pictures for months!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I liked this ST(student teacher), though. She had...well, class. This is a class where there are actually two teachers who team teach two classes. Therefore there were two subs and one Student Teacher...Guess who did the majority of the teaching! Yep!! The Student Teacher did. Ha Ha Ha! Actually, she seemed more ready for it than I was that first few days. It was a good day. She handled BOTH classes with...well, class.
I made some suggestions about her Social Studies lesson and she decided she would base tomorrow's lesson around them. Hmm, I AM awesome. I think she will go far.
Tonight's dinner was...not quite as good as I expected. I tried to make chicken strips...but, fell short of the chicken. We had canned spinach and an unsuccessful attempt at homemade mashed potatoes...still, we gained sustainence from it...so should we complain? no. Still, at least the spinach was good.
And...the time when I stand on the deck of the USS Kitty Hawk bidding her farewell from the fleet grows near. May she find herself a memorial rather than a reef or, worse, a line of kitchen ware. January 31 beckons.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I think it was a pretty good day. On the way to lunch we saw two bald eagles. I pledgd to come back with a camera. Once I made it home, I worked on the house and then left again, this time with the camera.
My travels took me onto the freeway a few times. Everytime, there was a Washington State Patrol with someone pulled over in the opposite lanes. At the end of the day I wenty to pick Cora up at work. I glanced in my mirror and there was no one behind me...then, two seconds later I glanced agan and there were some Red and Blue lights from a Sheriff closer to me than I prefered. I jumped into the right lane; out of his way as he zoomed by. Seconds later another set of lights came into view behind me. Then they shut off. This was a WSP...and apparently he was not in as much of a hurry as the Sheriff. He stopped at the light...I glanced a third time in the mirror-nothing. I pulled cautiously up next to him and snapped this picture...I did not want him to think I was taking pitures of him for my blog...but I was. That is the reason it isn't a better picture.
Cora made dinner tonight. An awesome Mac&Cheese concoction...with ham...MMMmmmmmm!!!! She is an awesome cook.
The funny thing is, the better the meal, the less the dogs get. I think they recognize this and so both go to bizarre lengths to get some of this forbidden dinner. This is what Toby was doing to try to convince me I should give him my empty plate. Note the placement of his paws, as thought to demand the plate. He is really pretty cute.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
These are my favorite wife, nephews, and niece. I am not entirely sure of the story behind the lion costume, but you gotta admit the kid has flair!
My Sister and Brother-in-Law, excellent hosts as always had somthings up their sleeves. Note my sister's mischievious expression and the sly look on that mastermind of devious games, my BIL(Brother-in-law).
Cora and the princess, who is now five. I cannot believe she is FIVE YEARS OLD!
The festivities began with a balloon drop and attendant madness kicking, throwing, and popping balloons.
The second game was "Bag Ballet," but first we had to choose teams. The team captains were none other than Eli and Emma. Here Eli has just chosen his Aunt Emily...I love the inadvertent mimicing of each other's moves here.
Here my mother exhibits the tenacity of a bulldog that likes to chew on paper bags...the older people eventually found temselves disqualified for touching extremeties to the floor for balance. That did not happen for us older kids...at least not for awhile. My BIL exhibits his own prowess at bag handling...should have been a bag boy at the grocery store, I tell you! Pieces of bag litter the floor.
Cora will likely post some compromising video of me on her site tomorrow, so check it out then. I managed to make it to the last three, but my form, shall we say, made the last two look like ballerinas. My secret was throwing my body at the floor and snatching the bag in my lips as I flew by. I called it the kamikaze approach.
Here is the pink cake...who knew Pink was coming back into style.