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We’re BACK! Sitrep – Job Hunting and More

Well, things have been a bit depressing to tell the truth.  I’ve been job hunting since the end of April and I’m still hunting.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though.  I don’t want to get into details, but let’s just say that I will probably be gainfully employed sooner than later :)  I’ll be sure to post details here :wink:

If you noticed that this site was down for a while, that was due to a bit of a financial squeeze.  It’s back up thanks to an early birthday present though and I’ll do my best to keep it going :cool:

As for Ember, well, there’s been good and there’s been bad.  She’s talking up a storm, got her first haircut, and she’s managed to get her finger sliced pretty good and split her head open requiring six stitches.  But she’s a resilient little one and she’s bounced right back :thumb:

That’s all for tonight, but I’ll be back soon with more :mrgreen:

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24 November 2014 – Winter Gloom

24 Nov 14 - Blowing snow

24 Nov 14 – Blowing snow

Not my favorite type of weather if I’m honest.  Not good for riding and not good for trying to go get things done when I’m watching my daughter who’s not feeling well at all.

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23 November 2014 – Winter Wonderland in Price, UT Tonight

Well, it’s that time of the year again.  It’s winter in Utah.  We’ve had a few flakes in the past week, but just look at what happened tonight!  The forecast called for about 0.5″ of snow accumulation.  I think the forecast was just a wee bit off :wink:

23 Nov 2014 - Looking at the snow on my back deck

23 Nov 2014 – Looking at the snow on my back deck

As you can see, there’s plenty of snow on our back deck.  All those tracks are from the neighborhood cats that come by for a snack and a drink as we leave food and water out year round for a cat that was abandoned here by the previous residents and that refuses to come inside when it’s -20° out.

After I took this pic, I noticed that my weather station receiver inside showed zero wind when I knew the wind was blowing outside.  I went back out and noticed that the anemometer was caked in snow and couldn’t turn.  A few seconds with a broom fixed that :thumb:

23 Nov 2014 - Current weather conditions

23 Nov 2014 – Current weather conditions

And here are some recent weather conditions from my home weather station.  It’s cold, breezy, and wet.  That said, it’s really not THAT bad :wink:  As long as the snow melts in the next couple of days, I’ll still get out and ride my motorcycle :cool:

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon :)  Have fun, stay safe, and stay warm everyone :mrgreen:

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15 November 2014 – Cold, Gray, and Windy

OK, so the whole day wasn’t this way.  I was out on my motorcycle earlier and it was cold and windy, but it was also sunny :)  After I dropped by home to take care of some stuff, it got gray and it reminded me of one of my favorite songs:

I remember when Hazy Shade of Winter as performed by The Bengals was all over the radio.  It’s really appropriate for here as we do get snow unlike San Diego :thumb:

15 Nov 14 - Weather between Price and Helper, UT

15 Nov 14 – Weather between Price and Helper, UT

Yeah, it’s gray out.  And cold.  We just got snow a couple of days ago.

15 Nov 14 - NWS Current conditions and forecast

15 Nov 14 – NWS Current conditions and forecast

So, just how cold and windy is it?  This is the report from Buck Davis Field near Price, UT.

15 Nov 14 - My home weather station's readings

15 Nov 14 – My home weather station’s readings

And here’s the report from my home weather station.  Please note that wind readings will be a bit slower at home due to trees surrounding the house :wink:

Basically, I’m glad to be inside for most of the day and my motorcycle is usually on the battery charger when I’m not riding it, but we’re not that bad yet :cool:

Have a great day, everyone :mrgreen:

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The Last Navy Prowlers

VAQ-134, The Garudas have completed the last active deployment of the Venerable Grumman EA-6B Prowler.

I was a young Airman Apprentice serving aboard USS Independence CV-62 as Fly One Blueshirt on the Flight Deck when VAQ-132 came aboard as part of Carrier Air Wing Seven…………..This was the first shipboard deployment for the Prowler…………………………Spring 1974……………………………I was 19. I turned 20 in September of that year…..while at Sea in The Mediterranean. Do the Arithmetic……………………..

Link to the article at Jalopnik is below……………………….

http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-navys-ea-6b-prowler-completes-its-final-carrier-cru-1659101419

The Garudas CAG Bird

The Navy's EA-6B Prowler Completes Its Final Carrier Cruise

The Changing Of The Guard

The Navy's EA-6B Prowler Completes Its Final Carrier Cruise

The Best Looking Prowler CAG Jet, EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patriot CAG-1

 

 

 

 

 

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13 Nov 2014 – First Snow of the Year!

Well, it was in our forecast and it actually happened :)  SNOW!!!

13 Nov 2014 - IT SNOWED!!!

13 Nov 2014 – IT SNOWED!!!

My kind of snowfall, too – Enough to see it fall but not enough to mess up the roads :wink:

13 Nov 2014 - Weather just before I left home for the day

13 Nov 2014 – Weather just before I left home for the day

Not exactly toasty, but not bad at all :cool:

13 Nov 2014 - Snow on the taillight and rear fender

13 Nov 2014 – Snow on the taillight and rear fender

13 Nov 2014 - Snow on the rear view mirror and wind deflector

13 Nov 2014 – Snow on the rear view mirror and wind deflector

13 Nov 2014 - Snow on the speedometer

13 Nov 2014 – Snow on the speedometer

Yes, I did take the bike out for a ride :thumb:

13 Nov 2014 - Parked under cover and charging the battery

13 Nov 2014 – Parked under cover and charging the battery

Of course, I also killed the battery figuring out it’s cold enough to have to mess with the choke while cranking the starter to get it running.  I jumped it to get it going and the stuck it on the charger as you see here to make sure it’s good to go for later :)

That’s all for now, but I hope you have a great day :mrgreen:

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Cool! The Red Baron flies again! Man spends £50,000 building himself an exact working replica of the German pilot’s Fokker triplane

This one is pretty cool! That is a model airplane of the highest order!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2829796/The-ultimate-model-plane-Man-spends-50-000-building-exact-working-replica-Red-Baron-s-Fokker-triplane-home.html

Jaunt: The assistant at Derby Aero Club in his fully-functional replica. His madcap project took 3,500 hours and began 15 years ago, when he built a radio-controlled quarter-size model of the Red Baron's scarlet craft - but he said: 'I had to have the real thing'

Jaunt: The assistant at Derby Aero Club in his fully-functional replica. His madcap project took 3,500 hours and began 15 years ago, when he built a radio-controlled quarter-size model of the Red Baron’s scarlet craft – but he said: ‘I had to have the real thing’

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Remembrance Day

Call it Veterans Day, Remembrance Day or even Armistice Day, it is that day.

The most recognizable thing from this day is the poem…………………In Flanders Fields

When we first moved to Southern Alberta, Canada in 1968, we watched the Wreath Laying at the War Memorial Cenotaph from Ottawa by the Prime Minister and Governor General. The entire country pretty much came to a stop for that moment………………..the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month.

11th hour 11th day 11th month Poppy-Day

In Flanders Fields Remembrance Day

 

 

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MY SADDLEBAG IS BACK AFTER TWO YEARS!!!

I moved from Las Vegas, NV to central Utah back in June of 2012.  Around the beginning of July 2012, my right side saddlebag fell off of my motorcycle and I couldn’t find it.  I was angry, frustrated, and more than a little sad when I had to switch to a backpack.  Luggage is much more convenient for a number of reasons for one thing.

26 Oct 2014 - MY SADDLEBAG IS BACK!!!

26 Oct 2014 – MY SADDLEBAG IS BACK!!!

Another reason I was so frustrated was that replacing a single bag is about as much as half a set.  Replacing my right side saddle bag would have cost $400 or so  :shock:

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago and the message I found in a dark corner of Facebook.  First though, I want to explain a bit better how this all happened.  When you click on the icon to go to your private messages, it goes by default to “Inbox” as you’d somewhat expect.  I never noticed to the right of that was a button that said “Other” until recently.  I was going through messages in Other and found one from July of 2012 saying they had my saddlebag…

26 Oct 2014 - MY SADDLEBAG IS BACK!!!

26 Oct 2014 – MY SADDLEBAG IS BACK!!!

I called the person back over two years later and THEY STILL HAD THE SADDLEBAG :D !!!  I made sure to give them a gift when I got it back and I still can’t believe it happened!

My right side saddle bag still needs a new latch and I’m going to replace that badly scraped sticker, but otherwise it’s OK :)

26 Oct 2014 - MY SADDLEBAG IS BACK!!!

26 Oct 2014 – MY SADDLEBAG IS BACK!!!

These saddlebags support their weight on metal clips that grip the brackets and then the top is held horizontally to the bracket by two quarter turn fasteners.  I’d had good luck keeping the fasteners from turning (they’re getting a bit old and loose) by duct taping over them, but I had to take the tape off and never got to put it back on.  That allowed the fasteners to turn and the rest is history – That’s how the bag fell off.

I’ve done the duct tape again, but I added an extra measure of protection.  I drilled two holes in each of the bags and used paracord to tie the saddlebags to the brackets between the quarter turn fasteners.  They’re not going anywhere now :wink:

I’m so happy to have my saddlebag back and so thankful that there are still good people :mrgreen:

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Gotta Love Zippo Lighters!

I was going through links from somewhere and I came across one regarding Zippo lighters and their usefulness in a survival situation.  I thought, “Hey! I have one of those!” :D

10 Nov 14 - My Zippo lighter

10 Nov 14 – My Zippo lighter

My Zippo is a plain one that’s just brushed metal.  That said, it still is a Zippo :wink:

10 Nov 14 - My Zippo lighter burning fuel

10 Nov 14 – My Zippo lighter burning fuel

I went down and got it out, filled it up, and lit it for the first time in quite a while.  I love how reliable these are :wink:

Click here to read the article about the usefulness of a Zippo in a survival situation and you might think about getting one yourself.  They’re $10 at Walmart and the fuel isn’t expensive.

I may need to start a collection :cool:

Have a great day, everyone :mrgreen:

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10 November 2014 – Ember Pics

Ya know what?  It’s been a while since I posted any pics of Ember.

Let’s change that :)

My wonderful daughter Ember and Yours Truly

My wonderful daughter Ember and Yours Truly

I just LOVE that smile :D

Ember just got her first haircut!

Ember just got her first haircut!

Ember was so well behaved for her first haircut :cool:

I’ll have more of Ember before long – I promise :mrgreen:

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