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After a year, I think I’m getting the hang of this place

Well, it seems I’ve been neglecting this blog for about a year or so, but I have a much better understanding of this place called Las Vegas.

Traffic: It sucks, learn to live with it.

Even I forget some basic truths about Las Vegas traffic every once in a while. For example, this is a town full of tourists (something like 44 million people visited last year) where the bars never close. That translates into a bunch of people who don’t have a clue as to where they’re going and don’t know how to get there anyway. My best advice: stay off the roads – especially the Strip! If you feel the urge to go to the strip, do yourself a favor and park at one of the hotels on the east side and take the monorail! It’s safer, quicker, and much more pleasant than trying to make a right turn through a river of pedestrians!

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The Year in Review…

It’s amazing how much can happen in a year. I’ve left my blogs dormant for nearly that long and I think it’s time to update them on what’s gone on.

Bad stuff…

Not too much – I can usually find a silver lining in just about anything ;-) While I was hoping my relationship would work out, my girlfriend is now just my friend, but we’re getting along great as roommates!

Good stuff…

Lots! Let’s see, where to begin???

Well, I met a guy by the name of TD Barnes at the Nellis Air Show in November of 2005. TD is the webmaster and President of the Road Runners Internationale – a group to which I now belong as an associate member. TD’s a great guy and I’m glad I got to go to the Road Runners’ reunion in October of 2005. Lots of good stories! For more on the Road Runners, go to www.roadrunnersinternationale.com and check out all sorts of good info on a base that doesn’t exist, aircraft that were built 50 years ago and are still mostly classified, and the people who made it all happen.

As a result of meeting TD, I also had the chance to become friends with Jeannette Remak and Joe Ventolo Jr. – two truly outstanding people! Joe is the former Curator of the National Museum of the United States Air Force along with being an Air Force Veteran. Jeannette is a noted aviation author, historian, artist, and she even has a Masters degree in Aviation Mechanics. Together these two have written two books so far, “A-12 Blackbird Declassified” and “XB-70 The Ride to Valhalla.” I have to say that I am truly honored to be their friends.

My job is going well, I’m in a new apartment, my car is still in one piece, my fish are still alive and swimming, and I’ve got a whole collection of camera equipment! I’ve taken up building plastic airplane models again, collecting kites that I fully intend to fly once the wind finally picks up, and I might even get around to fixing my R/C sailplanes. Add to all that the fact that I’m now a member of the janitorial staff on F-16.net and in charge of the F-22 and F-35 news for the site and you can see that I have a full plate indeed!

Well, it’s getting awefully late and I’ve got to be up before the sun, so take care and have fun! Stay tuned for more soon!

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