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NAS Lemoore-Central Valley Air Show. A Homecoming.

This past weekend I drove over the Tehachapis, turned right at Bakersfield and took a left at Visalia. This was a special one. A show for Our Centennial.
It was a homecoming as well. I had not been on the Ops Area since the early spring of 1989.

F/A-18F of VFA-122 in the Navy Working Uniform Colours for Our Centennial

Classic C-47

Corsair. The insignia on cowling is that of the Original Jolly Rogers, VF-17

North American SNJ

Stearman Kaydets.

Ryan PT. That is a five cylinder Kenner, I believe.

T-34 in a Retro scheme for the Centennial

F-16N of the Naval Strike Air Warfare Center. Aggressor/Bad Guy. The Navy has F-16s!!!!

EA-18G Growler. These are replacing the venerable but aging Grumman EA-6B Prowler in Fleet Service.

F/A-18C of VFA-122 Flying Eagles. Sometimes referred to as The Flying Beagles!!!

From the top: Grumman F8F Bearcat, North American B-25 Mitchell and the North American P-51 Mustang. The sound was beautiful!

VFA-122 F/A-18F Flight Demo.

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I said homecoming.........of sorts.........The Argos were at sea on USS Ronald Reagan working up for deployment. So there was no Argo souvenir booth. The parking lot for the show was the ramp at Hangar Three. We were in Mod 2 then as well.

I hope all enjoy these few shots. I took many more that one can see at my blog, Old Retired Petty Officer. There is a link over on the right.
It was a moment of sorts. I think I will be going back over this winter when the Argonauts are at home. I want a ball cap and a T-Shirt and maybe some other stuff. There are only two squadrons left of the five I served in.

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Voyages on Two Wheels – 2 October 2011 – Riding the Terminator Between Day and Night

It’s funny how I’ve had some time to take pictures, but just not the time or energy to actually get them published.  I guess that’s just life, but I wish I had some more time and a bit more energy.  In any case, I’ve got two more posts nearly ready to go after this one :)

I’d gotten a bit of a case of cabin fever a week ago Sunday and thought I’d go for a short drive out to the beginning of the road to Mt. Charleston.  By the time I got there, I figured I could make it out to Indian Springs.  Once I made it to Indian Springs, I figured it wouldn’t be too much farther to Mercury, NV :)

Of course, I got a later start than planned (again) and another ride which started in daylight ended in darkness.  I actually really enjoy evening and twilight on the motorcycle.  It might not be the safest time to ride, but the scenery looks better in the twilight and the view from the bike is truly superb.  The line between daylight and night on a celestial body is known as the terminator.  We’re used to seeing it on the moon when it’s anywhere between new and full – it’s the line between light and dark.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t often think about experiencing that zone between light and dark even though we do it twice a day.

2 October 2011 - Sun and clouds west of Indian Springs, NV

2 October 2011 - Sun and clouds west of Indian Springs, NV

 Yeah, I’ll admit that part of the reason I didn’t want to turn back is that I wanted to see more of this sort of scenery :wink:

2 October 2011 - Out at Mercury, NV near the Nevada Test Site

2 October 2011 - Out at Mercury, NV near the Nevada Test Site

2 October 2011 - Out at Mercury, NV near the Nevada Test Site

2 October 2011 - Out at Mercury, NV near the Nevada Test Site

 Another reason for continuing west was that I remembered passing an historical marker a while back when I rode around Mt. Charleston and through Pahrump.  I passed it by back then in the interest of staying fast in the heat, but I’d wanted to return sometime.  I have a sort of curiosity that way – I always want to read the markers if I have the time :cool:

2 October 2011 - Panorama - Mercury, NV

2 October 2011 - Panorama - Mercury, NV

 Mercury, NV is the gateway to the Nevada Test Site where the U.S. Government used to test nuclear weapons.  There’s an exit and a sign that informs travelers that there are no services such as gas stations and not much else from the highway.  It’s also one of the ways into Area 51, but they still won’t let me use it :P

2 October 2011 - Sun getting lower near Mercury, NV

2 October 2011 - Sun getting lower near Mercury, NV

2 October 2011 - Panorama - Sunset near Mercury, NV

2 October 2011 - Panorama - Sunset near Mercury, NV

 The sun continued to fall as did the temperature.  I never noticed how nice it was to be warm in the evenings during summer.  Funny how things keep changing and new insights are found in the most ordinary places.

2 October 2011 - Sunset on Mercury, NV

2 October 2011 - Sunset on Mercury, NV

 If you look just above the guard rail in the center of this pic, you’ll see a small guard building.  Anyone who remembers the anti-nuclear protests during the Cold War will remember when people came out here to be arrested in an attempt to prove their commitment to the cause.  It really is quite a ways out in the middle of nowhere – click here for a map and then zoom out to see just how far out it is.  Those protesters really had to be a bit  :crazy:

2 October 2011 - Panorama - Sunset near Mercury, NV

2 October 2011 - Panorama - Sunset near Mercury, NV

2 October 2011 - Panorama - Last light near Mercury, NV

2 October 2011 - Panorama - Last light near Mercury, NV

The sun finally dropped below the western horizon at about 1730 hours.  It’s getting darker so much earlier these days.  I wish I could get the long days of summer with the temperatures of fall, but I’ll take what I can get.  If nothing else, I get to ride on the terminator without staying out too late :thumb:

Have a great day, everyone :mrgreen:

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Voyages on Two Wheels – Meanwhile, Back in Las Vegas…

It’s been a while, but I’m still here :wink:

In the past few weeks I’ve been working, riding, and taking pictures to post but it’s been busy as well.  I’ve got to get moving today to get things ready for some good times after work this week and a special event on Wednesday, so I’m going to keep the words to a minimum here, but I wanted to actually get this stuff posted.  Hope you enjoy the pics :thumb:

14 September 2011 - My bike getting rained on while I was at work and not able to ride it

14 September 2011 - My bike getting rained on while I was at work and not able to ride it

14 September 2011 - Panorama - Dark skies on my short lunch time ride

14 September 2011 - Panorama - Dark skies on my short lunch time ride

 Ya know what really sucks?  Fabulous riding weather like the two pics above show and not being able to go play in it :cloud:  It had cleared up by the time I got out of work, but it was nice to have some decent clouds in the sky for a change :)

16 September 2011 - Severe T-Storm over Boulder City, NV while I was at work

16 September 2011 - Severe T-Storm over Boulder City, NV while I was at work

16 September 2011 - Italian Harley Davidson at BMW of Las Vegas

16 September 2011 - Italian Harley Davidson at BMW of Las Vegas

16 September 2011 - Panorama - Sunset in Red Rock Canyon

16 September 2011 - Panorama - Sunset in Red Rock Canyon

 This was a good day :cool:  Yes, I wish I could’ve been down in Boulder City for the T-Storm (the radar returns showed purple areas :D ), but what’s a guy to do when the bills have to be paid :wink:

20 September 2011 - I'd totally ride it :D

20 September 2011 - I'd totally ride it :D

20 September 2011 - I think it's actually pretty cool :wink:

20 September 2011 - I think it's actually pretty cool :wink:

 I had to swing by Sam’s Cycle Supply to set up my first oil change on my V-Star and saw this Honda Shadow.  Yes, I would ride it in a heartbeat :thumb:  I don’t know if it’s a work in progress or if the owner is keeping it as is to ride as a rat bike, but I love it anyway :)

21 September 2011 - Thunderstorm north of Las Vegas

21 September 2011 - Thunderstorm north of Las Vegas

 Yet another storm I get to watch from work but I don’t get to ride in.  At least I can watch it :wink:

24 September 2011 - Rainbow over Las Vegas

24 September 2011 - Rainbow over Las Vegas

24 September 2011 - Riding in the rain on the Las Vegas Strip

24 September 2011 - Riding in the rain on the Las Vegas Strip

24 September 2011 - The bike will dry off :)

24 September 2011 - The bike will dry off :)

24 September 2011 - Caesers Entertainment employee car show

24 September 2011 - Caesers Entertainment employee car show

24 September 2011 - Caesers Entertainment employee car show

24 September 2011 - Caesers Entertainment employee car show

24 September 2011 - Caesers Entertainment employee car show

24 September 2011 - Caesers Entertainment employee car show

24 September 2011 - Caesers Entertainment employee car show

24 September 2011 - Caesers Entertainment employee car show

24 September 2011 - Caesers Entertainment employee car show

24 September 2011 - Caesers Entertainment employee car show

24 September 2011 - Caesers Entertainment employee car show

24 September 2011 - Caesers Entertainment employee car show

24 September 2011 - Caesers Entertainment employee car show (some artistic license here :P)

24 September 2011 - Caesers Entertainment employee car show (some artistic license here :P)

24 September 2011 - Parrotheads will understand these glyphs at Margaritaville :wink:

24 September 2011 - Parrotheads will understand these glyphs at Margaritaville :wink:

24 September 2011 - Calypso Mahi Mahi

24 September 2011 - Calypso Mahi Mahi :thumb:

24 September 2011 - Key lime pie :cool:

24 September 2011 - Key lime pie :cool:

 I was back down at Margaritaville for some dinner a couple weeks ago, but the ride and unexpected find were as good as the food :cool:

First there was the lightning and rain I could see over the south end of the Strip, but then there was that rainbow over the Wynn :)  After I turned onto the Strip and down to the Mirage, I got to watch a wall of rain move toward me and we got some big drops out of it.  Riding in the rain is always fun, but it’s also kind of funny to notice that most of the people out didn’t care that they had umbrellas :wink:

I didn’t know why the street back to the O’Shea’s was blocked and I had to take the back way through the Imperial Palace garage, but the car show was worth it :D  Of course, the calypso mahi mahi with the mango salsa and island rice was well worth the trip as was the key lime pie :thumb:

30 September 2011 - Red Rock Canyon with thunderstorms nearby

30 September 2011 - Red Rock Canyon with thunderstorms nearby

30 September 2011 - Red Rock Canyon with thunderstorms nearby

30 September 2011 - Red Rock Canyon with thunderstorms nearby

30 September 2011 - Red Rock Canyon with thunderstorms nearby

30 September 2011 - Red Rock Canyon with thunderstorms nearby

30 September 2011 - Red Rock Canyon with thunderstorms nearby

30 September 2011 - Red Rock Canyon with thunderstorms nearby

We had actual weather here on Friday and I was thrilled to get to ride in it again!  I didn’t get to ride through too much of it, but there was a thunderstorm that passed a couple miles to the west of Red Rock Canyon that made the skies a bit more interesting than usual :)

And I did get video for a change :thumb:  I wish you could’ve heard the thunder, but the original audio was really bad.  I salvaged the video by using YouTube’s audioswap feature and overlaying the best music I could find.  At least this music is free to use and they won’t complain about copyright infringement like they have with many of the videos.

That’s it for now, but I promise you’ll see some neat stuff by next week :wink:

Have a great day everyone :mrgreen:

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The Return of Malaise: Neptunus Lex Sends

Saw this one this morning. It should give one pause to think and think long and hard. For some reason this revisionist, adjusted view of what we as Americans are is becoming the new normal. The Old Retired Petty Officer does not like this at all. Nope. Not one damn bit.
So read it and make up your own mind.

http://www.neptunuslex.com/2011/09/30/the-return-of-malaise/

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