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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.

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In Flanders Fields Remembrance Day





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:


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:


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:


10 Nov 2014 – Shaving Update

20 Oct 14 - My new package of Feather blades

20 Oct 14 – My new package of Feather blades

So, I’m still using my cheap boar bristle shaving brush with the Van Der Hagen shave soap and my vintage Gillette Fat Handle Tech razor.  The big news since I posted last is that I figured out what brand of blades I like :)

Now, there are people who like just about every brand out there.  I’ve tried the $1 for 5 blades Personnas, the Astras, Derby, and Feather.  I didn’t think the Personnas were that bad until I’d gone through everything and gone back to try them again.  I now hate them.  I’ll keep some for emergencies, but that’s it.

I’ve found that Feather blades are my favorites.  They’re made in Japan and I swear they must have been sharpened by the ghosts of 100 ancient sword smiths.  I get three shaves out of each blade and I shave every other day or every third day.  This package of 10 was about $8, but I can get better deals in quantity when I can afford to front the money :wink:

For those wondering what’s up with the rest of the stuff in the pic, I take the razor apart and dip it in 90% rubbing alcohol to speed drying and then leave it on this wash cloth that’s draped over an Altoids tin to ensure it can air dry quickly.  This keeps corrosion down :cool:

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back soon :mrgreen:


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:


MCAS Miramar Air Show 2014

It was hot. Really Hot. Really Damn Hot.

So were the Hooters Gals.

For your perusal and enjoyment a selection of pictures from the day.


Cal Fire Super Stoof!!!!!!!!!!!!


Cal Fire OV-10 Bronco


VFMA 232 Hornet


Rule 5 courtesy of Hooters


Rule 5 Part 2


Rule 5 Part 3


Cessna 195


Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Classic


Grumman Super Widgeon


Beech C-45 Expiditer


SNJ Info




Ercoupe. My Dad owned 4 of these in the Seventies. Cool little puddle jumper it is.


T-34 in Luftwaffe Markings


Patriots Jet Team. L-39s


Patriots Jet Team framed by an MV-22


People were getting shade under most static display aircraft. It was hot.


L-39 of The Patriots Jet Team


Patriots Four Ship Pass


Intruder. Three tours in this work horse.


Grumman F9F-2






HSM-35 Magicians


The DAV B-25J


North American CT-39E

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Made My Day!


King Cobra, I think




F4F Wildcat. J. J. Foss on the fuselage below the cockpit.

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As the reader will notice, I have some Rule Five pictures……………..The Hooters Girls and a couple of gals I saw walk by. What do you expect? I am an Old Sea Dog ya know! :tomcat: :attackchopper:  :cheers:


Grand Prix of Lancaster

OK, it’s go karts…………..but it was kind of cool. They are loud go about 70-80mph in the straightaways.

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27 September 2014 – My New Shaving Brush!

So, as my few readers know by now, I’ve switched to a double edge razor from an electric.  I actually started out on cartridge razors, but the cartridges were (and still are) EXPEN$IVE!!!  I got an electric shaver quite a while back which saved a ton in cartridge replacement costs, but it had its own issues that got worse.

So, what’s a guy to do in that situation?  I got a vintage Gillette Tech from the 1930’s and started shaving with AFFORDABLE double edge blades.  It’s been good so far :)  When I first switched, I was using canned Barbasol shaving foam.  It worked OK, but everyone told me to get shaving soap and a brush as it would be much better.  I got the soap, but nobody around here carries brushes.  I made due with a $0.77 natural bristle paint brush from Walmart.  It worked, but it wasn’t really great.  That changed today :wink:

27 Sept 2014 - My new shaving brush

27 Sept 2014 – My new shaving brush

I placed an order on eBay when I got paid this week.  That order was for a Van Der Hagen deluxe boar hair shaving brush.  There’s a few good reasons to go with a boar brush, but the big factor for me was money.  This was under $10 shipped :cool:

27 Sept 2014 - My new shaving brush and the back of the box

27 Sept 2014 – My new shaving brush and the back of the box

I’m going to have to work at it to get it broken in right and all and there is a bit of maintenance involved with these brushes.  But that’s OK :)  One of these days I’ll get a nice badger hair brush, but that can wait :wink:

Well, that’s all for right now, but I’ll be back soon.  Have a great night, everyone :mrgreen:


17 September 2014 – Shaving, Shaving Soap, and Improvisation

So, I guess I could also have titled this something like “Wet Shaving – The Adventure Continues” and it would have worked :)  It’s definitely different from electric shavers and nowhere near a cartridge system.  It takes skill, patience, persistence, and no little bit of courage as you put a really rather sharp and minimally protected blade against your face.  I like it so far :cool:

17 Sept 2014 - My early Gillette Tech razor

17 Sept 2014 – My early Gillette Tech razor

I’ve been using my Gillette Tech (it’s an early one from around the 1930s or early 1940s) with canned Barbasol foam and it’s been OK.  I’ve tried a couple different blades and I have a few more to try as well.  Things have gone really rather well all things considered!

17 Sept 2014 - My new shave soap

17 Sept 2014 – My new shave soap

17 Sept 2014 - My new shave soap

17 Sept 2014 – My new shave soap

The one thing I keep hearing, though, is to ditch the canned foam/gel/etc.  Everyone tells me to get some real shaving soap and make a lather.  After looking around in local stores (I hate waiting for shipping), I secured this package of Van Der Hagen shave soap.  It was under $4 at Walmart and it has a nice scent.  I found the same type and an unscented version at the local Smith’s grocery store for under $5, but I figured this will work.

17 Sept 2014 - My shave soap in its mug

17 Sept 2014 – My shave soap in its mug

Now, there’s a kit at Walmart that comes with a badger brush, a brush stand, a bowl, and a puck of soap (click here).  It’s the same soap as you see here.  It’s also $25 and I have nowhere near that much money.

I don’t need the custom bowl, so I went over to the local Dollar Tree and picked up the glass mug you see here.  It’s nothing special and seems to do the job just fine, thank you very much :wink:

The brush on the other hand…

17 Sept 2014 - Warm water and lather on the brush

17 Sept 2014 – Warm water and lather on the brush

NO stores around here carry a shaving brush.  I looked.  I looked quite a lot.  In some ways I don’t blame them, but several carry the shaving soap, so a brush seems like it wouldn’t be a bad thing.  Especially when they’re around $10 or so.

Since I can’t afford a purpose built shaving brush for a few weeks, I looked for alternatives.  I could have gone with a couple of different types of creams (they’re like a face cream, not like what comes out of a Barbasol can) that don’t lather, but one was expensive and the other didn’t have good reviews online.  I could have tried using a pouf or a loofah to build a lather according to a few forum posts, but that just didn’t seem like the greatest idea.

17 Sept 2014 - Brush cleaned and drying

17 Sept 2014 – Brush cleaned and drying

I’d seen some people online had tried paint brushes with some success, so I figured why not?  Dollar Tree only had nylon bristle brushes and I wanted natural, so I headed over to Walmart.  Lo and behold, they had natural bristle brushes for $1 :D  I chose the 1″ over the 2″ and finally got to try it out tonight.  My judgement is…

<Jeremy Clarkson>IT WORKS!!!</Jeremy Clarkson>

While I’m 99% certain it’s not nearly as good for this task as a purpose built shave brush would be, it costs 90% less and will probably last a week or two and that’s all I really need right now :thumb:

17 Sept 2014 - Test lather on yours truly

17 Sept 2014 – Test lather on yours truly

Yes, that’s me with a bit of a test lather on my face.  Yes, I’m aware it’s nowhere near as good as it could be with different equipment and practice.  That said, I believe it’s shaveable and will only get better in the future :)  I’ll be sure to update everyone after I’ve gotten some experience using it with a blade :wink:

Have a great evening, everyone :mrgreen: