Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Finally, They Check for Themselves!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Happy 28th!

So, this morning, I went out to fly my model airplane to commemorate it's 26th "birthday". I estimated its maiden flight to have taken place around Labor Day weekend in 1984 after recalling a journal entry I made back in 1984 (I believe). This evening, I just by chance came across a notebook with a journal entry from August 9, 1982, indicating that my new airplane was "basically completed." This is a different journal entry than the one I knew of, but this establishes the age of my airplane to be, not 26, but 28 years old, and likely first flew in August of 1982!

I flew a 28-year-old model airplane this morning! A model airplane that I built 28 years ago. How cool is that?

This must mean the other journal entry was referring to my second model airplane (which I also still have - another Balsa USA Swizzle Stick - it just needs a tail wheel, some wing foam tape and an engine and it's back in the air!). My third airplane no longer exists (rest in pieces), but I still have the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh planes I built: the Force One delta, the pink & blue & white Stick 40, the Eagle II (retired), and the Hobby Hut Stick 40 (grounded due to internal structural failure in the wing).

I had some problems with getting the engine dialed in this morning, due to some factors, including bubbles forming in the fuel tank from vibration. But I got a couple of good flights in. Then the air got tricky, and I packed it in and went home, picked up my wife, and we spent the rest of the day soaking in the Yuba River.

Another successful weekend under my belt.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Power of Belief

Religion is driving me up the wall!

I can remember a time when it was considered traitorous to talk shit about the president of the United States - especially "during time of war." Oh, wait - that was the right wing conservatives during the Bush administration.

I guess it's standard practice today - war or no war. Maybe this time it's a war between Islam and Christianity. Or maybe it's just because this country still has a few bigoted, racist people who will dig for any excuse to bury someone who they don't agree with.

A John Lennon song keeps coming to mind. "Imagine no religion..." "Imagine no countries..." Problem is, just like God, Allah, Zeus, Thor and thousands of other gods, you can imagine it all you want, but in the end, it's just wishful thinking.

I sure wish there was another planet I could move to. Hurry up and get to Mars, already!