Saturday, April 25, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
Sitting in the backyard with the Girls, enjoying a rum drink and a good smoke, watching our crop of Anolis sagrei chase the flying insects...
Enjoying it while I can...
4-Ball, NBA Finals & other events are just around the corner.
TBG - Smokin'
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Having driven in Beijing and Shanghai, this traffic isn't that different-
but the pedestrians- walking through the center of the intersection. Yikes!
I think that corner on the right would be a great spot for a body shop or an urgent care clinic...
TBG - - ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒE
Monday, April 20, 2015
Boy the spammers, scammers and phishers are really pulling out all the stops now...
I got this in my inbox this afternoon:
Trying to do some due diligence on this...
St. Ass says the nice folks we were working for in Sochi nominated us...
(I assume he meant the entire team. If its only St. Ass and YT, fuggetaboutit.)
I do have to wonder what the category was, though...
Most Khatchaipuri eaten in one sitting?
Outstanding performance while lusting after the Canadian women's curling team?
Highest number of Starbucks double-whip, half caf-half soy skinny caramel macchiatos drank in a 24 hour period?
(I won't be able to attend anyway- I'll be in SanFran, up to my eyeballs in Amateur Golf at Olympic.)
TBG - - ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒE
Saturday, April 18, 2015
The equipment trucks returned from Augusta on Tuesday and Wednesday and we had our hands full offloading and repatriating the hardware for repacking and shipping to the next events...
I overdid it, of course- trying to keep up with the kids and interns in the Events department carrying cases and pushing our hardware racks...
Nothing a handful of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pills couldn't solve...
Thursday rolled around and with it a much-looked-for meeting-
Old NFO was in town- and had a free evening in his schedule.
We met up out in Orange Park, at Whitey's Fish Camp, tucked into some tasty seafood and the conversation flowed like good wine...
Old NFO is a kindred spirit- we have similar but different experiences- especially when it comes to travel... We had a 1,001 stories about airlines, airports and the myriad of morons that try to thwart our wishes as we pursue our diverse jobs...
OldNFO: "....so we finished up, the Swedes parachuted in and built us a runway on the ice and we took off back to Iceland!"
TBG: "Iceland- wow. Never got there, but I did freeze my ass off in Finland once... We were drinking heavily and..."
As our conversation wandered I bored him with the stories from my youth and my days flying milk runs and Part35 charters out of The Flight Department in Marathon, and later how I traded bumps bruises and 2 years living in the mud blood and rum at Ft. Davis in Panama for my sheepskin at UF, to the unfortunate incident in Cienfuego.
I got to enjoy his stories about REAL flying... Everything from old DC3s to my favorite rotary craft- the Hughes 500D "The Loach", and some pretty esoteric Russian aircraft encounters.
Time flew by-
Eventually we called it a night- I offered to arm-wrestle him for the check, instead we scared the crap out of the waitress as we both made a mad grab for the bill.
Youth (such as it is) and ambition won out, I got it, but it was a close race.
(Hey- my town, my check. Next time I'm in DC, you can get it.)
In reminiscing about my days down in Panama, after I got home I had to go hunt up some uncomfortable hunks of metal I received as remembrances from my days down south...
It took some doing, but I finally found them...
(Left: From my CO from MCDEC (now MCCDC), the center one was from a Navy REMF on our team and the coin on the right was from the guys in EF21 for their pet nerd.)
I assume the work we did and the hardware we used 30 years ago is probably still classified... even though the Samsung S5 in my pocket is smaller and does a better job at the same tasks... but 30 years ago, eh?
A lot of work went into the equipment we used, and a lot of people had some pretty high stakes in the results.
But I digress...
We stood outside talking - I had a 40 mile trip in a light drizzle so I wasn't in a hurry got start, and we stood outside talking for a bit-
OldNFO will be back in town off and on in the next few months- More work at NAS Jax.
We need to nail down a date, maybe have a BlogShoot for folks in the general area...
Maybe something in North/Central Fl- like the range in the Osceola National Forest-
We'll bring everything that goes boom, and maybe even the Caja China and roast a pig for lunch... A good time will be had by all.
So... Who's in? McThag? Borepatch? Famous Robb Allen?
TBG - - ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒE
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
I know this won't get much in the way of widespread attention, except for you 8 or 10 Constant Readers, but I'm going to say it anyway...
Given the scandals of the original Clinton White House (from Whitewater, Vince Foster, Monica and impeachment, including the petty shenanigans like removing all the 'W's from the keyboards before vacating the premisis), the current up-to-his-big-ears controversies and outright lies and prevarications, and the crap Hillary pulled as SecState (do I need to enumerate them?)... And the ensuing lies, deceit and chicanery following her resignation, why the absolute F*CK does anyone think she'd be an honorable and forthright Chief Executive?
Is the average American that gullible?
Ghod I hope not...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Just returned from another successful golf project at that nice club in Georgia.
I had a change of position this year-
Up until this year I was Project Mangler and Keeper of the Pile, this time I was a Volunteer (taking vacation to attend) and Staff Wrangler...
For reference, to get an idea on how this project has waned and waxed over the year,
this is the Wall of Shame in my office:
The signatures are all the volunteers that work on my 12 years on the project...
Still some of the same tasks and responsibilities- but an added perk this year-
I'll get to play the course this year during the play-day for volunteers in mid May.
It'll be kind of wasted on me... I can golf, but I'm atrocious.
(I'm so bad, the only club I've needed to get re-gipped is my ball retriever. Heh.)
So we'll see what happens.
(And no, I can't give my slot to someone else... I tried- no joy, so don't bother asking.)
So, on to bigger (but not better) things...
Let me leave you with this...
From our "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?" File:
TBG - - ΜΟRONS Everywhere