It’s a free lunch, a free ride But nature’s got rules and nature’s got laws And if you cross her look out! It’s the monkey’s paw.

I drove twelve hours today, with lots of pit-stops to handle the fatigue. I was hoping to report this was my first cross-county trip without seeing any road-side accidents or hitting any rain.

I was right about the rain – so weird! As far as accidents – none until three miles from home on Piney Point Road. Devastating to the point I do not want the details. Anyway, I am home!

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Well, my observation of a year ago still applies – Arkansas has the worst roads in the country, and if one thinks humidity is humidity, regardless of where it is, one is wrong – it’s worse in Arkansas. Nothing against the good folks living there, but this is the quintessential flyover state!
 
It’s day-three of the drive, making it the worst day of the trip. Tomorrow ends in my jacuzzi tub with red wine, and perfect sleep in my own bed.
 
I never want to set foot into an interstate truck stop again, and I’d much rather pee behind a tree than walk into another filthy restroom. In fact, peeing outside is renewing!
 
With America in a downward spiral of disarray, there is one thing remaining common from coast-to-coast – the junk food, and all of idiot America that eats it!
 
The health care crisis could be solved if all Americans stopped eating themselves to death – and all indications are they won’t. I already miss my vegetable garden!
 
If I sound negative, I am – a road trip these days is more pathetic than air travel. The fucking trucks on the road out-number the cars by 3 to 1 – all to support all the shit we buy and don’t need.
 
I’m in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at a Hilton Garden Inn, because there is some unknown Nashville weekend event that prompted all the hotel rates to go 3X. Hopefully I sleep well.

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From Gallup, New Mexico to the Flyover States

by carbonboy on September 15, 2017

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Day-2 was ten solid hours of driving, and no particular fun. Nothing to report, except a good authentic dinner at Abuelita Rosa’s Mexican Restaurant in Shawnee, Oklahoma, our stop for the night. The real tedium begins tomorrow.

One question – who or what makes these vehicles? I want one, and want to move to Enchanted New Mexico.

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Get your Kicks on Route 66

by carbonboy on September 14, 2017

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We left the suburban wasteland of Eastvale at 7 a.m., which was too late, as we already had to fight traffic on I-15 at the 60 Freeway, I-10 and I-210 exchanges. A bit of stress was relieved when at the steepest part of the El Cajon Pass, the BMW handled the load of the U-Haul trailer with ease (it wasn’t designed to be a utility vehicle, and I still miss my truck).

When we reached Barstow, there was a major urge to continue on I-15 to Las Vegas, but this, again, is not a vacation road trip, so we headed east on I-40 through the high desert to Needles. The temperature only reached the high 90’s! Every time I cross the Colorado River into Arizona, I kick myself for not stopping for a few photographs, as the water of the river is sky blue!

Soon we are headed up to a 6,000-foot elevation to Flagstaff, with another missed opportunity to see the Grand Canyon. The rest of the trip to New Mexico is uneventful except for the glorious and endless variety of cumulus cloud formations, with an occasional downpour, breaking up five minutes later into bright sunlight.

We got into Gallup, New Mexico just before sunset, had a satisfying meal, and checked into a new Springhill Suites, happy that Day-1 of the trip is over.

 

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On the Road Again

by carbonboy on September 13, 2017

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Well, the Chinese Investors at Mooney International pissed away about fifty million dollars on the ill-fated M10, but I had a very good year, and had my vision restored to 20/20 by one of the best eye surgeons at UCLA.

I don’t want to leave, but it is a perfect time to move on. Back to Piney Point, and then maybe off to Vietnam to convince a well-qualified investor to partner with me. We renamed the prototype carbon fiber chair from the Series One to Simplicity One.

And I have all the tooling, process equipment and a 100 yards of a beautiful 6K 2 by 2 twill carbon fiber fabric following me in the BMW (with Raul following in the Focus Titanium). I hope I don’t strain the aging bimmer too much, but my mechanic says she is good to go!

I think my (consulting) working days are over, likely meaning my real (fun) working days are ahead. But kayek times on the mighty Potomac River are ahead!

First stop: Gallup, New Mexico. I love that little city!

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Leaving the Suburban Wasteland

by carbonboy on September 5, 2017

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I can’t imagine why Eastvale, CA was voted the best city to live in California. There’s no community here – no kids in the streets, and the only time you talk to your neighbors is if, by chance, you are taking out your three (garbage, yard & recyclable) waste bins out for Friday pickup.

I’d miss this $600K piece of crap if it had a pool. Well since they carried all the dairy manure away from here to build some really big box warehouses for Amazon and Wal-Mart a mile away it is not so bad.

I may be heading north (to the bay area), or east to Piney Point, or maybe LA proper. Oh, that magic feeling . . .

 

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Advice Heeded

by carbonboy on September 4, 2017

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I am rewriting our business plan today and picked up an old book by Hugh MacLeod titled: Ignore Everyone – And 39 Other Keys for Creativity. He summed the book up quite nicely!

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Simplicity One Chair Prototype

by carbonboy on August 31, 2017

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We are using Oak for the Prototype Legs – with White Ash, Cherry, Walnut and Mahogany Options Later

Since my client, Mooney International, shut down its California site, we are back to building the prototype carbon fiber chair, now called Simplicity One. We discovered “too light” is not good for a chair, so are now using wooden legs to lower the center of gravity.

The CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced polymer) is still light and strong and sexy! The entire Simplicity One Series – tables included – will be able to be moved, handled and assembled by one person with ease! More as it develops.

I am happy that I decided NOT to move to Texas. I survived five hurricanes, and the suffering doe not end when the news crews leave.

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Mooney-Uber Deal Dead

by carbonboy on August 21, 2017

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The Chinese investors have halted all work on the M10, and the Mooney-Uber deal appears dead in the water. There is no one left at the Chino Airport to work on it. So I am going home to Piney Point, Maryland to restart Carbon-Fiber-Design! Woo-hoo!

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Garage Sale in my Parlor

by carbonboy on August 15, 2017

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OK ladies, I am trying to reinvent the garage sale, by having it in my parlor, by invitation only.

Would you come?

The man stuff comes later.


Well I guess the craft beer glasses are man stuff.

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Where is This?

August 13, 2017
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OK – I am going through old hard drives tonight, and this photo was taken in 2012. What city?

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Drinks with my Tres Amigos – Sergio, Iñaki and Xabier

August 11, 2017
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Three talented Spanish Engineers and great guys in general!  

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Given

July 30, 2017
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Best hippie/surfer film of the year: a blond boy named Given, on Netflix!

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Back on Eggs

July 23, 2017
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After a few decades, I am back to eating eggs (minus the artery clogging bacon & hash browns). They lost their evilness some time ago. Studies show that eggs actually improve the cholesterol profile. They raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and increase the size of LDL particles, which should lower the risk of heart disease. […]

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From the Garden to the Frying Pan

July 16, 2017
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Picked today – Chinese eggplant, mini-red-orange-yellow peppers, cherry red-orange-yellow tomatoes, with onions, garlic and mushrooms. Idiot America – this is food – this is life! Sunday is about my only TV night – watching CNN the 1990’s and the History of Comedy. I’d like to compare “original content” on CNN to Faux News – but […]

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They are Watching You

July 16, 2017
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You have no idea who is tracking you on the internet these days, and they are not doing it for your benefit. I use Ghostery, Hitman Pro, Advanced Systems Care and recently a VPN called Disconnect. Likely that is not enough!

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Scariest Movie Ever Seen

July 4, 2017
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Last night I mesmerized myself through the scariest documentary I ever saw: What the Health. Sure, there’s some hype and vegan extremism, and I didn’t buy the part when (spoiler) the heavy woman tossed out all her prescription drugs (12+) she was taking after two weeks of no meat or daily (both stupid and dangerous). […]

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Back to Basics – Calibrating the BCN 3D Printer & Basic R&D on the VARTM Process

June 24, 2017
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My client’s Chinese investors decided on a clean slate simplified M10 aircraft for the emerging Chinese market, and fired the CEO for his grandiose vision of a super sports plane. That complicates life for me, as I now can expect travels to Texas, Tel Aviv and Zhengzhou, China – but not, thankfully, for a time. […]

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California Sky (View from My Infinity Chair)

June 4, 2017
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Some days, especially after a journey, best be spent doing much of nothing, and a bit of something, so as to make the nothing part justifiable. I did spend some time in the garden to cover that. In retrospect, I wonder if leaving LA in 1992 to head north to Davis, CA was a mistake? […]

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Leaving Piney Point

June 3, 2017
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Well, I achieved only about half of my intended mission this week in Piney Point. But what the hell, it was really intended to be a vacation (odd that one would take a vacation at one’s home, but that’s what I do). Soon I will be sitting in my Virgin America 1st class window seat, […]

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