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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.

So, as I have a little breather from thinking aircraft, it is time to refocus on becoming the IKEA of Carbon Fiber Furniture! The Chinese investors are curious.

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California Sky (View from My Infinity Chair)

by carbonboy on 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? Likely not, as the place I left still has folks working there today that worked with me back then – dreadful!

I spent a day back in Piney Point doing much of the same – on my sandy beach with a view of the white-capped Potomac, and Virginia off in the distance – a view far superior than here in my backyard.

For me, there is one insurmountable difference between the East Coast and the West: the gawd-awful humidity from NYC to Key West. Some folks relish in it. Not me – a hot dry sunny breeze is all I need to replenish the soul!

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Leaving Piney Point

by carbonboy on 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, sipping fine wine, whilst chasing the sun back to Los Angeles.

With a full day of rest tomorrow, a Pacific Coast Highway cruise seems in order.

The reality of designing & building flying electric taxis of the future will not hit until Monday. Of course, that is a delightful challenge unto itself.

I was thinking to sell this place (while it is still sellable).

For future generations, most of St. George Island and Piney Point will be swallowed up by the mighty Potomac River, as waters rise here in the Chesapeake Bay Area.

But as much as I know California will be my home for now and in the future, it is always rejuvenating to come home here.

I think I will continue to use Piney Point as my escape, at least when the weather is near ideal.

But for now, the Endless Summer of California begins!

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Things to do while Home in Piney Point

by carbonboy on May 30, 2017

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Check-up and cleaning at the dentist ✔

Doctor’s visit and meds refill (check) ✔

Morning jog to the lighthouse and back ✔

Pump iron 30 minutes daily – soak in Jacuzzi tub to recover ✔

Systematically dispose of 15 years of clutter ✔

Remind neighbors that I actually lived here for 15 years ✔

Clean the pine needles out of the rain gutters – without falling off the roof ✔

Sunset kayaking ✔

New nightly recipe from my “Power Foods” cook book ✔

Uncork a bottle of wine and binge watch House of Cards Season 5 ✔✔✔

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Summer – Bring it On!

by carbonboy on May 22, 2017

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Finally got the backyard ready for summer. The structures team liked the cookout so much, it will be a monthly event!

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So We are going to Build a Fly Car for Uber!

by carbonboy on May 11, 2017

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How fun is that?

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This is New

by carbonboy on May 8, 2017

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First fruit from the garden. Wow! Growing one’s own food could get addicting!

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Burgers & Brats

by carbonboy on May 1, 2017

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Phase II – Burgers & Brats. Delightful except the fire was still too hot for the Wagyu burgers and I burned the buns. One more weekend of practice before the big event.

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My First Try at Amazon Fresh

by carbonboy on April 24, 2017

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Granted, I felt lazy this weekend – tax time sucked the wind out of me (and my bank account), and weekends at the local markets are a bear. So, what the hell, I am trying Amazon Fresh for the first time.

Crap, it was a weekend, so no fresh baked goods – just the mundane. What had its appeal was the Wagyu Single Cow Burger (Wagyu is the American version of Kobe Beef).

At a ½ lb. uncooked, the burgers were sized a bit of an overkill – 1/3 lb. would be perfect! For the next event (20+ people), I will just order the beef by the pound and hand press my own.

Bottom line – a $40 order, but included good cheese and whole grain starch (now in the freezer). More importantly – I just created the best burger I ever had. The only thing lacking was a Sheboygan Hard Roll.

I will fly those in for the upcoming “Burgers, Brats & Beer” event for the Structures, Stress and M&P Groups! Of course that’s a teaser – next gathering will be a bit on the healthier side!

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House in Order

by carbonboy on April 17, 2017

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Finally have the California house in order for weekday BBQs with the stress and structures guys, strategic meetings with partners and, when ready, wining & dining investors.

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Hot-cross buns!

April 16, 2017
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Hot-cross buns! Hot-cross buns! One a penny, two a penny, Hot-cross buns! If you have no daughters, Give them to your sons; One a penny, two a penny, Hot-cross buns! Found these by chance while shopping yesterday. An Easter tradition back in Sheboygan. Of course the Sheboygan versions were far better than these store bought […]

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Cooked

April 10, 2017
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To maintain sanity, on the weekends, I am watching two delightful Netflix originals: Cooked and Samurai Gourmet. You know, of course, human brains got bigger when they learned to cook, because they didn’t have to devote so much time to chewing. And, without doubt, there is a secret Samurai in us all. I made a […]

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The Spirit of Los Angeles

April 9, 2017
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Everyday I take a walk around the hanger to get a little workout and away from the computer. I am growing accustomed to an odd variety of aircraft coming and going. But a C-17, unoccupied and unguarded (so we thought) a few steps from my desk was rare indeed. It couldn’t be too far from […]

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Off to St. Helens, Oregon via Portland

March 21, 2017
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The view of Mount St. Helens was awesome, but the sun disappeared under dark clouds before I could get the camera to a good point of view. I had a great early dinner with stakeholders at the historic Higgins eatery in downtown Portland. A very busy day tomorrow and back to LA by sunset. Damn, […]

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Bye Bye Moo Cows

March 20, 2017
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For decades, the area surrounding the Chino Airport had a bigger population of dairy cattle than people. These were not your idyllic dairy farms that I recall in Wisconsin, with rolling green pastures, sparsely populated with contented roaming Guernseys. Here in Chino, they are more like feedlots from hell. If you are a cow destined […]

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Green California!

March 12, 2017
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The hills are alive with the sound of . . . green color. Best time in Southern California – a few weeks of green. Likely the best time in Death Valley as the desert flowers are in bloom. Road trip to the Inn at Furnace Creek seems in order. But when?

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First Day of Daylight Saving Time

March 12, 2017
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First Day of the Year running the air conditioner! I love LA!

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Checking out the Competition

March 5, 2017
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But for $800,000, I’d opt for an ocean sloop, fully crewed, with provisions for six months. But who am I to judge?

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Gardening in the Big Box/Small Lot LA Suburban Wasteland

February 26, 2017
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First attempt at organic heirloom non-GNO vegetables that taste like vegetables. Wishing I had an acre! Whatever – tomatoes, peppers and herbs should be just fine.

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Finally Invested in Great Coffee Every Morning

February 22, 2017
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 If you have to ask what it cost, you can’t afford it (I didn’t ask).

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