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!


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?


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!


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.


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!


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.


Hot-cross buns!

by carbonboy on 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 ones.



by carbonboy on 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 dramatic switch in my consumerism habits: from this day forward I am buying only quality items that will out-last me, and still be of value when I am gone. Thus, my fine stainless steel Chikara Knife Set.

I am learning the art of honing! And learning that fine Japanese knives can slice a finger as fast and flawlessly as a carrot. Life is grand!


The Spirit of Los Angeles

by carbonboy on 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 home, given its name!


Off to St. Helens, Oregon via Portland

by carbonboy on 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, I’d like to explore here for a week.


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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Prepping for Spring

February 12, 2017
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No I am not gloating – I spent the last five Januarys in Maryland, Nebraska, Nebraska, West Virginia and Maryland. Never again. Prepping for my first grilling event with the entire structural design team. Theme – Brats, Burgers, Breasts (chicken) and Beer. Stress, no one comprehends stress better than those developing a new aircraft.

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Spring Cleaning in January (or Dodging Dystopia through Denial)

January 30, 2017
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I work with a brilliant group of aerospace design and stress engineers from China, Italy, Israel, India, Spain, Iran, Czech Republic, Romania, Nepal and even the Republic of Texas (and a few native Californians of course). This is the best team I have ever worked with. We all get along just fine (although technical debates […]

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This is Food America

January 28, 2017
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The vegetables are organic; the beef grass feed – as it was meant to be. U.S. Citizens killed in the U.S by Syrian Refugees: ZERO U.S. Citizens that eat themselves to death: 300,000 (annually) Wake up America!

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Watching – The Untold History of the United States – on Netflix

January 22, 2017
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Mesmerizing – and I only got to Nixon. Highly recommended and highly relevant.

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