The Dawning of Dystopia

January 19, 2017
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We await the dawning of dystopia. The lunatics will be taking over the asylum. Oh never mind – simple idiots will soon be in control – what damage could simple idiots possibly do (think the half million deaths, and counting, that “W” brought about)? Yet 630 of the 690 appointees that need Senate approval have […]

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California after the Storm

January 13, 2017
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Wonderful – the air is clean and clear – massive snowfall in the mountains – 72 degrees F and sunny tomorrow. What could be better?

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Strange Days

January 3, 2017
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The nuclear clouds have descended around the San Bernardino Mountains. The dawn of dystopia is arriving. Just kidding – LA rainy season is upon us.

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Gallup, New Mexico to Los Angeles

January 2, 2017
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I don’t grasp the gritty intrigue that I have had over the decades of Gallup, New Mexico – but the railroad line running parallel to the main drag, smack dap in Native American culture may have something to do with it. I want this place, someday, to be home base for a month or two […]

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Last Night in Piney Point

December 28, 2016
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Mission of this trip: move the shop tools, equipment and exotic materials to California in a shipping Pod, secure the house for the winter, and transport my little Ford Focus to the West Coast. No holiday cheer for me. Loading the Pod went faster than planned (I had some help). The house is clean and […]

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Room with a View (obscured by suburban sprawl)

December 24, 2016
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  This is the view from my home gym on a rare clean air day after two days of rain. I should have gone for a mountain hike today, but alas, I had to prepare for a trip home. Tomorrow – Washington DC via Salt Lake City on an unpacked 1st Class Flight. Christmas Day […]

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Fueling Up

December 19, 2016
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Task today – move and distribute 10 – 50 lbs. bags of mulch to my backyard garden. Fueling up was at Habit Burger – Ahi Tuna sandwich with sweet potato fries and green beans (way too much on a regular visit). Mission Accomplished. California has the greatest fast food joints on the planet! Habit Burger is […]

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Near Death and Renewal

December 5, 2016
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Being part of an integral team designing a new carbon fiber airplane with a glass cockpit sucks the life out of me Monday through Friday. Discovering hidden gems in the City of Angeles Saturday and Sunday is my only CPR! That’s my mission to survive!

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The Original Farmer’s Market – 3rd and Fairfax – First in LA

December 5, 2016
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I love this neighborhood – I could live here – this is the best of LA for the masses. Except it is unaffordable, and parking sucks. This farmer’s market used to be a cattle ranch, then an oil field – and since 1934 a farmer’s market. Really, I love this part of LA, in spite […]

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Cities that I have called Home

November 27, 2016
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The first real rains of Southern California came over the weekend. They were most refreshing! I chose not to travel; rather relax and reflect, with four days to do it. I’m part of a team creating a “clean sheet” new aircraft, and things are about to get crazy. I’m also moving the shop to California […]

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The 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show

November 20, 2016
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LA= Cars! We had the first real rain here in LA today, which made for a good excuse to head to the convention center to catch an early glimpse of all the new shiny vehicles at the LA Auto Show. Although the exotics did a no-show (unlike New York), there was plenty to see, granted […]

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Beyond Beef – My First Attempt at Meatless Pasta – Part 2

November 13, 2016
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A spaghetti dinner once every few weeks was standard when I was growing up, as it was for millions across the country. I loved it, because there was always plenty for seconds. Although my mom made fantastic Swedish meatballs, they were more for a Sunday dinner, or special occasions. Thus she made a meat sauce […]

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Beyond Beef – My First Attempt at Meatless Pasta – Part 1

November 12, 2016
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America is eating itself to death – 300,000 every year. No hype, no hyperbole – just fact. Donald Trump is an obese junk food junkie (imagine a naked photo of him, no please don’t) – so things will only get worse, and no one gives a fuck! ISIS is insignificant – processed/junk food is the terrorist […]

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Hiking the Angeles National Forest

November 6, 2016
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I found myself cruising down historic Euclid Avenue in search of a German auto repair shop with good reviews so that I can avoid the dealership next time my aging BMW needs service. I found it early on, but was compelled to keep driving north through Upland, as the closer one gets to the mountains, […]

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Cloudy Season in Los Angeles

October 30, 2016
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I could be wrong, but in my view there are two seasons in LA – sunny and cloudy (summer coastal clouds don’t count as they are just high elevation fog). We entered the cloudy season last weekend with thunder and lightning – nothing like the Midwest, but a real rarity here. Real rain in LA […]

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Pit Stop at Pappadeux

October 22, 2016
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Back during my NAVAIR days I often had to travel of Dallas to Bell Helicopter during the darkest period of the V-22 Osprey Program. One more tragic event and Dick Cheney would have canceled the program for the final time. I flew to Bell on behalf of the government to do my small part to […]

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The (very old) Sea-Fruit Oyster House

October 18, 2016
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Fins + Claws is a curiosity here on St. George Island. It once was the Sea-Fruit Oyster House and is one of the last oyster shucking houses left in Southern Maryland. It was converted to an indoor/outdoor facility to host any kind of party you can imagine. Although this visit I must say that Captain […]

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A Weekend Home in St. Mary’s County

October 17, 2016
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October is my favorite month in Maryland, mostly because it finally cools off a bit. I had to take care of a few mundane tasks: clean the pine needles out of the rain gutters, endure an annual checkup and get my driver’s license renewed. By chance I was back for St. Mary’s Annual Oyster Festival. […]

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The Habit Burger Grill

October 3, 2016
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Voted the best hamburger by Consumer Reports (with McDonalds at last), I come here on Saturdays to begin my mundane weekend tasks. Their burgers are good, but not great. A great burger, once consumed, takes days from one’s life, with all the added saturated fat, non-nutritional wheat and the god-awful added sodium – but it […]

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The Santa Anna Winds

September 26, 2016
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The Santa Anna winds are back – brewing up brown clouds from the yet-to-be-developed over-priced suburban wastelands; 100 F today but no word of fires – yet, thank god. After sunset, the warm dry winds are so therapeutic – sitting outside in the backyard watching, and again amazed, by the never ending flight paths of […]

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