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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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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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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