California Dreamin’

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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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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Bye Bye Moo Cows

by carbonboy on 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!

by carbonboy on 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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Checking out the Competition

by carbonboy on 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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Finally Invested in Great Coffee Every Morning

by carbonboy on 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

by carbonboy on 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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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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Strange Days

by carbonboy on 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

by carbonboy on 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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The 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show

by carbonboy on 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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The Santa Anna Winds

by carbonboy on 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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I got this massive 4 bedroom house rental in California simply because it’s three minutes away from my client’s site at the Chino Airport, and it was only a few hundred dollars more than the damn “luxury” apartments nearby (which are plagued by break-ins and affluent drug users). Needless to say, it’s pretty empty, but […]

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Ventura Harbor Revisited

by carbonboy on August 29, 2016

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In the early 1980’s I had lost my top secret job in aerospace and was rescued by my high school buddy Donny Laing. He brought me up from LA to San Luis Obispo and we had quite an adventure. He died in an auto accident in 1984; my dear friend Naomi informed me of the […]

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Pacific Coast Highway Revisited

by carbonboy on August 22, 2016

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So rule Number 2 (Number 1 being live close to the client in a comfortable dwelling) is to create an adventure one day every week. I had forgotten how long it takes to get from the Inland Empire to Pacific Coast Highway via I-10. In fact, there are so many freeways intersecting I-10, I accidently […]

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Take me Anywhere!

by carbonboy on August 16, 2016

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This fully fueled G4 with engines running was headed to Madrid with one stop. Take me I thought, as I continued to my desk! Oh well! Meanwhile, welcome back to California – I-15 Cajon Pass view from my worksite. Glad I made it through last weekend: Authorities in southern California ordered the evacuation of 82,000 […]

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Sweet Home California

by carbonboy on August 15, 2016

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At this point in my life I have decided two things when taking on new clients: I’m going to keep the commute to a minimum, and I am going to live in relative comfort while coaxing them on to the path of success (and that always involves pissing them off to a point where they […]

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Post image for California Dreamin’ – Day 4 – Gallup, New Mexico to Somewhere Vaguely Near Los Angeles

I left Gallup, New Mexico after a great night’s sleep full well knowing I have one more day’s drive. On I-40, Arizona is far more scenic than New Mexico, especially as one climbs to Flagstaff. My younger self would have taken many detours and stops just to capture the beauty. My older self just wanted […]

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Aside from being tornado alley, I-40 through Oklahoma is a long string of cheesy casinos, truck stops and an endless array of the same tired old fast food joints. When on the road for business, I’ll pick up a 12” Subway for the day and avoid all the other crap altogether. The Texas Panhandle is […]

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Post image for California Dreamin’ – Day 2 – Nashville to Oklahoma City

It would have been nice to catch the Memphis vibe, as that is a city I have never explored. But each day requires 10 hours on the road, so I had no such luxury. After crossing the Mississippi into Eastern Arkansas one comes upon the worst stretch of interstate highway that I ever encountered. Note […]

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