Monday, March 19, 2007


I know a guy who flew his experimental plane into oncoming highway traffic yesterday. Hwy 441 runs right alongside the fence to the Leesburg airport and this guy did a loop and hit a car... yow!Oops! Look at that thing. He left that thing over at Leesburg... hanger time is hard to come byI guess. And I'm a guy who knows how much the liability coverage for one of those things costs. Ouch! Anyhow, nobody was killed and from the looks of this thing it was a miracle for the guy to walk away. It's an old joke that any landing is a good one if you can walk away from it.... oh, help. OH... the guy rolls over his plane and hits a car. Oh! Hehehe. And winds up on the front page of the Orlando Sentinel. Oh Oh... that hurt!


Sunday, March 18, 2007


Here's something that'll scare the pookie out of you. Here's the link:

Oh, dear.


Saturday, March 17, 2007


I started thinking about a special writer tonight after a Clancy novel got put on TV... about a terrorist's deployment of a small nuclear bomb. The story resulted in a "happy" ending, but it got me thinking about a more realistic story line... and about a book that was written when my friend John McPhee wrote in the 70s about the father of micronukes Ted Taylor: "The Curve of Binding Energy" by John McPhee. This is a book that should be studied by anybody who really wants to learn about the possibility... or rather the probability of the use of small nukes in todays world.....

Like most nightmares, deployment of small bombs has a benign beginning. Taylor was the best American designer of nuclear devices... especially using nukes as a source of power for space craft.

But Taylor would writing about the misuse of the ideas. Hmmm... human sins.

Anyhow, this was a book that makes more sense today than in the 70s when McPhee wrote about the subject. Worth another read.


Friday, March 16, 2007


My favorite gung ho movie was on TV last night - Green Beret. Interesting that this is perhaps the sole pro-American movie in a whole culture of Americans-are-badguys movies... but Wayne has a whole bunch of guys like George Takei (Sulu on Star Trek who took time off of his money maker to follow the Duke in starring in this) Face it... my generation saw Duke as The Man they wanted to be when they grew up. I think that it still makes a pretty good movie for todays generation.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007


The redhead is a big Who fan so we went over to the Tampa Fairgrounds to see The Who last night. Nice ride but the concert was a nogo. We went to have a good Cuban meal and made a night of it when the concert was cancelled. Daltry got sick. They came out Daltry couldn't make any noise. A few moments later Townshend came out and explained what was going on. I guess they figured that if Daltry came out and tried he would hurt himself so he just rescheduled. I'd rather they come back (25th back at the Fairgrounds). Cynical Bob thought that maybe he just didn't like the crowd. I remember the last time we saw them they sold out the bowl in Miami a few years ago. But this... the Fairgrounds is a big house and they had about 9,000 dieheard fans like my redhead (she says Daltry is one of her dream babies). Nine tho seats... there were echoes. Orchestra seats were $370... ask me if I love the woman. I was pleased when it was rescheduled. I'da felt cheated if they blew us off with a noshow. As it was I got a good dinner at the Colombia and the prospect of another on the 25th. Interesting... restaurant was empty too. I guess it was just that kind of night.


Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Well, we went to Destin last weekend to open up the season. I got four fair sized grouper and three reds. Steph got a nice tuna promised to feed everyone.

The big queen redhead actually managed to go fishing without getting seasick That in itself made the day a success. Interesting... for the first time we took the redhead's three pound yorkie with us and the tiny thing loved it. I don't know who had a bigger time, the yorkie or her mama. Funny. Cool, a bit hazy. The girls didn't get a bit of sunburn and that's saying something with the redhead.


Monday, March 12, 2007

~CT g2 50 cal~

Hey, I've been a good boy. Well, fairly good.

Got myself a new toy... a fifty cal

Thompson contender to keep my 45-70 old style TC company. That used to be the largest metallic wildcat that I could brag about. The Lee Book says that "reloading the 45-70 requires great peace of mind." Let's go shooting. I'm ready to start a new collection of G2 barrels. Hoo Rah.


Saturday, March 10, 2007


This is the latest from the loonie left:

Here's the link.


Friday, March 09, 2007


Just about the time I'm set up to kick ass... I mean after all... a pocket rocket is what that Velocity is... some old timers from Jax, guys at Cecil Field begin to use the Sanford airport to stage some AH-1Ws for training. Damn... drool drool. The first Cobras. Lookie lookie. Lousy picture but what can I do?


Thursday, March 08, 2007

~Evelyn Keyes~

Sue Ellen, the sister in Gone With The Wind, was in another movie last night.

Good old Turner Classics. Evelyn Keyes in Dangerous Blondes came on the historical film line. She makes a good blonde as well as the sister that made her famous.

She was married to Artie Shaw. As his widow she sued for his money. She lives on. 91 now and still working. Cute. She also was in the feature, Ladies in Retirement, 1941 with Ida Lupino. Ninety one... its like a old voice from the past. I wonder what she looks like these days.


Tuesday, March 06, 2007


I'll have you know that that kid Russ's mama has a recipe for hush puppies that is to die for.

We ate a lot of cornmeal based foods when I was growing up because corn meal was cheap. In fact,we could even take grain to the local mill and have it ground into flour, meal, livestock feed,etc. Cornbread or biscuits were almost always served at any meal I attended at many houses in the neighborhood. They were usually pretty good too, although I preferred the lighter tasting hush puppies. Eaten fresh out of the fryer, they practically melted in your mouth. Here is my recipe:Ingredients:2 cups yellow corn meal, 1 cup plain flour (flour is what gave it the lighter taste and you can experiment with the amount you use if you want) 2 eggs, 1 cup buttermilk (you can also use plain milk in a pinch, but nothing compares to buttermilk) 3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt. I use Lowreys but just about any brand will work as you are just looking for something to spice things up a little 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper blend (again, the idea is to spice things up a little).1 teaspoon baking powder 2/3 teaspoon baking soda 1/8 cup bacon grease. This is another big key to the flavor. In a pinch you can use other types of cooking oil, but bacon is my favorite.You also need some type of cooking oil to deep fry these in. I usually use Crisco oil although peanut oiland some of the lower fat oils work well too. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add your eggs, oil, and buttermilk. Stir it all up until the flavors are thoroughly blended. Turn your cooker on medium-high heat. When it's hot you can drop your hush puppies in using a table spoon. Allow them to brown on all sides.They should begin floating when done, but if they don't, don't overcook them.Serve as a side dish with just about any meal. I loved eating them with fried fish or fresh chopped or pulled pork barbecue. Most of the local resturants add them as a standard feature when you buy plate meals.After getting to Titusville's Rock Shrimp Mecca, I visited a restaurant that also added yellow corn to their hush puppies and a touch of sugar. If you want to give this a try, precook the corn, but don't overcook it. Use 3/4 cups in the recipe above. On top of that add 2 table spoons of white sugar. The recipe at the restaurant in Titusville is so popular that customers often order side orders to take home. I always thought that it tasted pretty good.You can also store this mixture in the refrigerator for a day or so if you are only cooking for a smallergroup. Before cooking let it reach near room temperature.

Let's eat.

Soul food from the depth of the St. Johns. Yup.


Monday, March 05, 2007


Hey... it was his first speck.


Thursday, March 01, 2007


Medal of Honor for pilot Lt.P. Crandall. Army pilot who in 1965 qualified for the award in the very first engagement with the VC that was glorified in that movie We Were Soldiers. Finally he got the MOH without being dead. Amazing.Class act.