Saturday, January 31, 2009

Dumb Thumbs and the Outlook on Life

Today was one of those days that a person can just enjoy living through the experience. Had the day off so was able to sleep in late. I now have TWO jobs, a full time one and a part time one. I much rather prefer to have just a single job, but for the short term, its a must. I need to raise capital for improvements to my property in order to start living full time in my RV by April of 2009. But, I am getting sidetracked here.

Lunch time found me dropping by the local hobby shop (Wings & Things) where I sold off my radio control models and equipment too last year. I had recently discovered a instruction booklet that one of the radios that I had sold to the owner and turned it over to him. Then sat around in the back of the shop with him and several other members of the local flying club (Wings Miniature Aircraft Society) remembering a fellow club member who had recently passed away in an untimely manner. Ed Deaver will be missed. He was into the big 3D IMAC and pattern airplanes and he was nationally recognized too.


While there, fellow club member Steve spoke with me. I was going on about what life had done to me recently and he stopped me and let me know that I really didn't have to give up the hobby(RC flying). And he is right. And, I haven't given UP the DESIRE to fly model airplanes. I still want to. When you are good at flying model airplanes, you're "Smooth on the Sticks." When you screw up, you "Dumb Thumb It(the model airplane)." In his own way, Steve was telling me that I was dumb thumbing it by not setting time aside to relax a bit. What I didn't tell him was that I had a new outlet for such feelings and emotions - drawing now. Something else too - that no matter what, I still had friends in the hobby who care about me and how I was doing.


How can one NOT feel better after hearing some words of encouragement like that.


Well now, after that, it was over to the mother-in-laws house of a fellow Star Trek club member and where our club(the USS Lone Star) parks it full size shuttlecraft replica. Today was to be a work day - and only I and David where the only ones there to remove the Christmas lights from the hull that were put in place for last December's Christmas theme parade "Lights on 34th Street" in Lubbock, Texas. The shuttlecraft also needs some repairs done to it's roof and we talked about how to go about doing that when the club could come up with the money for new plywood. Plus a winch for the heavy rear boarding ramp that is needed. And funds for the Plexiglas's front window. And a new paint job, etc, etc, etc.


To cap off the day, it was over to Freeworld Burritos for the weekly Sketchclub meeting. And there were a whole bunch of new faces there. Maybe nothing really important happened to me today, but it was a pleasure to experience the day anyway. And that's the important thing to take away from this posting.
(Attached picture was taken back in November 2008).

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

51-Year Old Runway Model

You need to check this out. And when you are through with the photograph here, check out the link below to the Wall Street Journal.
Fifties is the new thirties?
I think there was some tv commercial a few years ago that tried to make that claim. Then again, if they used Ms. de la Fressange as the spokes person.....

Quote " Ms. de la Fressange in the 1980s was the first model to sign an exclusive modeling contract with a haute couture fashion house — Chanel — and then went on to represent France’s symbol of femininity, Marianne. " End Quote.
By the way, Ms. de la Fressange is wearing a creation by Jean Paul Gaultier for his Spring/Summer 2009 haute couture collection. Don't worry - I haven't gone Gay or anything like that. I saw the photograph of Ms. de la Fressange and (under my breath since I was at work at the time) said "Wow!" Now hoepfully, you too can say that aloud as well!

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Another First in my RV!

Another First in my RV!

A simple meal. I ended up having a picnic lunch in my RV yesterday while killing some time checking on the mail and doing some things around the property before going into work. The two previous times that I stayed in my RV, I just slept and had some water. That was it.

Oh well. Now to find something more important to post in my blog other than this.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Pledge to Obama - People Don't Remember Their History!

Something else from Flopping Aces. But instead of a funny cartoon, this is more serious, even scary.

It seems that there is this video on MySpace for the Hollywood types to pledge their support for Barack H. Obama. However, the way the video was done, the -for a lack of a better phase, the propaganda artwork that makes you think of the communist style artwork of the 20th century. It is scary.

Anyway, this is what I posted in the comments section to that article. You need to check it out for yourselves. They pray that what few Republicans are still left in Washington D.C. somehow grow some backbones (and some brass balls too) real quick.

Oath of the German Soldier Poster (translated into English). After view the Pledge to Obama Video, it shocked me to the core. I had to do a web search and found this website ( http://www.pzg.biz/posters_nazi_propaganda_art.htm). You will have to scroll down to find it.

The poster depicts six German soldiers wearing Nazi helmets and long uniform overcoats, with their right hands raised swearing their oath to their Fuehrer, Adolf Hitler. In the upper right corner are the German words to the soldier’s oath which translate as follows:

“I swear by God this sacred oath that I will obey without question the F├╝hrer of the German Reich and people, to Adolf Hitler, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and that I am prepared as a brave soldier to lay my life on the line at any time for this oath.”

Now replace Fuhrer with words like “President”, or his name “Barack H. Obama.” And we now see the direction our country is heading in (the United Socialist States of America). I am 49 years old. I did not live through World War Two. But I DO REMEMBER MY HISTORY!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Darth-Obama Comic Over On Flopping Aces! Must See


Found this over at Flopping Aces blog. Loved it. So here it is. Read the full article over on that blog. ( http://www.floppingaces.net/2009/01/16/darth-obama/ ).

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Time for a New Job!

Was at work last night and spotted this on Comcast.net. Then later, on Yahoo. Here is the Yahoo link for the article ( http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090113/od_afp/lifestyleaustraliatourismoffbeat_20090113032028). Sun, fun, work on a beautiful island in Australia for 6 months and get paid to be that island caretaker for $100,000.00 US. Too bad the website to actually apply for that job doesn't work (http://www.islandreefjob.com/). I keep getting the "Page cannot be display." error message. Man, I got to keep trying though.

Hamilton Island, one of the many islands in the Great Barrier Reef. From the pictures I have seen on the net, it would be a great place to work and live. This is a part of Australia tourism board promotion. Open to anybody on the planet. Eleven finalists will be choosen and flown there. Then the winner keeps the rest of the world informed about what he or she is doing through a webblog. I think that I will try to find the link to this blog when it does launch and post it in my blog links here.

Bad news (for me) is that I would need to upload a video of myself to take part in the contest according to Geek-News.Net ( http://geek-news.net/2009/01/islandreefjobcom-best-job-in-world.html ). Here is the YouTube link as well ( http://au.youtube.com/islandreefjob ).

EDIT (January 16, 2009): Been day dreaming about this idea job at work last night. I even started drawing out a storyboard for my 60 second video that is part of the application requirements. Also, I began to think about all the other little details that will ahve to be tended to in order to go forward with this. Such as getting a passport number one!

But then, other mundane items as making payment arrangements for the five acres that I inherited from my father. Fix up some basic form letters to send out to credit card companies, etc. Just adding this for food for thought.

Monday, January 12, 2009

First Night in the New Homestead (Motor home)

Well, due to events beyond my control, I had to move into my unheated motor home about 3 weeks ahead of schedule. Sleeping in a parka, sleeping bag and three quilts, I made it through a cold night in the RV that got down as low as 27 degrees inside temperature.

Once the door to the motor home was opened up to the bright light of mid-morning, the temperature rose quickly into the forties.

This was in due part to having to move out of a rental mobile home that I have been living in for the past two months when the main circuit breaker tripped and almost caught on fire. So – after bumming a room from a fellow Star Trek (Starfleet) buddy of mine, last night, I had to camp out in the RV when no other rooms opened up for me.

I managed to get by by having covered up the roof vents and taping them over with trash bags to try and keep any heat in the vehicle. Since the motor home has some missing toolbox lids in the under carriage, it still got cold in the interior, but it was manageable. Open up the cur tents in the daytime and let in the solar heating.

Why post this information? Survival Tactics and Information. Anyone who is about to go through the same problems that I have been going through might benefit before they lose their own house(and electricity, water, sewer, heating, etc).

EDIT: (Second Night in RV)-
Even colder than the first night. I had almost lost hope about what was I going to do when one of my friends in Starfleet took me into their home for the rest of this week (the Carey's). The replacement part for the single-wide mobile home that I was staying in will not arrive in Lubbock, Texas, until Friday at the earliest and Saturday at the latest.

I tried to get a extentsion on my credit card so that I could purchase a internal, propane powered (a Mr. Heater "Portable Buddy" that Wal Mart carried in stock for $75.87. The cans of propane that would be good for one nights use was $2.37 each or $4.66 for a two pack). I could have purchased the heater, but I am so close to my limit that I would not have been able to get the propane to power it. So, that was out of the question. I did however, put ducktape on the windows on both sides of the RV to cut down on the amount of draft that got around the frames. But, there is lots of work to be done on the RV to make it heat tight such as replace a missing equipment hatch on the left side and repair that compartment's floor. That was where most of the cold air was seeping into the RV was coming from while I spent my two night there.

But, getting that heater in February will be one of my goals. Even though I stil do not have that RV hook up to electric yet, getting that heater will help bridge the gap between my current homelessness and making that RV my home for this year.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Typealyzer Blog Software

I discovered this over on Lt. Nixon Rants blog ( http://ltnixonrants.blogspot.com/2009/01/typealyzer-makes-blogging-even-more.html ) and tried it out. Basically, if you want to discover who the person is who is creating the blog that you are reading, just type (or better yet, copy and paste) the url into the Typealyzer and find out. Its in Beta testing right now or so I assume by looking at the main page (I'm going to post the results of this on both of my blogs).

My first blog, the http://aerospacedreams.blogspot.com means that I am (by the Typealyzer anyway) as a: ISTP – The Mechanics. This is a independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attunded to the demands of the moment and are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.

The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.

As for my second blog, the http://flash255bunker.blogspot.com means that I am (by the Typealyzer anyway) as a: ESTP – The Doers. The active and playful type. They are especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking, and engaging in physical out-door activities.

The Doers are happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. They might be very impulsive and more keen on starting something new than following it through. They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time.

Give it a try and have some fun with it. Here is the link for it ( http://www.typealyzer.com/ ).

Monday, January 5, 2009

Classic UFO Encounter


Here is a drawing of a classic UFO Close Encounter of the 3rd Kind that I did recently. If you want to use it, be sure to credit me for it as well as a link back to this blog.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

25 Years of the Mac (from Wired Magazine)

Happy New Year 2009!!!

We open this new year with a great article about the Apple Macintosh computer.

Follow this link to an article about the greatest computer ever developed (mine bias opionion of course). Here is the link ( http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/17-01/ff_mac ).