Monday, February 21, 2011

My Seagull Models PC-9 First Test Flight

Well, here is the video of my Seagull Models PC-9 first test flight. February 19, 2011, on the Lubbock Oddball RC Society (LORCS) flying field.

While Ricky got most of the flight, he missed the landing. The PC-9 caught a clump of grass on the edge of the runway and it ripped out my right main landing gear. Its in the process of being repaired now.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Alien Tequila - UFO/Drink Marketing on YouTube

I just came across some very interesting YouTube videos promoting of all things, a type of Tequila.

There are two "films" plus a review by a couple that do Tequila reviews.

Now, I'm not one of those wine tasters type of alcohol followers. I may take a sip of wine at a social event. Or at a bar, have a mixed drink such as a screwdriver or a shot of schnapps. And I STAY AWAY from Tequilas that have worms in the bottle! That's just me. I post these videos here simple because they are fun looking.

By the way, I have not sample this Alien Tequila. I may go to a liquor store just to see if I can spot this and see how much it costs to purchase. IF I do, I'll post a update here on my findings.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Right-wing bloggers handicap the 2012 GOP Presidential Field.

I came across this little article and thought that I would share it here.

Disclaimer: I love Sarah Palin - but she is TOO damaged for a run at the White House in 2012 in my personal oponion. Of the dark horse candidates in the below poll, I really like Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain.

Here is the poll results.

Right Wing News polled more than 250 right-of-center bloggers on which candidate they'd support if the 2012 Republican primaries were today. The following 63 bloggers responded:

101 Dead Armadillos, Alexa Shrugged, All American Blogger, All That Is Necessary, Argghhhh!, Bad Example, Betsy's Page, Blackfive, Bookworm Room, Cara Ellison, Cassy Fiano, Conservative Compendium, Considerettes, Danny Carlton, Dispatches From Blogblivion, Ed Driscoll, Fingers Malloy, Flopping Aces, Freeman Hunt, GOPUSA Northeast, GayPatriot, Gina Cobb, Guardian Watchblog, Hoosier Access, House of Eratosthenes, IMAO, Infidels Are Cool, Jenn Q. Public, John Hawkins, Little Miss Attila, Mean Ol Meany, Midnight Blue, Moonbattery, Mount Virtus, Musing Minds, Newsreal, Nice Deb, No Oil For Pacifists, No Runny Eggs, Patriot Room, Patterico's Pontifications, Pirates Man Your Women!, Pundit Boy, Pursuing Holiness, Rachel Lucas, Right View from the Left Coast, Rightosphere, Russ. Just Russ, Snark and Boobs, Solomonia, SondraK, The Anchoress, The Campaign Spot, The New Ledger, The Other McCain, The TrogloPundit, The Underground Conservative, The Virtuous Republic, This Ain't Hell, Weapons of Mass Discussion, Wintery knight, Wyblog, YidwithLid

Here are the results.

Which of the following candidates would you like to see as the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2012?

13) Donald Trump: 0% (0 votes)
13) Rick Santorum: 0% (0 votes)
13) Rick Perry: 0% (0 votes)
13) Ron Paul: 0% (0 votes)
13) Gary Johnson: 0% (0 votes)
13) Jon Huntsman: 0% (0 votes)
13) Rudy Giuliani: 0% (0 votes)
13) Newt Gingrich: 0% (0 votes)
9) John Thune: 1.6% (1 vote)
9) Mitt Romney: 1.6% (1 vote)
9) Mike Huckabee: 1.6% (1 vote)
9) Haley Barbour: 1.6% (1 vote)
7) Jeb Bush: 3.2% (2 votes)
7) Michele Bachmann: 3.2% (2 votes)
5) John Bolton: 6.3% (4 votes)
5) Tim Pawlenty: 6.3% (4 votes)
3) Herman Cain: 11.1% (7 votes)
3) Mitch Daniels: 11.1% (7 votes)
2) Sarah Palin: 15.9% (10 votes)
1) Chris Christie: 36.5% (23 votes)

Which of the following candidates is your SECOND CHOICE for the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2012?

16) Ron Paul: 0% (0 votes)
16) Gary Johnson: 0% (0 votes)
16) Jon Huntsman: 0% (0 votes)
16) Mike Huckabee: 0% (0 votes)
16) Rudy Giuliani: 0% (0 votes)
14) Donald Trump: 1.6% (1 vote)
14) Rick Santorum: 1.6% (1 vote)
11) John Thune: 3.2% (2 votes)
11) Newt Gingrich: 3.2% (2 votes)
11) Mitt Romney: 3.2% (2 votes)
8) John Bolton: 4.8% (3 votes)
8) Jeb Bush: 4.8% (3 votes)
8) Michele Bachmann: 4.8% (3 votes)
7) Haley Barbour: 7.9% (5 votes)
5) Rick Perry: 9.5% (6 votes)
5) Herman Cain: 9.5% (6 votes)
2) Tim Pawlenty: 11.1% (7 votes)
2) Mitch Daniels: 11.1% (7 votes)
2) Chris Christie: 11.1% (7 votes)
1) Sarah Palin: 12.7% (8 votes)

Here are the numbers for each candidate if you add up how many first AND second choice votes they received.

17) Ron Paul: (0 votes)
17) Gary Johnson: (0 votes)
17) Jon Huntsman: (0 votes)
17) Rudy Giuliani: (0 votes)
14) Donald Trump: (1 vote)
14) Rick Santorum: (1 vote)
14) Mike Huckabee: (1 vote)
13) Newt Gingrich: (2 votes)
11) John Thune (3 votes)
11) Mitt Romney: (3 votes)
10) Jeb Bush (5 votes)
9) Michele Bachmann: (5 votes)
7) Rick Perry: (6 votes)
7) Haley Barbour: (6 votes)
6) John Bolton: (7 votes)
5) Tim Pawlenty: (11 votes)
4) Herman Cain: (13 votes)
3) Mitch Daniels: (14 votes)
2) Sarah Palin: (18 votes)
1) Chris Christie: (30 votes)

Which of the following candidates would you like to see as the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2012? (No Palin, No Christie)

16) Gary Johnson: (0 votes)
16) Jon Huntsman: (0 votes)
16) Rudy Giuliani: (0 votes)
11) Newt Gingrich: 1.6% (1 vote)
11) Mike Huckabee: 1.6% (1 vote)
11) Donald Trump: 1.6% (1 vote)
11) Ron Paul: 1.6% (1 votes)
11) Rick Santorum: 1.6% (1 votes)
10) John Thune: 3.2% (2 votes)
8) Jeb Bush: 4.8% (3 votes)
8) Haley Barbour: 4.8% (3 votes)
7) Mitt Romney: 6.5% (4 votes)
6) Tim Pawlenty: 8.1% (5 votes)
5) Rick Perry: 9.7% (6 votes)
3) John Bolton: 11.3% (7 votes)
3) Michele Bachmann: 11.3% (7 votes)
2) Herman Cain: 14.5% (9 votes)
1) Mitch Daniels: 17.7% (11 votes)

Which of the following dark horse candidates do you find the most appealing as a potential GOP POTUS Candidate?

9) Ron Paul: 1.6% (1 votes)
8) Gary Johnson: 1.6% (1 votes)
6) Rick Santorum: 3.2% (2 votes)
6) Donald Trump: 3.2% (2 votes)
5) Jon Huntsman 4.8% (3 votes)
4) Rudy Giuliani: 9.5% (6 votes)
3) Michele Bachmann: 15.9% (10 votes)
2) John Bolton: 19% (12 votes)
1) Herman Cain: 41.3% (26 votes)

Link below is from the actual website the poll was posted at.

1. Right Wing News. "Polling Conservative Bloggers On The GOP’s 2012 Presidential Field" by John HawkinsFebruary 18, 2011.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Where Did the phrase "piss poor" come from?

My friend Alice sent out one of her History lesson emails today. We are part of the same local Star Trek club (the USS Lonestar), both of us are members of Starfleet-The International Star Trek Fan Association. I wanted to share it with the blogosphere.

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Interesting History

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery........if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor"

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot.......they "didn't have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the low

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were starting to smell...

Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting Married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof...

Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside.

A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire.. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special.

When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust. Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.

Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.

And that's the truth..... Now, whoever said History was boring!!!

So...get out there and educate someone! ~~~ Share these facts with a friend.

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