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Old 07-01-2016, 11:56 AM   #1421
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Don't feel like the Lone Ranger, you're not the only one who has done that. Don't ask how I know....
When I was still flying, often our box lunches (affectionately called Box Nasties) would have nice warm sodas in them. Sure, they would cool down in the fridge, but it usually took about 4 hours to do so. Well, we had a little trick. When we got up to altitude, you could stick the can up in the ceiling where the controls for the aerial refueling setup was. Since it was RIGHT against the top of the fuselage (and it would be about -50 degrees or colder outside) it would cool the soda very, VERY quickly. Of course, we had a new pilot who thought this was a GREAT idea and stuck 2 cans up there and promptly forgot about it. About 40 minutes later, you guessed it...BOOM! It made a HUGE mess and the flight engineer was soaked with soda and was NOT very happy. In retrospect, probably not the smartest thing to do. That would be a really bad day if it happened to compromise the skin of the fuselage!
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Old 07-02-2016, 10:23 AM   #1422
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Today we walked more than 5 miles around the very center of Vienna. Stephansdom was the focus for today.
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Old 07-03-2016, 10:00 AM   #1423
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Went to see Steve Miller Band yesterday. I'm not a big fan, but it was a lawn concert and an opportunity to picnic with the grandkids.
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Old 07-03-2016, 10:54 AM   #1424
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Did some woodworking. Went out to dinner for DW's birthday. Now picking up MIL for a cookout.


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Old 07-03-2016, 01:42 PM   #1425
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Family backyard cookout yesterday, had a good time, DW likes the photos I took so the photography budget won't get whacked anytime soon. Oh, and a nice compliment I didn't know about - one of the photos I took at an earlier gathering was printed 8X10, framed, and mounted on their family room wall. Cool.

Today I got some flights in the backyard with the "foamie" R/C airplanes, a couple of neighborhood kids came over to watch. They liked seeing the Pitts in a spin.

We're debating whether to go to the annual July 4th family bash tomorrow. It's usually a fun day in spite of the two hour drive but the forecast is for 2 to 4 inches of rain, all day. They have a big yard and small beach right on the Patuxent river but the house is way too small for everyone to be inside comfortably. Several people have canceled and if the hosts are wise they'll just put it off until next weekend.
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First Sunday of the month is open hangar day. Fun to walk around the airport and watch the planes.

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Old 07-03-2016, 02:05 PM   #1427
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12+ mile hike with my wife in Waterton Canyon just outside Denver.
We earned an afternoon on the couch.
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Old 07-03-2016, 03:22 PM   #1428
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Fri and Sat, about half day each, put the front sheetmetal, running boards and rear fenders on my 37 Ford. Sure seems that the concrete garage floor gets harder and lower these days compared to when I was younger. Rest of the time was spent chasing an electrical issue on my 38 Chevy, quick run to grocery store, and watering some around the house. Been so dry here, I know my water bill is probably going to be 50% higher than avg. Today was mowing the lawn and a lot more watering. Quick rest break hereon the computer, and then back to the garage some more.
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Old 07-03-2016, 03:28 PM   #1429
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This morning I watched two baby Killdeer birds hatch in the back yard. Mom and Dad have been squatting on them for a couple of weeks. Then noticed in one of my pots with a large cactus that there are eight Mourning Dove eggs in there. Mom and Dad nowhere to be seen. Must have been out foraging!

They join the myriad of baby quails running around the yard.
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Old 07-03-2016, 07:35 PM   #1430
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12+ mile hike with my wife in Waterton Canyon just outside Denver.
We earned an afternoon on the couch.
Our family hiked and biked Waterton Canyon many times over many years. We also liked Roxborough State Park a little south of there.
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Old 07-03-2016, 07:46 PM   #1431
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This morning I watched two baby Killdeer birds hatch in the back yard. Mom and Dad have been squatting on them for a couple of weeks. Then noticed in one of my pots with a large cactus that there are eight Mourning Dove eggs in there. Mom and Dad nowhere to be seen. Must have been out foraging!

They join the myriad of baby quails running around the yard.
We got to do that years ago! What a treat, noticed one egg rocking and brought out lawn chairs. Watched three hatch and get up and around for the first time.
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Old 07-03-2016, 07:54 PM   #1432
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Our family hiked and biked Waterton Canyon many times over many years. We also liked Roxborough State Park a little south of there.
Yes, love that park too.
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Old 07-03-2016, 08:52 PM   #1433
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Been spending time visiting the Philly part of the family. I enjoyed spending time with MIL today even though she had no clue who I was. Dementia made her think I was her mother at one point. But she told some great stories from her childhood and early marriage. And she still remembers her Italian. (Her parents immigrated and that was the language spoken at home when she grew up.) I would ask her questions in Italian, she'd answer in English. My husband (her son) was surprised she was still as comfortable in Italian as English since he doesn't remember her speaking it often.
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Old 07-03-2016, 10:01 PM   #1434
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We don't having any baby birds to watch but last week a mom fox and 4 kits were in the yard. We were sitting out on the patio with friends when two of the foxes appeared along the top of the fence and let us know in no uncertain terms we were in their space. So we took the dog inside and watched them play for twenty minutes in the backyard through the windows. It was too cute.
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I went back down into the hell-hole low desert heat today. The deck in the high-country home had been removed, and the joists and beams treated with Thompson sealer. I have some business at the main home to attend to. In a week, will be back up to the home in cool climate to install the Trex boards and the trimmings. Will post photos of before/after when I get all done.
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Old 07-04-2016, 05:45 AM   #1436
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Weather here is in the low 70's so took advantage and did a short kayak trip on the South Branch of the Potomac yesterday. This is Hanging Rocks about 5 miles north of Romney, WV.
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Old 07-05-2016, 08:58 AM   #1437
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I just ordered a new kayak paddle and some clothing to use for my river guide part-time gig. We get a nice discount by ordering through the employer. So far I'm $250 in the hole from this "j*b"; good thing we are FI. Most of the gear I've purchased will work for my personal use kayaking or sailing, so being able to get the discount is a very nice perk.

Going down now to check the lake conditions. If it's windy, I'll go out on the Sunfish. If not, I'll go fishing in my kayak. RE life is very good 😄
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OMG, you have a real talent for writing with humor! I had a great laugh over how you described your incident. Has happened to lots of us but I've never heard it described in such a hilarious way. Thank you for making me laugh! 😂


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I meant my post for imoldernu. Thought I replied to it but must have been user error.


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Hung out on the porch this morning before it got too warm. Squeaky and Jasmine joined me for a while.
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