Life is Hard. Wear a Helmet.

Life is Hard. Wear a Helmet

Virginia State Constitution: Article 1; Section 13
That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.

Alabama State Constitution: Article 1: Section 26
That every Citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the State.

Friday, July 31, 2015

I Love Living in the South

Overnighted in a hotel in Douglasville Georgia night before last. The gerbil running their internet was a little too geriatric. My laptop hates slow connections.

Walked across the street and picked up a half-rack of baby back ribs with coleslaw, cornbread and black-eyed peas for dinner.


Yes. I called the waitress "Ma'am".

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Now I have warp-speed internet and no time for posting. Such is life.

With a little luck, I'm home in Birmingham tonight.




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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

P.S. - Mondays still suck

Got bogged down yesterday, and I'm slammed today.

You get cool music.




Don't do drugs, m'kay?

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday morning sleep-in #143

Watched Ex Machina last night. Would highly recommend!

It's one of those movies you have to pay attention to. If you're looking for some explosions and a good fight scene, go rent a copy of Batman or something.
If you're looking for good dialogue and interesting plot twists, this is the movie for you.

Of course, paying attention is easy when Sweden's Alicia Vikander is on the screen. (Can you say Hump Day Rule 5?)




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After the movie, it was bacon time. (bacon cheeseburgers)

While I was frying up the bacon, Miss B was sitting in the dining room listening to the 80's show on Birmingham's 96.5 FM. and this song came on.

Totally appropriate to bacon. Bacon is meat-candy.




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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday Morning Coffee #162

Made it home Friday night. It was touch-and-go there for a bit.

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Miss B always had this dream about what it would be like after I retired. It obviously involved a little white picket fence and having me stroll through the door every evening saying, "Honey! I'm home!" at about 1730 or so.

I can arrange the fence, but I don't know if I'll ever have a job that has me home every evening.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Technical Expertise

A question for Kelly.

Isn't that doohickey supposed to be hooked to the thingamabob there?




It's just been one of those weeks....

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What Day Is It?

A math problem:

While working in Georgia under sunny skies and a triple-digit heat index, MSgt B drinks two half-liter (16.9 FL OZ) bottles of water for every one 12 FL OZ bottle of Gatorade every hour. He works 8 hours outdoors and spends four hours driving around in his truck.
How many times does MSgt B pee in a 12 hour period?

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Motrin, coffee and cigarettes.


The breakfast of former champions.

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Nothing beats water for keeping yourself hydrated. You can drink the sport drinks and such, but make sure you drink water at the same time. You only need so much extra salt and sugar in your water, and it's less than you think.

Learn the symptoms of heat stress and heat stroke. If you are working with someone who begins to show these symptoms, get them into the shade or some air conditioning and make sure they drink some fluids. Loosen or remove any extra clothing items to allow more skin surface area to be exposed to increase the rate of sweat evaporation.



Monday, July 20, 2015

The Taste of Shoe Leather

Does someone pay this guy to say the dumbest shit he can think of?




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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday morning sleep-in #142

Been more of a working weekend than anything else.
Yesterday, I had plenty of chores to catch up before hitting the road again, and that nap on the couch didn't help me keep to my schedule much.

Looking forward to an exciting and fun-filled week that we'll wrap up with a jaunt to sunny Orlando. Tonight's adventure will end somewhere just to the west of bumf*&^ed nowhere in GA.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Chattanooga

Wow.

I'm sure you've heard by now what's happened.

Are there any more rebel flags around we can take down to make things all better?

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Semper Fi, you damn jarheads.




I'll raise a glass for you.

Inorite?




Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Hump Day Rule 5 - Roll Tide

The Crimson Tide cheer squad took home two national titles this year, both the Coed and All-Girl Division titles at the 2015 Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association national championships.



























Okay. I'm pretty sure that last girl is not on the Crimson Tide Cheer Squad, but she has so much team spirit, I didn't want her to feel left out.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tough Enough Tuesday


She walked away from the crash site for a couple days until she found a road.

A 16 year old girl woman was flying with her grandparents when they plowed into the side of a mountain in Washington state.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Hotel Dinner

The Japanese/Thai/Chinese Fusion joint down the street is not too bad at all.



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Yes.

This is the epitome of my blogging today.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday morning sleep-in #141

Loading up and heading out.

You know, I get some funny looks from the neighbors. They're getting in their cars wearing their Sunday best and watching me chuck suitcases and shit my truck and hitting the road.





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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Saturday Morning Coffee #161

A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds.

Back in the day, the specific gravity of a given substance was clearly given as the weight of one gallon of that substance. For instance, the two different jet fuels we used most often in AF aircraft had specific gravities of 6.9 and 6.7.
You had to know this stuff to get load balancing right.

Easy Peasy, eh?  Specific gravity = weight of one gallon.

A rough running engine could mean water in your gasoline. Once upon a time, an old guy taught me how to check for water in the gasoline in my car. He grabbed the car, right at the edge of the roof line and shook it vigorously. After about a minute or so of the car rocking back and forth on it's shocks and leaf springs, he grabbed a length of hose and shoved it down into the gas tank and siphoned about a quart of gas out into a mason jar. He let the jar sit for an hour, and voila! At the bottom of the glass jar of gasoline was about a quarter inch of clear stuff. Water.

Being a teenager with no real understanding of chemistry, that little bit of tribal knowledge impressed the hell out of me and stuck with me for life.
Pretty much any fuel (Gasoline, AvGas, etc..) is lighter than water.

So why is it now that the specific gravity of a given substance is always given as a factor of water?
If you look on an MSDS for any chemical now, the specific gravity is listed as "1.4" or "0.78".

Why? Were too many people able to read and understand a Material Safety Data Sheet? Does knowledge of the physical properties of the substance you're working with need to be more difficult to understand?

Some cube-dweller in the basement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration decided that an MSDS needed to be more "scientificky".
You can't have some rube off the street going around and reading and understanding an MSDS at the drop of a hat, can you?

Just one more example of dangerous data that shouldn't be allowed to run around free on the internet.

Someone is going to come along and explain to me that now I've given away the secret of specific gravity, some geek hiding in a basement just unlocked the key to building his own atomic bomb.

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Here's the kicker.

Did that old guy really need to shake the car before siphoning out the gasoline? Or was it some sort of ritual to impress the ignorant? Like a shaman choosing the right face paint before a rain dance?

I like to think that he was getting the gas tank stirred up before taking a sample, but I'm not sure.

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