OK, this time it was MY 40th birthday. My wife and friends concocted this great surprise for me. All my wife would tell me was that for my birthday I was being "kidnapped" - that we were going somewhere and that I needed to take 3 days off from work. And that's all she'd tell me. I needed more info. It was October. If we went north, I needed to pack warm clothes. South - not so warm. So she had to tell me we were heading south.
The day arrived and the 5 of us left, heading south. What an exciting concept. I had no idea where or how far we were going.
10 hours later, we arrived in Destin Florida and pulled into a condominium on the beach that I'd ALWAYS wanted to rent before, but it was WAY too pricey. With the help of our friends, we rented the place for 4 nights.
Let the games begin.
It's all kind of a blur as that was back in my drinking days. That's one of the many, many dumb things I've noticed about my drinking - why spend all that money and then not be able to remember it? Stupid. Anyway, what I DO remember is:
- Finding Christmas tree lights at the grocery store (in October, what luck!) and stringing them on the condo's beach balcony so we could find the right place at night while walking the beach in a less than lucid state of mind. - Duke's creation of the saying, "All God's creatures go good with butter." - Calling the cops on a huge group of teenagers that had gathered in front of our condo because THEY were being drunken and disorderly. TRY explaining THAT to a cop while YOU'RE drunk. - Dancing on the fireplace mantle wearing glow-in-the-dark Taz (Tasmanian Devil) boxer shorts, uh, on my head. True, unfortunately.
I'm an artist, so a bit off-center. My latest hobby is one from my childhood: model airplanes. But as boys get bigger, so do their toys, these are radio controlled. Some are smaller, some are are pretty darn big. But there are REALLY big ones available - I want those, of course. If you're ever looking for me, I'm either downstairs rebuilding planes or out at some field flying (or wrecking) them.
I've been plagued since birth by an imaginary villain I refer to as the Crazee Magnet. These are the chronicles of the Crazee Magnet and a look inside my extremely screwed-up way of looking at life.
These are always in a constant state of repair/disrepair. So there are only two or three flying at any one time.
E-flite Carbon-Z Yak 54
My absolute favorite plane to fly.
Great Planes Reactor Bipe .61
Been building this for a year. Saito 125 with Pitts smoke muffler. Should be sweet. Long, chunky biplane 58 inches long, 48 inch wingspan.
E-flite Pitts Model 12 15e
Gorgeous plane. First "real" plane I ever bought.
Hangar 9 P-51 PTS
This is a BEAUTIFUL, easy to fly plane. Wingspan is just shy of 5 feet so it has a real prescence on the field. My favorite nitro plane.
Great Planes Shoestring
Throwback to the older days of racers. GORGEOUS, foam with sheeting wings and fiberglass fuselage. Got an electric motor in it (Skorpion) big enough to power my KIA! Not ready to fly this one yet. Taking my time on the build.
Great Planes Combat Corsair
Still under construction.
Hangar 9 Twist
Old trim scheme - MUCH better than the new one below. I have both though.
Hangar 9 Twist
New trim scheme. Boring.
E-flite F-15 Eagle
My first jet. Under construction. Retractable landing gear are WAY COOL, but are driving me nuts trying to set them up! Twin EDF motors scare our dogs. Scare me too!
If I ever get this plane finished and can learn to keep the plane above ground, I'll be flying this one as a pylon racer. Will have Thunder Tiger Pro .40 up front.
E-flite P-40 Warkhawk
This tiny plane is a BLAST! With only a 25" wing span and 21" in length, I can fly it across the street at the park. It's fun doing imaginary strafing runs on trash cans and other such targets of evil.
Under construction. Will have OS 55 up front.
Parkzone P-51, modified
Awesome foamie! I've replaced the motor with a Power 10, 40 amp esc and 2200mAh 3s. It moves.
Parkzone F4U Corsair
Constantly flying and breaking this beautiful foam bird.
Parkzone T28 480 size and UMX
Have both of these. I did most of my newbie training on the larger one. EASY plane to fly.
Great Planes Extra 330SC
SUPER FUN to fly!!! Unfortunately, I flew it into the ground. It not fly no mo.
Electrifly Yak 54
Flew great until the manufacturer's crappy clevises failed. Boom. It's a mess.
Parkzone Edge 300
Ooops. This one hit a goal post. The goal post didn't move. The plane did. In about 6 different directions. Gone, probably won't be replaced. Pretty squirrelly plane to fly.