Our office closes at 1:00 on Fridays so I was enjoying a sunny, pleasant afternoon working on my bonsai trees. I was working on the tree shown above, a San Jose Juniper and was adding more shari - a process where the bark is removed to simulate age. In the process, I stabbed myself DEEPLY (about 1 1/2" deep) in the hand with an Xacto knife and spent the REST of the day/evening getting stitches. And now I have to go see a hand specialist next week.
There is a no-longer-practiced Japanese suicidal method called Harikari (Seppuku), where a person disembowels him/herself with a samurai sword ... close ... just got my hand though.
Bonsai is SUPPOSED to be relaxing and it is. Most of the time.
As I write this, the weather reporters on TV are going nuts, the storm warning radio in the bedroom is honking and they're talking about possible hail - quarter-sized hail ... so I got to thinking ... how many sizes are there of hail and is there an "official" chart?
Yep, there is: NOAA, the National Old Aardvark's Association (or whatever NOAA stands for) says THIS is the official list:
NOAA Chart Hail Size Chart Hail Dia....Description 1/4"........Pea 1/2"........Plain M&M 3/4"........Penny 7/8"........Nickel 1"...........Quarter 1 1/4"......Half Dollar 1 1/2"......Walnut/Ping Pong Ball 1 3/4"......Golf Ball 2"...........Hen Egg/Lime (I thought hail was round) 2 1/2.......Tennis Ball 2 3/4"......Baseball 3"...........Teacup/Large Apple 4"...........Grapefruit 4 1/2"......Softball 4 3/4"- 5"..Computer CD-DVD
I found so many variations on hail sizes I gave up on this article and switched over to YouTube. I wouldn't blame you if you left here now and did the same thing. I'll save you the time, just click here: www.YouTube.com
It's been a little over 6 hours without my iPhone. I had it for 27 days and returned it to the store this afternoon because I didn't like the camera ... sure, on the 19th I get a NEW 3GS with video, double the hard drive space, twice as fast, much better camera ... but for now, cold turkey. Pacing the floor. Pacing. Can't sit still. Can't think. Still pacing. How will I ever make it 10 days without it? Must focus. My old iPhone's empty leather case is sitting here in front of me. It's taunting me ... giving me an accusing look like only a empty, leather, iPhone case can give. QUIT STARING AT ME! Must go to bed.
These things really did happen. I'm not making this up. After you read this, read the two stories below. They all happened within 24 hours of each other.
AFTER the boat launching story, but BEFORE the fishing story, we were all walking down to the lake. My friends had a big, dumb, gold dog. A great dog. But dumber'n hell. He decided to dig up a ground hornet community, or some such pissed of flying, stinging, insect herd. And they attacked. Not only the dog but anything moving, including US!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH! We had to RUN to the dock and hurl ourselves into the lake to get them to stop stinging us. OUCH! OUCH! OUCH!
Little did I know, there was more weirdness to come that weekend. Read the next two stories. Chronologically, the next story happened first, and the last one last ... this first story was actually second ... but you're reading backward because blogs are upside down ... story-wise. Confused? Welcome to my world. Read the next two. If you don't like them, you can have your money back.
Same weekend as the one in the story below. This happened BEFORE the actual fishing story.
First we had to get the boat IN the lake! No problem. I was used to launching my father-in-law's small boat, he would back the trailer into the lake as I stood on the truck bumper and then I'd release the winch and float the boat off.
Uh, not this time. This wasn't my father-in-law's boat, it was my friend's and HIS trailer had rollers on it so the boat would roll off by itself. I didn't know this. But I faithfully got on the bumper and he TOOK OFF backwards! Then he slammed on the brakes just short of the lake - the kind of "fling-the-boat-in-the-lake-method". I wasn't aware of his game plan so I was still holding onto the rim of the boat when he slammed on the brakes. The rollers on the trailer did what they were supposed to do and I had to make an instantaneous decision - go with the boat or stay with the truck. I chose the boat. (I didn't know there was a rope attached to it so I was going to heroically "save" the boat.)
Engghhhh ... WRONG! It drug me off the bumper, into the lake. I was still hanging on for dear life as the boat propelled backward away from the trailer - AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! He jumps out of the truck and casually picks up the rope that was tied to the boat. I'm submerged from the chest down, clinging to the boat. But I can't haul myself into the damn thing because I'm laughing like a maniac. He reeled both the boat and I in and saved the day.
And that's how idiots drown. Or get run over by a truck. Or both.
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.