IT'S HERE! Bloodhounds couldn't have tracked this thing better. I was up late last night searching for upcoming flights from the UPS hub in Anchorage AK, to Louisville KY. Drove myself crazy reading all the negative rep's about Apple's stalling this, UPS is stalling that, no, it's Customs that has things tied up ... all I know is as of 11:45 last night, my phone was still sitting in a cargo container in Alaska. I even looked on the map - Alaska is WAY FAR AWAY from here. Crap. This morning, however, the iPhone Fairies had done their work and shipping status showed that it was out on a truck for delivery at 4:15 am Louisville time. Louisville may have its negative points, but being a UPS hub isn't one of them.
Coolest thing - dumbest thing:
Coolest thing first: the front screen doesn't smear up with greasy fingerprints like the old ones. Very nice. Don't know how they did that, but it works.
Dumbest thing: I had it shipped to my office, but it's synced to my home computer, so now I have to wait for the day to end so I can go home and activate it. Cough. Cough. I'm not feeling well. Swine flu probably. Cough. Maybe I need to go home.
When my wife, Sue, met me, this is exactly what I looked like - except the face. We met on stage at a Science Fiction Convention. No Spock ears for me, no siree. I was Prince Corwin of Amber. A hero from the Chronicles of Amber written by Roger Zelazny.
A good friend of mine and fellow artist, David O. Miller, asked if he could paint my costume. Sure. So here it is. This was back in 1987. Great illustration. Dumb geek wearing the outfit. The cape was made from a woman's velvet coat with the sleeves cut off and the fur color rolled over into the arm pits to give it that padded shoulder look. A capelette served as the ascot. The chainmail was fashioned out of a metallic silver dress. I had REAL chainmail on my hand which was not in the illustration. And I still have the Toledo sword, though the scabbard has been refitted by another friend with brown leather and brass - Corwin would NEVER wear anything other than black and silver. There was a silver rose broach clasped at my neck. All part of the character from the books.
I won first place in the contest. Sue won third. She was dressed as a barbarian woman. Her costume consisted of a chamois cloth. Period. It was love at first sight.
Our sci-fi convention days are over. But I'm still a geek.
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.