If you're one of the two people that reads this blog (I'm the other one), then you may remember that someone, or more likely, someTHING, has been stealing my bonsai trees. I've escalated the war and am employing hi-tech, surveillance and early warning systems.
A "Wrath of God" motion detecting, twin-Halogen floodlight system guaranteed to burn out the little bastard's retinas at the slightest movement. And another motion detecting alarm with the control center right next to my bed so I can jump up when the alarm goes off and catch the culprit red-handed, or red-pawed, as the case may be.
Couple of problems though:
I haven't figured out how to make the twin-Halogen floodlights come on only when there's motion, thus surprising the intruder ... so as soon as it gets dark outside, the damn lights, ZAP!, come on surprising no one but doubling my electric bill. And apparently I've managed to screw up the alarm system because it activates three or four times a night if there's the slightest breeze (apparently it's breezy at 2, 3 and 4 a.m.) I LEAPT out of bed and looked out the back window the first couple of nights when the alarm went off at 2. And then again at 3. And 4. Oh, screw this. Now I just cuss at it when it goes off.
No more trees have vanished but my sleep sure has. I can say I have the best lit back yard in the neighborhood though. That's something to be proud of, right?
Yes, I'll be goin' to San Francisco. I'm going to wear some flowers in my hair. Yep, we're goin' to San Francisco, I hope we meet some gentle people there. And because it's Summer in San Francisco, maybe there'll even be a love-in there.
There has been controversy for decades about "colorizing" black and white films. I agree completely that if the director shot the film in black and white, leave it the hell alone. It's GREAT the way it is!
But let's twist that around and imagine if the ENTIRE film, The Wizard of Oz, had been shot in black and white ...
100+ Munchkins singing, "Follow the graaaaaaay brick road. Follow the graaaaaaay brick road" ... just doesn't have the same ring to it.
"Why, that's a horse of a different shade of gray" ... nope, ixnay on the gray orsehay.
"Why, all you have to do is just click your monochromatic slippers three times and keep repeating, 'There's no place ...' " Uh, no.
A lab tech drew a syringe full of nasty stuff from a miniature nuclear reactor and stuck it in my arm today (radium, or something similar, for a scan I was having). I asked him, "If I get bit by a spider while I'm laying here with that radioactive stuff in me, will I become Spiderman?" He chuckled. I didn't. I was serious.
The US Coast Guard foiled an Al-Qaeda attempt to attack Boston via a Trojan Frog today. Unsuspecting Bostonians had drug the giant, life-like amphibian ashore on Friday but became suspicious when the Trojan Frog was overheard whispering in Arabic, "Al lachnlan mala wee wee." "SHHHHHH!" (translated - "I need to pee." "SHHHHH!")
Coast Guard officials declined to comment on the incident other than to say, "It's a good thing we got them when we did ... city officials had planned to take the falicious, giant frog to the zoo. God only knows how much damage they could have inflicted from there." - THE BOSTON BUGLE
President Obama gave the OK today for military involvement in the war on squirrels that are stealing my bonsai trees. Reliable ground sources confirm that the fuzzy-little-rats have been sneaking in at night, cloaked by darkness, and have been stealing my cute, little trees. The clever rodent bastards have been making it appear that the thefts were the work of Al-Qaeda. Said President Obama, "Their reign of terror MUST end! I will see to it that no tree is left unprotected." - AP News
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.