Saturday, July 5, 2014


JOGGING AND WALKING FOR HEALTH 1. It is well documented that for every mile you jog, you add 1 minute to your life. This enables you at 95 years of spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $5,000. per month. 2. My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 now and we don't know where she is. 3. The only reason I would take up jogging would be so I could hear heavy breathing again. 4. I joined a health club last year and spent about 400 bucks. Have NOT lost a pound. Apparently you have to show up. 5. I have to exercise early in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing. 6. I don't exercise at all. If God meant us to touch our toes, he would have put them further up our body. 7. I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. 8. I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them. 9. The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier. 10. If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country. 11. I don't jog, it makes the ice jump right out of my glass.


In light of the increasing frequency of human-grizzly bear conflicts several years ago, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game responded by advising hikers, campers, hunters, and fishermen to take extra precautions and keep alert for bears while in the field. Quote from the 1998 planning brochure: “We advise that outdoorsmen and women wear noisy little tie-on bells on their clothing so as to not startle the bears that aren’t expecting to encounter you. Also, carry the large-size anti-bear pepper spray canisters with you in case you have an emergency encounter with an attacking grizzly bear. Bells and pepper spray are now available for purchase at any ranger station. While in the wild, be aware of the landscape and watch for fresh signs of bear activity. Outdoorspeople should learn to recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear dung. Black bear dung is smaller and normally contains remnants of fish, small game fur, and berries. Grizzly bear dung is larger and has little bells in it, and smells like pepper…

The 4th of July!

Nothin' like the 4th of July relaxing by the fire. It was a cool night... (1) Joe played some very nice Christian ballads on the Black Guitar (not me -maybe tonight)... (2) Not many pest-bugs yet, and zillions of fireflies were out (3) Lots of stars out & twinkling- the Big Dipper overhead, and me giving amateur astronomy lessons . (4) And I saw a shooting star ! (5) AND we were fortunate to watch the International Space Station wiz on by overhead at about 90 degrees azimuth at an alarming rate...! (6) And there were dozens of neighbors all around the area enjoying fireworks in their back yard. Some were very impressive. (7) I layed an old dried out Frazier Fir from Christmas 2012 on the flames and WOW did she light up the entire area. Pine makes a lot of loud cracklin noises and the resulting sparks were tremendously shooting straight up into the sky, giving us our own fireworks display. OOO AAHH. (8) It was a very still night with absolutely no breeze.We heard the huge annual fireworks show in the town of Bel Air go off at approx. 9:30. Bel Air is 6 miles away... This was a simple night in our simple back yard, and I wouldn't trade it for a thousand nights doing anything else...Thank you Lord, for America. I shall NOT take it for granted. Thanks to all those souls who fought and gave the extreme sacrifice to preserve America and liberate others as well. It was an honor for me (and Barb!)to Serve this country and it is a priviledge for me and my Family to live here...!

Monday, July 22, 2013

This old photo brings back some very happy memories. Barb and I and friends were all on weekend liberty at the Northeast Arm Camp near US Naval Facility Argentia, Newfoundland (1982). This was a beautiful place on the water in the wilderness, with a dozen rustic cabins: much needed R & R for all us Navy Squids at that remote base during the Cold War. I remember it was a crisp, quiet morning and I needed that coffee on the table very badly after we were up all night with our Tom-foolery...

Friday, January 6, 2012

The New Job

Well I found a job. The company is Testing Machines Inc. in Delaware. Their website is testingmachines dot com. They liked my technical background in the aerospace and defense industries and asked me to be their Quality and Service Manager. It is a different world for me - their business model has a very informal structure and little regulation. I need to adapt and learn a whole new set of legacy processes and protocols. There is much room for me to help improve, but I need to do it very gradually or they won't continue to let me work among them. Wish me luck!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Looking for Work...

I have been out of work for a year - not giving up, still looking. I have worked as an Electronics Technician, Calibration Technician, Supervisor of a Calibration Laboratory, Field Engineer, Quality Manager, & Quality Engineer. I have endured job interviews but without no call-backs. I am looking for work in the alternative energy industry, i.e. solar panel or wind turbine manufacturers. Also would be interested in calibration / metrology. Look me up on LinkedIn...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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