Friday, May 31, 2019

Spillgate failure.

This was in Texas.  More info here.

Navy submarine “San Francisco”, after crashing into a rock underwater. The accident occurred in January 2015, 364 miles Southeast of Guam in the Pacific.

The summit of a vengeful Mount Shasta was wreathed in cloud this afternoon, while the people of the little towns scattered about its slopes went about their business, unaware of what might be happening on the gloomy peak.

Shave of the Day

Erik Anton Berg straight
PC Woodcrafters triple band badger brush
PAA Pineapple Bay Rum soap
Local Gent California Barbershop aftershave - Mrs. CW's favorite.

Two slow passes, no blood, great shave quality.

Me at lunchtime

Something fell off....

Friday Open Road

Man Gear

Thursday, May 30, 2019


Fair winds and following seas, Leon

Acclaimed singer and guitarist Leon Redbone, known for his jazz, ragtime and Tin Pan Alley-style music, has died.
Redbone's family confirmed the musician's death on Thursday in a statement shared on his official website.

Redbone's actual age was not known since he never directly answered questions about the subject; the family's statement said he "crossed the delta for that beautiful shore at the age of 127." However, according to The Associated Press, he was 69, with the performer's publicist saying he was born in Cyprus on Aug. 26, 1949.
"It is with heavy hearts we announce that early this morning, May 30th 2019, Leon Redbone crossed the delta for that beautiful shore at the age of 127. He departed our world with his guitar, his trusty companion Rover, and a simple tip of his hat,” the statement read.
Continuing in the lighthearted tone, the statement added: “He’s interested to see what Blind Blake, Emmett and Jelly Roll have been up to in his absence, and has plans for a rousing sing-along number with Sári Barabás. An eternity of pouring through texts in the Library of Ashurbanipal will be a welcome repose, perhaps followed by a shot or two of whiskey with Lee Morse, and some long-overdue discussions with his favorite Uncle, Suppiluliuma I of the Hittites.
"To his fans, friends and loving family who have already been missing him so in this realm, he says: ‘Oh behave yourselves. Thank you…. and good evening everybody.'"

Volcano Country

The Art of Speed

Freckles, they are good.

That Sly Russian....

Gotta be a Norwegian Fjord

Swimming Hole of Dreams.

Catfish Girl Hannah Barron

Look where she's got her right arm.  Not squeamish.


Morning Cute Puppy Fix

Custom Jeep Goodness

She looks ready to open fire, in style.

BP meds, I love them.

Oh great, now bears are driving

It's not Friday yet...

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Talent - he has it.

Worst first pitch ever

California Lion attacks a human

A female mountain lion suspected of attacking the boy was shot and killed by wildlife officers hours later, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) spokesperson Lt. Scott Bringman said. 

The boy was hiking with a group of six adults and five children in the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, in an area known as Carson's Crossing at the center of the preserve, when the animal attacked at about 2:30 p.m.

While authorities were investigating the attack, a female mountain lion that appeared "habituated" approached them. Wildlife officers shot and killed the animal.  Later, it was unfortunately learned that the lion was not the one wanted and only sought to inquire as to the little boy's health, when it was shot down by the jittery and trigger happy wardens (maybe I added that part).  

In contrast, the boy's wounds were not considered life threatening.
What the family really needed for this hike was one of these:

The last time a mountain lion attacked in San Diego County was in Dec. 1994, when a 56-year-old woman was killed at Cuyamaca State Park.
Ok, how do we know that it was the mountain lion that attacked??  It could be that it was the 56 year old woman who was the aggressor here, and it was just that the lion got the better of the fight.  Could be.

Interesting concept - six tools in one package

In addition to the edge, it has a bottle opener, screwdriver/pry tip, micro bit slot and pocket/money clip.

Man, this left a big lump in my throat.

If fate calls your name, I would think that a benchmark of respect has to go to how Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class Loyce Edward Deen, USN's Shipmates honored him.

Deen is on the right.

In the clip, we see the Avenger, which was hit hard by flak, limping back to the carrier. Once it lands, the rear turret gunner's cockpit is covered up and the aircraft is ceremoniously rolled off the fantail of the ship in a unique burial at sea. You see, Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class Loyce Edward Deen's body was so badly mangled from the anti-aircraft shell that took his life that it couldn't be removed from the torpedo bomber's rear cockpit. 

"Each day, reveille was sounded on the USS Essex's intercom at 5:30 am. Breakfast was served in the mess hall at 6:30am. Throughout the night, the planes scheduled for the next day's mission were being prepared.  On the flight deck, the Hellcat fighters were in front so they can take off first and protect the group and the carrier. In the rear were the Avenger and Hell Diver bombers and torpedo planes. After breakfast, pilots attended briefings in the 'Ready Room' to get their final orders, weather conditions and the plane that was to be assigned to them. That day, Lt. Cosgrove received tail number #93 - a new plane just acquired in Ulithi Atoll a few days ago. Lt. Cosgrove's orders were to go after the Japanese cruisers in Manila Bay.  After the briefing, Lt. Cosgrove joined his crew, Digby and Loyce, and they went topside to their plane. Loyce climbed into his gun turret for the final time. The VT-15 group took off mid-morning and it would take about two hours to get to the Manila Bay and release the ordinance.
There, they encountered heavy anti-aircraft fire from a Japanese cruiser and Loyce was killed from two AA shells. In the 2001 History Channel documentary film "Battle Group Halsey" interview, Capt. Cosgrove recalled, "Denzek told me over the intercom that Deen was hit bad. Then, Densek came back up thru the small passageway to sit in the cabin behind me. He stayed there until we landed."
During the attack, the plane and its controls were heavily damaged.  Lt. Cosgrove had his hands full and used all his strength and skill to return another un-flyable plane.  It was very sad, long and harrowing two-hour flight back to the carrier that included two thunderstorms.
Shortly after Loyce's burial, the USS Essex went into "general quarters" status for the entire evening due to the Kamikaze attacks around them. On November 6th, 12th, 13th and 14th, Lt. Cosgrove courageously got back into a new plane and attacked those same cruisers in the Bay of Manila. On November 15th, Air Group 15 disengaged from combat missions and returned to Ulithi Atoll to be replaced by Air Group 4 from the USS Bunker Hill. 

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) transits the Gulf of Alaska.

Don't drop your green burrito on that floor