Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Old Airplanes and Fairbanks

Fairbanks is the second largest city in Alaska and one of my favorite places to visit. Besides having good friends there, there's always something interesting to see. Being a retired USAF crew chief, anything aviation and old always catches my attention.

This old tail section now time and weather sign greets you when entering the East Ramp of the airport. I believe it came from a Curtis C-46 Commando. This type aircraft is getting fewer and fewer, but is still used by Evert's Air Cargo in Alaska. All the big airlines had them at one time.

A little drive away from the airport, you'll find all types of vintage aircraft tucked away in storage yards.

Here's what's left of a fleet of Piasecki H-21Workhorse / Shawnee, lovingly known as the Flying Banana. These were used for rescue in the arctic because of how well they handled low temperatures. It was replaced in the mid 60's by the Huey UH-1, more commonly thought of when talking US military and helicopters.

Wien Alaska was one of the big players in Alaska back in the day. They were the first airline in Alaska and one of the first in the US. Today this hangar is used by Evert's and is presently being refurbished.

Here you see it all around the Fairbanks International Airport.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I'm a lucky man

I'm back! I'm not 100%, but I'm working on it. I'd like to thank the fantastic doctors, nurses and staff at Providence Hospital,  my awesome coworkers and customers, my competitors, my family (oh my kids are great), and my fabulous friends.

I know that with the great work done in the hospital, I'd get better. But without the support of my family and friends, it wouldn't happen so fast. My daughter came to visit from Maryland during my stay in the hospital, my son Ryan and his wife Erin dog and bird sat for me while I was in the hospital and then stayed at my place for over a week after I got out to help out and my son Nick was there for whatever was needed.

The support from friends is so much more than I ever expected. The ones that called, emailed and posted, visited in the hospital, brought food over, gone with me on walks or taken me to the library for lectures or just cheered me up with their company.

I'm not a religious man, but I know when I've been blessed. I know I've been blessed with the people that have reached out to me with their kindness and friendship. I am a lucky man.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I'm going to be away for a while


Starting on Wednesday 10/9/2013 I'll be on an extended medical leave, so I won't be doing any photography, computing, playing with grandkids , Macy or birds for a bit.

I look for to coming back in several weeks hopefully 100% and able to play again.

Winter should be in full swing then. My photography might be a little slow coming back and probably presenting Ghost and Petra.

Macy gets to keep me company, along with my family

This photo is a couple years old, but aren't they the greatest kids you've seen. I love them all.

I look forward to my next post.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Maybe it's the 5 minute rule

When Macy first came to live with me, I got her stainless steel food & water dishes with a large base.  After a while the tip of her nose started changing to red and a friend of mine said it was because of the steel dishes. So we went right out to Petco and got some ceramic ones. Ever since then she tips the food bowl over and eats off the floor.

I have no idea why, she just does and it can get very humorous. Sometimes when she tips it over, it lands upside down on top of a few morsels. Then she spends a long time trying to get it tipped back over. I have found her dish in the living room, dinning room and down the hallway from her scooting it around trying to turn it back over.

After eating, she's ready to play. She loves tug of war and her favorite toy is a stuffed owl. She usually rips the stuffing out of toys, but this owl she has had for about 2 years and only the squeaky part doesn't work anymore. 

But when the sun is shining through the front window, you might catch her falling asleep sitting up

This is her chair. I've been wanting to replace it for some time, but she gets so comfortable on the back of it. She'll also look out the window sitting on the back of it.

The things that we do for our dogs.
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