We’d been up all night, a common event in the lives of freight pilots, the nomads of the dark. The trek started the evening before, launching from some city in the midwest, making a stop here or there to pick up more of the precious overnight cargo before making the longer stop in the hub city, Memphis, Tennessee, to disgorge the huge cans of packages and letters carried in the hollow fuselage of our DC-10. While we were on the ground in Memphis the hundreds of thousands of pounds of freight from hundreds of airplanes went through the famous FedEx package sort system and was reloaded into freight cans and placed back on the aircraft headed to the same part of the world as the addressees on the packages. Most of the United States was slumbering away while all this took place, but the activity around the “Hub” was such that Memphis International Airport was one of the busiest airports in the world at night, all due to the single resident cargo carrier we worked for. We even had a fond nickname for the place: Planet Memphis. The place is in its own little orbit at night. Continue reading
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I’ll be winging my way to the great New England area and Mystic, Connecticut.
I’ll be leaving the Chi tomorrow morning and arriving in the early afternoon.
Sunday at noon will be the Lexican meetup at the Harp and Hound located at 4 Pearl Street in Mystic CT 06355.
If you’re going to be in the area I look forward to seeing you.
Harry Truman called it this. “Striking a Blow for Liberty”
Pretty good stuff IMHO. Just me folks, always exploring new flavours. Picked this up at Cost Plus World Market in Visalia yesterday on our way home from Lemoore. Yes, we go to Lemoore on a semi regular basis. It was home to us from May of 1985 to March of 1989.
For the love of god is there no end to this man’s stupidity:
V.P. BIDEN: Well, the way in which we measure it is—I think most scholars would say—is that as long as you have a weapon sufficient to be able to provide your self-defense. I did one of these town-hall meetings on the Internet and one guy said, “Well, what happens when the end days come? What happens when there’s the earthquake? I live in California, and I have to protect myself.”
I said, “Well, you know, my shotgun will do better for you than your AR-15, because you want to keep someone away from your house, just fire the shotgun through the door.” Most people can handle a shotgun a hell of a lot better than they can a semiautomatic weapon in terms of both their aim and in terms of their ability to deter people coming. We can argue whether that’s true or not, but it is no argument that, for example, a shotgun could do the same job of protecting you. Now, granted, you can come back and say, “Well, a machine gun could do a better job of protecting me.” No one’s arguing we should make machine guns legal.
No one could ever claim that Biden is smart but this…this just takes the cake. Seriously?
Shoot a gun indiscriminately thru a door to “deter people coming”. And just who could those “people” be?
- UPS delivery
- USPS mailman
- Kid from next door
As bad as his original advice from a week or so ago about just firing two shotgun blasts from a porch – which is highly illegal no matter what the circumstances are – this just goes beyond it all.
The worst part is that the sheeple will lap this up. We don’t live in interesting times anymore folks.
We live in perilous times when someone with the mental acumen of a hammer is next in line to the presidency.
Now I know that there are a few Lexicans who “Don’t do Facebook”. I get that. I really do.
However, there is much tomfoolery, youthful hijinks and “golly gee good times” to be had over on the Lexicans Facebook Page. Much of which would be “lost in translation” if we attempted to repost some of that here.
Amongst some of the topics covered lately are:
- Attractive Canadian Ladies
- Puppies in kilts
- Links to interesting and informative articles (lots and lots of those)
Much of what gets posted is silly, but we get a lot of good old-fashioned interplay in the follow-on comments. Reminds me of some of the comments you’d have seen on the Mothership, especially when the Commentariat was in a particularly frisky mood and in full throat.
So this appeal is addressed to my fellow OFs. The ones who “don’t do Facebook”. Give it a try, at least the Lexican’s page. No need to do the other stuff. And it can be fun. Give it a shot, you’re missing some really funny stuff over there. What’s it gonna be?
*OF = Old F@rt (rhymes with “cart”)
Well, my brother pointed me to one we didn’t have. We lusted after it, but somehow never added it to our stable of cool weapons.
Apparently this one didn’t last long on the market, as the sound levels were reputed to cause hearing loss…and ya might shoot yer eye out. Oh yeah, the kid with the Sonic Blaster? That’s who it says it is alright, when he was a youngin’.
How many of you remember back that far?
With apologizes for the update this close, we’re still on for a Chicago Lexicans meetup. Saturday November 17 @ 1900 @ The Green Lady (located 3328 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60657). Please send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re still intersted in attending. oh and Guinness is on tap.
I’m cancelling this weekend. For various reasons will wait till after the beginning of the year.