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Mad Irish

Posted by lex, on October 30th, 2010

Last night the missus and I watched Ondine, a selkie-themed movie out of Ireland (and the holy land of Ireland), casting Colin Farrell in the decidedly unglamorous role of Syracuse (aka: Circus), a down-at-his-luck fisherman who drags an unconscious young woman out of his net. The identity of the girl is a mystery until the end, although Syracuse’s daughter Annie – played with elfin grace by young Alison Berry – clearly believes that the eponymous Ondine (the curiously accented and winsome Alicia Bachleda) is indeed a seal woman come to shed seven tears and live seven years with her father, the great majority of that time padding around in Victoria’s Secret underthings, not that your humble scribe objected. Annie also believes that Ondine has the power to heal her from a kidney condition that’s wasting the younger girl away, and although there is indeed healing of many sorts, it’s an Irish movie after all, so not everything ends happily for all involved.

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Neptunus Lex: Stories on Naval Aviation and Safety

11-24-2003     Watching An Ejection

12-13-2003      Killing An Eagle

01-05-2004    Inadvertent Ejections

01-09-2004    The Worst Day Ever

01-26-2004    Overstress

02-10-2004    The Helo Dunker

02-16-2004    Hypoxia

05-19-2004    Soft Cat Shot

05-25-2004     Night CQ, Part 1

06-02-2004    Indian Country

06-05-2004    T.I.A.D Near mid-air

07-05-2004    Single Seat Fighter Aviation

07-08-2004    Trusting The LSO

07-12-2004     The Fly In

07-20-2004    In-Flight Refueling

07-21-2004     A little not enough gas

07-27-2004    Air Strike

08-24-2004    First Flights

08-29-2004   Viper FCF

08-31-2004    A Little Negative ‘G’

10-18-2004     First CQ

01-17-2005     Night In The Barrel Part 1  

01-18-2005     Night In The Barrel Part 2

02-17-2005     Flat Hatting

03-25-2005     Guest Blogging – Thunder Tanking

04-05-2005    BFM (Basic Fighter Maneuvers) 

04-11-2005     IP To Target

04-12-2005     First Solo

10-11-2005      Flight School Advice

10-20-2005     Flat Hatting

01-23-2006     Adversary Course – Miramar

05-02-2006    Wide Runway

06-01-2005     Wacko

06-07-2006    Homework, Part II (Design History Of The FA-18) 

09-12-2006    Learning To Fight

01-10-2007     Cato

02-28-2007    Dealing with adversity

07-01-2007     Day CQ, FDNF-Style

07-23-2007    That was when I knew that it just might work

08-19-2007    Night Bombing

09-26-2007    Fear Of Flying

09-27-2007    Fear of flying, II

11-05-2007     Spin Hop

11-08-2007     Spool Up Time

11-20-2007     The power of saying “no”

12-03-2007     Land Left

09-23-2008    First Flight

10-21-2008    Foggy Weather

11-02-2008     Logbook

11-25-2008     Sometimes You Get a Second

02-13-2009      Known Ice

03-04-2009         An Avoidable Mishap

03-23-2009         Hmmm

07-30-2009      Low Levels

02-07-2010     Wrapping It Up

02-14-2010     Precautionary Landing

05-17-2010     Even When You Know

09-22-2010      Tailhooker’s Prayer

12-18-2010      Formation Go 

01-15-2011      Echo Range

04-23-2011      Face to Face With the 8-day Clock

06-25-2011     GA vs. NA

09-18-2011      The Sense of Mastery


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Neptunus Lex: Some Recommended Posts By Category

As I am about to finish reposting Lex’s posts, I thought it would be nice to offer some recommended reading by category. Lex had a lot of interesting posts – some humorous, some instructional….Some about life. I am sure that as I read through these I will pick some more categories. 


Stories & Essays of the Navy




Naval Aviation and Safety










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Europe In B & W, 1973-1974

A thought popped into my head that I have never shown you these photos. Or if I did, I can’t remember it 😉

But since I was 12 years old and found a grandfather’s old twin lens reflex camera – an Ansco – not a Rolleiflex – photography has interested me.

Anyway one of the first things I bought at the PX once arriving at my first station in Landstuhl, Germany was  a Pentax single lens reflex camera. I used a lot of Agfa color slide film, but once I got to my second station at Neubreucke – about 60 miles away – I soon discovered they had for our use a photo lab complete with Leitz enlargers.

Maybe I am getting ahead of myself.

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by lex
Posted: Sat – October 9, 2004 at 09:41 AM


While on the ship last month, I had some spare time between events and at night to read. Reading is a luxury I used to enjoy much more frequently than I have of late.

There are of course all sorts of time pressures in our daily lives, everything seems to happen so quickly these days. There seems to be very little space for contemplation and reflection. And reading literature at least, as opposed to email, ought to be a contemplative pleasure.

Where has the time gone? Sometimes I am subject to the gnawing concern that these “labor saving” devices we have built for ourselves have chained us instead to tyrants of “Better” and “Faster.”

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Busy Weekend

By lex, on June 6th, 2010

Post quantity (and quality?) has been trailing off of late, for your host is madly busy tipping it the entrepreneurial, albeit at a remove. Hisself being but a mere employee of the actual entrepreneur. ‘Twas a short work week though, leading into a travel week coming up, as we sally forth to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland for to convince the aviation set that 1) they really want to be on the Global Information Grid, and 2) we are the ones that can most efficiently provide them an on ramp. In between that and this was an intervening weekend.

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Wasn’t Going to Post Today

By lex, Sat – April 2, 2005

Editor’s Notes* 

Was going to take the day, it being a Saturday, a day of rest.

But occasional correspondent DM wrote me a note, and like most of his notes, it made me think while writing back. And it seems a dern shame to waste good thoughts, or at least those I spent some time on.

So – we’re sharing, again.

First him:

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