Monday, March 12, 2007

Hiatus Interruptus

I know, you missed me. Now quit your Goddamn blubbering, suck it up, and grow some nutsack because your favorite ass kicking blogger is back to kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out on the big bad interweb.

OK, not really, but it sure got your hopes up didn't it?

My kinda sorta job decided to turn into a full fledged source of employment for the last several weeks. I don't know how long it's going to last, so I gotta pay the bills while I got the chance. Go work 14 hours a night, 5 nights a week some time and see if you've got time to write a blog in between trying to do the springtime honeydo's and finish several model airplane projects all at the same time. Fuck sleep, who needs it? More on the model airplane projects later, when I get a chance to take pics of them, but I can assure you that the R&D, Engineering, and Manufacturing Departments here at the Aviation Division of Big J Enterprises Worldwide have been very busy lately, with a production backlog that would make Boeing and Airbus jealous. I don't want to give anything away, but let's just say that I'll soon have a use for some of those bulk LEDs that I ordered off of ebay a while back. Stay posted.

Speaking of model airplane projects, Eric found out what happens when you feed your Mugi too much. Mugi's are very calorically sensitive, a strict and well balanced diet is an absolute necessity. Let this be a lesson to anyone that's considered giving their Mugi junk food and beer instead of carefully monitoring its intake. Still flies great though, as long as he can keep the speed control from melting.

Now, since I'm running short on time, I'm going to bring this post to a close by getting myself in trouble and talking a little politics.

I really have to wonder just exactly how many screws a person would have to have loose to claim loyalty to either political party anymore. I recently heard that Reverend Al Sharpton is seriously considering running for president on the Democratic ticket.


Personally, I don't think that anyone with the title of "Reverend" should be allowed to hold any public office, and I damn sure can't see how a preacher could get elected by the Democrats especially, I thought that was a right wing trick.

Before you start calling me names, just hear me out.

I'm constantly bombarded by my left wing friends bitching about the vast right wing conspiracy to convert everyone to their twisted little idea of Christianity, so why in the hell would the Democrats be the ones to campaign a Reverend? The Democrats bitch incessantly about the separation of church and state any time there's a dispute about something as innocuous as The Ten Commandments hanging in a public building, or a nativity scene on the courthouse lawn at Christmas time, but they have no problem with a preacher being elected to the highest office in the free world? Like I said, I don't think that a preacher should even be allowed to hold any public office, and least of all president. To me that's a far more egregious violation of the separation of church and state than a list of rules that most people would probably agree, regardless of religious affiliation, are the basis for our entire legal system.

Gimme a fucking break, these politicians are all on crack, and so are most of the people that support them. If it weren't for all of the warmongering, handouts to the rich, and the effort to ram a bunch of religious bullshit down my throat, I could probably be a Republican. But then again if it weren't for all of the tree and bunny hugging, gun control, bleeding heart bullshit, and ridiculous crap like this I could probably be a Democrat. Gee, I wonder why I'm not either. Actually, I wonder why anybody is to be honest. And to think that some of these fuckers actually call people like me sheep. If it looks like a sheep, and smells like a sheep . . . . . . . . keep following your "leaders" folks, they're obviously leading you down a wonderful path.

Here's my idea, fire 'em. I'm serious, run the bastards out of the country on a rail and start over. Limit terms for all elected offices to one term only, that way corruption wouldn't have near as much of a chance to take root. Here's another idea, quit electing corporate CEOs and big shot lawyers for everything and pass a law that no one that makes over 100K a year can run for office, maybe that way we could get some common folks with some common sense in there that could actually do some good. I'm plum sick and tired of a bunch of rich good 'ol boys blabbering on the TV and radio about what's good for working class Americans, when they wouldn't know a real job if it came up and slapped them with a cold fish. Now the fuckers want to tax my health insurance benefits to pay for health care for the "less fortunate". In my experience, what the government defines as "less fortunate", I'd usually define as "fucking lazy".

Everywhere I go, I see brand new pick up trucks and SUVs lined up at every light. Half of the pick ups have a brand new ATV in the back, and the ones that don't have one in the back have half a dozen of them on a trailer. There were enough kids in Billings with an extra 50 bucks rattling around in their pockets to sell out the Metra for a recent Nickelback concert. A person can hardly drive past a house for less than 100K even here in little old Billings Montana, and yet houses are popping up like Bill Clinton's pecker on a double shot of Viagra at the Playboy Mansion, and still these fuckers are crying about the economy and coming after me for more cash to help the "less fortunate".

Let's face it folks, the "less fortunate" in this country is the American working class, so get off my ass and start taxing somebody else because I'm already one of the few that's been able to find a job with health insurance that doesn't cost more than my house payment, for the time being at least. Hardly a month goes by without one of the company propaganda films that we have to watch mentioning the rising cost of health care. It's like an omen, it says to me "you know that cheap health insurance we give you? Well don't get too used to it dumbass because as soon as we find a good enough excuse, you can kiss that shit goodbye."

I did things right for the most part, I kept my nose clean, I stayed out of trouble, I didn't get seven nose rings and tattoos all over my face, I didn't dye my hair pink, I strive to maintain a good work ethic and a sense of responsibility, and as a result I've managed to nail down a couple good jobs in my life that came with benefits. The last thing that's going to impress me is telling me that you're going to tax my health insurance so that some purple haired wannabe gang banger that's too fucking good to work for a living can go to the dentist and get his teeth whitened while I'm busting my ass to pay for glasses for my kid because you're little punk busted them immediately before getting the ass kicking of his life, and my teeth are about to fall out of my head because I refuse to pay some Mercedes driving asshole $5000 for an hour's work.

Fuck it, there's no way in hell that I'm the one with all of the answers to all of the world's problems. It's just a good thing that I don't get to listen to the news very often or else I'd likely pop a vein.

I'm really sick of fuckers that won't do a damn thing unless they stand to make money off of it, it wears on a person after a while. Contrary to popular belief, there's really nothing wrong with doing something just for the hell of it instead of insisting on lining one's pockets, it actually feels really good for those of us that qualify for the title of "human being". If more of us, and especially our "leaders", had that attitude, there wouldn't be very many "less fortunate" people left out there that needed my tax money. Hell, if our leaders weren't so busy financing Vietnam Version 2.0, they'd have enough money to pay for everybody's health care, instead of just the "less fortunate". Too bad the bastards can't even take care of their own, the VA medical system is the definition of the word "fucked". Yeah, we'll send you half way around the world to fight in a war that nobody gives a fuck about, and when you get shot we'll stick you in some shithole dump of a hospital and wait for you to die of an infection so we don't have to pay you benefits for the rest of your life. What happened to the whole "no man left behind" thing? You can't bring freedom and honor to another country if you don't have any yourself. Where I come from you lead from the front. Crooks - all of them.

That's enough politics . . . . . . for now.

Here's a short video of Eric's Mega Mugi in action. Sorry I didn't get all fancy on this one, but we've been busier than a cat covering up shit packing dirt two miles at work lately, and I really need some sleep, so you get the quick and dirty version this time. The song really fits my mood though. Enjoy.

Eric's Mega Mugi
Video sent by raginredneck93


Cricket said...

Hey, glad to see you could take a break from "playing trucks" long enough to throw out a post.

The girls and I missed the Mega Mugi! I didn't know Eric had flown it until later that day. I would love to see it in action!

I've really got to make it to the park more often. I'd really like to see some of that mugi combat action too. And maybe shoot the breeze with your Lovely Bride. I'm guessing I'll be getting more of a chance this summer though, as the oldest begins her flying lessons with Daddy this summer :0) She's so excited to finally fly HER airplane!

For now, take care and enjoy the "feast" while it lasts, you never know when the next freight famine might be!!


Anonymous said...

You and I have a better chance of being elected president than Al Sharpton on any given day. I don't think most would like our politics either. Oh well! Maybe next time we can get some good touch and go video at the park.

Justin said...

Just wait Cricket, we're planning on getting everybody together pretty soon to "do it in the dark", and you know what I mean unlike the rest of these perverts. I think the kiddos will really get a kick out of this. Hell, I'm actually quite certain that even the big kiddos are really going to get a kick out of this one. ;)

For sure on the politics Ralph, but then again we're just a bunch of hillbilly wackos from Montana that tend to think people should take responsibility for their own actions instead of thinking the world owes them a living, that's not PC you know, LOL. I'm really hoping for the touch and go videos, those were some of the prettiest landings I've ever seen with a tail dragger, too bad the wind came up before I could get any footage. What I'd really like to see is my Cub doing a scale touch and go or two like you were doing. Maybe later in the summer if I ever get a chance to practice with it, then you can do the filming. ;)

K said...

Please do not hold anything need to tell us how you really feel......I do agree with you.

a-fire-fly said...

WhooHoo, you're back! And it appears you have found the elusive item to make your nights more, er, well, I don't know quite how to put that with out it sounding dirty!

Joe Visionary said...

I'm really sick of fuckers that won't do a damn thing unless they stand to make money off of it, it wears on a person after a while. Contrary to popular belief, there's really nothing wrong with doing something just for the hell of it instead of insisting on lining one's pockets, it actually feels really good for those of us that qualify for the title of "human being". If more of us, and especially our "leaders", had that attitude, there wouldn't be very many "less fortunate" people left out there that needed my tax money.

This is what I've been calling the co-operative nature of civilization. And you're right; Americans don't seem to warm to it, perhaps because too many prefer to pursue 'Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness', which seems to be interpreted as 'grab as much as you can before the other guy does.'

Again, this is an observation from the outside, so feel free to correct me if I got this wrong.

P.S. Glad to see you're still blogging.

ralpho said...

Yes indeed! I will be the guy that can talk you into "touch and go's" like that. Thanks to Steve G. the one wheel and then the other wheel takeoff man, I learned to fly my planes as slow as possible and learn how to fly the plane and not the horsepower! I and others find it WAY easier to fly a HOT plane than a dog. The trick to the t&g on Sat was very old batteries that would barely get her in the air and big wheels on the grass. Grass fields are so nice. When I was learning in the early 80's I did my best in the park up by Castle Rock School on the grass. Back then there was no way I could have flown a taildragger off of pavement! When I go to the grass I do it only for my relaxation, not for anyone else. You know what I mean because I am in my own little world and then when I'm done the wind starts blowing!!!

Justin said...

k, are you SURE you agree with me? Because that right there is probably enough to get you on a couple of terrorist watch lists, LOL. ;)

Yes firefly, I'm back, I don't know just HOW back I am, but I guess time will tell. We managed to get some of the elusive substance to which you allude thanks to a good friend of mine ordering a glut of it in several colors including clear from Harbor Sales in Maryland. The shipping was murder, but we got it and I guess that's what matters. We'd still be grateful if any could be located locally however, since this stuff was definitely not acquired at "the nice price", and when it's gone it's gone. Supply and demand you know. Don't worry about making it sound dirty, we like dirty around here. ;)

Good to hear from you Joe, and you're right, Americans in particular seem to have replaced humanity with capitalism. I don't think that it's exclusively Americans, since I've heard too many tales from abroad that would indicate otherwise, but Americans seem to be the ones who use money as their basis for apathy, I really don't know the reasons why people in other countries turn their eyes away from people in need, but it's disturbing nonetheless. Where I believe we may differ however, is in the idea that the cooperative nature of civilization can be legislated, I tend to believe that it cannot. I don't know why some people seem to have a need to care for their fellow man, and others do not, but I'm thankful that I live in a place where at least some people will still lend a helping hand when needed. Montana is one of the few states in the union where a person can still reasonably expect someone to stop and help if you're stopped along the highway, and actually expect them to help instead of rob you. The number of people that will do so is dwindling daily, but there's still a few of us around at least. Ever have any luck with those RC planes you were telling me about? Pondering the solutions to the world's grand problems tends to be tiring. Sometimes it's good to just say screw it and go bore some holes in the sky. The problems we've debated since we "met" are much larger than you and I my friend, and I'm a much happier person since I pretty much gave up on trying to solve that which has been attempted by many far smarter than I.

Amen Ralpho, I learned with an old .40 trainer, that was no dog, but definitely not overpowered. Compared to most of these overmotored electrics we're flying these days, it was downright gutless however. Likewise, I learned off of a grass/gravel field, and I've always said that it's much easier to fly off grass than pavement, it's a lot more forgiving and the traction seems to be so much better. I flew my trainer, and my old Royal Air 20s off of grass for better than a year before I ever even tried pavement, and the Royal Air WAS underpowered, big time. I sat my plane down on a deserted stretch of paved road for the first time thinking it was going to be so much easier than dodging potholes and hoofprints at the field where we usually flew and taking 50 yards to get off of the ground with that little OS .30 chopping grass the whole way, only to cob the throttle and find myself skidding around in circles. Even a tricycle gear will groundloop when the P-factor overides the traction of the wheels, LOL. When I landed, I proceeded to ground loop the hell out of it again, skidding in a big circle and winding the plane upside down in the ditch. No damage to anything but my pride, but I learned that day that there was something to be said for flying off of grass for sure. The next time I bring the Cub to the park, I'm planning on doing just what you were doing, shooting touch and goes on the grass. I don't care if I have to do it every Sunday, all summer, I want to master that thing by fall if not sooner. I got really good at it with my Sky Fly, now I've just got to master it with a tail dragger. When work slows down this summer, maybe I'll get a few mornings where I've got the park all to myself. That seems to be the times when I can really work on fundamentals and figure out what I'm doing wrong, it's just too much of an allure to go dogfight with the Mugis if there's a bunch of us there. The Mugis have really helped me with my FLYING, especially orientation, but they don't do much for takeoffs and landings for sure. A person can be the best aerobatic pilot in the world, but it doesn't do them any good if they can't take off and land. I've been practicing thouch and goes all winter on the simulator however, and the last time I flew my CAP, I noticed that it really payed off. No more full stall boink and bounce landings, just smooth as a baby's butt, until I hit a rock in the parking lot and snapped the landing gear off. Thanks to Ralpho showing me the secret of nylon bolts however, she was fixed in a jiffy instead of requiring a full frontal rebuild like the last 4 times, LOL.

Thanks one and all for your comments, I'm off to bed.

EDITORS: JC said...

Great Post Justin and you are correct all of the politicians are fucked...also a nice video

Joe Visionary said...

Thank you, Justin.

Strangely enough, wrestling with these questions IS my hobby. Weird, huh?

My sons and I would like to get those planes going, and if time and finances permit, we will.

Thanks for your input.

k said...

at my age...who gives a shit?

Morgan said...

Awesome - big Mugi vid! Enjoyed that, dude! What's next? One day I hope to make a 'man-sized' version :-)

Justin said...

Glad you liked the video Morgan. A friend and I were talking a while back about the possibilities of a "man sized" Mugi. I don't think I'd trust my butt to coroplast, but since I used to repair wrecked semi trailers for a living, I'm pretty handy with sheet aluminum and rivets, LOL. If you've ever seen a particular kit plane called a CRI CRI, then it doesn't seem like too much of a stretch.

I'm currently planning a 2 1/2 times enlarged Mugi Evo with a .40 glow engine on it that should be pretty wild, if I ever find the time to build it, and Ralpho, who frequently comments here, says he'll get really interested when we figure out how to make one big enough to put a weed wacker engine on. From there it's just a hop, skip and a jump to one with a driver's seat for me . . . . or some other qualified test pilot. ;)

Anonymous said...

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