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Offline wilber

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« Reply #1260 on: September 23, 2020, 09:14:53 am »
Well I am left with some stories to tell. Ever heard that one about when I crashed a Huges 500 D into the bush after the tail rotor flew off? Quite a day it was.

Yikes, you are fortunate to be able to tell it.

Helicopters are amazing and fascinating things. I didnít really know much about them until I took the maintenance course. I remember thinking, a flying gyroscope, that Sikorsky guy was a freaking genius. Funnily enough, Iíve never even rode in one. Still something for the bucket list.
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« Reply #1261 on: September 23, 2020, 11:35:51 am »
Yikes, you are fortunate to be able to tell it.

Helicopters are amazing and fascinating things. I didnít really know much about them until I took the maintenance course. I remember thinking, a flying gyroscope, that Sikorsky guy was a freaking genius. Funnily enough, Iíve never even rode in one. Still something for the bucket list.

I got a bit of a giggle from helicopters back in the day when while dropping water on a fire in northern Quebec, one of those PT6's blew up and spewed much of it's guts out the tailpipe. (Bad bearing and I have a few pieces on my mantle over the fireplace) The engineer was flying along with me that particular day and after I got things squared away for single engine flight (and my heart rate back somewhere near normal) I looked over at him and said "that sounded expensive". A couple of weeks later I was walking across the hangar floor at the main base in YVR and coming the other way were that engineer and the chief engineer. The first words spoken as we met were from the chief who said "yeah, about 300,000 bucks." I knew immediately of what he spoke. 

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« Reply #1262 on: September 23, 2020, 12:21:42 pm »
JFC I'm doing remote learning with my kid.  I'm falling apart, teachers really don't get paid enough.

I don't know how you do it. The thought of trying to teach math to my kids would have made me hide under my bed.
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« Reply #1263 on: September 23, 2020, 02:18:20 pm »
Playing music with friends & loved ones is one of the purest and most basic joys.  We do it whenever we can.

Buy an old acoustic and learn 3 chords.  You now have a ton of songs to play.  Google 3 chord songs... like this:
https://www.guitarplayerbox.com/three/chord/guitar/songs/

And you are all set

I have an old Larrivee 6 string and I can handle about as many chords. I'm working on that finger picking thing and atr the risk of sounding like a braggart I will say I was blessed with a pretty good singing voice so there are evenings when I tune 'er up, stoke the fireplace, fill a glass, and whack away at it. I'm a John Prine fan so "please don't bury me, down in that cold, cold ground" is one of the tunes I start off with.

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« Reply #1264 on: September 23, 2020, 03:10:52 pm »
I have an old Larrivee 6 string and I can handle about as many chords. I'm working on that finger picking thing and atr the risk of sounding like a braggart I will say I was blessed with a pretty good singing voice so there are evenings when I tune 'er up, stoke the fireplace, fill a glass, and whack away at it. I'm a John Prine fan so "please don't bury me, down in that cold, cold ground" is one of the tunes I start off with.

We have been doing porch jams during Covid.  We're going to get a dozen friends to come by and safely distance out front tomorrow...
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« Reply #1265 on: September 23, 2020, 03:26:02 pm »
We have been doing porch jams during Covid.  We're going to get a dozen friends to come by and safely distance out front tomorrow...

Hey good on y'all. If I was coming to your porch I'd be bringing a handfull of my different key harps. You can go a lot of ways with a dang ole mouth organ. "Oh Susannah" and then the blues. Yee haw.
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« Reply #1266 on: September 23, 2020, 03:35:27 pm »
Now then, how many of y'all have ever been to Makkovik? Or similar stop off posts along the eastern coast of our lovely country?

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« Reply #1267 on: September 23, 2020, 05:34:07 pm »
Now then, how many of y'all have ever been to Makkovik? Or similar stop off posts along the eastern coast of our lovely country?

Uh...  ???

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Makkovik,+NL/@55.0903453,-59.1934545,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4c702c8c8a7d9225:0x9014f5d1ae6bb5c2!8m2!3d55.0861676!4d-59.1764336

I kept zooming out and didn't recognize the area until I was almost province-wide view.

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« Reply #1268 on: September 23, 2020, 07:02:42 pm »
Uh...  ???

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Makkovik,+NL/@55.0903453,-59.1934545,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4c702c8c8a7d9225:0x9014f5d1ae6bb5c2!8m2!3d55.0861676!4d-59.1764336

I kept zooming out and didn't recognize the area until I was almost province-wide view.

Hey and if you ever have the good fortune to visit Makkovik for an overnighter you'll be staying at Susies. At least the last time I was there her place was the only one taking in overnight travelers. She's a little crazy burt her husband is OK and the pool table in the basement is great. And BTW you can tell Suzie with regard to the young lady I met the last time I stayed there that no, I didn't knock 'er up.

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« Reply #1269 on: September 23, 2020, 07:09:35 pm »
The question marks on the last post grow like a fungus...
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« Reply #1270 on: September 24, 2020, 11:58:22 am »
The question marks on the last post grow like a fungus...

Long story short, often the local girls come by Suzies when there are a lot of travelers in town. This particular lady was travelling from St. Johns doing a photography  mission. We got to chatting and hit it off pretty good. She ended up asking me to stay with her the night as the boys were shooting pool to see who got to sleep with the white girl. She figured I was good protection.
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« Reply #1271 on: September 26, 2020, 09:12:21 am »
Ooof...

one week of daycare in the books... I think Easy is teething again as he's drooling a lot and thrashing violently and waking up at night...

Joan is in front of students for the first time since over two years ago...

Tough week but:

-Joan transferred to a school 20 mins from home by bike so no more 401 2X a day... good exercise, and I have been doing Couch-to-5K and jogging, dropping a couple of points... so health continues good
-Not having Easy in the afternoons gives me a precious 1/2 hour to clean up which is a boon to Joan when she comes home to a sparkly house... I can clean while I listen to boring meetings
-Easy is getting used to the idea of daycare and although he looked depressed when I dropped him off Friday he did NOT cry  :)

Jam party today in the front yard: 15 folks RSVPd

Have a great weekend everyone
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« Reply #1272 on: September 27, 2020, 01:09:14 am »
I don't know how you do it. The thought of trying to teach math to my kids would have made me hide under my bed.

Spot on. 

I'm not one of those people who remembers a lot from childhood but the memory of my dad teaching me math forever scarred me and I actually have pretty decent aptitude for math.

Unfortunately, the math aptitude gene seems to have skipped my daughter so my sessions with her are going even worse than my recollections with my dad (former calculus professor and chartered accountant by profession).

I broke down and got a tutor.  It'll cost me $300/month but if it works, it'll be worth every penny.

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« Reply #1273 on: September 27, 2020, 01:14:39 am »
We have been doing porch jams during Covid.  We're going to get a dozen friends to come by and safely distance out front tomorrow...

Good for you!!  I would have a hard time coming up with 12 friends I could socialize with even if I included the out of towners.  Count your blessing for having a strong social circle.

ETA, I'm not counting acquaintances, which is how I consider most people in my life.  I have maybe 5-6 people I consider 'friends'.
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« Reply #1274 on: October 01, 2020, 01:53:32 am »
Back from our trip.  Spent a couple of days in Edmonton with my family.   Introduced Lindsey. Dad already knew; I don't know if he has ever told mom or my brother.   Didn't punch mom's face in. Dad cried when I left.   Lindsey's brother and his family live in Calgary.  I really like them, even her niece and nephew are lovable.  Then a couple of days for just us, in Nelson BC. It's an adorable little town, and I am looking forward to returning.

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