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  • Posted on November 12th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    I just read an article in Quillette entitled “How An Anonymous Accusation Derailed My Life” and was impressed by the content.  As a product of a small midwest town I am well aware how one malicious person with a vendetta can influence decades of thinking in the small town environment.  The whispers and sage advice offered by local experts on everything cause much damage to otherwise innocent people.  This happens without the person even knowing that it is happening so after the animal is out of the pen it is not possible to put it back in.  Just my two cents for the evening and I hope you read all of the article.

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  • Several Trips to the Airport

    Posted on November 12th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    I can’t believe we made 3 trips to the airport today and 3 in days past.  Loading up for the winter.  Today was one of those dreary Indiana Winter days like in January and February. Temperature was about 40°± and this eveniImage result for neighbor in the woodsng on the last trip for today it was raining lightly.  We are almost finished and ready to hibernate until April.

    I went down to see my neighbor Loren and to watch him burn leaves and branches.  It was very exciting and we could hear the sap boiling out of the green branches. We discussed a lot of things but managed to avoid the pitfall of politics, judgemental issues and hunting deer.  Our discussion consisted of things like the water in the lake being too high for the last 5 years and out docks and rowboats.  Then we talked about all the dead Ash trees we have had to cut and detritus in the woods.  It was an enjoyable afternoon and one like my Grandfather must have enjoyed talking with his neighbor.  Life was simple before the invasion of mass media and Goering’s legacy of disinformation philosophies.

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  • Cold!

    Posted on November 10th, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    Man, the cold weather came slamming in with cold in teens, snow and slippery roads.  Rick Boyer came over this morning to winterize the cottage.  He has it down pat so his retired rates are very reasonable.

    We want to go to the airport to take a few items to the hangar for the winter; however, the report from Rick is that the roads are very slippery.  Couple that with 15mph and you have a chill factor that makes us reluctant to go outside, in spite of our long-johns. Brrr!

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  • Saturday Slow

    Posted on November 3rd, 2018 cwmoore No comments

    Image may contain: cloud, sky, tree, outdoor, nature and waterYesterday I was a bundle of energy and seemed to accomplish a lot.  This included making a tour of my Geocaches, cleaning sticks off the roof plus a myriad of other necessary but little tasks like putting the deck table into the bar, taking the tools out of the truck and putting them in the car and sweeping the truck with my newish Harbor Freight vacuum (It works better than my Sears shopvac). Wow what a day. Surprisingly I was not fatigued at the end of the day.

    Today, SAM had an event at the church, a funeral dinner, and is not back as I write this so I expect I have some time to tell the world of my day.  I awoke at the customary late time, fixed breakfast and cleaned out the dishwasher.  After that I checked email and the ubiquitous Facebook plus checked the weather – yucky for the rest of the week – and just sat and watched the sunshine filtering through the rather leafless trees in the back yard.  You could say we are at peak color but about 50% of the leaves are down due to the rain of several days and whatever E, S, W winds we have had.  Today the winds shifted from SE to SW so I got out the leaf blower and swept the driveway while taking advantage of the SW winds to lift the leaves in the exact direction I wanted them to go – yea. Having a few minutes after lunch, I cleaned out the storm water pickups & drains of our down-the-hill piping system (we are down the slope from the road and in the

    winter the salt/sand trucks deposit a LOT of sand that works its way into the drain system). The Amateur Radio Allstar node has been almost non-stop today and I am listening to it while waiting for SAM to return.

    Next week we are winterizing the summer “cabin” so it is officially the end of the season.  This year has gone fast!  There were few major milestones and few medical events,  I spent a lot of time at the airport this year and moved much shop equipment out there so I could do some woodworking, cleaning and minor repairs needed to Inspiration III. In the course of the summer I was re-introduced to the aviation community that I have let languish since my flying buddy of decades died about 2002. I do not have an overwhelming desire to fly again, certainly not in “fly high go fast” machines, but every once in a while I get a little tickle to go up again in a LSA.  The hangar is bare except for Inspiration III and another dolly.  I will clean them out this week and plug her into home power.

    Opps, SAM just arrived – got to go.  BFN

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