Sunday, August 30, 2009

Scooter's Storage Compartment

Scooter's Storage Compartment
Originally uploaded by Michael-Ann

Glueing stuff today... thought i would start with something "safe" to see how it works out. So far, okay. But I think I am sticking to the lines too much, when I think of the art-cars I like best, it's always the ones who created/glued outside the box.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hot in Texas

Don't know who to give credit for this image, was emailed to me. Thought it worth sharing :-)

Interesting Sky

Interesting Sky
Originally uploaded by gordyt

Odd to see this mix of small dark and white clouds... like salt & pepper clouds.

NY Times Article about the Christmas Eve arrival of Troops


Heavy Storms at Sea Dash Hopes of Veterans to Reach Homes by Christmas

Carrier Fought Four Storms in 9-Day Crossing—Battleship Washington Also In

Most of the 15,000 soldiers who arrived in New York yesterday from European an Asiatic ports after experiencing storms of hurricane force on the Atlantic appeared to accept philosophically the prospect of another Christmas away from home.

The service men who arrived here represented more than one-third of the estimated total of 40,000 returning to east and west coast ports on Christmas Eve.

Disappointed at first when they learned that the severe weather they had encountered would delay their separation from service and return home until after Christmas, officers and men appeared to brighten considerably as they realized that they were back in the United States and within reach of their homes by telephone and telegraph.

Skyline Symbol of Home

Bernhard M. Auer of Bronxville, N.Y., returning from twenty-two months over seas service, during which he was a special agent of the Army's Counter Intelligence Corps in India and Burma, seemed to sum up the prevalent attitude when he said:
"When I saw the New York skyline again and knew that I was really back in the United States and close to my family, nothing else counted. My Christmas is going to be all right."

Mr. Auer returned from Karachi, India, on the Navy transport General McCrae that brought 3,208 passengers to Pier 88 North River. The largest group to arrive here came on the aircraft carrier Enterprise. She carried 5,057 passengers, including 4,086 Army officers and men, from Southampton, England, to Pier 13, Staten Island.

Comdr. John Monro of Andover, Mass., damage control officer of the Enterprise, said that during the four storms the carrier encountered in her nine-day crossing the forecastle deck had been awash in eight to ten feet of water from waves up to 75 feet high.

The pounding waves, in a gale that reached an eighty-mile-an-hour velocity, carried away loose gear in the forward section of the carrier, smashed a ten-foot steel walkway on the starboard bow, forty feet of timber railing on the flight deck and the lashings of about forty life rafts on the flight decks. None of the rafts were lost.

Commander Monro declared that Capt. William L. Rees had done "a masterful job of seamanship" in battling the weather, which he compared to a China Sea typhoon.

Tells of Seven Storms

On the battleship Washington, Capt. Francis X. McInerney, said that the storms he encountered during the ship's ten-day crossing from Southampton with 1,570 soldiers were the worst he had experienced in twenty-six years at sea.

"There were seven storms and twice the wind reached hurricane force," Captain McInerney said. "The waves ran from seventy-five to 100 feet high, loosening rafts, damaging the superstructure and injuring several seamen."

The late Gen. George S. Patton Jr., who was burried yesterday in Luxembourg, was to have arrived on the Washington. Reservations for his passage had been made before he was injured fatally in a motor accident. His naval aide, Rear Admiral Frank J. Lowry of Cresco, Iowa, returned on the Washington as scheduled.

The Washington docked in an adjoining berth to the General McCrae at Pier 88. The battleship was three days overdue and the navy transport, which took twenty-seven days to come from Karachi, was five days late.

Other transports arriving yesterday or due to dock last night were the General Hodges from Karachi with 3,217 troops, the Waycross Victory from Antwerp with 1,580, the Daniel H. Hill from Havre with 568, the William Rayburn from Southampton with 34, the Zane Grey from Havre with 84, the George Gipp from Antwerp with 29 and the Spetsan from Calcutta with 28.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Composting area

Bwahahaa...I didn't realize until just now, that when I took this pic of my work area, my old lab was back there working on a little compost area of his own.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Neighbor's Beagles Tree a Cat

There was a lot of commotion going on next-door when I went home for lunch to let our dawgs out for their afternoon potty-break. As soon as the beagles noticed me, they came for me. Those two dogs drive me nuts with their relentless barking day in and out.

Dang Barking Beagles
On another note, I think our little papaya tree may be trying to flower/fruit.
Possible Baby Papayas
Everything is wilting with the nasty heat and lack of rain.
Wilted Yard

Tuesday, August 04, 2009


Gordy recently put a new carb and new battery in my scooter, so I am officially again back on two-wheels whilst toodling around town. Today, during my lunch run, I decided a pair of goggles might be a nice addition to my riding ensemble. I found these neat-looking ones made by a company in France and imported by British Classics in Florida and ordered them today. WOOT!

Next, I think I'm going to try gluing stuff on the storage compartment that can be mounted on my scooter... something to make the scooter more visible (less likely to get hit) and perhaps add a little extra fun to the ride. I've got some E6000 glue, which is what all the art car people recommend for sticking things to your car.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

The Morning After Jerkiness

It has been that slow creep from silent defense shields in place to tiny snippets of less awkward conversation sometimes accompanied by an o...