Yesterday was NOT a fun day to try to fly into DFW from anywhere…

JAX-IAH delayed a couple of hours, then routed out over the Gulf. Finally got there, then another wait due to routing (more weather coming up from San Antonio area), finally got in 4 hours late.

I don’t usually bitch about passengers, but this one bitch on the JAX-IAH leg ‘should’ have been booted off the airplane before we even left the gate. 50-something, short, dumpy, ANGRY, with red hair that cannot exist in nature, and an ego a mile wide. She got on the airplane and harangued the flight attendant for at least 5 minutes about not being able to bring her roll aboard with her while the line to board stacked up behind her. The FA never even got a chance to answer her, then she stomped down to her seat.

A couple of minutes later, she comes charging back up the single aisle, bitching AGAIN about her bag, saying there was plenty of room in the overhead bins, and saying she was going to go get it from the jetway. FA says, “You get off the airplane, you’re NOT getting back on.

Another 5 minute harangue, and the captain comes out. She tried to get in his face, but only came up to the center of his chest, and he told her either sit or get off, that we needed to load and go to make the block time for arrival in IAH. The CSR came on finally, and apologized to both the FA and captain, saying her bag wouldn’t fit in the test cradle, and the ‘woman’ had lit into her too, demanding to speak to a supervisor.

We got off the ground, and the SLUB camped out in the ONE bathroom on the airplane for over a half hour, finally prompting the FA to open the door to see if she was still alive…

Those FAs earned their pay yesterday…


So, apparently the SATs are now going to ‘modify’ student’s SAT score for ‘adversity’ impacts due to 15 areas of their young lives…

Looking at the distribution, it’s apparent that language is NOT the issue, if it were, the Asians would be significantly lower. For those who are familiar with the Asian culture, they STUDY and actually do the homework and more studying in their off time, as they are driven to succeed.

The company announced on Thursday that it will include a new rating, which is widely being referred to as an “adversity score,” of between 1 and 100 on students’ test results. An average score is 50, and higher numbers mean more disadvantage. The score will be calculated using 15 factors, including the relative quality of the student’s high school and the crime rate and poverty level of the student’s neighborhood.

Full article, HERE.

I wonder if there will be a ‘penalty’ score if you are very successful, in an attempt to bring everyone to within a few points of each other, making the SATs meaningless in the ‘interest’ of diversity…

I know this isn’t PC, but I’m a believer in rewarding people for studying and doing what they can to improve themselves, rather than giving them ‘points’ for their environment.  I’ve worked with multiple ethnicities over my career, and they have been successful because they were willing to put in the time and effort!!!

Another day…

Another golf tournament that we didn’t win…

Of course it was us two old farts, and a kid that hadn’t picked up golf clubs in 10 years… I played flog, but we still shot par in the best ball. However, there were TWO sets of ringers today. both teams shot 54s for 18 holes. Grumble…  And the gators left us alone! 🙂 Apparently the course now has six in residence in the various ponds, and they were ‘active’ yesterday morning.

And there was food…

And beer! Over 200 golfers, and we raised $6000 for scholarships for the association, so that’s GOOD!

A few of us went over to visit our old airplane, now being flown by the reserves, and they love it because it seldom breaks. After we told them why, the maintenance master chief laughed and said, “I always thought there was something ‘strange’ about that bird.


Sea Stories…

There I was no s**t… er… never mind… I wasn’t there, there aren’t any pictures, and nobody saw anything… Yeah, yeah, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Best story of the night, Skipper Walker, VP-4 CO in the mid 60s, just after the squadron got the P-3A. They had designed a new logo, and were going to be called the Griffins. BUT, the squadron patch came out a little ‘screwy’…

And they are on deployment in Iwakuni, JA. In the club, and there is alcohol involved… Apparently a waitress named ‘Suzi’ came over to the table, pointed at the patch on his shoulder and asked, “What that supposed to be?” He said a griffin, and she laughed, saying, “Look more like skinny dragon.” They all laughed, and the Skipper said all was good until he heard one of the young maintainers say something about skinny dragons in the hangar. Three weeks later, they proposed a name change from Griffins to Skinny Dragons, which is what they are today.

We toasted him for that one, and the vagaries of the way things get done in the Navy sometimes… LOL

And somebody else brought up that a system was ‘named’ for a dancer at a bar in Warminster, PA, and another system was named for the bar where it was roughed out on a napkin… Good times!

What we didn’t realize was the Air Boss, VADM Martin was standing behind us, and he shook his head and said words to the effect that he was ‘glad’ we were all retired… LOL

Names… GAH!!!

Met up with a few folks last night, and grabbed a quick bite,  and one thing that we’re all suffering from is trying to remember some folks names…

Granted we’ve gotten older, and nobody had a cruise book handy, but damn… Callsigns, yes, those we remember, but the ‘real’ names? Not so much… Sigh

And tomorrow it will be even worse, as we start the symposium and no body other than active duty will have name tags on. It’s gonna be a LONG day. Faces AND names? Good luck with that, especially since some folks have changed after thirty or forty years.

Getting old isn’t a lot of fun.

But on a fun note, one of my old flight engineers is now a railroad engineer and inspector, and he got to ride 844 in the run to the Golden Spike celebration last week. AND he got aboard Big Boy, but sadly as an engineer, they aren’t allowed any personal communications devices while in the cab. He’s promised pictures, so those should be interesting!

Road trip…

I’m out of pocket for a few days, going to a Navy symposium to catch up with old fiends err… friends and catch up what’s going on in my old community.

This is the sound of my people! 😉

Not saying ‘we’ ever got that low, but we did operate on the deck a lot of the time doing ‘other’ things… 😀

These are the US squadrons that flew the P-3 before the drawdown…

Sadly many of these squadrons have had their colors covered and stowed, who knows what the future will be? Maybe they will rise again, as the threats continue to expand…

I got nuttin…

But Ramirez does…

And this one kicked over the gigglebox…

Go read the folks on the sidebar while I beat on the novel… 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there, we literally would not exist without you!

I hope you each enjoy this day in your honor, and realize you deserve honor EVERY day for what you do for us, your children.

Globull warming…

Yah, sure…

That’s why it’s in the 40s and raining in North Texas in MAY!!!

So since it was only us guys for dinner tonight, I pulled out an old recipe I had for Chili Colorado and fixed it with some good beef from our favorite butcher shop.

I got all most of the seeds out of the various peppers, cut the chili powder in half, and didn’t add ANY Cayenne pepper, but it STILL cleared all our sinuses (glad the ladies weren’t here, as they probably would have been sending me out for takeout).

I took this picture after I’d taken a couple of bites, so there isn’t as much meat as there was when I dished it up, but it was GOOD! Spanish rice, pintos with jalapenos, and tortillas finished the meal off.

Not any leftovers either, so I’m calling it a success… 🙂

Points to ponder…

From various places…

Life is not a fairy tale! If you lose your shoe at midnight, you’re drunk

Liberals:           “Don’t let unvaccinated kids into our schools!” Same liberal:    “Let thousands of unvaccinated illegal immigrants in!”

If women are upset at Trump’s naughty words, who in the hell bought 80 million copies of 50 Shades of Gray?

Jim Comey answered “I don’t know,” “I don’t recall,” and “I don’t remember” 236 times while under oath…But remembered enough to write a book.

Not one feminist has defended Sarah Sanders. It seems women’s rights only matter if those women are liberal.

Every woman has the right to be believed… Unless you are raped by Bill Clinton, beaten by Keith Ellison, groped by Cory Booker or killed by Ted Kennedy.

Chelsea Clinton got out of college and got a job at NBC that paid $600,000 per year. Yet her mom flies around the country speaking out about white privilege.

If a dead body was found in the trunk of Hillary’s car, the FBI would ask Donald Trump why he did it!

SOCIALISM: An idea that is so good that it has to be mandatory!

Bernie Sanders walks into a bar and Yells… “Free drinks for everyone!” Looks around and says “Who’s buying?”

What is the difference between an Illegal immigrant and E.T.? E.T. learned to speak English and went home.

You know that you live in a great country when even the people that absolutely detest it refuse to leave. Candace Owens

The law allowing for the separation of children from their parents who cross the border illegally was signed by Bill Clinton in 1997, why is it a problem now?

68 people were killed in mass shootings in 2018. Did you know that about 2000 were killed by illegal aliens?

Democrats say you can’t give a lethal injection to killers, rapist, pedophiles and school shooters but you can give a lethal injection to an infant.

And just like that they went from being against foreign interference in our elections to allowing non-citizens to vote in our elections.

Watching the left come up with schemes to “catch Trump” is like watching Wile E. Coyote trying to catch Road Runner.

Over 1 million kids are living in poverty in America. But Democrats fight for illegal aliens.

Pennsylvania officials have admitted to finding names of 11,198 non-citizens registered to vote on the states rolls.

They sent more troops and armament to arrest Roger Stone than they sent to defend Benghazi.

It’s a sad day when it is easier to abort an American child than it is to deport an illegal alien.

60 years ago, Venezuela was 4th on the world economic freedom index.       Today they are 179th and their citizens are dying of starvation. In only 10 years, Venezuela was destroyed by democratic socialism.

Russia donated $0.00 to the Trump campaign. Russia donated $145,600,000 to the Clinton Foundation. But Trump was the one investigated!

Nancy Pelosi invited illegal aliens to the State of the Union. President Trump Invited victims of illegal aliens to the State of the union. Let that sink in.

A socialist is basically a communist that doesn’t have the power to take everything from their citizens at gunpoint … Yet!

Liberals feel the same way about firearms as they do about wealth. It’s okay for them but not for you.

A party that supports abortion over Life, illegals aliens over its citizens, and refugees over its veterans is going to lecture me on morals. Don’t think so.

Sweden is the rape capital of Europe, Thanks to third world immigration. Keep that in mind when the socialist say that we should be like Sweden.

How do you walk 3000 miles across Mexico without food or support and show up at our border 100 pounds Overweight and with a cellphone?

If you think capitalism is the problem, there are 195 other countries where you can get a whole lot less of it.

Democrats booed God but clapped and cheered about killing babies. Give that a thought.

“We spend $18B a year on healthcare for illegal aliens, and the Democrats can’t find $5 billion for border security.

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez wants to ban cars, ban planes, give out universal income and thinks socialism works. She calls Donald Trump crazy.

Bernie Sanders owns 3 houses and has a Net worth of over a million dollars. Hasn’t taken in a single refugee.

“The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money. Margaret Thatcher

The electoral college worked fine until Hillary Clinton lost in 2016. The Democrats now want to abolish it.

The supreme court has had 9 justices Since 1868. Now the Democrats say it needs to be expanded to nullify the conservatives on the court.

It is now clear, Bob Mueller quit digging when all of the tunnels led back to Hillary and Obama.

If walls and guns don’t work; then why are celebrities and politicians surrounded by them?

Katy Perry: “No barriers, no borders we all just need to coexist.” She lives in a $19 Million mansion in a gated community surrounded by security.

Maxine Waters opposes voter ID laws; She thinks that they are racist. You need to have a photo ID to attend her town hall meetings.

h/t JP