Saturday, February 06, 2016

Family Vacation 2016

Escaping winter, we've started our family vacation.

It's been great so far, even with two flights to get to our destination complete with screaming kids (not ours) who also were kicking  our seats and whacking their tray tables while their parents did nothing. 

At least the parents had the kids out on headphones once we asked them to turn down some really obnoxious game noises.

You got to pay your dues on the way so you can get here, I guess.

Yeah, it does not suck at all. Many blog posts of awesome adventure to follow.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Yes, A Car Can Be Used As A Deadly Weapon

It shouldn't be hard to understand that yes, a car can be used as a deadly weapon, and if you try to use it as such you're going to meet with a proportionate response.

After demonstrating just that intent to do great bodily injury first by first trying to hit a security guard with her car and then a police officer, it's rather hard to ignore the fact that the subject of this story posed a deadly threat driving the vehicle. After trying to hit the officer with her car and then fleeing the second scene, another Dearborn police officer stopped the threat she posed with finality.

Of course, those facts not stopping the usual suspects from the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality claiming she was unarmed and not a threat.

The Detroit Free Press: MSP: Woman killed in Dearborn 'armed with 3-ton vehicle'

Using a vehicle on two occasions as a weapon to try to run people over, thus presenting a clear ongoing deadly threat led to her death. Failing to stop and surrender to police led to her death.

In short the lesson here is quite simple: To avoid being shot by police, do not attempt to strike them with your vehicle. Most people have no difficulty understanding this concept.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Flying Lesson #39 - Dual VFR Cross Country

Today was quite a nice day for flying, even with a gusting crosswind perfectly perpendicular from the runway to make life interesting. I was flying with Sean today for a dual cross-country.

After a good pre-flight and taxi, I did a takeoff and while heading for Lansing initially had to stay with the runway heading and a lower altitude than planned due to traffic.

Then I was able to resume my climb and start looking for my checkpoints, all with paper map and navigation log only, which is a bit of a pain, especially when being distracted by tower instructions in Pontiac's airspace.

Then we tried to get flight following from Detroit approach but they were way too busy, so after awhile we picked it up from Lansing approach.

I got my bearings figured out and navigated to Lansing pretty much ok, and landed on runway 24.

After a full stop, we taxied back and then took off to head back to Pontiac, again doing dead reckoning and pilotage only to get back.

That worked out fine and I landed on Runway 27L. I had a lousy setup and come in a bit too high so we couldn't practice a short field landing as a result, but I'll practice more of those later. Still it ended up being a pretty soft very cross-wind landing.

That's 1.8 hours and 2 more landings with a nice cross-country flight.

And my solo shirt is now done and hanging on the wall of the flight school:

On the sad side, my flight instructor, Sean, is leaving Flight 101 to take a job further south where it's warmer to be both a corporate pilot and instructor. He's a great instructor and they'll be lucky to have him there, and I wish him well.

It looks like Will is going to be my primary flight instructor now, so that should be a change. He's a great instructor too with a different style from Sean, so we'll see how we go from here.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Flying Lesson #38 - Short, Sweet, And Soft At Linden

Due to weather and airplane issues, we did not do a cross-country flight today.

Instead we flew from KPTK to 9G2, Linden Airfield for the first time, a single runway strip 3,999 long by 75 wide complete with a displaced threshold about 10 minutes away.

I flew there by dead reckoning and the map only, flying over the now inactive Pontiac VOR site, which is a pretty neat landmark, then on to Holly and then to Linden.

There was a low broken layer so we were at 2,500 on the way there and visibility was pretty sucky complete with an impressive crosswind of a gusting 15 knots.

I eventually found the airfield after quite a bit of looking as it was quite hard to pick out of the background clutter all around it.

I setup and did a short field landing complete with cross wind adjustment, then back taxied and did a short field takeoff. Then we did a soft field landing and a soft field takeoff followed by another short field fielding and a soft field takeoff and then headed back to Pontiac.

I found Pontiac without any issues and entered the downwind for Runway 27R and followed another aircraft that was doing pattern work and then did a soft field landing that had lots of float and a nice soft touchdown.

Then I shut the plane down and that was it for Lesson 38 - 4 landings and 1.2 more hours.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I Suspect This Terrorist Didn't Go The NFA Trust Route, Or Any Other Legal Route For That Matter

Yet another adherent of the "Religion that had nothing to do with it" has been caught by the FBI planning a terrorist attack in Milwaukee, on a Masonic Temple of all things.

News Talk 1130: FBI Thwarts Terror Attack in Milwaukee

The FBI in Milwaukee announced Tuesday that it had thwarted a lone wolf terror attack targeting the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Milwaukee.

Sami Mohammed Hamzeh, 23, was arrested and charged with possession of machine guns and a silencer after he allegedly planned a mass shooting at the temple and made extensive preparations with two undercover FBI agents posing as fellow terrorists.

Hamzeh told them in a recorded phone conversation that he wanted to target "Masonic" victims in an effort to curry favor with international terror groups and inspire other acts of terrorism in America.

Note the possession of automatic weapons and a silencer - I'd venture a guess that none of them were legally acquired via a Form 4, so mere possession of those should be good for multiple felonies all by themselves, not to mention all the related terrorism charges.

Apparently he wasn't just a terrorist nutbag with the typical Islamist inspired delusion of grandeur, he also sported the delusion, unfortunately quite common on the "Arab Street" that the Masons are a secret cabal, typically along with the Jews (natch), running the world.

Quick news flash - Masons can on occasion manage to plan a picnic or a chicken dinner, but the whole world domination conspiracy thing is a wee bit beyond their ken.

Good job on the FBI interdicting this guy before someone got hurt.

Detroit Carjacking Gone Very Wrong

In an impressive display of Darwin in action, we get the following news report from the Detroit News:

Detroit motorist watching porn on phone crashes, dies

He wasn't just watching it at the time of the crash either -

A Detroit man watching a porn movie while driving his car got into an accident and died.

The man, who wasn’t wearing pants, was watching the movie on his cellphone, said police.

The driver, 58, wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected through the sunroof.

I wonder if it will be written up as a death due to a case of premature ejection.

Florida Man got nothin' on Detroit Dude.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Taste Of Pho

Just got back from a tasty lunch at Pho Lucky in Southfield.

Pho is a tasty broth soup with noodles and a variety of other yummy things like slices of beef, meatballs, beef tripe and other yummy stuff.

You can then customize your soup to taste with lime, bean sprouts, mint and jalapeno peppers.

To say it was awesome would be an understatement.

Two of these heaping bowls fed the entire family and we're not hungry afterwards.

We also got some spring rolls.

Great service, the food was awesome, and lunch for the whole family plus another order of spring rolls to go for under $30. Highly recommended.

The only change that could possibly be asked for would be the name.

Were I to open a Vietnamese noodle restaurant, I'd name it:

All The Pho King Hue.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Jett's Bath Day

Jett, after playing with Rocky today got a wee bit of a surprise.

Tash had been noting that he was starting to smell rather doggy, so I was ordered to administer a bath.

I had him come into the bathroom and hop in the tub on top of some towels I had placed on the tub bottom to give him some solid footing.  Then Leah and I washed him down, kept him in the tub until he was clean, and dried him off afterwards.

He was not amused.

Now dry and smelling more like himself, he's still not amused.

"Come into the bathroom" they said. "It'll be nice" they said.  "You people gotta sleep sometime", I say.