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    when you're at the zoo, ask them why don't chicken wear underwear?

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    Forgot. Investment stuff. My actual account is about C8% G 92% due to payroll allocations. So I am up and down just like C fund. Some days I gain a little, some I lose a little. Got to make a decision about what to do this last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burrocrat View Post
    when you're at the zoo, ask them why don't chicken wear underwear?
    Ask the kids or the zoo keepers? I need to know the answer to this riddle so Grampa can continue to be wise. The oldest two already know that is BS but they play the game.

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    Nowhere near as exciting as being down under but a trip report about what I did on my vacation.

    Road trip to Carlsbad CA long but uneventful. You can pack more in a Focus than it appears. We switched around passengers between the two cars and no one bought my statement that they had to hold their breath while we were below sea level on I-8.

    When we arrived at the Homewood Suites in Carlsbad CA we found that the ADA compliant room “close to the reception desk” had been given away to some CA org for alternately abled people. When explaining that the room we got, supposedly ADA compliant, did not have a walk-in shower (the step-in height was about 28 inches which is a challenge for most older people), the staff was unsympathetic and said they had nothing available. They were totally unresponsive and when we reminded them the reservation was made six months ago they replied, “other people need walk in showers too”. This situation was not resolved so we made do. The shower head hose was also mounted so high I at 5’11” had to stretch to detach it. The response was to install a clamp on bench which made keeping the shower curtain inside the tub impossible. The room was also as far away from the reception/meal area as possible. Other than that, it is a great place to stay. Kid friendly and two meals a day.

    We will take the issue up with Hilton but I doubt they will offer anything substantial.

    Legoland was not crowded at all. When we pulled in to the parking lot I felt Like Clark Griswold might have felt pulling in to Wally World. Acres of empty parking lot. It was great and the electric wheel chair thing went off as planned. So did getting on rides with a party of eight. No I did not feel at all embarrassed or elitist getting that priority. Gave an old lady who can’t walk so well anymore a chance to have a good time. I did spend a lot of the day standing at the exit with the scooter, walker and a stroller.

    The zoo. About an hour to get there as I-5 is stop and go around Encinitas. That electric scooter worked out well. A lot of up and down hills in Balboa Park. Staff very accommodating, we left scooter, walker and a stroller at the tram entrance and found all waiting at the exit when we got back. Very tiring day.

    Next day South Carlsbad Beach. Made arrangements to get the “beach wheelchair” that was available. When we got to the locker, it was open and the wheelchair absent. Reported it to the Ranger. My son and I got the old lady down to the beach with her four wheel walker with some coaxing and encouragement. While watching kids/grandkids play in the surf a pod of porpoises came to play. OK, they could have been dolphins but very magical. Jumping and surfing very close to shore.

    Trip back yesterday. Passing through Yuma on the way to CA, someone mentioned “3:10 to Yuma” and wanting to see Yuma AZ. So we stopped on the way back and took a few photos with a steam locomotive that was not in the movie and at the old territorial prison which was also not in the movie. Great touristy stuff nonetheless.

    Today had a family portrait taken and had lunch at a Mexican restaurant. Did laundry and the kids pooled it for a while. Now they are back at their motel and I hope packed up and asleep. 0305 shuttle to the airport tomorrow and a long flight to NH. I hope they all feel great Monday at work/school.

    Great weather and a great trip in spite of the setbacks.

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    3:10 to Yuma was filmed in New Mexico. One of the scenes was at the Gilman Tunnels, so your post reminded me I need to take a drive up there one more time before I retire and move away in a couple years. The tunnels are a short side-trip along one of my favorite day-trip drives from Albuquerque, which takes you through Santa Fe, Los Alamos, the amazing Valles Caldera, waterfalls, hot springs, then you drop down into a beautiful red-rock canyon...Jemez Springs is a perfect place for lunch...here's a video of the drive to the tunnels...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA_yv4XCEbU

    And here's the view from where he parked at the end of that video...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBen6khnO3c

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    Thanks Tsunami for the video.

    Kids/grandkids got home with all luggage about 6PM their time. Flight was late getting in to Charlotte due to weather so they got from gates B9 to C14 with all their stuff in 10 minutes. I can't imagine but I am old. I wonder how they all felt at work/school today.

    I went back to work to find they had replaced my desktop with a Win 8 machine while I was gone. I had many apps to set up. Thank you IT. Fortunately I still have my lap top so I was able to take care of the many crises while Win 8 discovered what I can no longer do. They did however install most of the non standard apps and copy the documents folder so I can find most everything. A lot of firewall rules need to be changed since this is a new machine and not recognized by said rules. I bet rules concerning to old machine remain in place forever. IT has many divisions and they never speak to each other. Much like most of our organizations I believe.

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    Sounds Great. Have a good time in San Diego!

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    PO,

    Happy Belated Birthday.

    Busy weekend. Good weather so we are trying to get as much done in the yard as possible. Spent my birthday spreading 8 cubic yards of mulch around the swing set for the grandkids.
    May the force be with us.

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    Thank you. I suppose mulch is better than manure. The things we do for grandkids.

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    In years past I have posted about Memorial Day. Lately I have spent it quietly contemplating those that gave their lives in defense of our country.

    Usually we like to glorify those who went above and beyond in combat situations. In the last few years I have been contemplating those who were killed in non combat incidents during what is referred to as the “cold war”

    People got crushed loading trucks. People got blown up or burned to death during exercises. (REFORGER and TEAM SPIRIT come to mind) Some even got axed with an axe.

    My focus this year, instead of watching the usual war films on TV was on AC&W sites and mostly the unsung comm people who supported them. All that RADAR data ain’t no good if HQ types can’t see it.


    There was a lot of money spent on this type of system and a lot of people required to operate them. We were referred to as REMFs and in the rear with the gear but we were not in the rear. We were at the tip of the spear. Perhaps not primary targets but somewhere inside a Warsaw Pact country was a missile that had each of my several sites name on it. Our OPS order in case of escalation was to continue operations as long as practicable. We just went about our daily business and didn’t think about it much.

    Many theories were put in to practice during this period. Some succeeded, some failed. This year I focus on this one: Hey, why don’t we put an AC&W site on a steel island in the Atlantic? So they did. They were called “Texas Towers”. There were three of them. Two through four. Not sure where or why one never got built. This all happened from 1955-1963 and has nothing to do with my service other than it is part of the legacy of my old AF specialty, 304X0.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XUXkOgIHnY gives you a short.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kARvMKPg_PM gives you more.

    The tower was set up just like the land based places I was at 10 years later. Except it was harder to get mail and supplies and you couldn’t get permission to go to town. I mean just like, it was not a vessel with watertight compartments, just your everyday AC&W site built on a platform. I cannot imagine what they must have felt after hours of instability when suddenly barracks, power plant, maintenance areas, ops areas, rec areas, chow hall and everything suddenly collapsed 60 feet in to the sea and sunk.
    At 1928 on Jan 15th,1961 Texas Tower Four disappeared from the radar of ships in the vicinity. Others lost their lives at the other towers over the years.
    A day late but while you are glorifying those who lost their lives in past wars and current conflicts, reflect on all those serving who lost their lives.

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