Dancing at the USO

We went dancing over Labor Day weekend. The event was a USO dance themed after those held during WWII. We had a "Big Band", and the event was held in Fredricksburg, Texas at the Hanger Hotel and Convention Center. Of course a hotel with a name like that has to ...

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Hanger Talk

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You may notice (yet, again) a facelift on my blog site today! I build this blog using some nice open-source tools, and they updated several of the parts I use. So, I went looking at several sites for examples of the way they laid things out, and settled on ...

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Facial Upgrading

Today, after an intense day of air traveling back to Austin from KC, where we spend Thanksgiving visiting with family and working on our second house, we went to visit Dr. Scholl. It has been 11 days since Dr. Yu did the "debulking" surgery at M. D. Anderson, and it ...

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Pushing the Edge

I spend a lot of time teaching students skills I hope will lead to good jobs in a profession they love. I had the joy of such a life, and I want to pass that joy around.

So, how do we learn anything in this life? To me, it has ...

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Vacations End

Well, I am back home now, trying to get back into the swing of my recovery lifestyle.

I have always believed that you should have as many days after a vacation to recover as you were gone, so it will take me a bout 13 days to complete my reintegration ...

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AMA Nationals - Day 5

Today was the last day of the AMA National Free Flight competition, and modelers flew rubber events, and the largest gas powered models of the meet. These big planes have wings with over 1000 square inches of surface and use very large gas engines.

D Free Flight model 1

These things are huge!

D Free Flight model 2

Fighting the ...

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More Nationals Flying

Today was another very nice day for Free Flight models. The sun was out and the wind was light. That made flying pretty nice. There were enough thermals to catch many airplanes and get them to their "max" time, which was two minutes today, with a limited engine run. That ...

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The AMA Nationals

Jim Coffin Launching

This week I am reliving something I did a lot of, 40-50 years ago. I am spending time at a competition attended by several hundred folks from all over the country. These folks, and their families, are spending their days in an 1100 acre field owned by the Academy of ...

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Transporting the Toys

It is always fun looking at how model airplane builders get their models to the flying sites. I took a number of pictures showing how the competitors did things this week:

Transporter 1

The simple way is just stuff things into the back of an SUV. A fair number of modelers did ...

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Light Sport Aircraft adventure

Having survived my adventure last week in a glider, I decided to try out an entirely new breed of aircraft – the Light Sport Aircraft. These planes are designed to be flown by pilots who are not into full scale flying. That means they cater to the pilot who wants to ...

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