Sunday night and back to work in the a.m.

Jul 27, 2008 by

The weekends just don't seem long enough.  Yeah, it's a cliche but it's very true. 

It's been an okay weekend, and I'm sure there is only fun and excitement ahead in the next few days.  In Dallas, no rain expected, though we need it badly.  Temps this week are supposed to be above 100 each day and it's not even August yet, the hot month.  Great time to be an electrical company exec for sure.  Wish I was, and then I'm glad I'm not.

Have several projects to do at work this week, and some good ones for at home, too. 

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Storms heading into Dallas tonight?!

Jul 27, 2008 by

I wish. If only there were storm clouds heading this way.  It's 103 outside. 

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Downed B-52 off Guam

Jul 22, 2008 by

A B-52 crashed off Guam Monday early in the morning, which would have been late Sunday here in Dallas and at Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, LA.  My heart goes out the families of the crew.  Two men already have been recovered from the ocean.  Others remain missing at last report. 

My dad spent a lot of time at Anderson AFB in Guam.  First in '69-70 for bombing runs in D-models during Viet Nam.  At least a second time in 1980 as a major or lt. col.  We often worried about him being gone and doing the 30-hour missions out of there.  Heck, we often worried about him flying a Buff at all because of the issues it had that we never knew about. 

I've heard stories about crew climbing back into the hull of the Buff to hit things with a boot, like the landing gear, etc. to make things work.  And don't forget Maj. Kong in Dr. Strangelove.  Hyperbole yes, but not as much as you'd think.

And so with a downed Buff (big ugly fat effer)in the water, my heart pains for the wives and kids of the crew.  It takes a lot of dedication to fly in the Air Force.  A lot of sacrifice for those of all ages in the family.  Dad used to do week-long rotations at the Alert Facility at K.I. Sawyer AFB back in the '70s.  Fly during the day, fly during the night, and then go TDY to places like Guam. 

To those of you who lost a dad this week, I'm praying for you.  God bless you. 

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Back in Texas again

Jul 18, 2008 by

Whew, what a week.  First New York City for 24 hours.  Then Baltimore for 12 more.  Then DC for about 30. Call me tired. 

Met some new people, saw some new sights, ran into old friends, like ones from back in Alabama.  Heard some troubling news about things there.  Saw one of the coolest high schools I've ever been in, right in the middle of DC.  Amazing.

More later about the trip's digest. 

My mind is full of new ideas and I must get them down.

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Lincoln Memorial

Jul 16, 2008 by

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World Record for Climbing El Capitan in Yosemite

Jul 7, 2008 by

What a cool story–a race to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite.  Two hours and 43 minutes and 33 seconds.  If you don't know what mountain I'm mentioning, look here, it's the one on the left.  I don't  know how high up it goes, but you can see, it's almost straight up.  And from the valley floor, it's amazing to watch these guys go at it.  They get to be like tiny little specks of movement, with a thread hanging down off the mountain.

Congrats, Hans and Yuji.   You are an inspiration to hear about.

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Springfield, MA schools getting great superintendent, Alan Ingram

Jul 7, 2008 by

I'm elated at the news that Springfield, MA has selected my friend Alan Ingram, who I got to know through my brief stay in Oklahoma City Public Schools, is going to be their new superintendent.  Springfield, I think you will find that Alan is open to making changes and flexible in how the job gets done.  He manages with positive support and lets you do your job, so long as he's seeing results.  I enjoyed getting to know him and value him as one of my long, trusted friends of all time. 

Congrats Alan.  I wish you the best in your new endeavor.  You certainly have worked hard for this position. 

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