Monthly Archives: June 2009


Sheba the wonder dog sits in front of the fan instead of chasing cars, boats and cats……………

Now that’s when you know its hot.

There is a lot of smoke in the air this last week and weekend.
Many farmers it appear are burning off their wheat straw so that they can work the ground and get rid of the ruts and such for planting double crop beans.
The debate is if this is a good practice. It really doesn’t matter. It is necessary in a lot of places to get the crop planted.
You just have to have a disc ready and watch the wind!!

I got to see Mike Rayburn at the Comodity Classic in Nashville last year, he is great……………!

GET ON THE AIR!!!!

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Sunrise, Thursday June 25, as viewed from the cab of the 7120 drilling beans, one short night.

But, I got done today with bean planting. I may have to redo some but I am done.

First year I have never planted any corn. And I still went around the wet holes planting beans.

Funny, I never noticed how dirty the windshield was until I looked at this picture…………..

“I’m from National HQ and I am here to help!”

CAP NHQ Safety Mandate = Male Bovine Excrement

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Wheat harvest has started and it is going, well, it is going so to speak. Soft fields, some muddy, rain, low test weight and other problems seem to be norm. Test weights are running as low as 46, or that was the one I heard today.

Bean planting is going on in places but it is still a day or so away from being right.

Corn is being side dressed at a record pace as well as spraying.

But the big news is that it is hot…………real hot.

And some continue to get rain upon rain even during these low rain probability days. They cant buy a break.

I feel their pain…………..

I am not a big fan of Hannity, to much like Oberman. But Ainsley Earhart doing a survival story in that yellow dress is worth the watch!!!

Really, this is a growing trend and it is nice to see that the urban community is getting into it.

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By end I mean the end of your desire to participate in something. I don’t know the answer to that one, but I think I am beginning to find out.

This last large pile of bovine excrement that Civil Air Patrol has shot out has me thinking its time to retire my uniforms and move on to a more productive and constructive volunteer organization.

The problem is that I am committed to commanding the Summer Encampment. I like to finish things I start and it has always been a goal of mine to be an encampment commander. I just never dreamed that when the time came that I wouldn’t want to do it. So I don’t care about going and don’t care if I go. But I have a pile of applications that must be processed and I will finish it out. Because I have to.

There is no one else to help really, no one wants to step up and help, they all want to do their own little things. And that is fine, I don’t blame them. But someone will have to step up next year. Aug 9 looks to be my last day in CAP.

As I sit here tonight I look at the many certificates and achievements that I have had in CAP. I regret to say that while my 30 years in CAP have been successful from a collection of useless paper, it has in no way been significant.

Squadron Commander, Group Commander, Dir of Cadet Programs, ES, Comms and 15 Encampments. And with the exception of 14 of the encampments, I don’t feel as though I had any support or leadership from the higher echelons. Just grief and heartache.

Of most troubling to me is the last two years I have spent in time and money to do ICS classes and to work on my Communications Unit Leader for emergency services. Its hard to do communications when your not issued a radio, but we managed to figure it out. In that time frame I also got my Senior rating in Communications. Again not easy when your a unit of one with no one to talk to…………

Yes I think on Aug 9 I will start doing something that I enjoy. Talking on my ham radio, camping more, fishing some and hunting again. I know that for me CAP has been fun for 25 years or so, and once a year for the last five years. And I know that I don’t want my son or daughter in the program to be jerked around by same people who have stretched their own self importance because they have some rank or grade and now think they are someone real important. No their just a volunteer like me.

Wait, their not a volunteer like me………………that’s the problem. There are a few like me, my friends and traveling buddies. But they are few it seems anymore.

51 days and a wake up.

Aug 9 here we come.

NHQ Civil Air Patrol has decreed that all CAP members must take up to five additional classes to attend Encampments or Special Activities this summer. This memo came out on 15 June. Perfect timing to really upset the apple cart when it comes to adding more hoops to jump through.

I wonder what makes NHQ think that more safety related training will make us safe? Esp when 60% of the mandated training does not deal with safety of personnel but that of assets. Read PLANES and GLIDERS.

To me it is clear that NHQ has sent a clear message with this safety training mandate: Planes are more important than people. Read it here.

Yet another way that NHQ shows it has no concept of what really goes on out in the field and why they are out of touch.

And that perception is more important than reality.

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

Dear President Obama:

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don’t understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming others.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America‘ crowd and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O’Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Lou Pritchett

About Lou Pritchett:

Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America‘s true living legends- an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world’s highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management. Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as “partnering.” Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history.

I picked up a Yaesu 2800 when I got the 1802 and just got it out of the box. Matt and I were cleaning it up and getting ready to check it out when we saw the power leads.

Can someone explain to me why they would cut them off so close to the fuse block and why they would make them uneven?

I don’t understand this…………


While out driving around looking a mud holes before the next rain I took this shot of the incoming storm. While a little hard to see in this picture, there was some pretty awesome updrafts happening in the clouds and a pretty clear line between calm air and the rain that came.

I don’t know when it will stop raining. I really want to get in the field and get something planted that looks half way right, plus replant some beans.

This spring is getting really, really old.

After I said that I didn’t have the mind for Ag post, here is one!!!

This is Common Mullein, or Verbascum Thapsus. There sure is a lot of this stuff this year growing on ditch banks and right of ways.

Don’t know if it is the year, weather conditions or that most people have not mowed the ditches and such, but it is about like turkey and deer, everywhere.

Its not that I don’t or cant have a lot of post about agriculture right now, but I just am so tired of rain, bad looking crops, grumpy farmers, mud, and the overall poor condition of the fields and landscape that I don’t want to talk Ag when I get home.

Which explains why I am so into my radios that I am re manufacturing everything and testing everything………….again like I do when I need to relax.

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