Friday, October 25, 2019


Pretty day here today. Clear and sunny with no wind at all. Extremely nice as the last several days have been windy as hell. A tad cool with temps only touching 40, but that's lovely when the wind has gone missing.

Chickens weren't even trying to take turns laying eggs.

I think they liked the weather.

Here's a fun video of what happens when a chicken catches a mouse.

Yesterday I had a sudden increase in nerve pain. Don't know what the deal is. Doubt it's anything more than a painful inconvenience, but I had to spend several hours doctorin' today, as the oldsters 'round these parts say.

Which subtracted hours from my planned ritin' sked-yool. I'm presently in the middle of penning a minuscule magnum opus, which I've not yet finished and unfortunately, therefore, is not the post you are presently perusing.

The following, however, are a selection of unique audio-visual experiences which may get you in the mood for tomorrow's post. So to speak.

Just for fun, here's a video (poor quality) of a Sea King losing the tail rotor and crashing on the flight deck of a destroyer. Note how quickly the pig spins out of control. The pilot immediately dumps the collective to autorotate, just as we did in the mishap I wrote about the other day. In a very real sense we were fortunate we dumped it in the trees as they slowed and even stopped most of the spin. If the video description is correct all seven aboard this helo survived.

More jff, the kids of my Oceana SAR boyz! Oceana Air Show 2004. Twenty years before this (35 years ago in 2019) we not only hoisted the swimmer, we did a neat demo of how to simultaneously hoist a stokes liter and medical attendant, featuring the word's most handsomest and most(ly) fearless corpsman. Then while the crowd was watching Bob Hoover in his Shrike Commander we slung an old Opel Kadet. When Bob was done with his bit we dropped the car from 5,000 AGL, landed smack in the grass a few hundred yards in front of crowd center. Poof! What a show!

Just sayin'.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow. Same Bat-time, same Bat-blog.


  1. Are you bats? No kidding, your stop-gap posts are more interesting and fun than many other blogs which try to entice readers. The others are so far above the mass of blogs as to be incomparable. Even yesterday's entry was informative, albeit somewhat flat and smelly. The bit about the nets under the wagons was new to me. I had somehow missed that bit of knowledge in school.

    Thanks for the post.
    Paul L. Quandt

    1. Thanks Paul. You might have been in the principal's office when they covered the alternative fuel source item in the manifest destiny module. They could only touch on it briefly as some whiny kid named Albert had begun whining about carbon and they decided to limit his opportunities to self-wind.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. Watching the chickens, before you made your comment, I had the thought that I was watching dinosaurs. Good stuff.

    As to the rest, loves me some Navy-tech, especially the "hey, it works" variety.

    1. Sometimes I wake up in the night wondering how long it would take them to strip my flesh if I ever go down in that pen. :) (I think...)

      With any luck I'll be able to leverage the "it works" aspect into a decent sea story.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Sarge!

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    1. I remember that. Sea Kings were always pretty survivable; shed energy with pieces and deformation, lots of room inside to bounce around and dissipate your own ke. As long as you didn't panic when suddenly under water, upside down at night, you were golden. For certain values of golden.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

    2. Yeah, helo dunker. I should rite about that bitch.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!