Category Archives: This ‘n That

October 31

On the Range

While I was cleaning two guns after shooting a box of ammo through each a few days ago, I remembered competition shooting in San Diego. I was stationed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in 1957-58. I volunteered for and qualified as a member of the MCRD Pistol Team. As long as I did my […]

May 25

Pixelated Picture Problems

A while back I decided to join the growing ranks of TV cable-cutters, or in my case satellite dish removers. Before I pulled the plug, I did some fiddling around with makeshift, jury-rigged antennas to discover that indeed I could receive HDTV OTA (Over The Air). In keeping with the ancient adage that “There ain’t […]

April 13

Blue Angels visit Naval Air Weapons Station

    Back in March of 2017, the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, California, hosted an airshow featuring the world famous Blue Angels – the US Navy’s Flight Demonstration Team. According to local media, more than 50,000 people attended the two days of acrobatics and precision flying. It had been 34 years since […]

January 02

Feline Household Dominator

           Princess is the imperious feline dominator who condescends to allow me to live in the house I built. Gifted to my wife some fourteen or fifteen years ago, Princess is an outdoor/indoor cat with a decided preference for the former. She has sleeping arrangements in both the house and the garage, depending on the […]

December 01

Gearing up and Going Diving

My SCUBA adventure to Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico with my sons Phillip and Geoffrey and Phil’s wife and daughter was a great trip. An unfortunate stumble walking up an incline in soft sand caused me to torque my left knee and ankle and I decided (wisely) to stay dry for the last day of diving. I took […]

November 26

Driving in Mexico

Along with my eldest son Phillip and his wife and daughter, and my youngest son Geoffrey I went on a two-week SCUBA adventure to Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Akumal is a relatively small resort on the Caribbean side of the Yucatan Peninsula. Highway distance is about 105 kilometers (about 65 miles). During the pre-trip planning […]

Anacapa Island SCUBA dive

My first SCUBA dive experiences in the waters off Southern California were, for me anyway, not much fun. I went for my very first two certification dives at the SCUBA park on Catalina Island. Had it not been for equipment malfunctions I might have done my next two there to finish up the cert. I won’t go […]

This ‘n That…………………….Bittersweet Day

     I’m writing this from a Best Western room in Santee, north and west of Lakeside.      The memorial for Uncle Don was at their house on what used to be the dairy on El Monte Road. The patio to the ?? north overlooks the river bed. As usual, dozens of folks were there — most […]

This ‘n That…………………Alaska #3 – Kodiak

Kodiak Island, some 250 or so miles south and west of Anchorage has a reputation for fishing and bears…  like this one:     But we’ll come back to him later.           Kodiak is also important because of Mission Lake. That was my destination in Kodiak and where I would spend […]

This ‘n That…………………..CRASH!

Computer users can be divided into two groups: those who have seen the Blue Screen of Death, and those who will. I’ve been in the first category since computers were invented. In the past, I’ve just rebooted the computer and gone on my way. Before I continue, I need to back up to the last […]