Back in 2013 I made a trip up to Nova Scotia for my college Homecoming, it being 30 years since I graduated from Acadia University. I flew from DC up to Boston, rented a car and drove the rest of the way to Wolfville.  It was a wonderful adventure, traveling those roads I had traveled so often on trips to and from that wonderful  place.  This photo I took on the way home.  Its the Trans Canada highway in New Brunswick between Saint John, NB and Truro, NS.  I lived the curves, the lines, the symmetry of the view.  The road – any road – leads to adventure and something new.  I’m looking forward to more of these kinds of trips in the future.

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Roman 86

I have a sort-of ongoing theme that I call “Why We Fly.” We fly not always because we have to, but often because we love to.  I’ll try to post some more of these photos in the days ahead.

In this shot, taken in the fall of 2015, our wingman Roman 86, adroitly piloted by Bill “Pirate” Mills with Gary Velasco in the back seat, flies lead on Vandy 1 in the skies east of Naval Air Station Oceana as we perform some Air Combat Maneuver warm-up prior to the airshow that year. These jets, Czech-built L-39 Albatross trainers, are really sporty little beauties that can lay on the speed-smack when needed and pull 6 gs. I’ve mentioned before that pulling 6 gs when you are in your 20s or 30s is a piece of cake. Doing that when you are in your late 50s – you’d better have your chiropractor on speed dial.

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X Marks The Spot

The view off Mama’s deck this morning. Hoping it’s a good sign the the house closing that I’m looking to have happen this week is the right thing to do. The butterflies are startin’ to flap around in the old gut. 

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The Current Workstation

This view (hopefully) will change in the next few days.  Hoping/planning on closing on the new house, Casa de Pinch V. 2.0, next Wednesday.

I say hopefully in that I’m looking forward to having my own digs again, even though staying here with Mom in her place is great – and you can’t beat the view, but yeah…getting my own crib again after 4+ months…priceless 🙂  I’m only 10 minutes from Mama’s place though, so that’s good.



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Happy New Year 2019!

Day-early wishes for a super 2019!

My first resolution will be to be more active on this blog!

Hold me to it. That is all. 

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RIP Weekly Standard? No…Good Riddence

The one-time conservative magazine Weekly Standard just went belly up. When a conservative mag like this goes full anti-Trump,  ye reap what you sow.

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So Much For The Party Of “Science”

The Democrats/Liberals/Progressives/Socialists like to think of their “side” of the political aisle as the Science side – as they claim some kind of science-based high ground on all things science.

So chalk this one right up there with their belief there are no X or Y chromosomes or that gender is a construct or there is a “consensus” of scientists regarding “global warming” (or climate change or whatever the latest buzz-phrase is these days) (btw, there isn’t a “consensus”.)

‘A fetus needs permission to reside in someone’s uterus’


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The Chevy Volt is Dead

Chevy’s big entry into the electric car world will be no more. I remember seeing a number of these bought by the Navy at the Washington Navy Yard as  official government vehicles. Knowing the cost of them and watching the charging stations being built reminded me of the utter waste of government.

“We’re from the government  were here to help.”



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One of these things….

,,,is not like the others!

F/A-18 Hornets at NAS Oceana, 2015.

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To The Moon and Back

A nice capture of Joe “Reb” Edwards in his T-28 Trojan Navy trainer during the Culpeper Air Fest airshow last weekend (early October 2018.)

Joe Reb was an F-14 Tomcat pilot and we crossed paths back in the early 90s when I was with the Navy Operations team at Grumman in Calverton, NY and Joe Reb was doing F-14D sorts of things.

Joe ended up going on to a NASA career, piloting the Space shuttle on STS-89, the last trip to the MIR space station in 1998. Currently, he has a consulting company based out of northern Virginia and flies this beautiful aircraft on the air show circuit when he can through Joe Edwards Airshows.

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