Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Well, its been awhile since my last post and whoa, a lot is going on - at least for me who is not one to be completely in tune with the wildness of the West Coast. Let's start off with some of the tame stuff first Ok, last night, after doing some late night grocery shopping, I fired up the ham radio that is now in the Jeep. (yes, a real world capable radio- I'm a geek) Anyway, on the ride home I heard someone calling CQ (which means calling any station) with a pretty good signal but a callsign I don't recognize. I called back and was surprised to hear the other Ham come back with "Greetings from Antartica!" I couldn't believe it, I was talking to the South Pole! Well, at least it was a big deal for me! :-)

As far as other tame stuff, I went up to the Angeles National Forest a couple of weekends ago and found myself at the Mt. Wilson Observatory which I had read so much about as a kid. The entire mountain top is dedicated to astronomy with numerous telescopes including the world famous 100" instrument. It's hard to believe that all that stuff was actually built in the early 1900's! The road construction alone must have been an engineering marvel. It was a pretty cloudy day so I didn't get the view of the LA basin that is supposed to be so incredible from up there. Guess I'll just have to go back!

Well, that is about it from here - got to get back to work. More later from home.

Tuesday, October 17, 2000

Went to a Civil Air Patrol meeting in Van Nuys last night. They need pilots which is hard to believe. So, looks like I may be doing some search and rescue flying. It would also get me access to fly a couple of Navy T-34's that fly out of Camarillo. Cool.

Loads of work ahead of me today. Have to get a good start on a project for CB Richard Ellis out of Boston. You can check my progress at www.constitutionquarters.com.

Monday, October 16, 2000

Greetings! Well, thanks to Becky Daigle (http://beck.blogspot.com) I've been introduced to this service. Since I'm a lousy journal keeper and I'm in front of a web connected computer about 18 hours a day, I thought I'd give this a try. Let's see how it goes!