Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Midland TX Mar 2004

Feb 11,
 Today we went to Wal-Mart and bought a set of clippers. I told Sally we can trim the dog and save about $30.00 every 3 weeks. Well we just spent 2 hours trimming and the dog hasn’t complained a bit about the way she looks. I do have to laugh at her because of the way she looks. Sally tells me I’ll hurt her feelings. For some reason the door hinges on the trailer seem to be sprung so I took it all apart and I was right. They still are sprung and of course special hinges. It’s been a beautiful day, today probably in the low 60’s, very nice. About 4:30 the wind has come up and it’s blowing the Texas topsoil around in the sky. I almost made A DAY WITHOUT GETTING A BUNCH OF SAND IN MY HAIR. As I’m writing this the trailer is really rocking to & fro.
Tomorrow morning we’ll go on to Odessa & Midland. Midland is the home of what used to be called the “Confederate Air Force”. All type of flyable aircraft of WWII vintage. Just like going back to my childhood, to bad I wouldn’t find any of the kids there. When I was growing up we were on the northern border of The Pontiac City Airport. As kids we’d set by the hour watching the planes land and take off. Also there was a treasure chest of parts out at the airport dump. Old plane parts with which we could make our own fighters and help in the war effort.

Confederate Air Force - -Today called the Commemorative Air Force -(Must be politically correct you know) Everybody should be required to go through the CAF. Airplanes from the 30’s, 40’s, Korea & Vietnam. A special emphasis on the WWII airplanes. The first thing you see except for the inevitable gift shop are the plaques on the wall. Each one is about the exploits of such & such a man or maybe the crew of such & such a airplane. It tells what kind of planes, where they were based and what they were able to do often at great odds. Tears came not only to my eyes but most of the people as they read of what these kids in their teens and early 20’s was able to do in the 1940’s. These are not bragging boards but actual things done at great risk.

Chennault’s “Flying Tigers” , all the way to the final surrender of Japan. Actual films from the gun cameras as the aerial battles were waged. From Pearl Harbor where the only pilots to takeoff that morning happened to be up all night playing poker. The “Battle of Midway”, “D Day”., “Normandy” and countless others. Harrowing tales of the “Bataan Death March” and other atrocities. Somehow they have restored some of the nose-art off the B-29’s. They have a couple people they call conservators and with microscopes and chemicals they delve down in the paint and find it’s design and characters from 60 years ago. Pinup girls and the names of the aircraft fill quite a large display room.

Exhibits of how things were on the home front with the “Victory Gardens”, meat, sugar, gas, tires, coffee and other items that were rationed or just nonexistent. Also on display are actual models of the 2 atomic bombs dropped on Japan, an awesome sight. Of course they have in flying condition most of the different plane models that were used in WWII as well as Korea & Vietnam. If you ever have a chance, go to this Commemorative Air Force exhibit. Each October they put on their “Airsho” in Midland, TX complete with the pyrotechnics. Our WWII and Korean Veterans are dying off at the rate of about 1500 per day. If you know a veteran thank them. I have, and you should see the look of gratitude on their faces, especially the ones from Vietnam.

From Midland we travel on towards Snyder, Tex. It’s quite an oil & cattle town. There’s a RV Park there where we stayed last year. It’ on the Wagon Wheel Ranch. Which is a working “Dude Ranch” with live music and stuff on weekends. So this being Fri we’ll stop and spend the night.

Damn, Damn, Damn I snagged the roof on a limb and did major damage. The worse thing about it is I can’t blame anyone but myself. Looking back on that situation now I really should have gotten an awarde as there aren't that many trees in Texas.

The Hub City Trailer Club is having a rally at the Wagonwheel RV Ranch and the park is apparently full. With some help from the rally members we get parked and get electricity and water. After a night of tossing & turning, worrying about the price of the repairs, it is still going to be a beautiful day. About noon the temp has reached about 70 and the sun has come around to warm up the roof so I start taping the holes in the rubber roof covering. I ’m sure glad I’d purchased 200 mph tape, the last time I bought it. Takes about an hour and I have quite a few supervisors but, we’re all enjoying it. All of the men are reminiscing about their goof-ups. Sally is off socializing with some of the women so I don’t have her directing me also. Soon she’s back saying we’re invited to dinner that this rally group is having. Shrimp, polish sausage, corn on the cob & potatoes all fixed at the same time in the same pot. It’s very good and you sure don’t dirty many pots. In fact they started with a big pot of hot water adding potatoes, corn on the cob, polish sausage and ending up with the shrimp. They then drain off all of the water and dump (spread) it all on the white paper table cloth on the long tables. What a meal.

It’s amazing when you talk to people that are camping of their diverse backgrounds and all of the personal problems they or we all have had.

Sun. Mar 24th- - Today we left Wagon Wheel RV Ranch and The Hub City Trailer Club, Rally, after their church service. We left not with tears in our eyes or theirs but with the feeling that we could come back with that group anytime.

t about the way she looks. I do have to laugh at her because of the way she looks. Sally tells me I’ll hurt her feelings. For some reason the door hinges on the trailer seem to be sprung so I took it all apart and I was right. They still are sprung and of course special hinges. It’s been a beautiful day, today probably in the low 60’s, very nice. About 4:30 the wind has come up and it’s blowing the Texas topsoil around in the sky. I almost made A DAY WITHOUT GETTING A BUNCH OF SAND IN MY HAIR. As I’m writing this the trailer s really rocking to & fro.
Tomorrow morning we’ll go on to Odessa & Midland. Midland is the home of what used to be called the “Confederate Air Force”. All type of flyable aircraft of WWII vintage. Just like going back to my childhood, to bad I wouldn’t find any of the kids there. When I was growing up we were on the northern border of The Pontiac City Airport. As kids we’d set by the hour watching the planes land and take off. Also there was a treasure chest of parts out at the airport dump. Old plane parts with which we could make our own fighters and help in the war effort.

Confederate Air Force - -Today called the Commemorative Air Force -(Must be politically correct you know) Everybody should be required to go through the CAF. Airplanes from the 30’s, 40’s, Korea & Vietnam. A special emphasis on the WWII airplanes. The first thing you see except for the inevitable gift shop are the plaques on the wall. Each one is about the exploits of such & such a man or maybe the crew of such & such a airplane. It tells what kind of planes, where they were based and what they were able to do often at great odds. Tears came not only to my eyes but most of the people as they read of what these kids in their teens and early 20’s was able to do in the 1940’s. These are not bragging boards but actual things done at great risk.

Chennault’s “Flying Tigers” , all the way to the final surrender of Japan. Actual films from the gun cameras as the aerial battles were waged. From Pearl Harbor where the only pilots to takeoff that morning happened to be up all night playing poker. The “Battle of Midway”, “D Day”., “Normandy” and countless others. Harrowing tales of the “Bataan Death March” and other atrocities. Somehow they have restored some of the nose-art off the B-29’s. They have a couple people they call conservators and with microscopes and chemicals they delve down in the paint and find it’s design and characters from 60 years ago. Pinup girls and the names of the aircraft fill quite a large display room.

Exhibits of how things were on the home front with the “Victory Gardens”, meat, sugar, gas, tires, coffee and other items that were rationed or just nonexistent. Also on display are actual models of the 2 atomic bombs dropped on Japan, an awesome sight. Of course they have in flying condition most of the different plane models that were used in WWII as well as Korea & Vietnam. If you ever have a chance, go to this Commemorative Air Force exhibit. Each October they put on their “Airsho” in Midland, TX complete with the pyrotechnics. Our WWII and Korean Veterans are dying off at the rate of about 1500 per day. If you know a veteran thank them. I have, and you should see the look of gratitude on their faces, especially the ones from Vietnam.

From Midland we travel on towards Snyder, Tex. It’s quite an oil & cattle town. There’s a RV Park there where we stayed last year. It’ on the Wagon Wheel Ranch. Which is a working “Dude Ranch” with live music and stuff on weekends. So this being Fri we’ll stop and spend the night.

Damn, Damn, Damn I snagged the roof on a limb and did major damage. The worse thing about it is I can’t blame anyone but myself. Looking back on that situation now I really should have gotten an awarde as there aren't that many trees in Texas.

The Hub City Trailer Club is having a rally at the Wagonwheel RV Ranch and the park is apparently full. With some help from the rally members we get parked and get electricity and water. After a night of tossing & turning, worrying about the price of the repairs, it is still going to be a beautiful day. About noon the temp has reached about 70 and the sun has come around to warm up the roof so I start taping the holes in the rubber roof covering. I ’m sure glad I’d purchased 200 mph tape, the last time I bought it. Takes about an hour and I have quite a few supervisors but, we’re all enjoying it. All of the men are reminiscing about their goof-ups. Sally is off socializing with some of the women so I don’t have her directing me also. Soon she’s back saying we’re invited to dinner that this rally group is having. Shrimp, polish sausage, corn on the cob & potatoes all fixed at the same time in the same pot. It’s very good and you sure don’t dirty many pots. In fact they started with a big pot of hot water adding potatoes, Today we went to Wal-Mart and bought a set of clippers. I told Sally we can trim the dog and save about $30.00 every 3 weeks. Well we just spent 2 hours trimming and the dog hasn’t complained a bit about the way she looks. I do have to laugh at her because of the way she looks. Sally tells me I’ll hurt her feelings. For some reason the door hinges on the trailer seem to be sprung so I took it all apart and I was right. They still are sprung and of course special hinges. It’s been a beautiful day, today probably in the low 60’s, very nice. About 4:30 the wind has come up and it’s blowing the Texas topsoil around in the sky. I almost made A DAY WITHOUT GETTING A BUNCH OF SAND IN MY HAIR. As I’m writing this the trailer s really rocking to & fro.

Tomorrow morning we’ll go on to Odessa & Midland. Midland is the home of what used to be called the “Confederate Air Force”. All type of flyable aircraft of WWII vintage. Just like going back to my childhood, to bad I wouldn’t find any of the kids there. When I was growing up we were on the northern border of The Pontiac City Airport. As kids we’d set by the hour watching the planes land and take off. Also there was a treasure chest of parts out at the airport dump. Old plane parts with which we could make our own fighters and help in the war effort.

Confederate Air Force - -Today called the Commemorative Air Force -(Must be politically correct you know) Everybody should be required to go through the CAF. Airplanes from the 30’s, 40’s, Korea & Vietnam. A special emphasis on the WWII airplanes. The first thing you see except for the inevitable gift shop are the plaques on the wall. Each one is about the exploits of such & such a man or maybe the crew of such & such a airplane. It tells what kind of planes, where they were based and what they were able to do often at great odds. Tears came not only to my eyes but most of the people as they read of what these kids in their teens and early 20’s was able to do in the 1940’s. These are not bragging boards but actual things done at great risk.

Chennault’s “Flying Tigers” , all the way to the final surrender of Japan. Actual films from the gun cameras as the aerial battles were waged. From Pearl Harbor where the only pilots to takeoff that morning happened to be up all night playing poker. The “Battle of Midway”, “D Day”., “Normandy” and countless others. Harrowing tales of the “Bataan Death March” and other atrocities. Somehow they have restored some of the nose-art off the B-29’s. They have a couple people they call conservators and with microscopes and chemicals they delve down in the paint and find it’s design and characters from 60 years ago. Pinup girls and the names of the aircraft fill quite a large display room.

Exhibits of how things were on the home front with the “Victory Gardens”, meat, sugar, gas, tires, coffee and other items that were rationed or just nonexistent. Also on display are actual models of the 2 atomic bombs dropped on Japan, an awesome sight. Of course they have in flying condition most of the different plane models that were used in WWII as well as Korea & Vietnam. If you ever have a chance, go to this Commemorative Air Force exhibit. Each October they put on their “Airsho” in Midland, TX complete with the pyrotechnics. Our WWII and Korean Veterans are dying off at the rate of about 1500 per day. If you know a veteran thank them. I have, and you should see the look of gratitude on their faces, especially the ones from Vietnam.

From Midland we travel on towards Snyder, Tex. It’s quite an oil & cattle town. There’s a RV Park there where we stayed last year. It’ on the Wagon Wheel Ranch. Which is a working “Dude Ranch” with live music and stuff on weekends. So this being Fri we’ll stop and spend the night.

Damn, Damn, Damn I snagged the roof on a limb and did major damage. The worse thing about it is I can’t blame anyone but myself. Looking back on that situation now I really should have gotten an awarde as there aren't that many trees in Texas.

The Hub City Trailer Club is having a rally at the Wagonwheel RV Ranch and the park is apparently full. With some help from the rally members we get parked and get electricity and water. After a night of tossing & turning, worrying about the price of the repairs, it is still going to be a beautiful day. About noon the temp has reached about 70 and the sun has come around to warm up the roof so I start taping the holes in the rubber roof covering. I ’m sure glad I’d purchased 200 mph tape, the last time I bought it. Takes about an hour and I have quite a few supervisors but, we’re all enjoying it. All of the men are reminiscing about their goof-ups. Sally is off socializing with some of the women so I don’t have her directing me also. Soon she’s back saying we’re invited to dinner that this rally group is having. Shrimp, polish sausage, corn on the cob & potatoes all fixed at the same time in the same pot. It’s very good and you sure don’t dirty many pots. In fact they started with a big pot of hot water adding potatoes, corn on the cob, polish sausage and ending up with the shrimp. They then drain off all of the water and dump (spread) it all on the white paper table cloth on the long tables. What a meal.

It’s amazing when you talk to people that are camping of their diverse backgrounds and all of the personal problems they or we all have had.

Sun. Mar 24th- - Today we left Wagon Wheel RV Ranch and The Hub City Trailer Club, Rally, after their church service. We left not with tears in our eyes or theirs but with the feeling that we could come back with that group anytime.

corn on the cob, polish sausage and ending up with the shrimp. They then drain off all of the water and dump (spread) it all on the white paper table cloth on the long tables. What a meal.

It’s amazing when you talk to people that are camping of their diverse backgrounds and all of the personal problems they or we all have had.

Sun. Mar 24th- - Today we left Wagon Wheel RV Ranch and The Hub City Trailer Club, Rally, after their church service. We left not with tears in our eyes or theirs but with the feeling that we could come back with that group anytime.

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