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Shucks!

I got a call yesterday at about 3pm from Keesler Air Force Base, home of the Hurricane Hunters.

“Hey, can you get to Andrews AFB by Sunday morning? If so we’ll fly you through Hurricane Bill!”

Heck yeah. So I go about doing all the things you have to do to get ready for such an adventure and at about 10am this morning I take off toward DC. About 30 min into the drive, my Airforce PAO contact on the scene calls me to makes sure I’ve got the mission time and we talk about what to take on the flight. She’s talking a flight of 11 to 14 hours. I’m pretty much covered on all the gear I need, but she suggests I pick up some food to take with me since there will be no in-flight meals. OK, I can handle that.

So I continue on toward Andrews when I get a second call.

“I hate to have to call and tell you this, but the National Hurricane Center has canceled tomorrow’s tasking and the mission is scrubbed”.

Ah well, Bill was just a Cat 2 storm and apparently losing a little bit of steam. I made ‘em promise me they’d keep me at the top of the list for the next storm. I definitely still want to join that rather exclusive club of people who’ve flown through the eye of a hurricane – on purpose.

~McQ

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A Friend’s Loss

I‘ve gotten to know Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit through a couple of trips he and I have been on together – one at a Milbloggers Conference in DC and the other at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.

Jim’s a great guy and a formidable blogger. Jim lost his mother this week. I want to send my sympathies to him and his family. Go by and give your condolences as well. May she rest in peace, Jim.

~McQ

Warrior Legacy Foundation

Matt Burden of Blackfive has announced the formation of something near and dear to my heart. A foundation to, well, let him explain:

So, a few of us decided to start our own foundation – non-partisan – to work with both sides of the aisle to solve veterans issues. We decided that we need to include every generation, every branch of service, in order to stand firm, back to back, and defend our family.

The Warrior Legacy Foundation is born.

The family he’s speaking about is the military family. And that family includes everyone, from service members and veterans, to those who have someone in the service to those who simply want to support the military and the veteran community.

Everyone.

This foundation’s membership is open to all – veteran or non-veteran – who are interested in supporting a group dedicated to ensuring the problems veterans face today have a powerful advocate willing to spend both the time and money necessary to see those problems solved.

The WLF becomes official on Memorial Day. But you can join now. Please do and support this new and worthy effort. This is the chance to make your unofficial support official.

~McQ

Podcast Posting Delay

Yes, we did do a podcast.  I have the recording and everything.  he reason you don’t see it because right after I finished recording it, I had to take Apollo to the emergency vet hospital.

Apollo had an “inverted prepuce”, causing Paraphimosis. I’m not going to tell you what that is.  Look it up.  (Be aware though, that if you look up “Paraphimosis”, you’ll probably get a NSFW result.  Even at Wikipedia.) Apparently, even though he was neutered as a pup, when Contessa goes into heat, he has…urges.  Which led to today’s complication.

So, I’ve spent the last 3.5 hours at the vet’s.  But they got his thingy put back in, and he’s resting now.  Any by “resting”, I mean stoned to the gills on a Valium and opiate cocktail.  Here’s pics of the little stoner as of about 15 minutes ago.

Vets have the best stash.

Vets have the best stash.

Have you ever looked at your paw, man?  I mean <em>really</em> looked at your paw?

Have you ever looked at your paw, man? I mean really looked at your paw?

He’s zonked out with a cool compress between his legs, to keep the swelling down.

Anyway, I’ll try to get the podcast up tomorrow.

More recent pics of the dogs from last week below the fold, for those who are interested.

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Yes Virginia, There Really Is A Pogue

I‘ll be traveling most of the day, but I have to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with “Pogue Mahone” from our comment section.

We had a fantastic time. Great discussion and enough humor that my ribs hurt when I got back to my room.

More on it later (with a pic as soon as the photographer in question sends it to me), but in the meantime, thanks Pogue!

~McQ

Trip Report

Great day yesterday – drove up Skyline Drive which borders the Shenendoah Valley and did the scenery tour.  Absolutely beautiful (we’re staying in Charlottesville, VA).  Then came back through some of the most beautiful countryside I’ve seen in a while to Montpelier – James Madison’s home.

This was particularly interesting to me because of Madison’s role in writing the Federalist papersand the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  The house itself is a work in progress.  They only finally restored it to its original dimensions in September of last year (subsequent owners had added on – they took all the additions off of the house and only kept the parts that were there when the Madison’s owned it).

Anyway, probably the most memorable moment for me was standing in Madison’s study, where he penned much of the Constitution and many of the Federalist papers and staring at the ink stains on the wooden floor where his desk had been.  It’s little things like that which can bring history alive for a person.  That and staring out of the window at the beautiful scenery he looked at as he worked on those incredible documents.

If you get a chance, go see the place.  Web site: www.montpelier.org.

Today Monticello, Ash Lawn-Highland (home of James Monroe) and Michie Tavern (of course). Hopefully the Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg battlefields as well.

Ta ta …

~McQ

Minimal Posting This Week

I’m headed out today on a week of vacation, combined with the Milbloggers Conference Friday and Saturday in DC. I’ll be hosting a panel on Veteran’s Affairs.

We’re going to wander up through Charlottesville VA and the Shenandoah Valley, hit a few Civil War battlefields, hang out in Annapolis for a day and then on to DC. I’ve picked up a new video camera – one that actually works – and am going to try to capture some short vids of what we do and see.

Question to Jason or Bryan – does QandO have a YouTube Channel? If not, could one of you tech savvy guys set it up for us and let us know how we can upload stuff to it? With this new camera I’m inspired to do some Vlogging – making sure to keep my face firmly out of the vids.

Anyway, I’ll be doing more traveling than posting but I’m sure my slacker buddies on the blog will pick up the pace and keep you up to date with the normal governmental atrocities we’ve come so accustomed too these last few years.

Toodles.

~McQ