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Break

I‘ll be off the net for the next couple of days attending a reunion of a bunch of guys some of whom I haven’t seen in 40 years.  I’ll probably be back up and running on Monday.  This crew I’ll be with will most likely not have me in much of a condition to blog.  I may pop in and throw something up, but right now, plans are to enjoy the camaraderie and the beer.

I’m sure my co-bloggers will pick up the slack.

See you on Monday.

~McQ

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The Drought Is Certainly Over In Atlanta

Metro Atlanta went through a deluge yesterday and right now you can’t get out of town in certain areas. Western Atlanta received up to 15″ of rain yesterday (20″ since Friday) and I-20 on that side of town is closed as the Chattahoochee has flooded it out. The Yellow River has also jumped its banks (as well as Sweetwater Creek) to make the metro area a mess. The ground is saturated and more rain, not the volume of yesterday thank goodness, is expected today. 8 have died in the flooding.

~McQ

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Back To the Real World

I‘ve been to Alaska, and seen the glaciers, bears, eagles, whales, and about 30 inches of rain.  But, now I’m back, and regular blogging about motorcycle goodness will begin in due course.

In the meantime, I leave you with this little video I slapped together earlier this evening.  It’s still a bit rough, but I put it together in about an hour.  I’ve got hours of video, so more will be forthcoming.

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