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ea757grrl
the South
I'm a professional speller. In my spare time, I build blimps and fight the Nazis.
Interests: aviation, broadcasting history, auto racing, history
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Oh, yes. A moment Joe Bob Briggs called the greatest moment in television history. Howard K. Smith, who was moderating that discussion (insofar as it could be moderated, at least), wrote an amusing account of that moment in his memoirs, including his recollections of wondering if they were going to leap him and get physical about it.
Toggle Commented Nov 15, 2011 on The old hand at The Northward Contrail
You should steer clear of cliches, you know. Avoid them like the plague. So you'd best nip that in the bud.
There is a sort of faith that goes into it -- and a ton of reference photos, too. It helps when you are able to figure out exactly where the color demarcations should go, and it also helps when you are working with an accurate kit that will let you place things exactly where you need them to go. Dealing so much in airliner models has also increased my skills in adapting decals to suit my purposes. If I get those decals and the stripe or the globe do not want to fit properly, you can bet the skills of a surgeon (and the profanity of a longshoreman) will be employed to make those decals do what I want them to!
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2011 on The waiting part at The Northward Contrail
It has aged remarkably well for a 20-year-old livery. Some elements seem distinctly 1990s, but I give Continental credit for not messing with it, and I also give the new United credit for retaining most of the external CO identity. (Meanwhile, Delta has gone through three liveries since 1997, and other carriers have tried to reinvent their appearances many times over....)
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2011 on The colors, Andy at The Northward Contrail
Tania: Funny you mention that new-tool Spitfire, for at the hobby shop tonight I saw the new-tool Airfix F-86. Only $10. And a pen-pal is building one and has said wonderful things about it. So I did that rationalizing thing and bought it. I feel a little guilty inside, because I'm not helping my stash situation out...but, hey, it was only ten bucks. :)
Toggle Commented May 12, 2011 on Workbench season at The Northward Contrail
ea757grrl is now following Iron Modeler
Jan 27, 2011
Warren: The Columbia Workshop! (cry of delight)
Warren: Then they will wait another year before buying enough extension cord, no doubt.
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2011 on It's about to be over at The Northward Contrail
Prof: Many thanks for the kindness and understanding (and for dropping in, of course). Happy new year to you and yours, too.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2011 on I've had me a few at The Northward Contrail
Tania: You're not about to let me forget this anytime soon, are you? :) (Here's a little secret, though: stay after me and I'll get it done. Eventually. But it will get done!)
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2010 on Looking ahead at The Northward Contrail
Jose: Yeah, you're probably closer to it than I am; "the disappointed optimist" is probably closer to what I am. Its just that the good Professor's quote was on my mind in the wee small hours of the morning up in AK when this one came tumbling out, as I was trying to make some sense of some things that had been troubling me. Eric Sevareid once said of his mentor Ed Murrow, "He wasn't an optimist about tomorrow, but he was an optimist about the day after tomorrow." I've often used that to describe myself. Probably closer to what I wanted to say, anyway. But, I saw the shot, and took it, and you know the rest. :) Thanks for stopping in! NB "Hey, Mr. Shepard! I think your Jose Jimenez is...A-OK. But what you're doin' with it is b-a-d...." :)
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2010 on I've had me a few at The Northward Contrail
Warren: Speaking of which, family lore has it that a great uncle of mine made a fortune selling hot water bottles to Grand Ole Opry visitors. He claimed they were the same waterbeds as used by Little Jimmy Dickens.
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2010 on Busy again at The Northward Contrail
Sarah: Always part of the fun of reading charts and approach plates are those names, some of which are absolutely splendid. (In addition to their own intrinsic, lose-yourself-in-the-information value. Same reason I stay away from the World Almanac; I'll pick up one to check one fact and the next thing I know, 45 minutes have passed.) Warren: I always love watching the end credits of the old Hee Haw episodes, particularly the CBS episodes, to see the credit for WLAC-TV. (But did your visit to the cornfield also include a haircut at Archie Campbell's shop?)
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2010 on Let's get it done at The Northward Contrail
Diane: Faceslapped? I love that one! (writes it down to use later) Thanks for coming over and sharing your note to Facebook -- it did me a lot of good to read it, and you nailed how I feel, too. I would love to think someone actually reads what we write them, but, sadly, you and I know what really happens, and they feel no need to write you back. (Or, on the off chance you do get a reply, you get what is obviously a cut-and-paste two-line reply, with any remorseful content seemingly coincidental.) This really is some new, modern world we live in....
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2010 on An open letter at The Northward Contrail
Sarah: Many thanks. The one thing that gives me some comfort is knowing that sooner or later, Facebook is going to be undone by its own arrogance, the same arrogance that you and I and a lot of other folks had to suffer this week.
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2010 on An open letter at The Northward Contrail
Thanks to all of you for your feedback -- and, yes, this does appear to be a widespread problem. It will be interesting to see how this plays out -- and I will try to keep you updated as I learn more, and as my own case gets resolved. I bet some folks at Facebook are going to be mighty embarrassed.... Be that as it may, thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences, and making me feel like maybe the problem isnt me after all. Good luck to you all in getting your access back.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2010 on Why I grumble at The Northward Contrail
Darlene: I can't help wondering if there was some system glitch overnight, or if some security script got overzealous. I'd also love to know how many folks had the same thing happen to them that happened to us. It does provide some comfort to know I'm not alone, at least....
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2010 on Why I grumble at The Northward Contrail
Warren: As Bill Murray said in "Stripes": "I'm pacing myself, sir."
Warren: Your analogy is much closer to the truth than most pundits will admit....
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2010 on I've seen it before at The Northward Contrail
Warren: Yes, but only after I figured out I could sing the lyrics to the Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black" to its music.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2010 on Ten things (okay, eight) at The Northward Contrail
ea757grrl is now following Patrick Hawkey
Oct 5, 2010
Warren: Yes! Now if only they would make it so I could plug in a Datasette unit. Nothing like storing code on audio cassettes....
Toggle Commented Sep 2, 2010 on These infernal boxes at The Northward Contrail
Tania: When I was watching that, I thought to myself, "That has to be the most Boeing-looking A320 cockpit I've ever seen!" (But having done some video projects, I know why that kind of thing gets done -- and committed it myself -- and that most folks don't know the difference. Most of the time, anyway!)
Warren: Which is why the Yankees of the late '60s and early '70s will always be more interesting to me than the glory-year Yankees. Dooley Womack forever!
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2010 on The sun in a box at The Northward Contrail
Diane: Thank you!
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2010 on It does matter at The Northward Contrail