Photos from All Over  (December 12, 2004)

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This set of pictures is a testament to the fact that digital cameras that hold hundreds of pictures are evil ... I'm not sure where all these pictures came from ... I suspect that with some of the pictures, I was simply playing with the camera (new at the time).

The great Allen Park flood in May, 2004.  This park flooded my mom's basement and my safe.  Lots of important papers and three firearms were submerged.

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Me getting set up in my apartment.  Christopher Walken is one of my favorite actors ... I assume that this shot comes from an episode of SNL ...

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Probably my first meal in Marshall ...

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My fridge.  Notice that ALCOHOL COMES FIRST!

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My original desk at home ...

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As I mentioned above, three firearms were potentially submerged for several days in Allen Park.  This is my kitchen with all three disassembled for cleaning.  Surprisingly, the Glock did the worst of the three (corrosion on the frame rails, and the disconnector and related parts were ruined and had to be replaced).  The Smith & Wesson, containing many chrome-plated steel parts, had no corrosion anywhere.

In fairness to Glock, I should point out that this is not necessarily a fair comparison.  The pistols may have been in different places within my safe (it is possible that the Glock was submerged but the other two were not).

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The City of Marshall.  Somewhere in there is my old 1992 F-150, which was my favorite truck.  I think when my Ranger wears out—if we're not all driving hydrogen-powered spaceships by then—I'll get another F-150.

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Photos of Brooks Field ...

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My apartment ...

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Shots from The Allen Park Bar, with drunk people singing and taking pictures of other drunk people's butts ...

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Photo of the instrument panel of an airplane at Brooks Field ... as a student, all of those dials and gauges are impressive ... but as a pilot, you just wish they would all go away except for airspeed and altitude.

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These may be pictures from my solo time as a student.

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Minka, now deceased ...

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Mom, hiding from the camera ...

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Sweetie ...

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Weather information, possibly for one of the many hurricanes in Florida ...

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Shots from the Marshall Aviation Center ...

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Shots from the countryside.  I have no idea where or why ...

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Bill Ross took me up for a glider ride.  These are photos from that day ...

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The E6-B, a classic flight computer (otherwise known as a circular slide rule with a wind calculator on the back).  Too bad that as a pilot you just get in the air and turn into the wind until the GPS says you're flying the course you want.

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A much younger Lucy ...

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I also have a movie of Lucy playing, which is here (about 5M).

More shots of Lucy, including her fine job on my can of Dust-Off ...

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More pictures from flying, flight training, Lucy, preparing for my PPL checkride, and a Florida hurricane ... also, just in case I lost my logbook, I photographed it with my digital camera ...

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More shots of Lucy ...

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... and my solo shirt ... and more Lucy ...

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There are these funny people at Marshall who jump out of airplanes suspended by spaghetti.  These are pictures of the spaghetti people ... in one of the photos below, it looks like blue sky ... but if you view it at its full resolution you can see two parachutes at a respectable altitude ...

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More pictures of Lucy.  One day, Lucy decided to "dig" all the cat food out of the feeder.  She hasn't done that since (thankfully).

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Sweetie with her cast after surgery.  I was surprised to find out that her pigmentation goes all the way into the skin (but, I'd have no way to know this, because I've never shaved a cat).

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This is an old project I did somewhere in the process of getting my BSEE.  I photographed it because the steel plate was used for another load board (on my desk at work).  Amazing what a welder and some spray paint can do.

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More flying pictures ...

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Preparing for my PPL checkride ... the important elements are Pepcid AC (due to coffee ingestion) and Chinese carry-out.

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