Sorry about that. Wasn’t trying to be a drama queen and wasn’t fishing for sympathy votes (although I do appreciate your many kindnesses) but I’d suddenly realized that I wasn’t entirely in control of my environment.
Which is a hard realization for a pilot to make, but one we’ve been trained to respond to: Controls release, throttles idle, speedbrake in.
As mentioned, I plan to be back in battery come tomorrow, albeit at a somewhat lower duty cycle. The fact is that time is the fire we all burn in, and this was taking a great deal more time (and effort) than could responsibly be supported.
So. I know that was a long walk to a small house. Those who’d want to know more are free to follow the jump.
I warn you though: Whinging follows. A discredit to the service, but there it is.
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One week minimum. I’ll let you know if it’s longer. Or if we’re finally done.
It’s a combination of things: Personal, professional, academic. Private.
If it’s really over, I’ll put a little something up to say goodbye with.
Surf somewhere else for a while.
Everyone knows the story of the “Bagdhad Diarist” who embellished what could not be woven out of whole cloth, thereby staining the honor of those who served alongside. People are increasingly aware that, under pressure from a clearly self-interested editorial staff at The New Republic to corroborate his own calumnies, he refused to cave [...]
The appropriately monikered David Axe wonders whether we still need an air force:
Fed up with unnecessary gold-plated fighter jet programs, the service‚Äôs impatience with counter-insurgency and its anti-China rhetoric, back in August I proposed the disbanding of the U.S. Air Force. The air service‚Äôs missions could be folded into the Army, Navy and [...]
Been a bit at sixes and sevens lately, catching up on work – the boss was right, it didn’t go anywhere – and not having much time or frankly enthusiasm for buckling on the old armor and wading back into the fray.
Took the motorcycle to work yesterday and today, thinking that traffic might [...]
The winds here are dead flat calm, which gives the firemen at least a fighting chance. Fallbrook to the far northeast and Julian to the east are still threatened, and the Witch Creek fire is still uncontained, but without the Santa Anas these are tactical struggles.
Slept easy and woke up to a chill [...]
Ensconced ourselves – rather informally, from the standpoint of military regulation – at my working digs, the place being otherwise vacant what with orders keeping all but “critical personnel” at home. Our boss told us the work wasn’t going anywhere, take care of family – good man himself.
The work place seemed as likely [...]
I’m ditching work and told my folks to do what they think is right, what with a mandatory evacuation order in effect one mile to my north. I do believe that the Mayor is being exceptionally conservative, but the winds have picked up over the night and what was two fires has become several [...]
Here’s a bit of it.
There are about four thousand, nine hundred and ninety-two people just out of the frame.
Not for nothing, but it seems to me that when a member of your community gets shot to death after having walked into a police station and attacking armed police officers with a knife? Your community lacks moral standing to riot over the issue.
Not everyone agrees, apparently:
Police in the Dutch city of [...]