Sunday, June 24, 2007

Big Balls Airlines

The name of this post says it all.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

100 Facts in 100 Days #15

I'm a pretty good typist. In high school, I was just trying to fill up my class schedule in 9th grade, but I had a good teacher, and the skill has stuck with me. Good old IBM Selectrics...you hardly ever even SEE a typewriter anymore.

Looking back at my school years, I can say it's one of the more valuable classes I took. I even worked as a typist in a work study job for the VA after I got out of the military.

There are a couple of short words I can type rather quickly since they're so common, such as "the." Today I just realized that "com" has become another one of those words for me due to typing in web addresses so often.

To help make me feel old, I found out from my nephews that typing class is now known as "keyboarding."

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Avoiding the drawl, so far...

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland
 

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The West
 
The South
 
The Inland North
 
Boston
 
The Northeast
 
North Central
 
Philadelphia
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz


Found via Dawn's blog.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Silver, Like A Fox

There are certain moments in life that aren't major in and of themselves but they serve to illustrate that you're getting older. One of these moments occurred in my life two days ago, while I was getting my monthly haircut.

Now, I know I've got gray hair. As I've mentioned here before, I've been getting gray hair since before I started shaving. I guess I didn't realize just how many of them I've gotten since then.

We were talking about the shampoo and hair care products I use (American Crew, usually) and the stylist said, "Do you ever use Silver Shine shampoo?" My response was something like "WHAT?"

She said, "Well, you have a LOT of gray hair, and it can help show it off well if you use a shampoo designed for it once in a while." I was still a bit flabbergasted, but after the haircut was over, I did end up buying some. I am sure that neither my father, or his father, ever worried about buying shampoo to enhance the appearance of their gray hair, but hey, why not show off what I've got?

Even though this incident did make me realize (more than usual) that I'm not a kid anymore, I still like my gray hair. I never plan to have it dyed. Growing up, being in the military, and working in the airline industry, I've earned every single damn one of them.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Hiking, Cellular Pics, and Cars

I guess I was wrong and it turns out cellular phone cameras are not completely lame, and actually are capable of taking decent, albeit low-res, pics. My next phone, to be selected within a couple of months, will have a higher resolution camera on it.

Anyhow, I recently made a trip home to Albuquerque, and was able to make a hike with one of my friends, which we used to do at least once a year when I was younger. The name of the trail is La Luz, and it's not one of the easier hikes to be found in those mountains...we started at the Tramway parking lot which is at around 6400 feet of elevation.

As you can see from the image below, that area is still high desert.



The trail tops out at the crest of the mountain, where I took this shot:



That one came out so well, I think I'd have a print made of it had I taken it with a higher resolution camera.

Let me just give you a piece of advice...should you decide to attempt hiking at a high elevation when you live at sea level, be prepared to be embarrassed, especially if you're hiking with a friend who lives at a mile elevation and goes jogging regularly. I did make the hike up with no major issues, my new walking shoes performing admirably. The hike took about as long as I had figured, I just was more winded during it than I had figured. So, perhaps it is time for a gym membership here. Still, the hike went pretty decently, considering. But the climb from 8000 to 10000 feet was definitely rough.

One advantage of choosing to hike to the top of the Tramway was that there is a brewpub at the top of it, and we didn't have to hike down, instead purchasing one-way tickets and riding down. We used to hike up and back down, but this is a more fun way to end it. All in all, total hike length was about 9.2 miles and 4000 vertical feet.

In other news, I've been attempting to get my car (which used to be my Dad's car) in decent shape. I had an oil change and other minor maintenance work done recently...there are just a couple other minor items to take care of. I also had it detailed inside and out, which was kind of a splurge, but it does look nice. This pic was also taken with my phone camera:



I realize this car isn't new, but you have to admit that for 11 years old, it looks pretty darn good. Of course, being garaged in an arid climate for the first 10 years of its life and only having 60,000 total miles on it helps things. Would be nice to have a CD player, but I can make do with a portable one plugged into the cassette player for now. Other than not having CD capability, the sound system is of very good quality.

It's getting hot and humid here. Yesterday, I went to pick up a take-out order and the gal behind the counter handed me a drink cup also. I told her I didn't order a drink, and she said, "I know, but you need it. You're SWEATIN." Let's hear it for Southern hospitality! Fortunately, my car's AC and my apartment's AC are both in good shape.

I'm planning on moving to a new place late next month...not a new house or anything, just a different apartment. I definitely picked a great time of year to move! Oh well. My current apartment is scheduled to be torn down within a few years and I was kind of sick of it, although I do like the location. I found a place I like better a few miles away that's cheaper. Well, moving is a good workout, I suppose.

Right after I move, I'm going on a quick mini-vacation to California. The vacation was already planned when I decided to move. This isn't the greatest timing, but I had been waiting a long time for a suitable apartment to open up in the complex I'm moving to...I think things will work out okay, but I'm sure the new place will still be a mess when I leave. I am looking forward to the vacation. I enjoy visiting my Mom in Albuquerque, but it will be good to use my flight benefits to go somewhere else and just relax!