Monday, March 31, 2008
"Squawks" are problems noted by U.S. Air Force pilots and left for maintenance crews to fix before the next flight. Here are some actual maintenance complaints logged by those Air Force pilots and the replies from the maintenance crews.
(P) = Problem (complaint)
(S) = Solution (reply)
(P) Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
(S) Evidence removed.
(P) DME volume unbelievably loud.
(S) Volume set to more believable level.
(P) Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200fpm descent.
(S) Cannot reproduce problems on ground.
(P) IFF inoperative.
(S) IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.
(P) Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
(S) That's what they're there for.
(P) Number three engine missing.
(S) Engine found on right wing after brief search.
(P) Aircraft handles funny.
(S) Aircraft warned to straighten up, "fly right," and be serious.
(P) Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
(S) Almost replaced left inside main tire.
(P) Test flight OK, except auto land very rough.
(S) Auto land not installed on this aircraft.
(P) # 2 propeller seeping prop fluid.
(S) #2 propeller seepage normal #1,#3 and #4 propellers lack normal seepage.
(P) Something loose in cockpit.
(S) Something tightened in cockpit.
(P) Dead bugs on windshield.
(S) Live bugs on order.
(P) Target Radar hums.
(S) Reprogrammed Target Radar with the words.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Take me out to Bais Yaakov,
Take me out to the crowds.
Buy me some knee socks and safety pins
Don't you worry my shirt is tucked in
'Cause it's root root root for the 9th grade
If they're not here it's a shame.
Cause it's one, two, three more years in BY Miami!
A little ditty my class used to sing. Worked best when we were in ninth grade. Sadly, it faded into oblivion after we left. Pity that, could have been a great BYM tradition.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Malls: Aventura Mall - a rather pricy, but very nice, very large mall, everyone who come down here goes there at least once.
Sunset Place Mall - a very nice mall, further south in Kendall, all outdoorsy and it always reminds me of Disney World, lots of shops, and lots of fun.
Sawgrass Mills Mall - It's a bit farther north in Plantation, it's a gigantic mall, all outlet stores, just if you go there, plan to spend the day, you MIGHT be able to go through the whole mall.
Random Fun Places:
Everglades - pretty much anyone who comes down here wants to see the Everglades with the alligators and the cougars and all that fun stuff. Here's a hint: do NOT go during the summer, unless you want to be eaten alive by bugs. The airboats are fun, and the alligators are cool.
Butterfly World - I haven't been there in years, so I might be going on outdated infornation here.
A gigantic place full of lots and lots and lots of butterflies. That pretty much describes it.
Lion Country Safari - a type of zoo, up in West Palm Beach, but there's a place where you can drive through very slowly, where the animals are wandering free and can come up very close to your car. It's very cool, lots of fun, not just for kiddies.
Miami Seaquarium - our local aquarium,down in Key Biscayne, has lots of shows with dolphins, seals, orca. Very nice large aquariums, can watch fish and sharks and stuff bein fed. Very nice place, but very hot in the summer, so bring a lot to drink.
Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Science and Discovery- A really nice museum, up in FT. Lauderdale, has a gigantic clock outside that's run by gravity. Very cool place to spend a few hours, it also has an IMAX theater.
Jungle Island - used to be Parrot Jungle Island, but changed it's name shortly after it relocated to Miami Beach. Lots of shows with animals, lots of birds, orangutans, tigers, gigantic crocs and alligators. Occasionaly have concerts there.
Monkey Jungle - A bit like Parrot Jungle as it was before it moved, but i can't say more than that I haven't been there in years.
Kennedy Space Center - Gigantic space rockets, and the history of space flight. An interesting place to spend the day.
MOSI - In my opinion, the best museum in Florida, with 5 floors of interesting stuff, and fantastic hands-on things for the kids to play with. Not just kids, anyone would love it. It has an IMAX theater as well, with a rounded screen, don't watch anything that has to do with water if you're prone to getting sea-sick.
Busch Gardens - Theme park/zoo. Roller coasters, and there is a whole lot of stuff to do. Not much that I need to say on it.
Adventure Island - Universal Studios other half, the one with all the roller coasters. I really like the roller coasters there.
Universal Studios - Not really an thrilling rides, except for some of the classics.
Disney (All four parks) - Need I say any more than that?
Downtown Disney - Shopping .
Seaworld - Aquarium/ theme park. Shamu, dolphins, rollercoasters, whales. All fun.
St. Augustine - the first established city in Florida, an intersting historical place to tour around. Er....lots of cemeteries also.
And that, I believe ends my very biased little guide of interesting things to do in florida. Enjoy the lovely "Sunshine State" (Note: Except in Summer)
Update: He stayed up till four in the morning on motzei shabbos and learned how to set his own hand on fire. On the other hand, his eventual goal apparently, is to be able to do it for Bar Mitzvahs and Weddings. That's got to count for something.But I still think he is insane.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Asian or African Elephant, can't recall which
In the petting zoo, they had this for the ducks. It was funny to watch them swim in it.
And of course, my favorite, TIGERS!!!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
" The butcher shop was small, and smelled of meat, hide, and other things I would rather not think about. When we walked in, we were greeted by one of the butcher's apprentices. I groaned, it was the gloomy one. He had a rather pessimistic view on life and had a tendency to share it with whoever walked in the door. Tell him any good thing, and he's point out all the flaws, or predict that something horrible would happen. As one would imagine, not a very cheerful person to know. "Oh, it's you. Mister Gerd is out back, he said he had something for you. It's probably not very nice." On top of it all, he had a very nasal sounding voice, which juist made me want to punch him every time he spoke. He left the room, presumably to get Mister Gerd. I looked around, the shop, trying to calculate the amount of damage I could do if left for just one hour in there. My brother, Plias, seemed to read my thoughts. He put his hand on my shoulder, "Don't even think it." "Awww. You're such a spoilsport!" At that moment Mister Gerd came in. "Ah! Plias and Sminetra! And how is your mother? Here for the usual? I just got in a beautiful hunk of meat..." he kept talking like that the entire time. I winced. I HATE being called by my full name, I prefer to be called Smina, or Smin, the only people who call me by full name are my brothers when they get mad at me, or my father. My mother never uses it, probably because she never wanted it to be my name in the first place. Soon, we were on our way, both carrying large packages of smelly meat. "Yurgh, I hate this part," I complained. Plias scowled at me. "You hush, it's your fault that we were stuck with this task."
And that's where I'll end it for now. We'll see how it progresses!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
"Beyond the world's end lies your most ardent desires as well as your most desperate fears. I have been told this for as long as I can remember. When I was a small child, my mother took me to the village's shaman to have my fortune told, as was the traditon of my family. The Shaman toldher these words, and said that one day I was destined to go beyond the world's end to places where no one had ever been before. Pffft. Anyways, I had been trained for every eventuality, except, of course, for the one that actually happened. Despite the fact that I was a girl, and a rather stubborn one at that, they put me through sword training, mountain climbing, survival skills, pretty much anything they could think of. I think the one thing they forgot was that no one really knew what was beyond the world's end, so it was kind of hard to prepare for that,no matter how much training. The events that precipitated my start toward my "destiny" were a bit earlier than I think anyone expected. It was my fifteenth summer, and my mother had sent me off to the market to retrieve some meat for dinner from the butcher. Mainly though, I think it was just to get me out of her hair. I was very much a tomboy, and got into trouble pretty often. I went to town with one of my brothers who was not in my mother's good graces that day, so she had sent him to keep me on the job. We walked into the butchers store, the cowbell that was tied to the door clanging loudly, announcing our arrival for all and sundry."
To be honest I have a bit more of an outline in my head, and it's already changed from what I originally put down on paper. Let me know if you think it's worth continuing. I may keep putting up installments.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
And apparently Blogger won't let me add more pics to this post, or it's just not cooperating right now. I'll put up some more later.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
At a high School in Montana a group of students played a prank on the school.
They let three goats loose in the school building.
Before they let them go they painted numbers on the sides of the goats: 1, 2, 4.
Local school administrators spent most of the day looking for goat #3.