Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Trying new aol version

I am trying new aol v. 9.0....  watch this space for good or bad reports.  Dec 2 03

March 2 04... v. 9.o has been pretty good. Has some features that are fun, like more sounds with IM and more smiley faces, and more sound effects with functions.  BUT it has more errors, like delivering my mail without addresses or subject lines.  The opening screens are more selectable, but appear MUCH slower.  So, "you takes your choice."

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Brush with the Rich and Famous

One day I was sitting in the Agua Dulce airport cafe with other Ercoupe owners watching a third Ercoupe do practice landings and take offs.  Soon it parked and the pilot and his instructor came into the cafe.  The pilot was John Travola and his instructor, whom we knew.  I shouted "Ercoupe pilots are over here."  Travola and his instuctor joined us.  We chatted about coupes and their landing characteristics.  The lady with me was in awe and figetted about waiting for a chance to ask for his autograph.  I whispered, "No you don't.  We're just Ercoupe pilots here. He heard me and smiled and said, "That's right."
   He asked how an Ercoupe landing gear could stand a crosswind landing so well, and I mortified my companions by saying, "Have you seen it?  It is built like a brick shithouse
." How could I use such language with John Travola?
   I had seen in the paper that he was not allowed to fly while filming "Saturday Night Fever" in New York.  I asked why.  He explained that when the whole production depended on your being there they couldn't risk it.  But, he smiled and said he had been able to slip away to New Jersey from time to time and get some flying in.
   Thanks for reminding me of a great moment... my brush with the rich and famous

Sunday, September 21, 2003

I have new apartment. 109 instead of 190. Imagine all the changes i have to send to change one digit.

Thursday, September 18, 2003


Moving, even moving from one apartment to another is awful.  Grandson came and did the lifting and dragging, but I wheeled back and forth with him...for thirty trips down the hall and back.  And there is more to do tomorrow.

Sunday, September 7, 2003

Some silliness

Things you will never hear me say

Your ass is too big.

There is too much gravy on these potatoes.

Don’t come in, I’m not decent.

Sorry, I can’t come in swimming, I forgot my suit.

I forgot my harmonica.

This roast has too much fat.

I retired too soon.

Sometimes you might hear:

No, dessert, thank you.

I wish I were back in Oxnard.

My philosophy


There is no supernatural. Life is mortal, conscious. There is no soul, or awareness or consciousness that survives death. There are values, such as kindness, good, love, healthful. These are on a value scale. Values, right and wrong, are human values, not God’s There is no God. The purpose of life is to exist, Live and let live

What I do NOT believe

I do not believe in a the literal creation story, I don’t believe in the Sabbath (“Days” were created by man). Scripture tales are moral fables, cast by people to teach rules to live by. Most were meant as allegories and fables, even in their own time. The human race was not started by two individuals, Adam and Eve. God does not speak to people, nor did he inspire the scriptures. Methuselah did not live 369 years, the Red Sea did not part, the Earth did not stand still, the walls of Jericho did not come tumbling down, Balaam’s ass did not speak, Satan does not exist, Jesus was not born of a virgin, nor did he rise from the dead, and neither did Lazarus. And my saying this is not Blasphemy, because there is no God to blaspheme.

Thursday, September 4, 2003

Called it Dribble because that was the name of my column in the Sunmont Bee in 1938. I think the name must have come from Bob Norris who edited it... must have been his journal. He was just 65 years ahead of the times.