Wednesday, April 17, 2024

the P 47 Rae caught my attention for it's ASTONISHING billboard, and mission symbols, but then... I see it's pilot had the same name as my maternal grandfather, H Shook! (this post motivated by all the wonderful readers who boosted my spirits today and got me posting instead of glumly applying to jobs)

He had a childhood dream of flying, and on his 21st birthday, he entered flight training for the Army Air Corp. He graduated just days after Pearl Harbor and remained in the states as an instructor pilot, further sharpening his flying skills. 

He was a career Air Force pilot and commander. As the D-Day invasion neared, he was offered a squadron commander position and promoted to major while still only 23 years of age. 

He participated in three different combat theatres including leading a squadron of P-47's for 3 missions during the D-Day invasion and 3 more the following day. 

He finished his USAF career leading an Air Division during the Vietnam War.

this is the best version of the billboard I can find

B 25 Sunday Punch, has quite to cool paintjob around the nose guns! And a cool story! (this post motivated by all the wonderful readers who boosted my spirits today and got me posting instead of glumly applying to jobs)

First used in 1915, the term “Sunday punch” is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as:
-A powerful or devastating blow, especially: a knockout punch
-Something capable of delivering a powerful or devastating blow to the opposition; saving his "Sunday punch" for the end of the campaign.

In Oak Ridge, Tennessee, work on the atomic bomb continued when Frances Smith Gates, editor of The Oak Ridge Journal, first used the phrase "Sunday Punch" on Sept. 14, 1944:
 “Right Now, the most important thing you can remember in your daily work is this: our part of this war will not end with the defeat of Germany. As the District Engineer [Colonel Kenneth D. Nichols] pointed out in his message to the workers of this project last week, Japan is our final objective … We can defeat the Jap, decisively and more quickly, by remembering that every work-hour registered here is a Sunday punch aimed straight at Tojo’s button. Remember this when we defeat Germany. Stay on the job and finish the Japs!”

Wanting to literally deliver a Sunday punch to the Japanese, workers of the J.A. Jones Company decided to donate overtime pay from two Sundays in February 1945 toward purchasing a bomber. 

The momentum grew to include all workers at the K-25 Area 
J.A. Jones,                                            Comstock-Bryant Electric Co., 
Midwest Piping,                                     William A. Pope Co.,
Schulman Electric                                  Poe Piping, 
Lambert Brothers,                                  Birmingham Slag Co., 
Reilly-Benton Co.,                                 and Happy Valley Enterprises. 

The K-25 Bomber Committee and the companies and the workers donated $150,000 toward the purchase of a B-25 they named Sunday Punch. 

On March 18, 1945, A Davis, chairman of the committee, formally presented the plane to Lt. Col. Sanford Chester of the Army Air Forces at the Knoxville Airport while a "huge crowd looked on."

Immediately following the dedication ceremony, Sunday Punch was ready for war and sent to the China-Burma-India theatre as a member of the “Earthquakers” medium bomber unit.

 Upon landing in India, the plane was amazingly assigned to pilot Lt. Thomas Evans of Knoxville who was interviewed for the Oak Ridge Journal’s July 19, 1945 edition. “I was in my glory. I had my own airplane, a brand-new one – and bought by the home-town folk! I knew you folks would get a great kick out of it, too.”

Immediately following the dedication ceremony, Sunday Punch was ready for war and sent to the China-Burma-India theatre as a member of the “Earthquakers” medium bomber unit. Upon landing in India, the plane was amazingly assigned to pilot Lt. Thomas Evans of Knoxville who was interviewed for the Oak Ridge Journal’s July 19, 1945 edition. “I was in my glory. I had my own airplane, a brand-new one – and bought by the home-town folk! I knew you folks would get a great kick out of it, too.”

82nd BS, 12th BG, served in Italy

With the top turret pointed forward, there were 14 fifty cal guns in action, some call that a "Watering Can" it's about 200 rounds a second

There's a mention in P.I. Gunn's biography that a single strafing run on a Japanese barge, cut it in half.

Learning new stuff every day! 

thank you Deborah, Paul and The Carmenator for tinklink-a-linklinkling my tip jar!


thank you Matthew in Sydney for giving my tip jar a ka-chininging!


the Mustang race at Goodwood! Thank you Kim!

I wonder, how many major American factory built cars have side exhaust?

I see some Mustangs at Goodwood with side pipes. I know the Shelby GT 350s had them, and I don't consider the Shelby's a "major American factory" so, no Cobra on this list. Shelby American built more cars with rear exiting exhaust than they did with side pipes.

Trans Am Challengers and AAR Barracudas for sure. 

Corvettes after 1965 (likely optional, but not sold in California)
AMX's had optional side pipes
Little Red Express
2012 & ’13 Boss 302
10th gen F150s, especially the SVT Lightnings

the Movie Memphis Belle has completed two years of restoration work and the engines were fired off for some test runs... (thank you George!)

During this initial ground run, three of the aircraft’s four engines (#1, #2, and #4) were run at different power settings but the aircraft’s right-inboard engine (#3) required more work before it could be test run.

In the leadup to the engine run other work was being done to get the Belle airworthy again after its time on loan to the National Warplane Museum at Geneseo, NY from replacing a section of the wing spars to adjusting tail control cables and restoring the floorboards in the waist section.

Thank you Dale B for giving my tip jar a ringing!

there is a terrific facebook page that shows where scenes from movies happened, and compare a screen shot to the location now "All About Los Angeles"

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2024 Ford Maverick models because they had the wrong tire and loading information labels installed for a week in January

As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

Thank you Micheal in Washington for ka-chinking my tip jar!

since I am now unemployed, and hell, a little freaked out about finding a new job when the world, the country, the state, the county, and the city are in chaos and lay offs are a daily news headline, I'll be posting less, but, THIS? You GOTTA see!

I think most of you know I celebrate and share a LOT of what impresses me, and what I think is awesome, and this is a house a homeless guy built on an LA freeway siding. 

Most of you have been readers for a while, and know I often post about things only barely in the realm of car stuff, and will stretch the connection a bit, and this one makes it on the page because it's on a freeway. Yup, that is in the zone of what I post about, stuff on the freeway, AND something that is AWESOME. 

I think you'll agree, that when you see this kind of accomplishment it's all that you need to wish you could help that person of talent and commitment along in life to a happy day. With something they request when asked, "What can I do to help" 

I've been homeless before, not helpless or hopeless, and lived in my garage for years while keeping a job, and blogging away. A few of you know that. 

But I have never been able to even consider being half as fortunate as anyone that can buy a home, no matter how humble or run down. It's in the news last week that you must make at least 65k as a single income person to buy a home, and that's ONLY in 14 states, where it's possible to buy a house for under 75k, down from 35 states the last time that survey was completed 

So, life in the USA, as around the world, is divided by the haves and have nots, those that have made it past the struggle and challenges of life and income, and have homes. Others are nearly there and rent. The rest, around the world, make do as best they can and often make shacks of what's available, where ever they can, and you others that have traveled the world know what I'm talking about and have seen the tent cities of refugees, the Jamaican shacks made from hurricane damaged building materials

and you may have seen the vast tent cities of America 100 years ago on 

homeless camps have been more or less permanent fixtures within U.S. cities since the rise of modern industrialism in the latter half of the 19th century. Hobo camps, migrant camps, trailer cities for WW2 workers coming to the aircraft jobs in California, Hoovervilles, shantytowns, Skid Rows, etc.

“There was a Hooverville on the edge of every town,” wrote John Steinbeck in The Grapes of Wrath, his Depression epic about tenant farmers who journey from Oklahoma to California.

But few dispute that the contemporary era of chronic homelessness in America began with the Reagan Revolution of the 1980s. The administration of Ronald Reagan slashed federal subsidies for low-income housing and psychiatric health centers and deinstitutionalized thousands of mentally ill patients. The all too predictable consequence was a dramatic rise in the ranks of the homeless, and the return of encampments to the streets and open spaces of American cities. Then, the Reagan nonsense of war on drugs, which made drugs ubiquitous, added to the humanity crisis, and it's been about 40 years of hopelessness for anyone living on the street. 

But not this guy!

Even in California, with half the nations homeless population in just 300 miles of So Cal beach cities, this guy made a veritable cottage. On a freeway siding 

that is just amazing, and really nice looking! Yellow with white trim, latticework, and a white fence? Hell, that is classic. 

As Steve Carlisle once sang 
"Got kind of tired packing and unpacking
 Town to town and up and down the dial 
Maybe you and me were never meant to be 
But baby think of me once in awhile 

Baby, if you've ever wondered, 
Wondered whatever became of me, 
I'm living on the air in Cincinnati, Cincinnati, WKRP" 

And Aerosmith sang:
"There's something wrong with the world today
 I don't know what it is 
Something's wrong with our eyes

 We're seeing things in a different way 
There's something wrong with the world today 
The light bulb's getting dim 
There's meltdown in the sky

 If you can judge a wise man 
By the color of his skin 
Then mister you're a better man than I, oh

 Living on the edge
 You can't help yourself from falling 
Living on the edge 
You can't help yourself at all

well, this guy is living on the edge of the 110. 

As legendary anchorman Walter Cronkite signed off  -  "And that's the way it is,"

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(thank you all for your generosity and compliments!) blogging will return to the usual amount after I'm working again, but while I'm unemployed, I have to focus on getting back on a payroll (unless any of you know a company that might hire a blogger that keeps you entertained and informed!)

John and Deborah have made me realize that paypal is still possible, and motivated me to see how to add that here for you generous and kind people who want to send a tip is the link, 

the profile looks like this:

but if you'd rather use the post office mailing, that's great too, 
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PO Box 880841
San Diego Ca 92168

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

today, the world's busiest air hub for international passengers, Dubai International Airport, was flooded by5" rain, about a years worth, all in an afternoon. It shut down for 2 hours


The unexpected deluge not only brought the bustling city to a standstill but also raised concerns about the increasingly evident impact of climate change on extreme weather events in the region.

the airport is in the middle of the Persian Gulf, right on the coast. 

 Because it's a flat desert, they didn't civil engineer the city for rain drainage. And like Las Vegas, it floods really easy

I've been to that airport, way back in 1998 when I was in the Navy and flew from San Diego to the UAE to meet up with my 2nd sub

When I was there in Oct 98, the temp was 125, in the shade, and the humidity was 99 percent, as the temps were just causing the gulf water to flash to steam, and with no wind, it didn't go anywhere. Just living in a steam bubble unless you're fortunate enough to get inside an air conditioned building or car.

thank you Daniel P for clinking my tip jar!


Did I ever tell you about my 1969 Super Bee?

I found a classifieds listing in 1994 for two Super Bees, a 68 that didn't run, and a 69 that did. 

I called, and told the seller to drive it over, and if it made it the 60 miles, I'd buy it. 

It arrived... and not knowing cars as well then as I do know, I was easily convinced that after that drive it needed to run while parked for a couple minutes to cool down by keeping the water pump circulating the coolant. Yeah, that's a lie, and you probably knew it.

The first of many problems were that easily found, to be self evident to a more experienced car guy... 

the seller didn't want the car to turn off while he was there, as it wouldn't turn back on (I discovered the moment he was gone) because he'd put a dead battery in the car so he wouldn't lose one that worked. A 35 dollar issue in 1994. 

That was the first problem, rapidly followed by the discovery that there was no response to the ignition key, as a button had been installed under the dash to make the starter turn over, which was instantly followed by the discovery that the neutral safety switch wire was cut, and the car would start in any gear, which was instantly followed by the discovery that the gear shifter (automatic in the steering column) didn't stick in Park... it often slipped to Reverse. 

So, solving one problem instantly made the next appear in a bad way. I believe that's an application of Puddler's Law or Finagle's Law.

But let me back up... the sale details, were that I pay 2600 cash, and get a receipt for 100 dollars, so he'd have a lot of beer money, and I'd pay less registration fee. Solid plan.

After purchasing, I then had time to look it over, and found, there were no two matched tires, or rims. there were 4 garbage tires with no tread, and of 4 different brands, with 4 odd ball unique rims. 

This seller had unloaded all the junk he had onto this Super Bee to make the most money for his trash (and dead battery) that he emptied out of his garage. 

The radiator over flow was a Tide bottle, the radiator was held in place with clothes line, not bolts. The PCV hose had been replaced with garden hose. The passenger side floor rust was closed off by a stop sign. The back bumper was held on by stove bolts, not proper carriage bolts. Two rims had only 4 lug nuts.

the Airplane Laws:

 When the plane you are on is late, the plane you want to transfer to is on time.

First Law of Aviation: Takeoff is optional, landing is compulsory.

an anonymous commenter let me know about an odd job in Eugene Oregon... Class B truck driver, not going to get any work unless there are wildfires, so, no fires, no pay.. must want to camp - every night


and the write up? 
Sounds frustrated and annoyed at the people who have applied and worked there in the past:

 The positions are on-call, and there is no guarantee of work, however you might expect to work around 60-70 days.
If you can not easily climb in/out of a truck, wash windows, occasionally carry awkward things, or scramble down a stream bank to fire up a water pump, please do not apply. 
If you are unable to camp out in a tent please do not apply, your must supply your own camping gear 
If you expect to haul your 40' 5th wheel, please do not apply. 
If you want to bring your girl/boy/pet friends please do not apply. 
If you must have a hot shower everyday please do not apply.
 If you can not be away from home for extended lengths of time, please do not apply. 
If you can not pass a pre-employment drug test (including THC), please do not apply.

No previous water truck or fire experience is necessary, however the ideal candidate will have a combination of skills, experience and competence to excel in an isolated, dynamic, and dangerous work environment. 
The work days can be long and dirty, and a strong work ethic is necessary to be successful in this industry.
You'll work as part of a team, but will function independently as the sole operator, and the primary representative of our company. We work in very remote locations and a typical dispatch will last 12-14 days, with 2-3 days off. A campsite and meals are provided. 
If you have a van, truck, or small RV you can sleep in, we can typically work that out, however it may be challenging to get that on site right away.
 A minimum Class B commercial drivers license and verifiable driving experience is required. An acceptable driving record is required. You must also have tank and air brakes endorsements. Leather work boots (8" tall), and your own camping gear is required, all other PPE will be provided. The ability to drive an unsynchronized stick shift transmission is necessary, as is the ability to learn how to operate pumping systems, two-way radios, read/navigate using maps, daily pretrip inspection, complete mandatory paperwork on time, and maintain your equipment.
 Our drivers are not expected to operate as mechanics, but a mechanical aptitude is strongly desired. You also must be fit for duty. 
We are not interested in "steering wheel holders". 

Thank you Anon!

Seriously, this is not a good job. Camping in an area where a wildfire is happening... in a tent. No work guaranteed, means no guaranteed pay. 
If this was anything but the bottom of the barrel shit work for ex cons who can't get a real job and need to stay out of site, but aren't on parole, they would pay by the hour, whether or not there is a fire for the whole time you're on ready standby.