Rescue worker

I’ve pulled a few more pictures from video of my time in the Air Force. This one is of an AF pararescueman. His mission that day was to watch over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Namibia… looking for any signs of life after an Air Force cargo plane collided with a German Air Force plane over the Atlantic. No luck that day, and I don’t think they ever found any of the people aboard either plane… although I think some wreckage did wash ashore at some point. custodia iphone This was one of those stories I heard about on my way to work, immediately turned around, and picked aufblasbarer park kaufen up my “AWOL” bag already packed with changes of uniforms and clothes and toiletries. When I got to the office, I started working logistics on how to get to Windhoek, Namibia with all my camera equipment and luggage. That afternoon, I was aboard a Lufthansa flight to South Africa and then Windhoek by the next morning. It was a helluva trip… but nothing near the sacrifice my fellow Airmen (and U.S. Navy and German Air Force) made to find those lost.

Dogtag found

This one was from more of a recovery story. This was closer to home (maybe 40 miles from the office), and I had some time to plan the shoot. Some German, American, and Canadian volunteers dug up an old B-17 crash site from World War II. The plane went down in 1944, and one elderly lady, who was just 17 at the time, witnessed the crash. All but one American made it out of the aircraft. custodia iphone She saw the guy struggle to get out of the wreckage, but the plane exploded… and he never made it out. She told us she remembered looking eye-to-eye with the airman, but there was nothing she could do to save him. What happened to the rest of the crew was a little more hazy. Apparently, the SS arrived on the scene shortly after the crash, rounded up the remaining Amercians, marched them into the town, and shot them all. Anyway, on this dig, the volunteers were looking for any artifacts from the crash. They found lots of bits of metal, some old ammunition, and stuff like that. After a little while they found what looked like a piece of a human thigh bone… maybe a piece of the missing aviator. Just when that looked to be exciting enough, they found the dog tag (ID tag) of the missing American. custodia cover samsung Pretty cool. I just happened to be there when it all happened… the guys digging in the dirt were the real story.

Berlin worker This was another cool story I covered during the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. In 1948, the Soviets tried to cut off a sore spot for them in the heart of the old East Germany… the British, French, and American occupied West Berlin. custodia cover iphone The Soviets figured they could shut off all the land routes for supplies for the city and force the western nations out. Instead, West Berliners were bailed out by a massive airlift of supplies… from food to fuel.. to keep the city alive. The guy in this story, Robert Blank, wasn’t even born back then. But since the Brits, French, and Americans put up such a herculean effort, his parents survived in a free West Berlin. The West would outlast the Soviet Union, and in 1989, the Berlin Wall finally fell, and Germany was soon reunited as one country. Fast forward 50 years from the 1948 airlift, and Blank is working on construction for a new building for the unified German government… back in Berlin. I really liked this story because it was a different way to look at how events from long ago affect modern time. custodia samsung Plus, the nat sound from him pounding in the paving stones was priceless.

AF Sergeant in Israel

This last picture is from another favorite story of mine. This is a picture of Master Sergeant Chris Lawson (in the uniform, on the left). He served at the Defense Attache Office at the U.S. Emabssy in Tel Aviv. On this day, he was in Jerusalem (on Mount Zion, I believe) attending a memorial ceremony for German soldiers killed in the area during World War One. Kind of ironic to have a memorial for German soldiers in Israel, but that was a different war and a different time. Honoring those who served seems to be universal. Anyway, this guy was really cool, and he took time to show us how he and his family lived, and what made Israel such a special place. custodia iphone cover Another great chance to get some really cool nat sound… from German taps played at the cemetery to a band playing in the marketplace. I promise I’ll soon post some of the video from these stories.

As you might have seen on my bio page, I’m a big football fan, especially my Glidden-Ralston Wildcats ! wildcats.png The defending Iowa state champions in Eight-Man football are in the playoffs again! Congratulations to my old teammate, Kreg Lensch, who has led the team from winless seasons to just one loss in the last two years and now into the playoffs for the third year in a row. custodia iphone He was a junior starting at quarterback when I was a senior. samsung hoesje We lost only one game that year, but at the aufblasbarer wasserpark kaufen time, you couldn’t lose any games and still make the playoffs. custodia iphone In fact, my sophmore year, we were undeafeted, but still didn’t make the playoffs. custodia cover iphone Anyway, Glidden is in this year. custodia iphone cover They’ll host Aurelia, another one-loss team, in the first round.

I saw an interesting statistic on the news this morning. Retail numbers say the average Christmas shopper this year is a 50-year-old male. custodia cover iphone The reason I see this as particularly interesting is the fact that while products such as the I-pod are marketed to the inflatable water slide for sale younger generation, I believe there is a great untapped market for the older crowd to get one. While the ads for I-pods focus on music, why not have a campaign that shows those 50-year-olds using an I-pod to listen to different podcasts such as NPR’s Puzzle Time, Rush Limbaugh’s show, or even language lessons to listen to during a commute. custodia cover iphone I had a similar recent conversation with a co-worker who didn’t see vendita gonfiabili the need for a certain satellite radio system because he did not have a really big interest in the music it offered. When I pointed out to him there were talk shows, news, and college and pro sports also offered, it gave him a different perspective. custodia cover samsung I’m not sure if he bought a system, but he was much more interested… custodia huawei and couldn’t understand why the systems were not marketed to someone with his tastes, although those services were offered. I think it’s the same with I-pods and podcasts. samsung hoesje There are podcasts out there that would be ideal for the group who are not being sought.

My oldest sister is putting together a family and friends cookbook, so here is my contribution. You’ll notice this recipe is more about CATCHING the main ingredient… because it’s a lot tougher than cooking it.

Walleyes, Spirit Lake, Iowa Style

Step 1: Find an appropriate fishing lake full of walleyes. I suggest Spirit Lake… Angler’s Bay in particular. Any place from Jackson Point, round to in front inflatable obstacle course for sale of the Sand Bar Beach area, to Stony Point will do. Ask Dean Davis… custodia cover iphone he’ll KNOW where they’re biting that day.

Step 2: Find an appropriate fishing boat vendita giochi gonfiabili with a trolling motor that goes SLOOOOWWWWW! I cant’t emphasize the slow part enough (you’ll see later).

Step 3: Outfit your favorite fishing rod and reel with a Little Joe spinner. Flourescent orange, green, blue, silver, red, gold, or many other colors are very effective. Use very light weight… custodia cover huawei probably anywhere from a small splitshot to a 1/16th ounce bullet slip sinker (usually the lighter the better). You might have to go a little heavier if you’re fishing deeper than the normal 7-12 feet of water. Once again, check with Dean about the particulars.

Step 4: Round up a fishing partner. Pick a dad or a son or a brother or a sister or a mom or a cousin… someone who can hold up a good conversation for hours on end… custodia iphone you’ll be out there for a while. Once again, I suggest Dean Davis… full of stories, and he knows where the fish are. You can take Johnny Gilson… a good, nay, great, fisherman in his own right… but he’ll just want to chase bass all day. And he won’t keep any. Sure kills the chances of eating many fish… although there will be plenty caught… which is fun in its own right. Johnny has his own funny stories, too, so you’ll have to weigh the desire to eat fish with the desire to catch perhaps more of them.

Step 5: Get out on the lake. Once again, check with Dean to find out if they are biting in front of the A frames by Stony Point or the rushes off the boat ramp or a million different places they will be. custodia samsung As you’re heading to your destination, tip the Little Joe spinner with a leech. Minnows are good, too, but leeches seem to last longer. custodia huawei And oh yeah, these aren’t really blood suckers, so when they attach themselves to your finger while you’re fiddling with the line, don’t panic. Just see it as a way to get a better hold of the slippery little devils.

Step 6: Troll SLLLOOOOOOWWWWLY! Going slow? OK, take it down a notch… and now another… one more. The boat’s barely moving forward? Good. That’s probably the right speed. Dismiss the other anglers who catch fish at faster speeds as pure luck… and not the skill you have employed.

Step 7: Catch three keeper walleyes between 14 and 20 inches long. Sure, I’m simplifying this step, but this recipe would be too long if I go into the great detail of what kind of conversations you’ll have to have and how you’ll have to be distracted adjusting the motor’s speed or drinking a pop to really get the fish to bite. Once everyone in the boat has caught their three keepers (or you think you have enough sunburn for one day), take the fish in and fillet them. custodia samsung

Step 8: Roll the walleye in corn meal and fry in hot oil until golden brown. Sure, this is the shortest step, but it really takes the least amount of luck and/or skill. Serve in heaping pile… too much for all the people at the table.. and have some kind of fried potato… your choice (potato chips will even do).

Step 9: Regale others with stories of the ones that got away.

Steo 10: Catch a nap.


I had the chance today to digitize some of the video from my days as an Air Force broadcaster. It had been a while, so it was nice to see these stories again. I’m going to try to post one of these on my examples page later. custodia cover samsung This picture is of Tenen Yarae (spelling?), a woman from the West African nation of Mali. This mother of seven brought her young daughter, Binta, to the American military hüpfburg kinder kaufen doctors who had set up Medical Civic Action Program site near her village. Binta had a large abcess behind her ear that the docs were afraid would drain into the fluid around her brain… potentially deadly. custodia cover iphone In a makeshift operating room, with no anesthesia, they drained the abcess.

tenen-concerned.jpgBinta was screaming her head off! Wouldn’t you? Bunch of strangers in masks around you with knives, a couple of them holding you down, and they’re trying to take a slice from behind your ear. custodia iphone I have nightmares like that! But, Mom was unconcerned. custodia cover iphone Sat back and just kind of took it all in. iphone hoesje Besides, she knew these were the good guys in the mask. It was funny, though, how Binta never let loose of the little piece of candy she was given while waiting for the procedure. Sure, they might cut my ear off, but they ain’t gettin’ my CANDY! This was a really cool shoot. Great opportunity to see the Air Force in action. I’ll post some more pictures soon.

It’s not too tough being thankful. Good family… custodia cover iphone good friends. And you gotta love Thanksgiving Day… lots of food, football, and no worries about gifts!! I’ll even get the chance to get back to my old stomping grounds soon. So I’m thankful for my home where I inflatable games for sale live… custodia iphone and my home in Iowa I get to visit. I’m thankful for the kind of country in which we live… free, plentiful, and I’m able to do things like having a blog. I’m thankful for the men and women in uniform who serve this country every vendita scivolo gonfiabile day, in places that aren’t so free. custodia cover iphone I’m thankful for the sacrifices my parents made to help me get to where I am today. I’m thankful they taught me to be thankful for what I have. custodia iphone cover And I am thankful for all I have… custodia iphone especially my wife and children.


The Front Door
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Once again, a very cool, historic weekend. This aufblasbare spiele kaufen time, we had a chance to visit the Missouri Governor’s mansion for the annual Halloween open house held there. Every other year, for the last six years, we’ve had something else going on the same day. But this year, we had the day free.


Storyteller “Frank James”
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Once inside the historic mansion (built in 1871), you see the first floor restored to what it was 135 years ago. custodia cover iphone Beautiful hardwood floors, historic paintings on the wall, and a magnificent grand stairway. Makes you wonder how hard Reconstruction was on Missouri. It’s a pretty grand building for such a tough economic period for the South (although many make the correct argument that Missouri didn’t really join the Confederacy during the Civil War.. but I digress). At the base of the Grand Stairway, stood the storyteller, Terry Ehrsam. He portrayed Frank James, the legendary outlaw. custodia cover samsung I thought the way he made sure none of us were bankers, railroad owners, or Pinkerton men before he told us his “name” was a nice touch. Made the character really come to life. He had a not too spooky story (I’m sure toned down for the kids) about a girl who died in the mansion and how sometimes people see her ghost in a third floor bedroom window. I sure glanced up that way once we were outside.


Red-Tailed Hawk
Originally uploaded by Jenne1989.

Once outside the mansion, we met some raptors from The Raptor Rehabilitation Project at the University of Missouri. This one-year-old red-tailed hawk, Emma, cannot be returned to the wild because of her injuries. So, the good folks at the project take her, and on this day, an Eastern Screech Owl, out to educate people. Good educator. Really drew in the folks out on the mansion’s front lawn.


The Clydesdales
Originally uploaded by Jenne1989.

On the more domestic side, the magnificent Budweiser Clydesdales made an appearance on the street just in front of the mansion. They are really cool! The workers hauled one of the horses out of his trailer, pulled out all the harnesses and a quite impressive collar, and proceeded to hitch the horse up. You would think it would take forever to hitch up all this tack, but it seemed to go on quite quickly and easily for the people who probably do this hundreds of times each year. Plus, for being a REALLY big horse, this beast seemed to be quite gentle. custodia cover iphone A visit to Grant’s Farm, where the Clydesdales live, showed us earlier this year just how much the horses are worked to get to this point. What was really cool was the imprint their huge horseshoes made on the pavement where they walked. The distinctive clop of the metal shoes might make just a scratch on the surface of the road, but I’m sure it made a permanent mark on many of the minds of the people who turned out to take in their majesty. iphone hoesje By the way, who is that group next to the driver?


Governor Blunt and Family
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Yep, that’s our very own Governor Matt Blunt, First Lady Melanie, and their young son, Branch. It’s nice to know that despite being in charge of the entire state government, he can still dress up in a kind of goofy costume and join the folks who have come to his home to enjoy Halloween. All the governors we have known in this state have been very down-to-earth. Carnahan, Holden, Blunt… they’ve all opened up their home to the public. I think it’s part of what makes this town so darn unique. custodia cover samsung It’s not uncommon to see current and former governors out at the store, the attorney general at the gym, or lawmakers at the ball game. Makes you at least feel more like they are just common folk…

You know that commercial where the guy jumps off a bridge with the homemade wings, glides over the river for a little ways, and splashes in? Well, my youngest son has been fascinated by that whole concept (although he vehemently denies it). custodia cover samsung For the last couple of months, he’s been designing wings, and we’ve worked on a fully articulating frame based on bat wings. custodia huawei Today, we finished the project… custodia cover samsung just in time for tonight’s scouts meeting. custodia cover iphone He can’t fly in them, but it’s aufblasbares zelt kaufen really been impressive the way he has engineered the whole project. custodia cover iphone We used dowel rods for the “fingers” and an old sheet dyed black as the webbing between the fingers. custodia cover iphone We stitched the sticks into the cloth, and now he can open the whole wing by grabbing the top “finger.” I’ll try to post a picture later that will better explain it. custodia iphone Anyway, it’s a really cool costume…

Well, today was the luncheon I had talked about earlier. custodia cover iphone I think it went really well. custodia iphone I made some face-to-face contact with several people I knew from the phone. custodia cover samsung They were all quite kind and supportive of my job search efforts. custodia cover iphone In fact, a couple of them were aufblasbarer park from places where I had already applied for jobs. custodia huawei There was one person, in particular, from a really good job place who I wanted to talk to, but he left early.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks making contacts with some friends and acquaintances. Some have led to job prospects… custodia cover samsung other have just been nice to touch base with. custodia cover iphone You always wonder if you’re bothering people, so I try to keep the phone conversations short… custodia iphone cover just a hüpfburg kaufen few words and a quick query if they know of anything. Actually, most of the time, they do seem to know of some opportunity… custodia cover iphone or at least someone else who might know of opportunities. custodia iphone Tomorrow is a luncheon with job hunting tips and most likely contacts with many peers. Keeping my fingers crossed.