Timbuktu

Last Tuesday's Adventures

So, I donated a pint of blood last Tuesday. Afterwards I dropped in Kazoo Books, my local independent book store. Their copies of Jim Hines latest book had arrived. It looks good. They couldn't sell me a copy until next Tuesday's publication date, because that would be wrong. A copy has been set aside for me.
Egglofter, rockets

National Association of Rocketry Annual Meet

NARAM as it is usually known as. I am going to be Contest Director (CD) next year. I have finished talking to the National Contest Chair and we have worked out a final list of ten contest events. It will run from July 29 to August 5 next year 2017. The hotel is in Grand Rapids, Michigan with the flying field just east of Muskegon, Michigan. Even if you don't fly rockets, you are welcome to come watch.
Egglofter, rockets

Rocket Recap

Well, my plastic model of a lunar lander survived its flight. In fact it had a most excellent flight and I moved up to second place. So my overall results at NARAM were two second places, in plastic model conversion and 1/2A-superroc altitude, and a first place in C-parachute duration multi-round. Combined they gave me a 3rd place overall in C division.

Egglofter, rockets

NARAM rocket contest

Yesterday I placed second in 1/2A superroc altitude. Today I took first place in C parachute duration multiround. 1/2A superroc is a skinny little 1 meter tall rocket that I managed to get 103 meters into the sky. In C parachute duration multiround I managed to get 36 inch diameter parachutes into 3/4 inch diameter tubes. I had two flights of over 5 minutes and 1 flight that was timed until 8 seconds short of 5 minutes.

Tomorrow is "Plastic Death". We will see if my plastic model survives.
Egglofter, rockets

National Rocket Contest

I've made it safely to the 100 degree heat of Springfield, MO for NARAM. I've learned that I won't be giving a talk for my R&D project. Oh well, at least I get valuable flight points. Tomorrow I have to rebuild a model for E-Scale Altitude. Any good hobby is spiced with a certain amount of masochism.
Timbuktu

Coffee Barista Herpatologist

I was at the local coffee shop last week and the discussion turned to scary things. The barista admitted to being bothered by spiders with too many legs, but that snakes and lizards didn't bother her. It seems she has several pet lizards at home.

I mentioned that I had seen several lizards crawling about during my travels through Mali on the way to Timbuktu. I even had a photograph of one. I brought the picture in to the coffee shop yesterday and she identified it, with the help of a smart phone, as a Rainbow Agama or Agama agama to be scientific. Apparently it is a member of the iguana family of lizards.



The broken tail is likely the result of battles with other male lizards.
Three gallon pins, Blood Donation

My Brother Dan

My brother Dan is dying of inoperable liver cancer. Neither alcohol or smoking were the causes. ( nonsmoker, extremely light drinker)

A year ago last summer he traveled with me to NARAM ( the national model rocket contest). We went on a side trip to Yellowstone that he enjoyed immensely. We camped at the same campground we stay at during our childhood trip "out West".
Tricycle

No more Lightfoot Cycles

Lightfoot Cycles, the company I bought my giant tall fat guy tricycle from, went out of business today. (see userpic) I was checking out their web page last night and learned the sad news. I still have my trike, but that means I won't be able to replace it when the time comes. I'm convince it is the reason I am alive today, since riding it is the major exercise I get.