A Day Trip To Carmel-By-The-Sea

CaptainBlowdri's Rants, Family, This Is Your Captain Speaking
Every time that I make a trip to Fresno lately to visit with my two sons and my two grandkids, while staying with my eldest son Jason, we (Jason and I) strike off on one of his famous or infamous day trips!  This visit to Fresno was no exception to what has now become the rule. Last Saturday we rose up early and got things together, packed up what we thought was necessary for our 2 1/2 hour drive over to Carmel-By-The-Sea for an afternoon of sightseeing.  This particular trip, Jason explained to me, would be specifically pointed towards visiting many of the art galleries that are there. Now it is at this point that I must do some "splainin"! First and foremost, for those that know me well know…
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Let Us Live My Friends, Because:

Family, NASCAR, This Is Your Captain Speaking
I take no credit for the passage below.  I came across this recently and it impressed me and moved me enough that I thought that I would pass it along to my family and friends. Now that I have passed the golden age of 65 years old my mortality is more pressing and evident than it was it has been in years gone by.  I have been so consumed with life that I may not have done a great job of being the best person that I could be in life, that I may not have been the best parent, grandparent, brother, or spouse that I could have been, and that I may have robbed my family and friends of some valuable daylight. I hope that this passage will speak…
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I Missed The Dirt Setup!

From the Cockpit, This Is Your Captain Speaking
(sitting on the pit wall @IMS) For the past six months I have been working on getting off the excess weight that I have accumulated in the last several years.  In addition to changing my eating habits, I have been walking. Where I was walking this winter is within the confines of the facility where I winter.  It is much safer, no cars trying to run over you, no traffic, no distractions, etc., however it is pavement, like a road racing course.  For the month of June I was visiting my kids and grandkids in Fresno, and walking on a one mile horse race track. One would not think there is no difference walking on asphalt, versus walking on dirt.  I, too, was one of those that thought that there…
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Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Family, This Is Your Captain Speaking
(Mom's 93rd birthday, June 13, 2011) As my alarm went off this morning, and I got dressed for my morning walk, I couldn't understand why I felt so tired.  I also could not explain this tune that kept running through my head. As I began my walk, the previous night's restlessness began to unfold in my brain. Even though I plug into my iPod during my walk, and I try to select some appropriate walking music, that tune was running around in my head from my night's sleep, and it kept coming to the forefront of my thoughts. You may recognize the song from the first line of the lyrics, and it goes like this. "Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high. There's a land that I heard of once…
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A Chip Off Of The Old Block?

Family
(Cole and Papa) I have been in Fresno now for a little over a week this summer, and I have had the pleasure of getting to watch my grandson, Cole, play baseball twice for his school team.  One of those games was the final game in their really short regular season, and the other game Tuesday was a championship playoff game.  To say that ol Captain Blowdri was a proud grandfather would be a really gross understatement! As I have written before, I get a great sense of pride watching Cole play baseball,  the game that I dearly love, the game that I played as a youngster, the game that was taught to me by both my Father, as well as my older brothers, the national past time.  I guess…
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Returning To Indy After Seventeen Years!

This Is Your Captain Speaking
(WOMR file photo) It has been seventeen years (17) since my last time in the grandstands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the year was 1996. That year, 1996, was the first year that Tony George, the former president of the the speedway and grandson of legendary owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Tony Hulman, split from the sanctioning body, CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams).  Tony George organized the Indy Racing League (IRL), and initiated the rift that has nearly killed open wheel racing!  But I digress! Anyway Wednesday morning I will be driving to the speedway for American Family Insurance 500 Festival Community Day.  There will be several autograph sessions for the current Indy Car Series drivers that are in the field for the 2013 Indy 500. On Thursday the…
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If Roses Grow In Heaven

This Is Your Captain Speaking
(93rd Birthday, June 13, 2011) This is the first Mother's Day without my Mom.  I have been trying to come to grips with what would be an appropriate tribute.  The following poem expresses, simply and concisely, my thoughts at this time! If Roses Grow In Heaven If roses grow in Heaven please pick a bunch from me. Place them in my Mother's arms and tell her that they are from me. Tell her I love her and miss her, and when she turns to smile, place a kiss upon her cheek, and hold her for a while. Because remembering her is easy, I do it every day. But there is an ache within my heart that will never go away! Happy Mother's Day, Mom!
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Revisiting Some Of My Past

Family, This Is Your Captain Speaking
(Williams AFB 82 FTW T-38) Last week, while in Casa Grande, AZ, for some really good late model and modified races, I thought that this would be a great opportunity to revisit some of my past.  It just so happens that Casa Grande is just about 40 mile directly south of the place that launched my aviation career, Williams AFB, AZ. It was almost 40 years ago, August 9, 1973, that this baby-faced, young Second Lieutenant first drove onto the base for processing and orientation for USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training. On an off day from racing I decided to take that nostalgic drive North to see what is left of the former Williams AFB, or as we, in the Air Force called it with great affection, "Willy". As I left…
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If I Could Have A Beer With Jesus

Family, This Is Your Captain Speaking
(Jeremy and Cole) Growing up the way that I did, with a good old farm boy as my Dad, and a very naive girl as my Mom, and going to church every Sunday morning, I have always prayed in my time of need.  However, I must admit that I do not go to church every Sunday morning, now that I am an old man myself! Nevertheless, not all my prayers get answered, or at least I think that they do not all get answered. But after my Dad passed away back in 1995, and periodically throughout all those years, but more specifically since my Mom passed away on June 30, 2012, I have thought that I would really like have a one-on-one talk with Jesus, to get a few of…
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Those Flyover States

Family
(WOMR file photo) Earlier this month I was driving back from Fresno after my cardiologist visit.  I have driven that long 500 miles many times recently. On this particular day I was near the Mojave airport, close to Edwards AFB, when I looked up to the sky to see an airliner heading to the East Coast.  That old jet airliner got me reminiscing about my 37 years of flying, and all that I have witnessed in the air and on the ground. About that same time a tune came up on the radio by Jason Aldean that really intensified the thought patterns.  Listening to the lyrics, as I now do at my advanced age of almost 62, it really made me think about a lot of things. When we think of this…
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