Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day! March 17, 2008

I confess I do not have a green outfit. Did you ever see me in one from 1980-88 on the show? I think not. I wore a lot of crazy costumes, but a St. Paddy's Day leprechaun outfit was not one of them.

Therefore, since we haven't added to our blog or uploaded any pictures recently, we just decided to take a picture of the blossoming Bradford pear trees along the street outside our subdivision. It looks very pretty when driving toward it -- we just couldn't get a better picture because traffic was behind us. Picky people . . . . .

Oh, yes! A friend has suggested I jump out of the helicopter when we fly over Robin's Nest. Say what? However, I have a feeling Larry might be tempted to adopt this idea . . . . I think I'll take a body double along (if I can sneak him into the luggage).

Friday, March 7, 2008

March 7, 2008

golf has been practicing for her hoped-for trip to Hawaii in September! She has arranged to fly a Robinson 44 over Robin's Nest, so she can concentrate on piloting the aircraft and Larry can film from the back seat. Therefore, in anticipation of such activity, she has been practicing flying the R44 in MicroSoft FlightSimulator, plus the Abacus Whirlybirds add-on so she has a R44 to crash (okay, she doesn't crash it ALL the time). She's made a "test" video of learning to pilot this aircraft. You should be able to see it here (oh, yes! Note where the rotors slow down suddenly and then stop -- fortunately the helicopter keeps flying as though there is no problem -- so it turns out okay. But it adds a little "odd" twist to the video, can't explain it, won't try):

Plus a little flight past Robin's Nest, as she hopes to do:

Okay, she'll concede that she's not very good at landing on the "H" of the helipad . . . . but she comes close. So I'm willing to give her a little credit for hanging in there and continuing to try to improve. We'll have to wait and see if we get a better video in a few months.