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   Balogreene  I might have the coolest job in the world. I get to write Technical Manuals for soldiers. The latest is a recon vehicle that can do force protection in place, or route clearance. I make sure the manual correctly tells the soldiers which buttons to press when (not even why, just when ).

Today we got to go to Fort Belvoir, on the Potomac, to play with the system. The Army let us use the equipment to see exactly how it works. The inner geek of me had the best time in a long time.It was a little over sixty, sunny, and on the river. What a way to "work"!
April 17 at 20:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Wow!!
April 17 at 21:46 EST .

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   Safetydude  Is this your doing?
April 17 at 21:54 EST .

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   Yottyhere  Well!!! a mighty YAY for you Balo that had to have been a major BLAST for you today....
And it sounds like you had a perfect 'play day" weather to boot....
Thursday at 22:16 EST .

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   Linder  I'll second the Wow!!
Friday at 19:59 EST .

   Balogreene  Safetydude, remember all the boring manuals, text, tables, and line drawings? That's what I do. Luckily, I have mock-ups, or trainer units, because my quality assurance guy and I test every word in that book. But, the vehicles are never local, so I have to beg for information from engineers. You know, can the soldier really get to that wire to check it, where does the soldier sit in relation to the equipment, that kind of info. This was a blast, though the first step was at my knees, and the second step was higher than these arthritic knees wanted to do. I butt-walked down them, praying no one was filming!
Yesterday at 13:45 EST .

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   Safetydude  Balo...

I was a bomb loader and Weapons Systems Technician in the AF for years before I became the Wing Safety Manager for the last years of my career.

Yes, I do know from tech manuals, line drawings, tables, schematics and trouble shooting guides.

We could also call the AF 'item manager' or a civilian tech rep for answers or clarification of tec data.

And we bomb loaders lived, or died, by the check list so we spent hours and hours pouring over tec data.

We had the Army PM 'comics' in the motor pool and the security police armory.

(I got a check-out ride in a Bradly Fighting Vehicle years ago at the Catoosa Tank Range in Tennessee. Hard to believe you can have that much fun with your clothes on. )
Yesterday at 17:46 EST .

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   Balogreene  I agree, these vehicles are really something. And the Army PM "comics" are always wonderful. Oddly, with all Army vets at my office, we regularly read the Army Times.
Yesterday at 19:53 EST .

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   Nugoddess  Wow, you have really been busy, Mrs Cow! Leg warmers for Mabel? Amazing! BTW, Yotty said she didn't want a hoodie and that I can have hers. I like greens. Kthxbi
   April 17 at 17:45 EST .

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   Rollingcow  Those aren't leg warmers, Nu! Those are Mabel's new fingerless mittens so she can text on her i-phone while she's driving. Greens, hmm.
Mrs. Cow
April 17 at 18:29 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Snert!
April 17 at 21:47 EST .

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   Yottyhere  ididnotsayididnotwantahoodieIsaid
Thursday at 22:24 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Hood?Ithoughtshewasabikermoll!!!
Thursday at 22:32 EST .

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   Gram77  I was checking out Lucianne before coming here and I see that Mrs. O. is once again traveling, this time to Ireland. The figure is astronomical, well over 7 million. Just curious as to how England handles Kate and William's expenses for their trips. Maybe a dumb question given that Kate and William never appear like they are just out for fun.
April 17 at 08:36 EST .

   Gram77  Wow!! Did any one else besides us in Florida have a perfect and beautiful rainbow circle around the sun? We saw it around 1:30 in the afternoon. The entire parking lot was full of people looking up and taking pictures. A first for me! (4-16-14 )
April 16 at 14:17 EST .

   Escaped commieny  Didn't get it here in Central Fl. DH is in Miss and did see the blood red moon. We had a terror storm here yesterday afternoon, and the Beaglie was in his thunder shirt with me holding him under the bed bankies. If I know ahead of time, he gets Melatonin, but it came on too fast. Vet OK'd it.
April 16 at 14:42 EST .

   Gram77  Your weather was on the 6PM news yesterday. Poor dog. Even with the thunder shirt he was frightened? Bet you gave him lots of hugs.
April 16 at 17:03 EST .

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   Phooey  Here are some local photos of the event.
April 16 at 17:35 EST .

   Escaped commieny  little stinker always gets lots of hugs, I have to put him in the bed with a pillow over his head and hold him, the big girl, Molly, doesn't react at all, thank goodness, she is 85 lbs, he is only 13 in tall but was a puppy during the 4 hurricanes. Beautiful weather today. Thanks Phooey for the pics
April 16 at 18:04 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Gram, read this article...
April 17 at 10:13 EST .

   Gram77  Thanks, BirdsNest.
April 17 at 16:23 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I would say it was windy around here last night, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel was closed to ALL traffic and this...
April 16 at 08:51 EST .

   Escaped commieny  Good grief, I remember when we had the Bounder RV and Amber our Chesapeake Retriever, we crossed the tunnel, and the poor baby went in the water and got her paws sliced up on clam shells, we couldn't move because we were 11-6 high and no high profile vehicles allowed to move, she spent a week in my socks. We played backgammon and drank wine.
First and last time there
April 16 at 14:49 EST .

   Yottyhere  Bird, when we lived in Annapolis I hated the wind as much as I hate it here in middle Ga living in a forest. When our placid cove gets white caps I get white knuckled.
If they closed the Bridge tunnel I know you got battered

(pssst our Silkies are okay huh?? )
Thursday at 22:30 EST .

   BirdsNest  Thanks, Yotty for asking,our Silkies are fine. They spent most of that day hiding behind things to get out of the wind. They even put themselves to bed early in the evening. When I went out to round them up for the night they were in their enclosure all snuggled together. They knew things were going to be hairy.
Friday at 07:46 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Here's a little light hearted fun.

April 15 at 20:20 EST .

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   Gram77  I would do everything the smaller lady did except get on the ride. Anything that goes straight down I can't handle and that also went upside down! No thanks.
April 16 at 14:20 EST .

   Phooey  Okey-dokey, Fly me to the moon, and let me play among the stars.....
April 15 at 16:50 EST .

   Bettijo  Can you find the hidden animal?
   April 14 at 14:17 EST .

   Phooey  Yep.
April 14 at 14:48 EST .

   Gram77  There is was, looking at me.
April 14 at 18:12 EST .

   Safetydude  Ok, so this guy and his pet giraffe go into a bar and start doing shooters.
Pretty soon they're drunk and and the giraffe passes out next to the pool table.

The guy figures it's time for him to leave so he starts out the door and the bartender grabs him...
'Hey, you're not leaving that lyin' here'.

'It's not a lion, it's a Giarffe'.
April 14 at 21:23 EST .

   Gram77  This was worth getting up for this morning. Gave me chuckle.
April 15 at 06:24 EST .

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   Gerty  Give me a second, my fertile imagination and I will be back with more discoveries!

This is a good one.
April 15 at 09:16 EST .

   Magdalene  Now that's some camouflage!
April 16 at 10:47 EST .

   Nugoddess  Monday morning? For those of us who are retired, Monday doesn't hold the same level of distaste as for those who work. Pop used to say that retirement took all the fun out of weekends.

Carpe the daylights out of that diem!

   April 14 at 07:00 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Nu, you really should stay in on Mondays! Sheesh!
Thursday at 22:34 EST .

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   Hikergal  Our friend Magdalene posted on the Faith Wall
April 13 at 19:43 EST .

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