November 15, 2005

Testing Testing 1,2,3...

I finally get to make a post! Wilma wiped out a lot of stuff here and the phone lines weren`t spared.

I got my phone back last weekend after calling BellSouth about 6 times a day. They tried to keep telling me that it was a cable problem in Miami and I`d have to wait until December 3 but I knew better.

I had checked my junction box outside and it was getting 48 volts DC current which means, A: that it wasn`t my phone line, and B: that there was no cable problem in Miami.
Maybe there was but that wasn`t the problem with my phone.

The girl right across the street was jabbering away on her phone since I got back, and she has BellSouth.

So anyway after a couple of days of trying to explain to the BellSouth people that it was probably a problem with the switch relay station down the street that got flooded with salt water, I got frustrated and called the girl retarded.

I mean, come on!
She was feeding me the standard company line wich was intended to cause the customer to resign themselves to waiting till a lineman finally got around to you.

I don`t like waiting unless there`s no other option, so I called her "retarded", explained what I thought the problem was, (simple to fix) then hung up, secure in the knowlege that I had invoked the ire of Ma Bell and my phone would be turned on sometime around the year 2015.

That Saturday I get a suprise visit by a Genuine BellSouth line technician.
I was shocked.
He checked my home line, no problem there so he asked where the pole line was. Good question.

This is Key West and nothing is symetrical or orderly. Some lines run on the poles and some are buried. In any case I told him to check the switch relay because it got flooded by 4 feet of storm surge and it sits on the ground.
He leaves, comes back 20 minutes later and I have a phone. The relay services everyone in about a 20 block area and it just so happened that mine was the only one that had pulled loose. Go figure.

Anyway I was vindicated for calling the girl a retard because the problem was exactly what I said it would be.
On the other hand the Bellsouth internet servers in Miami had some major hardware and software problems. Even though I had a phone I couldn`t get online. It`s systemic.

It`s kind of like taking a map of customers, putting it on the wall and shooting it with a shotgun.
Whoever gets hit with a pellet gets their phone wiped out and the rest don`t. Totally random.

BellSouth was absolutely no help as far as my internet connection went because they have no idea what is wrong, let alone how to fix it, they just know they have a big problem.
So, again, not being one to wait I did a little trial and error experimenting until I figured out what was wrong.
For some reason the server doesn`t "hear" your modem.
You have to dis-connect the DSL modem entirely, dis-able the ethernet card and do a dial up modem test until you hear the dial tone. Then enable the card, update the driver, re-connect the DSL modem, go to the BellSouth Connect homepage and connect.

Apparently the server simply "forgot" I was a customer and by doing all of that I just reminded it.
Now I have everybody and their brother trying to get me to get them connected.
All they have to do is go to this page and they can read how to do it.
Some people!!!

I`ve got some pictures that I might post later. They`ll give you an idea of some of the damage.
On page 7 of the November issue of The Navy Times theres a picture of the flooded street at Boca Chica airfield.
You can`t see it from the Times photo but the picture was taken right in front of a static display EA-6B Intruder.
The Intruder had its canopy painted black and it was locked down. The hurricane threw something into the canopy that broke the acrylic and once the wind had an opening to go through it blew the canopy completely off.
Out at GSE (Ground Support Equiptment) they have an EA-3B "Whale" (E-66-B for the Air Force).

The Whale sat at the end of the pad by the nose hangar and it faced the main hangar. Now it sits in the gravel and marl near the fence and berm and is turned about 60 degrees.
That`s a big aircraft. Sailors hated handling it on a carrier because it`s huge in comparrison to the other aircraft, but the wind and storm surge floated it around like a bathtub toy.

It`s good to be back.

- Joatmoaf -

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February 14, 2005

Child Rapist Marries Victim

Mary Kay Letourneau is set to marry her kiddie rape victim, Vili Fualaau soon. They`ve set a date and are ready to make it "legal."

Rumors indicate that Ms. Letourneau has recently been job seeking.
Principles and administrators at local area Jr. High and Middle Schools have confirmed that Ms. Latourneau has submitted resumes and they have expressed an intrest in hiring her.

One teacher, Mrs. Tingle, has stated, "We need teachers like Mary Kay. With her brand of teaching we can keep the boys off the streets and in the homes. It`s all about Discipline. We need strong women to take charge of these un-ruley boys and Mary Kay has shown a determaination and willingness to sacrafice, and is always eager to take one for the team."

Story here.

I`m not against May - December romances, not at all, but what she did with a twelve year old boy, not once but TWICE was illegal.
She spent 6 months in jail the first time, 7 1/2 years the second.

She should still be spending time for her first conviction.

Do you really have to wonder what would have happened if it were a 34 year old man having a sexual relationship with a 12 year old girl?
How long do you think he would have to spend in prison before he even went up for parole?
Would it really have mattered if the girl lived in a dysfunctional home.

The legal system, if it ain`t broke don`t fix it.
It seems to be broke to me.

- Joatmoaf -

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January 26, 2005

He Hates Jet Noise

The name of this site is I Love Jet Noise for the simple reason that I do. I joined the Navy when I was 18 specifically to be a jet engine mechenic which I did for 4 years.
Although I was far (very far) from being a 4.0 sailor, I knew my job very well.

My favorite aircraft, by far, was the RA5C-Vigilante. Originally intended to be a nuclear bomber, it`s mission was changed to reconnaissance when the nuclear powered Polaris submarines assumed that role.
As a combat reconnaissance aircraft it was unsurpassed and it`s loss rate was the highest of any Naval aircraft during the Vietnam war.

The mission of the Vigilante was simple, go in and take before and after pictures of bombing targets. The problem with that for the pilot and navigator was that the North Vietnamese always knew they were coming so they were prepared. Since the Vigilantes always flew these BDA (Bomb Damage Assesment) missions without supporting flak suppression they were easier targets.

I say easier, not easy because the Vigilante was one sweet technological marvel, decades ahead of it`s time and impressive even by todays standards plus it was....FAST!
Until it retired in 1981 and even to this day there has been no standard issue military aircraft that could come close to catching it. Not Russian, not You`re-A-Peon (European) not American. The SR-71 was faster, but not standard issue.

With 2 GE-J79-10s pumping out almost 19,000 pounds of thrust each pushing that sleek aerodynamic frame, it`s no wonder it set some records.

Here`s a list of some of the Vigilantes features which were incorperated into almost all military aircraft since.

Advanced aerodynamic features included:

• A small high loaded wing (made possible by the use of powerful flaps).
• Elimination of the ailerons, roll control being effected by spoiler/deflectors.
• A one-piece powered vertical tail (or all moving fin).
• Fully variable engine inlets with profile as well as area adjustments to suit flight Mach numbers.
• Internal weapons storage.
• A slim fuselage configured for Mach 2.
• The engine inlets were sharp tipped and swept back for peak supersonic efficiency, with front and rear ramps to control the internal profile and throat area.
• A fully retractable refueling probe in the forward fuselage.
• The first variable inlet using horizontal ramp geometry.

Structures features:

• Major structures and frames were built out of Titanium.
• One-piece wing skins machined from aluminum-lithium alloy.
• Use of pure Nitrogen instead of hydraulic fluid in some of the hottest parts of the airframe.
• A one-piece, bird-proof, Mach 2 capable windshield was made of stretched acrylic.
• Gold-plate in the engine bays to reflect heat.

Electronics features:

• The first production fly-by-wire control system.
• An airborne digital computer for bomb and navigation computations.
• The first Bomb-Navigation System with an inertial auto-navigation coupled to radar and television-sights for check point verification.
• The first operational heads-up display (HUD).
• The first fully integrated auto pilot/air data system for Bomb/Navigation weapons release.
• The first monopulse radar with terrain avoidance features.

To those familiar with modern combat aircraft that doesn`t seem impressive but believe me, it is. This aircraft was concieved in 1953 with a prototype being built in '55 and a first flight production model being flown in 1958. Lightyears ahead of it`s time and even more impressive is this:

"The Vigilante set several records, including a new world altitude record for the class; on 13 December 1960, a Vigilante carried a 1,000 kg (2,402.62 pound) payload on a zoom profile flight that peaked at 91,451 feet."

That was a standard Gubmint issue aircraft and I think the record still stands for un-modified aircraft.
So yes, I was impressed, I still am but what I really liked about it was that it was about the LOUDEST aircraft I`ve ever heard, except maybe for the B-1.

High Power.
One of my favorite parts of being an AD was doing a high power.
That`s when you take your aircraft out to a high power spot, tie it down, and run the engines at 105%
Yes 105%. That`s because you kick in the afterburners, and when you have 2 big J79-10s going full throttle with afterburners kicked in it gets loud.
We normally never got more than 25 ft. from the aircraft during a high power because the whole purpose of it is to make sure nothing will go wrong during flight, so you have to be right there for up to 2 hours running the engines from idle to full throttle over and over again. It`s basicly supposed to simulate an actual flight but ADs (jet engine mechs) like to burn the afterburners a lot and of course there`s always a fuel truck right there, ready to fuel it up again.

The noise is so loud you can actually feel your bones, teeth and eyeballs viberate. It was so loud scorpions went berserk. For some reason they seemed to come out of the grass and go toward the noise.
Not en masse, but 1 or 2 at a time would come out about every 5 minutes and we`d just scoop them up in our flashlight cones.
I don`t know why I Love Jet Noise, I only know that I do.

With all that being said, I can`t understand why this guy Mug17 hates it.

From this (registration required)article you can read about a Tennessee man who claims that the jet noise was driving him crazy.

"Monroe County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Tennessee man Tuesday, after he was sprayed with pepper-based mace, led deputies on a high-speed chase, drove over two sets of spikes set out to stop him and allegedly threatened Navy officers working the entrance of the Naval air station at Boca Chica."

The first set of spikes were set out improperly or they would have gotten more tires.

"James Carson, 41, Oakland, Tenn., faces charges of aggravated assault on law enforcement officers, battery, aggravated fleeing and eluding and reckless driving. He was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center, Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

Carson reportedly pulled up at the entrance of the Navy base just after 9 a.m. Tuesday. He appeared to have trouble turning around and the officers attempted to help him, Navy spokesman Jim Brooks said.

Carson started yelling at the guards about the noise made by planes at the base, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office report. He later told deputies that he had been in the Lower Keys for a week, living out of his truck and driving his personal watercraft in the waters off Boca Chica, Herrin said

During the course of his tirade with the Navy officers, he screamed a number of racial slurs and threatened to kill them repeatedly, Herrin said. When he left the base, he reportedly swerved and nearly struck one of the guards with his Toyota pick-up truck, pulling the personal watercraft on a trailer. The Navy officers then called Sheriff's deputies."

'Personal watercraft' is a jet ski. This guy had been here for a week and was living under the Boca Chica bridge in a tent. He rode his jet ski all the time and although I`m not certain, I`m pretty sure he didn`t have plans to do anything else with his life.

Here`s a litany of his charges:

Arrest Date: 01/25/2005 CAD #: MCSO05CAD009075 Offense #: MCSO05OFF000801
Name: CARSON, JAMES DARYL DoB:07/30/1963 Age:41 Sex:M Race:W
Arrest Location: US1 / NB, KEY WEST
1 Felony Count(s) of 806.13.1b3
2 Felony Count(s) of 784.045.2
1 Misdemeanor Count(s) of 316.192.3c1
1 Misdemeanor Count(s) of 893.13.1a2
1 Felony Count(s) of 316.1935.2
Officer/Agency: SHULTZ, PAUL - MCSO\ROAD PATROL - SECTOR 1 Bond Amount: $0

And he has more, all of which can be found here then just click till you find January 25.

The jet noise drove him crazy.
I`m sure it didn`t have anything to do with the weed they found on him.
No. Drugs don`t cause insanity, Jet Noise does.

The moral of this post is: Always Love Jet Noise and you won`t go insane.

- Joatmoaf -

January 26, 2005 at 09:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

April 13, 2004

News Daily

This is where you will get your daily news.

That is the first sentence in a brand new news blog created and operated by Micheles 11 year old son.
I think that is so cool. Go on over there and read some of his stuff, hit his site and bring his counter up.


April 13, 2004 at 07:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack