March 18, 2022
“Don’t settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.”
My brother and his wife are visiting this week. He is a world traveller and visits us for a few days most years. His visits often trigger memories of how life has treated our families. In my case my life goes on often filled with uncertainty and new challenges. Each of us deal with both our trails and opportunties the best we can. In my case each day holds the chance to do something worthy.
Here is a poem that describes how I hope to behave in the days ahead.
To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion,
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly,
to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages,
with open heart,
to bear all cheerfully,
to all bravely await occasions,
In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden
and unconscious grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony.
William Henry Channing
“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
“Air Force Maintenance Issues”
Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by US Air Force pilots and the replies from the maintenance crews.
“Squawks” are problem listings that pilots generally leave for maintenance crews to fix before next flight.
(P) Left inside main tire almost needs replacement
(S) Almost replaced left inside main tire
(P) Test flight OK, except autoland very rough
(S) Autoland not installed on this aircraft
(P) #2 Propeller seeping prop fluid.
(S) #2 Propeller seepage normal – #1 #3 and #4 propellers lack normal seepage
(P) Something loose in cockpit
(S) Something tightened in cockpit
(P) Evidence of leak on right main landing gear
(S) Evidence removed
(P) DME volume unbelievably loud
(S) Volume set to more believable level
(P) Dead bugs on windshield
(S) Live bugs on order
(P) Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 fpm descent
(S) Cannot reproduce problem on ground
(P) IFF inoperative
(S) IFF always inoperative in OFF mode
(P) Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick
(S) That’s what they’re there for
(P) Number three engine missing
(S) Engine found on right wing after brief search
(P) Aircraft handles funny
(S) Aircraft warned to straighten up, “fly right.” and be serious.
(P) Target Radar hums
(S) Reprogrammed Target Radar with the words
You’re never too old to become younger.
A woman rushed into the supermarket to pick up a few items. She headed for the express line where the clerk was talking on the phone with his back turned to her.
“Excuse me,” she said, “I’m in a hurry. Could you check me out, please?”
The clerk turned, stared at her for a second, looked her up and down, smiled and said, “Ummmm, Not bad.”
Marriage is the process of finding out what kind of man your wife would have preferred.
A couple is celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary and goes down to their old school. There, in a corner, they hold hands as they find their old desk where he had carved, “I love you, Sally.” On the way home, a bag of money falls out of an armored car in front of them. She picks it up and counts $50,000.
The husband says, “We’ve got to give it back.”
She says, “Finders keepers.” And when they get home she hides it in the attic. The next day, two FBI men show up at their home. They ask, “Pardon me, did anyone in this house find any money that fell out of an armored car yesterday?”
She says, “No.”
The husband says, “My wife is lying. She took the money and hid it in the attic.”
She says, “Don’t believe him, he’s a bit senile.”
So they sit the man down and begin to question him. One FBI guy says, “Tell us the story from the beginning.”
The old man says, “Well, my wife and I were on our way home from school…”
The FBI guy looks at his partner and says, “Let’s get out of here.”
“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little nameless, unencumbered acts of kindness and of love.”
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