Activity October 20 — 26, 2013

This is my  AeroKnow Museum log transcribed with slight editing, in the hope of eliciting your interest, voluntary help at the museum site and additional support as you like. To better understand this thing, start at the October 20 entry at the bottom and read successive entries moving UP the page.I am considering re-arranging future posts here to BEGIN with the earliest entry and work down to the most recent.

Sat, Oct 26 — In at 8:15 after working on the home bedroom an hour. Immediately took Cyber-shot and walked over to the ANG aircraft on pedestals and unhurredly photo’d them until 9:25 in perfect morning sun.
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Back to office at 9:30. Downloaded pics. I was surprisingly tired and processed just a few of the pictures. Sorted email for awhile and was alerted to serious helicopters that sounded beefier than the Eurocopter medevacs. It was a flight of three UH-60s. Several crew visited the office and I phot’d their departure, processed all the pictures.

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Ate lunch I had brought. Tired. Put head on my leather jacket on desk and napped maybe 20 minutes. Worked upstairs in intake room and workshop. When I returned to the office, received a note from Brian that the IPA/SPI newsletter had to be produced TODAY so John S could print it Sunday morning. So I did THAT, sent it to Brian. He called back a few minutes later with two minor corrections. I made them and sent corrected version to him by 6:30. Returned to workshop and worked on Bell X-1 and DC-4 Carvair. Back to office at 7, had nice conversation with a couple of Citation XLS pilots who visited, posted a final pic at FB and departed for home at 7:40.
Fri, Oct 25 — Awoke about 4 from some sleep, showered and arrived AKM at 5:35. There was a WSJ under the door. GOOD SIGN! Processed pictures of the Cirrus and model club meet, replied to BG’s note about Weem. Departed for bill paying downtown and a haircut at 8:20. The haircut $17 at the Hair Cuttery at Town & Country Shopping Center was excellent. Caitlin was my barber. Much like BJ & Company on Hair. Work went very well: accomplished a LOT of AKM things. Back to AKM and processed/sorted email for an hour. Departed for home at 7:25.

Thu, Oct 24 — There was a Wall Street Journal on the floor in my office when I arrived at 5:40 and I wanted to explode, but I was the only one here, so no explosion. I HATE them jerking me around like that! Put modeling things away. Worked on AKM Gallery of Flight. Talked with RF about the WS Journal problem and he said he’d explain the arrangement to the night crew. Had a productive AKM day at work and did NOT return to AKM; went straight home for the first time in a long time. Napped after a dinner of salad and peanut butter and awoke at 11:35 and went to bed. Hardly slept at all but I didn’t care because I’d be awakening later than usual to run errands and get a haircut.

Wed, Oct 23 — In at 5:05 with contents of dad’s old tool box to give away at the model club meeting tonight. Also brought dad’s old toolbox I’ve cleaned to arrange things for attending the model club and better work on models upstairs. I’ve named my pickup truck Anne. It’s easier to type than pickup truck. I was delighted with what I’m discovering about her. The backup lights are wonderful. The cabin light stays on for several seconds when I open the driver side door. Last night I thought it was broken and tried to find a way to turn it off until it went off on its own. Sent invoice to Jay Landers for pics taken at Central Counties Health Centers, Inc. ground breaking October 9. Started to produce AKM Gallery of flight (GOF) for Rockwell Commander 200.
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Stopped to go to work. TGG was fine; did a lot of clips and scraps sorting for British & French new material. Back to AKM at 5:20. The room for the model club meeting was chilly, but we’ll be okay I think. At my request, the line crew turned on the heat for that room. Worked on AKM GOF. Mark H arrived early and I dropped everything to get the model material to the meeting room. Dan B arrived about 8 and he showed Mark a few things about model photography. I was impressed. Worked on a Carvair, later a Frog kit Gloster Javelin. After the meeting I was frustrated as hell by not finding a Wall Street Journal. I KNEW the line guys were jerking me around and that just made me angry. Departed for home really steamed about 9 and stayed that way for the rest of the night.

Tue, Oct 22 — Had a rough night last night and arrived AKIM 8:20, about 3 hours later than planned. The truck took some getting used to with its automatic transmission and no clock.  It handles fine. Brought some AKM materials to clip and sort at TGG. It’s cold outside for the first time this year and I feel pretty resigned to a neutral outlook today. No joy, but no dismay either. I’ll feel better when I get comfortable in the truck. Work went okay. Did a first sort of recent harvest of articles and scraps relating to English, French and German aircraft. Articles are whole-pages; will be filed first in Research Room. Scraps will be trimmed and pasted to whole 8.5 x 11 paper, and scraps of specific types (Spitfire IX, Falcon 50, Rhein Flug Fantrainer) will share whole pages with others of their type to prevent loose scraps from getting lost and crushed in the files. It was a productive day. Back at 5:25, learning the  new pickup as I go. Took a few pics of the truck — which I have named Anne — and posted one at Fb.  Sorted emails and processed pictures. Departed for home at 7:30.

Mon, Oct 21 — Took Yellow cab directly to work for $15. Arranged to pick up truck at end of work day and did. GJ took me to the bank and dropped me off at Jack Stoldt Service Center. Had a decent dinner, but after napping three hours, I could not get back to sleep! Discovered 93.9 FM and enjoyed listening to it. Finally asleep by 3:30 or so.

Sun, Oct 20 —  Stayed home — didn’t want to spend almost $20 for a round trip cab ride.

About Job Conger

I am a freelance aviation, business and tourism writer, poet, songwriter. My journalism appears regularly in Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. I am author of Springfield Aviation from Arcadia Publishing and available everywhere. As founder/director of AeroKnow Museum (AKM) and a volunteer with American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), I created this blog to share news about AKM activity and aviation history.
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