Weekly Report –November 3 to November 9



DSC08197A Beech King Air 350 departs the ramp, taking a group of civil engineering students back to Chicago after attending a conference in Springfield. Among them was a student from Iran who visited AeroKnow Museum while waiting for the airplane to be refueled.
DSC08176We spoke briefly of his homeland — he has been in the US for about three years, but will return when he graduates — and I wished the best for him and his country. It was a pleasure talking with him!

Sun, Nov 3 — In at 8:35, clear and cool. Processed classical guitar concert pics and sent them to major people involved until about noon.  To John B’s house to deliver a kit and pick up a Ju-88A 1/48 Monogram ProModeler kit. Lunch was a small “fun size” packet of M&Ms (that I had purloined from last night’s concert reception) and coffee. Listened to half of the Aviation History Educational Center (AHEC) meeting digital recording, making notes to clarify and add to the minutes made from my longhand notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .but was so depressed by the un-shepherded wandering of the proceedings, I stopped listening adjourned and didn’t work on it anymore Processed pictures ALL BLEEPING AFTERNOON and almost fell asleep. Didn’t photograph an airplane all day. Made respectable progress processing av pics from September. I AM CATCHING UP, thank God. Didn’t go upstairs all day. A mite depressed by the flow of the day after meeting with John. There is NOTHING but ramen noodles and an old can of soup that I was given soon after my leg surgery at home for dinner (but there is plenty of iced tea and wine), and I learned late Saturday afternoon that I am overdrawn in my checking account for the first time this year — DANG IT!. Went home at 5:40.
Mon, Nov 4 — In at 8:20 after depositing pay from clinic photo shoot. Wintery, windy, overcast. Photog’d Piper Arrow IV on ramp. Put some things away upstairs, tidied workshop, worked on X-1B 1/72. To TGG. Back at 5:15 after a VERY PRODUCTIVE AKM day at work. Worked on picture processing until 6:35 and went home.

Tue, Nov 5 — A rainy, ragged start to the day. Napped from about 8:30 to 1:30 last night, couldn’t get back to sleep. Read aviation magazines most of the night; finally drifted back to sleep about 3:30 and awake again at 5 am. Couldn’t come to AKM before paying home insurance and depositing TGG paycheck. Arrived AKM 8:35, didn’t feel sleepy; just distracted by my circumstance. Work was okay, but didn’t get much done for AKM, inventoried almost a year of Aviation Week and Space Technologys (AWST)  and did some scrap pasting. Back to AKM at 5:15 and processed a few pictures until leaving for grocer at 6p, tired and hungry for home.
Wed, Nov 6 —  In at 7:25 after another night of irregular sleep. Hard rain and lots of traffic coming in. Scanned two pics of Mu-2s and worked on models until 8:50. To TGG. Work was very AKM-productive. Indexed MANY AWSTs and GJ left me alone most of the day. Back to AKM at 5:30 due to a customer who stayed late at TGG. Processed pics. Kelly T  brought a 1/48 Czech Model Curtiss A-8 Shrike by for me to purchase. We had a visitor student civil engineer from Iran who visited as we talked who enjoyed the models. I phot’d the King Air 350 he visited in. Processed those pics and went home at 8:30.

Thu, Nov 7 —  No trouble sleeping in the chair last night but I had a hard time getting up. Instead of arriving at 5:05, arrived at 6:15. Cool, calm and clear out. Worked on AHEC minutes and advisory committee material. Emailed to Gene B. To TGG and indexed MANY AWSTs, pasted Bf-109 scraps in late afternoon. Went on a week’s hiatus from Facebook; will return there next Wed to post about CIPM trip to Hobby Lobby. Still I was tired, depressed with GJ. Back to AKM at 5:15 and processed pictures. Made good progress but  I’m really tired. Going home at 7:20.

Fri, Nov 8 —  In at 5:40, calm wind. Better organized the AHEC documents folder revised Nov 16 meeting agenda. wrote to Gene B about clarifying a few points for next meeting . Work started rocky at TGG but it became VERY AKM-productive. Indexed a lot more AWSTs, got along with everyone. Chuck the printer made vinyl red letters “Anne” for my truck and put them on.
They look great. To AKM at 5:15. Processed pictures. Photog’d two EC-135 med helis. Processed the granite pictures taken at work today. Tired by 7:30, went home via grocer.

Sat, Nov 9 —  In at 5:20. Still haven’t made any progress with the John Thornton Walker book because there is so much to do here. Worked on AHEC meeting material. Sent it to Gene B. Wrote a long letter with pictures to George S. Sorted model club and airplane pictures. Posted pics of granite to TGG. Started new Honey & Quinine post “My Chevy Anne.” Off to work at 9:50. It went well for the first 10 minutes with George and then went to hell in a hand basket because he could not make a legible “4” and a customer was confused with my email to her, based on George’s pathetic penmanship, I CLEANED OUT almost everything in the showroom that I own. In the future, starting Monday afternoon, I will have in that showroom ONLY what I can carry to my truck in ONE TRIP! That means more preparation time here at AKM before going to TGG, but it will be worth it. I’ll use Dad’s old toolbox for it. George tried to be nice when re returned to the showroom at 2:45, and I was nice too, but as I left, I told him what I was doing. There was no time to talk because a customer was coming in as I was leaving. Unloaded the truck at AKM by 2:40 and began organizing things. Cleaned up my desk drawers. Sent guitar concert pictures from November 1 to Eva Beneke the featured performer. I was tired and decided to go home before dark today. Departed at 4:44.

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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