The Week that Was — April 6 to 12, 2014

Sun, Apr 6 — The reception at the art gallery, The Pharmacy, last night was terrific!. In at 9:25 after slightly arranging bedroom and writing room, washing dishes, though I have used almost no dishes this week: one dinner plate a few forks, a table knife and a medium pot I ate salads from six of the seven nights last week. Nice Lear on the ramp; photo’d it. Lea55-a Processed pictures almost all day. Took time out to work on Aviation History Educational Center tasks and ate two bags of popcorn all day. That’s okay. I was having fun, doing what I wanted to do and that gave me my energy. Stopped processing Pharmacy reception pictures until7:10. I was getting ready to head home when an F/A-18 arrived 200 feet from my office about 7:15. Took several pictures and processed all before posting 1 at Fb. F18C-aDeparted for home at 8:40.
Mon, Apr 7 — In about 7:50, just in time to phot the departing F/A-18C, processed and posted pics on Fb, had some nice visitors from a CJ2 and rushed off to work with more articles for a first sort.
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Work was busy but bearable. Sorted a few articles at the end but was delayed by a customer who came in while I was “indisposed.” Showed him some things and didn’t leave until 5:30, bought more fuel coming in, back at AKM at 5:45. Tired. Worked on AHEC mailing. Sent “Special” Board meeting agendas to appropriate persons. Departed for home to talk to upstairs renter about intentions for the residency. I DREAD this, but it must be done. It’s something I like to call “being an adult.”

Tue, Apr 8 — Paid for vehicle insurance for a whole year, visited Springfield High to learn about John Thornton Walker and saw the 1931 yearbook. It was wonderful to see the school again. Memories flooded back like it was all 1965 and yesterday! Beautiful sunny day. To work at 10:30 and had to come out to AKM to get my camera to take some pictures of stone for a customer. When I returned to process pics, an F/A-18 arrived and I phot’d it before returning to work. F18C-xF18C-V

Back to AKM at 5:20, phot’d a Falcon 900 towed to a hangar and processed pics all night. DasFal900=b

Left for home at 9:30.

Wed, Apr 9 — In at 6:15 clear and calm. Worked on pictures all morning. Got a LOT of initial sorting of articles done at work. Worked on gallery reception Honey & Quinine post and posted it. Sat with the model club about 50 minutes but didn’t work on a model. Departed for home at 9:45. Finished dinner, reading and went to bed about 11.

Thu, Apr 10 — Awoke about 6:30 and eventually lurched into the day. Into AKM at 7:25 and put some things from last night’s model meet away. Overcast and threatening rain outside. Not one airplane on the tarmac. Phot’d a Cessna Mustang just before going to work. Did a LOT of article sorting at work and George as okay mostly. Joel Hopwood visited and toured AKM, had a nice time. Posted pics of March 21 visit by F/A-18s at AKM Gallery of Flight. (GOF) I was tired so I went home at 7:30.

Fri, Apr 11 — In at 6:35, sunny, calm. Worked upstairs and made MAJOR PROGRESS moving more kits into the Kit Room, moving spare parts boxes and decal boxes into the space at the hall entry end of the office, moving negative boxes closer to the scanner and starting to arrange the primary model building table. Rearranged and neatened a lot of kits in the KR. MUCH BETTER! Accomplished a LOT before coming back down to the office at 9:30. This is a major improvement toward more efficient operations here. Fri, Apr 11 — In at 6:35, sunny, calm. Worked upstairs and made MAJOR PROGRESS moving more kits into the Kit Room, moving spare parts boxes and decal boxes into the space at the hall entry end of the office, moving negative boxes closer to the scanner and starting to arrange the primary model building table. Rearranged and neatened a lot of kits in the KR. MUCH BETTER! Accomplished a LOT before coming back down to the office at 9:30l! This is a major improvement toward more efficient operations here. Revised AKM GOF blog, departed for Springfield High to take pictures of 1931 Capitoline yearbook re Thornton Walker. at 10:10.
Drove to Springfield High and photographed John Thornton Walker’s 1931 Capitoline picture and a few other pics in it with both Cyber-shot and Canon; also a few pics of the hall across from the office. I was THRILLED to be back there, even though it was all routine to the people who work there. Took a few pics of the outside including the window where I took Science class with Mr. Juvenal. Sorted all the articles I had at employer and index a few magazines. Had a decent day. Processed the pics and posted some at Fb. Worked upstairs in Intake Room and arranged the BOX of clips I had brought back from work. Finished about 7:50. Processed more pics in office and went home at 8:00.

Sat, Apr 12 — In at 7:35 on the most perfect spring morning, so far, this year. Took some pics of an EC135 medevac heli from the Quad Cities area, then an Allegiant Airlines MD-80 on the ramp and taking off. Work was WORK most of the day, and that’s okay. George has been pretty loose with me though he owe me pay for the PAST SIX WEEKS. He turned me loose at 1:00 and I appreciated it. Processed pics most of the afternoon and then phot’d a T-34B a friend of MG had flown in from Tennessee. Nice fellow. Did MAJOR renovation upstairs in Process Room, Kits Room and Intake Room. Really worked up a sweat. Departed for home at 8:15 after a very productive day.

Sat, Apr 12 — In at 7:35 on the most perfect spring morning, so far, this year. Took some pics of an EC135 medevac heli from the Quad Cities area, then an Allegiant Airlines EurEC135-rMD-80 on the ramp and taking off. Work was WORK most of the day, and that’s okay. George has been pretty loose with me though he owe me pay for the PAST SIX WEEKS. He turned me loose at 1:00 and I appreciated it. Processed pics most of the afternoon and then phot’d a T-34B a friend of MG had flown in from Tennessee. Nice fellow. Did MAJOR renovation upstairs in Process Room, Kits Room and Intake Room.  McDDMD80-yT34B-f

Really worked up a sweat. Departed for home at 8:15 after a very productive day.

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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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