The Week That Was – June 1 — 7, 2014

Sunday, June 1 —  In at 9:45 after a slow start at home, picking up things, returning clot hes to hangars in closets. Phot’d the GS-2 that overnighted here in morning sun a better angle for ac facing southeast.

GS-2

GS-2

SchTra GS2-p7Later phot’d him departing the ramp, but I could not find hm when he took off though I heard him. My guess is that he flew from Runway 16, maybe to avoid my camera. He knew I was phot’ing him when he departed the tarmac. On the way back to the office in the parking lot, I saw a restored Piper J-3 and took several of him.

Piper J-3 Cub

Piper J-3 Cub

Processed pictures all morning, ate one apple for lunch and spent the afternoon rearranging a LOT of the workshop and intake areas. Worked on a few models It was not uncomfortably hot and I enjoyed making real progress, making a real difference up there. Back to office about 6:00 and phot’d a Cessna Citation Excel departing over 13.

Cessna Citation Excel

Cessna Citation Excel

Processed and posted from that. Starting at 8:00 practiced songs for an hour and made good progress! Went to grocer for food at 9:10 and then HOME for dinner & bed. HECKOVAGOOD day! 🙂

Monday, June 2 — fIn at 7:45, windy and warm out. Brought saw to work on shelves upstairs and some empty kit boxes from home. Processed pictures and worked in Process Room, started more shelves. Work was fine, sorting homebuilt ac scraps. Back at AKM, phot’d another Citation Excel

Cessna Citation Excel

Cessna Citation Excel

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and processed pics from Beech museum in Tullahoma.
AHEC board meeting was sad. GB, ED, F, NW & JC and no energy. More frustration and spinning wheels. No one believes GB can lead, but no one wants to step into the void. Returned to office and processed pics until 9:15 and went home.

Tuesday, June 3 — — In at 6:15, clear and calm. Worked like a madman processing pictures for the AKM blog I want to post tomorrow about my flight with Trevor and Gilliam Marshall Progress was very slow. HAD to go to work because I’m running the showroom while owner is out of town. Took my guitar and song lyrics and practiced songs for a gallery reception I perform at Thursday night. Accomplished a LOT with scraps processing and did some granite business too. Back at AKM did nothing all night but process airplane flight with T & G pictures until 9:00. Posted briefly at Facebook and departed for grocer and HOME at 9:10. Just another day in paradox.

Wednesday, June 4 — In at 6:58. Hard rain overnight continued to sprinkle. More thunderstorms expected today. Worked on the AKM blog. Had to leave for employer before I was done, so I made it “Around the Pea Patch with an Englishman — Part 1 and promised to finish it tomorrow. Work was fine. Took my guitar and practiced what I will sing at the gallery reception Friday. Attended the IPA/SPI meeting at Mario’s. Good food with good people. Home by 8:30, read a little and was in bed before 9. There’s nothing to do at home.

Thursday, June 5 — In at 6:25, Produced and posted Part 2 of the Trevor blog. Was visited by Falcon 10 pilot I had shown the museum to a few months ago and we walked out to the airplane.

Dassault Falcon 10

Dassault Falcon 10

Falcon 10 front office with a view

Falcon 10 front office with a view

Took some decent pictures in perfect light; also a few of Bryan Reagan’s AeroShell aerobatic team SNJ

North American SNfJ-5 Texan

North American SNfJ-5 Texan

and an overnight-hangared Swift that the owner was pulling out into the sun. Just a few pics of that before I HAD to leave for work.

1946 Globe Swift

1946 Globe Swift

More guitar practice. Good progress organizing AKM homebuilt ac scraps. Back to AKM as usual. Processed pictures and posted one to Facebook, Headed home by way of grocer at 7:30.

Friday, June 6 — Came to the office in late morning — after morning haircut, paying real estate taxes and a good day at work — to pick up camera and “Balladeer For Rent” cards for my performance at Floyd’s Thirst Parlor downtown. I was delighted to be invited to perform, but the event was disappointing. No need to say more than that. The POSITIVE is that an event organizer thought enough of my song writing and poetry to give me an opportunity to share my craft. I was home by 9, ate dinner and went to bed. Slept very well.

Saturday, June 7 — In at 8:25 after posting a video “Balladeer For Rent #3 video — I’ve Got Nothing to Say” at Facebook, straightening the house, washing some dishes and wondering how to perform more often. The auto engine that never runs becomes less than it should be when neglected and not engaged over time. So to I. I practice for a purpose — a planned performance engagement, a chance to sing at an open mic night. Without that. . . . my songs are sounds of trees falling in forests that are never heard. My songs are still songs, but they are dimensionally incomplete when no one else hears them. I also need a small amplifier. To Granite Guy to pick up a standard-with and a legal width four-drawer file cabinet whuch W.S. donated and brought by my employer yesterday. Two fellows installing new carpet in the pilot lounge “weather room” came out and brought them in, took them upstairs without me even looking in their direction or asking for help. TERRIFIC. In late afternoon I moved the standard width filing cabinet  into the Intake Room and the legal width into the Miscellaneous Room at the end of the hall. In the meantime I phot’d FAA Lear 60

Lear 60  flown by Federal Aviation Administration

Lear 60 flown by Federal Aviation Administration

, 1958 Beech 18

Beech 18 "Twin Beech"

Beech 18 “Twin Beech”

Bee18-y1and a few birds taking off. Had a VERY productive day. Left to attend The Pharmacy gallery reception titled “Flight” in my new leather jacket from Jerri B.with AAHS at 6:45.

It was a very good week!  🙂

Thanks for reading this post.

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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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