The Week That Was – July 27 — Aug 2

Sunday, July 27 — Drank the last of the wine last night and will not buy more this week. The price of a gallon jug is the same as three boxed salads from Shop N Save; dinner for three days of the week. I’ll be fine with iced tea mix. Stayed up last night until 3:00 am, up at 8, showered and to AKM at 9 on the nose. Phot’d FIVE Civil Air Patrol Cessnas from the fence. . .

Civil Air Patrol Cessnas

Civil Air Patrol Cessnas

 

I've never seen these colors  on a CAP Cessna. Is this a new scheme?

I’ve never seen these colors on a CAP Cessna. Is this a new scheme?

DSC00657a productive start.  Later showed five pilots the AKM office. They could not leave the lobby area because cadets were arriving for orientation flights. Processed pictures. Children’s story writer Chris visited about noon, and we worked to inventory built models on hand upstairs. I bagged those we counted. Had tremendous discussion of the future of AKM and my employment at TGG. She promised to help with financial records in the future and I will share feedback re her children’s book. The four plus hours are more than the two other volunteers spent here, one visit each, since AKM relocated here. THis is a very positive sign. Posted an AKM Gallery of FLight blog and departed for home about 7:15, satisfied with the day and very thankful for the excellent help.
Monday, July 28 — In at 7:20, calm, sunny and cool outside. Only birds on the ramp– five Cessnas — belong to CAP. Worked upstairs until time for work. Had an okay day, but I am growing more NOT HAPPY there and  I FEAR that I may do something very stupid. By that I mean quit the job. If I felt I could survive more than a month or two after leaving the employer, I would leave a day before yesterday. I, seriously, do not expect to be there in November 2014. Worked upstairs until 7 and went home via grocer.

Tuesday, July 29 — In at 8:05 after another ragged night. There’s no wine in the house, and there won’t be until things improve. Sunny and cool outside. Cadets and pilots were pre-flighting five 172s on the ramp as I walked from the parking lot. Worked on the IPA/SPI newsletter and spent 15 minutes working the Intake Room before leaving for employer. The day there was okay. Back at 5:15 and worked on the newsletter. Chatted with one visitor who arrived in a Cherokee. Nice fellow short on time. Stayed with the nl until I was shot mentally and uncomfortably hungry. Went home at 8:30.

Wednesday, July 30 — In at 5:20, the earliest in a long time, totally dark out, cool and calm. Saw only two cars coming out here.

I did not record the Cherokee's N number. I could not see it from behind the fence and did not encounter the owner; hence no phtography ON the ramp was possible.

I did not record the Cherokee’s N number. I could not see it from behind the fence and did not encounter the owner; hence no phtography ON the ramp was possible.

A visiting Cherokee and five CAP Cessnas on the ramp.

changing a ramp-illuminating light bulb

changing a ramp-illuminating light bulb

apt73014-4Photog’d a fellow changing a light bulb on a tall over-the-tarmac floodlight. Worked on the IPA/SPI newsletter all morning and e’d it to org president. Work was HORRIBLY DEPRESSING. I MUST cut hours. To home at 7 p and another salad with cheese curls and iced tea. AAAAH the GOO life!

Thursday, July 31 — In 5:30, cool, calm. Phot’d CAP Cessnas and a distant C-12.

Beech C-12 illuminated by floodlights about 6 am.

Beech C-12 illuminated by floodlights about 6 am.

Worked upstairs in Intake Room for an 1.5 hours. Called T. at Chamber of Commerce.

Tom Owen, membership sales representative for the Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

Tom Owen, membership sales representative for the Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

He visited, toured AKM and I wrote him a membership check just in time to be included in the print membership guide. PROGRESS and suddenly life is worth something AGAIN.

Tom Owens, Springfield Chamber of Commerce poses with AeroKnow Museum's completed membership form and my check.

Tom Owens, Springfield Chamber of Commerce poses with AeroKnow Museum’s completed membership form and my check.

To work until 5 and 11:50. Work was okay. GJ KNOWS I’m going to cut back hours, but he’s taking a misguided approach, too wrong to describe. Processed pics until 8:00. Went home.

Friday, August 1 — In at 5:25, cool, calm. Processed pictures and worked upstairs. Mark H. visited in office and we talked postcards. He will buy 100 for the airport terminal gift shop, and wants me to produce some extolling the airlines serving SPI. Sent the Publisher postcard file to Chuck the Parkway Printers owner. Must modify the arrangement to make it easier to handle. I was slated to work at employer noon to 5:30 and still hated to leave at 11:50 am, but I hope this arrangement can be made permanent with George. Accomplished solid AKM work at TGG. Tom O. brought Chamber of Commerce “welcome packets” by. After work, returned to AKM and placed GSCC (Chamber) window decal on office door.

Piper Navaho Chieftan

Piper Navaho Chieftan

Piddled in office until 6:45. I’m tired. Went home.

Saturday, August 2 — A rocky night after early dinner and to bed at 8:15. Awakened at 1:00 to crummy WUIS blues assault (people who celebrate the wonder and glory of a rusty nail). Turned off the radio and lay in abject silence, tossed and turned and thought as awake as daylight until finally drifting off about 4. Awake at 6:50 and off to airport at 8:00. Photo’d a Piper Seminole on the ramp.

Piper Seminole taxis to Runway 22, KSPI

Piper Seminole taxis to Runway 22, KSPI

 

take-off

take-off

Found an internet channel that plays all classical all the time — http://www.discoverclassical.org and enjoyed it IMMENSELY while working on postcards. Had to close my office door (didn’t latch it) to the music won’t disturb “the normals” who habitate the lobby and FBO counter just outside. Visited by former Pan Am captain with 10,000+ hours in 727s. Toured part of AKM, promised to send me some Pan Am posters. Also showed office to visitors from Northern IL who flew with their visiting friends from Lancaster, CA to tour the Lincoln sites downtown. All were very impressed with the Lincoln sites and AKM. Phot’d a Falcon 20D that refueled and departed pretty fast. Processed pics and worked on postcards until leaving at 6:10.

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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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