The Week That Was – August 24 — August 30

Sunday, August 24 —  In at 8:50, calm and sunny out. Processed the last of the V-22 pictures, worked on the September IPA/SPA newsletter and processed pictures while photing a Piper Cheyenne I,PipChey-m Learjet 35A DSC01372 and a Citation Mustang.  DSC01385Did NOT work upstairs; too HOTHOTHOT! Departed for grocer and home at 7:05.

Monday, August 25 —  In at 7:30, warm, predicting 94 today, sunny & HUMID. Cleaned up office and checked the other rooms to be sure nothing is GLARINGLY out of place for the Chamber ribbon cutting at 11:30 today.

AKM founder Job Conger in center with blue shirt and members of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

AKM founder Job Conger in center with blue shirt and members of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

 

Left: Roger Blickensderfer,  Springfield Airport Authority Director of Facilities and Maintenance, poses with Job.

Left: Roger Blickensderfer, Springfield Airport Authority Director of Facilities and Maintenance, poses with Job.

 

Chamber members during the initial part of the AKM tour that followed the ribbon cutting.

Chamber members during the initial part of the AKM tour that followed the ribbon cutting.

It was all TERRIBLY rushed because several who came could not stay long. Went straight to employer and SWEATED profusely despite fans blowing on me. Heat in  dex outside with a   temp of 95 was 107 dang DEGREES! Made excellent progress with the model club blog and posted pictures of the ribbon cutting at FB; will blog about it Tues. Went home at 7:30 to get dinner and an early start tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 26 — Another rocky night. After to bed about 9, awoke at 1:30 and was hit and miss with sleep, time on the computer and back to bed about 4 until awake at 7:30 and out of bed at 8:10 and into AKM at 8:45. Still, sunny and 80 outside all ready. They say the hot spell will ease back tomorrow, and I pray it will: high of 88 predicted with scattered thunderstorms for the next few days. This stinks! Worked on pictures and moved the newly acquired file cabinet into the Research Room (RR). Had to remove TWO filing cabines from RR because the other one’s drawers would not open. Things are pretty messed up in the RR now. I’ll deal with it when it cools off. Work was HELLISH HOT with no air conditioning and I was horribly depressed all DAMNday there. Was almost catatonic; didn’t work at ALL on aviation material. DAMN near didn’t move. Drank a lot of coffee and tried not to attract attention from the owner for the brief times he was in the showroom. Worked on IPA/SPI newsletter in the mercifully cool AKM office until leaving for home at 7:35.

Wednesday, August 27 —  In at 6:15, clear, cool, calm, well rested. Worked on pictures until 10:10 and then upstairs in Research Room. Moved another HEAVYheavy file cabinet in and transferred some British aircraft files. It was slightly cooler and accomplshed a LOT for AKM. Back to AKM, we had a terrific CIPM meeting and broke up about 8:40, early for us. LOTS of positive talk about AKM. Went straight home at 9:25.

Thursday, August 28 — In at 5:25, light breeze and delightfully cool. Local Lear 60 on ramp with APU buzzing and fuel truck. Logged kits acquired from last night’s model club meet. Put British ac files into the file cabinets I moved yesterday, ran out of hanging files. Began arranging a book case in the surplus room Brian C. visited about 9 and we talked about fundraising. He expects 15% of what he raises for AKM. I have no problem with that. We will tape a three minute presentation hewill place on the Internet. Taping is next Wednesday at 8:30 am. At work, it was DAMNHOT in the showroom and I saw owmer less than three seconds. He’s avoiding the showroom because he knows I’m upset. Got a call from “Stacy” who wants to visit AKM at 9:30 am next Tuesday. She learned about AKM via Chamber of Commerce activity. At work, I produced a cover and printed pages for a new “Guestbook.” Those who sign and give email address will be e’d regular reports and pictures. Back to AKM and damn near collapsed from the heat and fatique. Photo’d a visiting T-45 T45-r14 and processed pictures from yesterday. Home via grocer at 7:15 VERRRRRRY TIRED.

Friday, August 29 — In at 6, vool snf calm after thunderstorms earlier. Phot’d the T-45 that spent the night without a 310 blocking the view as it did yesterday.
T45-r8

I accidentally used flash for this picture, and that no-doubt created the interesting disks.

I accidentally used flash for this picture, and that no-doubt created the interesting disks.

Worked upstairs, had a good day at work and a fine model club meeting after. Departed for home in light rain at 9:30.

Saturday, August 30 —  In at 8:45, breezy and sunny out. Rain promised for this afternoon. Took the rest of the loose drawers from the broken file cabinet tot he dumpster and modeling material from last night’s meeting to the Process Room. Worked upstairs until 11:30, took no pictures. Artist friend E.Vern Taylor visited, toured AKM and was the FIRST PERSON to sign the new AKM guestbook.

FIRST to sign the new AKM Guestbook: E. Vern Taylor -- Springfied artist visiting AKM for the first time, and he took the complete tour! :)

FIRST to sign the new AKM Guestbook: E. Vern Taylor — Springfied artist visiting AKM for the first time, and he took the complete tour! 🙂

We went to Prairie Art Alliance downtown where I photo;d his paintings. he bought me lunch at Hardess 1/2Pounder with onion rings and a large Coke, at insidel. Returned to AKM and I played my four art songs for him and he was very impressed. He departed about 4 and I processed pictures from our visit until 8:00 pm when I left to attend a friend’s birthday party downtown.

Thanks for reading this post.

Have a terrific Labor Day holiday!

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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