The Week That Was – December 21 — 27

Sunday, December 21 – In at 8:45 after working 10 minutes on an Airfix J4F and picking up at home. Have begun working on J4F, Airfix 1/48 Ju-87B, Revell 1/48 SNJ-5 I will finish in Glenview NAS, Illinois colors and a 1/700 USS Hornet. I had to get here before 9 because I missed taking my pills yesterday and wanted to take them before 9 today. Very busy, productive day. Left at 4:25.

Monday, December 22 — in at 8:45 after depositing at bank and paying electric bill. Chilly and moderate rain. Phot’d a King Air that came in last night with Wheels Up charter and a Cessna Mustang. . . . . . Went home at 9:35.

Tuesday, December 23 — In at 6:35. Had a fine day everywhere accomplished a lot, but not enough.This is a hard week. I am ashamed I will not be spending the big day with friends. I don’t have any friends, thanks in part to the loss of my two closest friends over the summer. That’s the price I must pay for being offended and showing it when I was allowed to share only two poems/songs at two consecutive events in August. I really feel hung out on a line to  be eaten alive by regrets and self-loathing.  That said, I have a museum to take care of. Without this,  a REASON to live despite my legion of incapacities as a friend and poet, I would probably have eaten a “bullet sandwich” by now. Went home via grocer at 8:50.

Wednesday, December 24 — In at 9:10, no plane on the ramp. Overcast, promising rain and falling temperatures. Was given the afternoon off.  Back to AKM briefly, pretty glummed, by gum, then home.

Thursday, December 25 — A clear, sunny morning! Into AKM  at 8::10.. Glad to be HERE. Opened Christmas card from sister’s son Steve. Shymansky. Merry Christmas to me. Worked on AKM receipts and checks. Read e from a friend in Maryland, Opened the model kits I had purchased for myself weeks ago. There was significant satisfaction from that. Posted my new Christmas poem at Honey & Quinine. Processed pictures in morning, worked upstairs most of the afternoon in Process Room. Discovered the SCANNER DOESN’T WORK, DANG IT! (later discovered the issue. It was my silly oversight.) Went home at 4:35.

Friday, December 26 — In at 7:55, clear and calm. Logged in all the kits purchased after Thanksgiving neatened the office a LOT. Very productive day. Mark H brought the completed model AC-47 over. Lots of file organizing, receipts logging and more. Went home at 9:40, happy with the day.

Saturday, December 27 — IN at 9 and talked to a fellow who knew Johnnie Marsh for 20 minutes at the counter — he declined to visit the OFFICE; probably thought I was infected with something — phot’d an early Hawker 125 in light mist and into the office at 9:25 with MUCH to do today. Started January issues of IPA/SPI newsletter and the first LINCOLN FLYER. Chuck M visited to see the AC-47 model Mark H had built for him and left it here to take out to the Topeka Air Museum in April. Photog’d a Raytheon Hawker 800 and a Cessna XL that refueled en route from Long Island, New York to Colorado with a family going skiiing that visited and had a fine time. Worked on models upstairs from 7 to 9:30. Finished up in office and went home at 9:55.

 

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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