May 08, 2013

Bones Has Left the Building

Bones is not home and the house is really quiet.

Dead quiet.

It's the first time we've ever been in the house for any length of time without Bones. His brothers have gone to camp, they go on trips, but Bones is never not here. When he goes on a trip, I have gone with him, so it felt like half the family.

So it's odd. So so so qui...ettt....

I had him at the airport by 6:00 AM, which means I've been fighting to stay awake since 5PM.

He's texted a few times and says he's having fun, but I can tell he's beat. He toured DC today and said he thought it was very very cool.

But being they are performing at the Kennedy Center, they are busy practicing.

I think when he comes home Saturday, he's going to sleep like the dead.


At 222,000 miles on a Toyota Sienna, 2004 year, you will start to have electrical problems. For instance, you can be listening to a station on button 3 and when you hit button 4, the radio turns off.

That's new.

I get my window fixed tomorrow, so there is that.

I'm wondering if I need to get my driver side door fixed. At about 200,000 the hinge broke so it just swings open freely when it's not shut.

I remember when I was interviewing some C-141 pilots that were transitioning to the C-17. (That was part of my job in the Mission group.) One of the 141 pilots said, "Flying a C-141 is like flying a flight simulator. You know there will be an inflight emergency, you just don't know what it's going to be."

I'm not quite there with my car, but... yeah... I always wonder what little thing is going to start to go wrong.


I work with one of the funniest men. I will call him Joe. Joe is well into retirement age, but the beautiful thing about my company is you can work just a few days, keep your hands in it, but it won't rule your life.

So he works Tuesday-Thursday, probably 24 hours total, just 7-3 and he takes off. We give him jobs that we need his expertise in, but we try not to stress him out... mainly because we all love him so much we WANT him to stay.

That's not to say he doesn't get stressed, but we try to keep it lower key since if a job is stressful, at 71, you'll walk.

We don't want him to walk. Besides, he loves us too.

As I said, Joe is funny, but the great thing is, he doesn't mean to be. He just... kind of falls into it.

Today my girlfriend that works with me, brought in some pictures from our old group, when she and I were really really young. It was 1989.

Joe looked at them and he said, "I don't know anyone in this picture". He was dead on serious.

My girlfriend and I just looked at each other. Finally I said, "Joe, yes you do. There are two people in that picture you know."

He was scratching his head, looking at the picture, and finally my girlfriend pointed at the two women and said, "That would be me... and THAT would be Bou."

He got quiet, a stunned silence and then he blurted at her, "Wow! You were really pretty!" I busted out laughing and he said, 'And you were too!"

After he left, my girlfriend said, "Did you note the operative word?"

I replied, "Oh. You mean WERE?"

And we both started to laugh. And... he NEVER caught on to how it came across and we never said a dang word.

Posted by Boudicca at May 8, 2013 07:34 PM

You did say he is an engineer, didn't you? I don't think it will ever occur to him. :)

Posted by: PeggyU at May 8, 2013 09:02 PM

You are absolutely right!

Posted by: Bou at May 8, 2013 09:18 PM

I was talking with a female friend several years ago. I showed her my senior picture from high school.
She said, "I always knew you used to be good looking."

Welcome to the club.

Posted by: K-nine at May 8, 2013 11:36 PM

Enjoy the quiet while you've got it. ;)

LOL - at Joe... too funny.

Posted by: Teresa at May 9, 2013 01:51 PM

Its a beautiful day here in the DC area, you can rest well knowing that he is bringing that intensity to some other corner of the world.

Posted by: Web at May 9, 2013 03:58 PM

My rule of thumb for cars that I own is when the repairs start to approach a car payment, then move to a new car. Until then, a paid off car is a thing of joy. :-)

In other news, I have a lot of hours in 141s and none in C-17s. No hours, no minutes, no seconds. Lots of jumps from 141s, none from 17s. That's how long I've been out. I would have liked to get at least one HALO jump from a C-17, but twas not to be.

Posted by: marcus erroneous at May 10, 2013 09:34 AM