Ginger Dream

We’ve long contemplated building an RV-8. Superior’s XP-400 engine is suddenly out of the options (kudos to Superior for their buyback), but we still look at Van’s as a kit we’d like to build.

Look at the RV-8, and contemplate it in Navy Blue,, with flat black nose, and appropriate (read: semi-inappropriate) nose art.

Ginger Dream.

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From One of Our Former Flight Instructors…

…who is apparently in The Swamp just now:

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We have nothing to add, but–given a spoon–would gladly subtract.

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Handy Baking Tip

When you run out of brown sugar (perhaps because the dog caused you to lose your balance and spill the whole damned container on the floor), you can substitute white sugar plus 1 Tbsp molasses for light brown, 2 Tbsp for dark brown.

Still fine-tuning our apple streusel muffin recipe before Christmas breakfast tomorrow.  Watch this space for the final result.

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For the Coffee Lovers

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Pandora Gets Theological

Heard today on Pandora in direct succession:

Perhaps somebody (Somebody?) is trying to tell us something….

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Please, $DEITY, let this be the result of autocorrect.

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At the Eleventh Hour…

…of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns fell silent.

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Those who know us know that we love a good fire, and this winter looks to have lots of opportunity for such, with first snow expected this weekend.  In preparation, therefore, we’ve been looking to procure firewood.

After several rounds with unscrupulous sellers trying to play games with me regarding the quantity of wood (one tried to tell me that a “cord”–which he originally wrote in his ad as a “quart”–was “a term for multiple ricks,” and a rick contains 80 logs), I hunted down the actual legal definition, in an official .gov (NIST, National Institute of Standards and Technology) publication: NIST Handbook 130, Uniform Regulation for the Method of Sale of Commodities.

See definition, on page 115: Cord. – The amount of wood that is contained in a space of 128 [cubic feet] when the wood is ranked and well stowed. For the purpose of this regulation, “ranked and well stowed” shall be construed to mean that pieces of wood are placed in a line or row, with individual pieces touching and parallel to each other, and stacked in a compact manner.​

Anybody using any other definition is at best ignorant, and at worst dishonest.

So, the next time somebody tries to pull a fast one on you, you now have an authoritative source to ask him to give you an accurate, meaningful, consistent number.

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Turn Back Time

Just a friendly reminder.

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Halloween Marketing Win



Whether you hate tootsie rolls or licorice, the truth is we’ve all received Halloween candy we don’t like. But this year, Reese’s is coming to the rescue with their very own candy exchange machine.

“Reese’s Halloween Candy Converter Machine” was first released to the public on Sunday, October 28, during a Halloween parade in Tarrytown, New York.

The machine allows people to trade in the candy they don’t want for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

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Meanwhile, in other news, it seems we’re in the right place for the season:

OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s all treats and no tricks in OKC this year! According to Nextdoor, the neighborhood social network, Oklahoma City is the fourth best city for trick-or-treating in the United States.

Put on your costumes and grab your pillow cases, boys and girls!

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