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Posted by Texas Don | Mar 12, 2013 @ 12:43 PM | 1,737 Views
Some of the things that I do seem to defy description as far as logic is concerned. All of us have the herpes simplex one virus in our systems. It's normal, and also what makes us susceptible to cold sores, warts, chicken pox and shingles to name a few maladies. In my case I'm certain that it also accounts for my lack of interest in strenuous manual labor.
I've been prone to developing warts all of my life. I have an early memory of my birth father taking me to have one removed from my right thumb by cauterization. I don't get many of them, perhaps only one every 5 or so years and they are easy to take care of by using one of the commercially available remedies.
I developed a small one inside my left ear canal. I don't care for that wonderfully pleasing smell of Compound W nor do I like the thought of having it inside my ear. I read that common household vinegar is nothing more than acetic acid and is excellent for wart removal because like a lot of viruses, warts can't survive in an acid environment. The instructions were to gently roughen the surface of the wart to remove any dead cells so that the vinegar could penetrate and destroy it. While casting about for something round and abrasive, I hit on my Dremel tool with a small sanding sleeve mounted to it. Perfect. My plan was to just gently insert the sanding sleeve and move it in and out delicately a couple of times. Unfortunately old fat thumbs here managed to hit the power switch while it was in my ear. Battery powered tools are NOT inherently safer after all. Wart? What wart? After the sanding sleeve and the demonically possessed Dremel tool was finally removed from my ear, I had a raw spot but no wart. Of course I then proceeded to put some vinegar on it to kill any remaining cells. Acetic acid on an open wound is one of my very poorest ideas yet in a long line of questionable decisions. Ever see a fat guy do a Jose Greco impersonation while screaming loudly in pain? The rest of today should be a piece of cake.
Posted by Texas Don | Feb 23, 2013 @ 10:31 AM | 1,586 Views
I've recently re-entered RC modeling after a significant absence. I took time off to build a house, raise a family, concentrate on my career and for the last 6 months of her life, to act as my wife's primary caregiver.
I've found a couple of wonderful friends on this site who have been encouraging to the max. I've been busy creating a hobby space for myself and beginning the building process.
I've built and flown sporadically in the past. My last building effort ended in disaster as a step ladder fell on an Ikon N'West Beaver that was under construction. For the time being, I've relegated what's left of it to a corner of the workshop while I mourn and ponder it's fate. I have built and flown complete models. Quite a few of them actually, back in the late 60's through the late 80's, then again starting about 5 years ago. I originally joined the AMA by filling out my application at the counter of then AMA president John Clemens in his shop on Greenville, Ave. in Dallas, TX. My first plane and trainer was a foam Cessna 172. Foam models were rare and this was the only one that I found. I wanted something inexpensive and quick to get airborne. I honestly don't remember the manufacturer. It was an ugly, homely little thing but it served it's purpose well. In the ensuing years it's obvious to me that foam has become the preferred building material over balsa for a significant number of builders and kit manufacturers.
Prior to becoming involved in RC modeling and establishing a civilian life, I served in the US navy and volunteered for the submarine corps. I served aboard 3 different submarines, the last being the USS Ray. She was a nuclear powered fast attack of the Sturgeon class home ported in Norfolk, VA. My avatar is a photo of her underway off the Atlantic coast.
I retired from my employer last August after 34 years. I'm looking forward to building and flying full time.