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Archive for January, 2007
Posted by slopemeno | Jan 11, 2007 @ 12:28 AM | 9,433 Views
Well, heres whats up with my P/O so far (thanks for the kind comments, btw)
I called Kaiser and they got me in to see a Dr. pretty quickly, considering how stupid I was. Dr Virk was very cool, and told me some stuff I didnt know about P/O-such as: It actually makes your blood vessels leaky, which is why you leak yellow fluid from the really bad areas ( I had one blister behind my ear that I could HEAR oozing- yeah, drrrrrrip!) And then theres the whole histamine thing, so they put me on two allergy medications, and a course of steriods for a week, The steroids started working today when I took the first batch this morning. My face was pushed out 1" on the right side, and that went down in about 4 hours. My eyes are still red though. And I have this hump on the inside of my right arm that looks like its fluid.

All told: DID NOT lose the Shredder, so thats a plus.

Paid: $31.00 for co-pay and drugs.

Lost two days of workd-paid sick time: BONUS-

So It was windy today but I resisted the urge to head out to Tick Pt and fly. Instead I drove over to San Leandro and went to my favorite cheap-n-cheesy Chinese food place "Jasmine's" (in the Floresta Plaza). Pot Stickers, Hunan Pork, and chicken fried rice, with a 32 oz diet coke for $7.00

I used to live in the Eastbay, so its always a little wistful and bittersweet (hey, is this the freakin' Eastbay he's talking about? Yes, yes it is..)to go there. I moved down there with a company I worked...Continue Reading
Posted by slopemeno | Jan 08, 2007 @ 03:56 PM | 9,302 Views
Yeah, you know the story...

I was flying at Eastside Four Corners, minding my own business, enjoying a weak but workable thermal with my Shredder (what an amazing plane.. Mark Grand is a GOD!) and, so what do you do when you have five-hundred feet of altitude at your fingertips?! Dive! Speedrun! Buzz the LZ! Hey, its kinda sinky down here, uh, crashing on the left...

Well it was all over before you could think about it, so, collapse the antenna and go searching. I spent about 45 minutes below the lip, around the tree thats down the hill, but no Shredder to be found. My boots are starting to fill up with wood debris and my hands are bloody from raspberry vines (ya hate 'em, right?). No plane. I walk over to the hard left of the hill. No Shredder anywhere..

Roger Jennings (aka SSCB, or "slopestud crybaby") called me on the cell phone and said " I see it!". The Shredder had somehow followed the contour of the slope all the way to the far, far left. If you know the hill (Homestead Hill on Google Earth) theres a damp/dry creekbed that runs north from the left-side LZ. Its overgrown with what must have been dormant PO. I struggled downb to it for about 15 minutes, and got the Shredder. No damage, thank god.

NOW- here comes the tricky part. I tried to go back the direction I came, but it was just too overgrown and steep. I made it about 50 feet and had to pause. I was making such slow headway it would take me an hour to emerge. The only...Continue Reading