Drug Test Those Maintenance Engineers…..

After every flight, pilots fill out a form called a gripe sheet, which
conveys to the mechanics problems encountered with the aircraft during
the flight that need repair or correction. The mechanics read and correct
the problem, and then respond in writing on the lower half of the form
what remedial action was taken, and the pilot reviews the gripe sheets
before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews and engineers lack a sense of humor!

Here are some actual logged maintenance complaints and problems as submitted by pilots and the solution recorded by maintenance engineers.

(P = the problem logged by the pilot.)
(S = the solution and action taken by the engineers.)
P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.
P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.
P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.
P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.
P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.
P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That’s what they’re there for.
P: IFF inoperative.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.
P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you’re right.
P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.
P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.
P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.
P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.




Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime 

Grades 1 and 2 | Math | Elementary School | Reading Numbers in Words


1. The Post Office

 Get ready to imagine a world without the post office.   They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term.   Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive.   Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

 2. The Check

 Britain has already done away with checks as of 2018.    It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks.    Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check.  This plays right into the death of the post office.  If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.

 3. The Newspaper

 The younger generation simply doesn’t read the newspaper.  They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print edition.  That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man.  As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it.  The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance.  They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell     phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.

 4. The Book

 You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages.   I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes.  I wanted my hard copy CD.  But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music.  The same thing will happen with books.  You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy.  And the price is less than half that of a real book.  And think of the convenience!  Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book.

 5. The Land Line Telephone

 Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore.  Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it.  But you are paying double charges for that extra service.  All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.

 6. Music

 This is one of the saddest parts of the change story.  The music industry is dying a slow death.  Not just because of illegal downloading.  It’s the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it.  Greed and corruption is the problem.  The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing.  Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalogue items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with.  Older established artists.  This is also true on the live concert circuit.  To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite for Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, “Before the Music Dies.”

 7. Television Revenues

To the networks are down dramatically.  Not just because of the economy.  People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers.  And they’re playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV.   Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator.  Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds.  I say good riddance to most of it.  It’s time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery.   Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

 8. The “Things” That You Own

 Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future.  They may simply reside in “the cloud.”  Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents.  Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be.  But all of that is changing.  Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest “cloud services.”  That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system.  So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet.  If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud.  If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud.  And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider.  In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device.  That’s the good news.  But, will you actually own any of this “stuff” or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big “Poof?”  Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical?  It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that     photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

9 Joined Handwriting (Cursive Writing)

 Already gone in some schools who no longer teach “joined handwriting” because nearly everything is done now on computers or keyboards of some type (pun not intended)

 10. Privacy

 If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy.  That’s gone.  It’s been gone for a long time anyway..  There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone.  But you can be sure that 24/7, “They” know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View.  If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits..  “They” will try to get you to buy something else.  Again and again and again.


All we will have left that can’t be changed……are our “Memories”.


Logic is dead.

Excellence is punished.

Mediocrity is rewarded.

 Dependency is to be revered.

This is present day America.


When people rob banks they go to prison.

When they rob the taxpayer they get re-elected!









Judge Jackson is a Woke-Marxist-Liberal.  She can’t even define the word woman.


What a person–we can’t use woman-she wouldn’t know what we are talking about.


St. Louis is still a criminal paradise.  You get what you vote for.



I don’t think McCarthy is the right person–scorched Earth is the right policy for these people, who tried to overthrow the Presidency.



This is probably the best buy in rat-city.


Speaking of rats, the dems are protecting mama rat. What a joke.


You should be prepared by now.  Will people with green or blue eyes be included ?


Jackson is a pedophile enabler.


Times have changed since Beach Blanket Bingo.  Now, it’s ambulance gurney ride.



Hunter is the man, and the NYT is the paper.  They are two peas in a pod, or crack pipe buddies.


Old out of date thinking has been updated at Airbnb.




These are wonderful choices.


The radical dems want to control America’s children.




The Digging Editor:  Is this about Archeology, LL ?

Maybe Cat:  Sometimes I think we should have every article fitting in a separate category like, sports, politics, science, etc., but things are always changing.  Take this Senator as an example, in his category he would win a Nobel Prize-like Obama for doing nothing.


TDE:  I have known for his entire political career that he is as unprincipled as Vladimir Putin or Hillgal.  He is a TWOFER in Sphinx Speak.  He claimed to be a Vietnam Veteran, which was a lie.  This comment made him a great politician ” Jane Fonda spent more time in Vietnam than Richard Blumenthal. ”  He is Connecticut’s Knight on a White Charger.


MC:  Another oldie is about Ted Kennedy who died several years ago.  He was against drilling for oil off the coasts, it might spoil his view in Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard.  Howell Heflin’s quote is included in these political pearls of humor.  One thing the Clinton’s never learned was people would forgive you if you told the truth.


This is titled like it is happening, it is a plan for the future.


Notre Dame makes the news again.






Astronomy Picture of the Day

Pluto at Night
Image Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ./APL, Southwest Research Institute

Explanation: The night side of Pluto spans this shadowy scene. In the stunning spacebased perspective the Sun is 4.9 billion kilometers (almost 4.5 light-hours) behind the dim and distant world. It was captured by far flung New Horizons in July of 2015 when the spacecraft was at a range of some 21,000 kilometers from Pluto, about 19 minutes after its closest approach. A denizen of the Kuiper Belt in dramatic silhouette, the image also reveals Pluto’s tenuous, surprisingly complex layers of hazy atmosphere. Near the top of the frame the crescent twilight landscape includes southern areas of nitrogen ice plains now formally known as Sputnik Planitia and rugged mountains of water-ice in the Norgay Montes.

Tomorrow’s picture: titanic flash