It is that time of the year again. As the sun breaks over the Horizon on the east coast of Australia, we look back and think about those who have given their lives in service of our country. ANZAC day is a special day for many, especially my mothers side of the family. My american friends may not really understand what ANZAC Day is, but think of it as similar to Memorial Day.

My mothers’s side of the family has a history of service with the army in World War 2. My Grandfather (my mothers father) served in the Second Australian Imperial Force (2nd AIF) as a Machine Gunner in the 2/2nd MG Btln. He served in that same unit with a few of his brothers, all of them came home safe and sound. So as the Veterans of WW2 start to pass away, it is definitely time to remember them.

Although I wish I could be home with the family, in Sydney to march with the rest of the family, I can’t. On this historic day on the 100th Anniversary of the landings in the Gallipoli, we look back and think of those who have given their lives and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Tomorrow morning before Dawn, American time, I will be out in the park near Lake Union, paying my respects in the traditional fashion. Though I don’t think there will be any Two Up, sadly.

At the Going Down of the sun, and in the morning. We Will remember them.

Lest We Forget.

It sure has been an interesting week. Last week was a walk in the park. Got to fuck around with planes all day up at Coupeville (what a blast) and spent the weekend with my lovely wife.

Now though it is back to the real world and back to work. Now that my training is complete I am the FNG at work. What does that mean? I am the F’ing New Guy. The butt of all jokes and the one stuck with all the shit. Could be worse though, I might not be working at all.

Right now I am doing ok, my body only hates me a little & I haven’t done anything too stupid. Although I did screw up in training I have been on the job 2 hours & so far so good.

The good thing about clearing training on a Thursday is that I work my Friday night shift & I have a normal weekend. Score!

Just so you all know, I still won’t be saying who u work for or what I do, it’s just for safety sake. That and I don’t want to lose my job.

I have been so slack the last week (well kind of) and have not updated. I wanted to make this post earlier but it has taken me a number of days to work through it. On Wednesday there was forecast of good weather and I wasn’t working. A Friend of mine was also free and we decided to head up to Whidbey Island. Why? Well because the US Navy was sending some of their jet’s for Field Carrier Landing practice. What is that? Well to put it simply the jets from the local Naval Air Station head to a small local runway (called an Operational Landing Field or OLF for short) at Coupeville and spend time doing touch and go’s practicing for when they head out to sea and have to land on a carrier. They practice pattern work and approaches etc.

So my friend and I headed out there and had a blast, albeit leaving early in the morning

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This is what OLF Coupeville looks like:

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Doesn’t look like much right? Correct! Pretty much it is just a runway right beside the road and there isn’t even a real fence. Just a line of concrete blocks the whole way around. It means you can have a great time getting photos. We went out there expecting maybe 1 or 2 jets to do 5 or so circuits total and that was it. The Navy had released they were doing Mid Morning to Mid Afternoon. Thinking that there might be time for a lunch break in the middle we got there early and just waited. What we got though was a whole different event.

The Navy brought out the jets around 1030ish and they stuck around till about 2pm. A total of 6 different aircraft did approximately 50 touch and go’s and to be honest, it was a BLAST! I took around 1700 photos and a few videos and had some fun in the process as well:

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From Seattle Life 2015

If you don’t know what a touch and go looks like, it is this (PS volume UP if you like jet noise)

A few of my favorite photos (If you want to see the whole set click the link below):

From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn
From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn
From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn
From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn
From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn
From OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn

I had a blast on Wednesday, took 1700 photos, got sun burnt, didn’t eat, barely drank, probably lost some of my hearing, but damn was it FUN!

OLF Coupeville Avgeek Porn

Last year Heidi & I headed up to the tulips with a couple of my friends and we had a great day out and about. Since we didn’t end up going to LA for the weekend (both of us are feeling like crap) we decided to head up to the Tulips instead. We also decided to grab another rental for the day as well (and ended up with a fully loaded, brand new 2015 Tahoe). It was a fantastic day with lots of pretty sights, yummy food (I introduced Heidi to Snow Goose Produce and their massive icecreams). I even got to experience Cabelas for the first time. But this is what you really want to see… pictures!

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Heidi & Moby, the White 2015 Tahoe (with 440 miles on it!)

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Ugh Selfie Sticks!

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Heidi in the mud

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Me & Heidi

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The Droids in the Tulips

Time for some more professional looking Tulip photos

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This photo is for shits & giggles:

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There is tulips in the background. I love Snow Goose produce for their ice cream. That my friends is a single!

Well, I have been busy all week training (and adjusting to getting up at 4am in the morning, and that is better than what i will have soon trust me) so here are some more plane pictures!

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United’s Star Alliance Livery on a 737-800

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Hainan 787

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The one and only Alaska Air Cargo 737-400 Freighter

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A Compass Airlines Embraer E175

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Jetblue’s Red Sox Livery on an A320

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Delta’s Skyteam Livery on a 737-800

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The first day of Regular Scheduled Lufthansa 747-400 Service to Seattle 😀

Ugh it is to early in the morning to be thinking without a caffeine drip… so here is some planes

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The Boeing 757 EcoDemonstrator (the thing on its back is a camera)

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A P-3C Orion doing laps at BFI

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An Alaska 737-900ER after a Charter flight heading for the Museum of Flight ramp

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Transavia 737-800

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China United Airlines 737-800

More later in the week!

Today is my last day as an unemployed bum, and I am going to enjoy it. Starting tomorrow afternoon I go back to work (albeit just a few hours for orientation) and then on Monday it is into the thick of it with a full on training program.

I am still not going to say who I am working for but the job is going to help pay bills, which is the main thing. I am still out there looking for other jobs as well as this is not something I want to do long term,i don’t think my body would handle it to well. The training I have been doing in the gym has helped to some extent, but I doubt it will be enough.

While it has been nice waking up at 0730 every morning and slowly rolling out of bed, it has been getting to me a lot this week. I feel lazy and useless at times, and that just isn’t something I want to deal with. So I continue to sit & wait for Friday to roll around.

Days like today help though as the weather is nice & I can get out and get photos when I can (although Boeing isn’t playing ball this morning as I have waited almost two hours for this flight to depart).  It helps me feel like I have stuff to do, but when I have a job to go to i feel like I am contributing more to the relationship.

So for now u enjoy the sunshine & the planes doing touch & go’s at Renton Airport. Life can’t be all that bad right?

For your Friday night enjoyment!

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A new Southwest 737-800 arriving at Paine on delivery.

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Idaho Vandals Q400

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San Diego State University Q400

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Alaska 737 with Split Scimitars

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Delta’s first 737 with Split Scimitar Winglets

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Alaska’s Spirit of Hawaii 737

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ADB Antonov AN124

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Oman Air 737-900ER

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Air China 737-800

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ANA’s last 737-800

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From Seattle Spotting 2015

The Boeing Catfish. A Modified 757-200 used for testing of the F-22 systems & components.

At the moment I am in what I like to call a transition phase. I have a job, but it hasn’t started yet, so I am really just taking each day as it comes. The only problem is, I am someone who has not had this much time off in years without going somewhere or doing something. This may seem like a vacation, but it isn’t.

Sure it is good to be getting up at 7:30 in the morning and rolling out of bed slowly. Drinking coffee till lunch time is fun as well, but it just gets a little bit boring. If you know me really well, you know I have a tendancy to over think things. I have a habit of just thinking way to much on one thing and causing myself problems. Like Monday night, I was meant to cook dinner for Heidi when she got home from Uni, however because I didn’t know what time she was going to be home I waited. Part of me was thinking to myself “just cook now, she can reheat” and I was to busy beating that part of me up and saying “stop it, cook when she leaves so it will be hot when she gets home”. Sadly I spent almost 45 minutes doing that dance, so when I finally did hear from Heidi, she was just getting home, and I had not even started cooking. *sigh*

I don’t know how to stop myself from over thinking at times. I do have stuff to do, but there are days like yesterday where I just get bored sitting around. I want to be able to keep my brain doing things for enough that I can still tune out for some part of the day. The sad thing is I just don’t know how to do that sometimes. Days like today where I have an appointment pushed back tend to turn into a mess for me. I like to plan things, so I have a way of controlling my time, my thoughts and what I do. I am not someone who likes to sit around doing nothing. Sadly that is my life right now, and I need to get used to it. These two things just don’t like each other.

So what am I going to do for the next week? Well I know that since I have spent a total of 1 hour with my wife all week (not including sleeping in the same bed) I am looking forward to spending some time with her (which will wait for Saturday). Tomorrow I want to get out and get some spotting done and Sunday will probably be spent doing chores (cleaning, shopping). At least I know that Friday afternoon around 1pm, I am back employed and looking forward to getting my brain in gear, Even if it means 7am starts *sigh*

The Lufthansa Retrojet in all its glory. Spent forever waiting for this thing to fly again, and then it does on a rainy crappy day *sigh*

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From Seattle Spotting 2015
From Seattle Spotting 2015
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From Seattle Spotting 2015
From Seattle Spotting 2015

In case you were wondering, the livery is based on that of the original 747-200 when they was first delivered to Lufthansa. The only difference is the grey belly was polished aluminum. Not any more!