Saturday, March 10, 2007

Stupid Human Tricks or CAN You Do This?

I was visiting my friends, Barbara and Jim down there in, of all places, Eureka when "I found" this new talent. While they were at work, I sat in their home cozied up with the never-before-seen-by-me entire trilogy of Lord Of The Rings. I had just finished a siete sobre (7 Up) and was sort of playing with the feel of the aluminum ring on the bottom of the can, pressing it into the left side of my forehead. All of a sudden, I let go of the can while it was still against my head and...presto: It stuck. The rest is stupid human trick history. I have delighted sheer dozens at parties, mostly of the birthday variety where, now that my fame has spread, my hosts are quick to liven up the lull with, "Hey Gawpo---show these people your trick." But before I can get my pants unzipped, they correct me. "No! Not THAT trick!" (I AM half Sicilian, after all) "No. The CAN trick." "Oh," I dejectedly respond. And before you can say "wouldn't cha like ta be a pepper too," I whip out the trick THEY had in mind. Oh well. Maybe I'll...uh...."post" my other trick some day.





































































The shirt is an original design by noneother than the utterly creative and Second-In-Command in the House Of Cindra, Tom.

Background color provided by the wide assortment of mostly steelhead and salmon lures: Hot Shots, Blue Foxes, Panther Martins, Rooster Tails, Bang Tails, Steelies and Teaspoons. If you squint, you will also see a few lead headed jigs with rubber worms. These are ling cod jigs. I wish these photos would enlarge as they have in the past with this camera. Perhaps I need some pointers on how to maximize that feature. Diesel? Joe? Quilly? Kat? Anybody???

Two HF radios are depicted on the table to the right. The "big rigs" are a Yaesu FT-101-Z (and yes, Blue, this is pronounced even among American Hams, "ZED") D. The FT-101-ZD utilizes tube finals and produces a sweet, buttery audio for which I have been complemented as far away as The Republic of Nauru, Pitcairn and Norfolk Islands (where reside many of the descendants of The Bounty), Andorra (look THAT one up!), all parts of Asia, Australia, Tazmania, and most of Europe from Spain to the Kamchatka Penninsula. No India. No Africa. I have yet to conquer the world!!! Pinky to corner of mouth: Rrrriiiiggghhhhtttt........

The other rig (smaller) is an Icom-735. Atop the Icom is an MFJ-941D antenna tuner. Both radios put out approximately 80 watts which I run barefoot through a homebrew G5RV fed with 26 feet of 300 ohm flatlead to a center hoisted about 60 feet into the air by line suspended from the two large douglas fir that flank my home. I know what you're going to ask: "Gawpo, do you use an inline balun?" Nice try! Everyone knows a G5RV doesn't USE a balun. Sheesh! You think I'd fall for that old trick?! Creesus Jeist!

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42 Comments:

At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 3:48:00 AM PST , Blogger Katie McKenna said...

I CAN say "NO" to your question! However, I love the T-shirt! And you look cute Gawpo!

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 5:06:00 AM PST , Blogger lime said...

that is hilarious! i love it! you just made my saturday morning. i am so easily amused.

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 5:11:00 AM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

Boy, is my favorite brother in law ever talented. I have a few of Tom's t-shirts and love them all. (I have a few of the rock fish series.) And as for the trick... well... uh... That's interesting. :)

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 5:20:00 AM PST , Blogger somewhere joe said...

Love the look - it's so YOU!

Oh, Insight! Insight! If you hook up your head to the HF radios could you pick up the intergalactic blogs? The future? Lindsay Lohan?

(And stop with that nomenclature, you know what it does to me. Barefoot... flathead... inline balun... ye-hah!)

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 6:16:00 AM PST , Anonymous Quilly said...

Gawpo -- you do realize of course, that you have just proven to the world, with pictures, that you have a fat head? Just checking.

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 6:35:00 AM PST , Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

Fess up, you used superglue, didn't you? :)

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 7:20:00 AM PST , Blogger ARM said...

Hey!! That picture is one of the ones I saw a few posts back but then disappeared. You're messing with me, aren't you?

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 7:57:00 AM PST , Blogger Amy said...

You should take that show on the road. That is talent my friend!

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 9:06:00 AM PST , Anonymous cindra said...

Nice. I've seen you do this several times...but not in that shirt. Cool. Wait till you see what Somewhere Joe can do, though. You'll have to come up with something even more amazing next time! Love your cheeks, Gawps. XO

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 10:10:00 AM PST , Blogger Juniper Rhoades said...

Okay...I had to post a comment on this one. Having seen the stupid human trick live and in person (as well as the "other" trick ;)...I'm sending help. Hold on...help is on the way! I've enrolled you in "blog anon". They will be coming for you AND your 52 inch screen at 2am!

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 10:36:00 AM PST , Blogger Logophile said...

You are a strange, sick, twisted man, and, I think, I think I love that about you!!
mwah! Such a talent.
Even though this is an official day of mourning for me I find this post has lightened my mood.

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 12:27:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Katie: Why thank you, Ma'am. Mighty nice of you to say so. Tips brim of hat: Now don't you go frettin' that purdy little head of yours, Ma'am. You can just say NO in comfort. No offense taken.

Lime: Well, if you liked THAT one, you are sure as heck gonna LOVE the other one. lol

Brookie: Yes. I have many of his shirts. The fish ones. And some others. I am wearing a Mucha right now, in fact. Glad you were....interested.....in my little trick.

Somewhere Joe: Wow! I never even thought of that. I have heard, however, that some of the intergalactic blogs utilize mesmurazation programs that can cheat you of reason. I have to be careful who I LINK to, remember.

Quilly: Yes. I know. I have been hiding that all my life and just decided to come out here on the blog. But only to my viewership, of course!

Malnurtured Snay: Nope. This is the real thing. Yes, I know, there have been many others who cheat at this trick, but you will see two testimonials below who have seen the trick live and in color. And one of them has seen BOTH tricks!

Arm: Yes! I knew you would recognize it. I almost commented in the text: No, Amanda, you were not going crazy. I was flirting with the idea back then, knowing you would appreciate it more than anyone when finally posted. Appreciate on, Sister!

Amy: Don't I know it. I keep turning down calls from Larry King and Bill Moyers. Don't know how long I can hold out before caving in to their persistence.

Cindra: Thank you for making my case to Malnurtured Snay. I am quaking in the regions of my other trick over what Somewhere Joe might be able to do. But I'm all like, "Bring it on, Biotch!"

Juniper Rhoades: Well, well, well. Effenescent my very dear friend, Juni. Wow. I never thought I'd see the day that you reactivated your commenting powers. I knew it would have to be something you couldn't resist. And all my efforts have paid off. You have NO IDEA how happy I am to see it finally get you here. Did I frighten the illegals last night when I walked into the restaurant kitchen in full uniform last night and shouted, "MIGRA! TARJETAS VERDES!!!!"? It was supposed to be a joke. I didn't mean for you to lose your sous chef and line cook. Sorry 'bout that. You like totally made me laugh when you said you had seen the "other" trick. And yes, you have, haven't you???? Oh, this should start some talk.

Logophile: Yes. Yes. Yes. And Goodie!!!! Talent like this comes but once in a millenium. Enjoy. I meant to ask about the last line in our chat this morn, but neglected to. Please forgive me.

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 12:30:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Somewhere Joe: Sorry. Forgot to add that I just KNEW talk of power and impedence would get you juiced. If the tropospheric ducting is good (and it's all about the "B" layer, ya know), I'll be sure to want to set up a sched and work you (realllll gooood) on 20 meters.

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 12:34:00 PM PST , Blogger bazza27 said...

I too have one of Toms T Shirts, (they travel well)( and undoubtedly increase ones pulling power). As to the pictures, I've never had any problem getting enlarged, lucky me, I guess.

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 12:37:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Bazza: HA!!!! lol. lol. Very good. Now we need to get one to Ps in India.

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 12:42:00 PM PST , Blogger Blue the Spa Girl said...

ZED. ZEE. All the same to me.
Love that spring look you are sporting. You've got great CANS, G.
xo

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 12:44:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Blue TSG: Ha! Ok, well I do try, where appropriate, to accomodate. But it's true. Hams say Zed. And just so you don't have to ask (but I know you were wondering) they are real.

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 1:28:00 PM PST , Anonymous Brooke said...

I love the Mucha line Cindra and Tom have... they're awesome. And I speak just enough Spanish to know that tarjetas verdes means green cards. That was just a cruel, cruel joke... lol.... Funny, but cruel, no?

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 2:53:00 PM PST , Blogger somewhere joe said...

"If the tropospheric ducting is good..."

Go ahead, tease me. I'm used to it.

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 3:42:00 PM PST , Blogger Katie McKenna said...

lol.. no worries here! :)

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 5:01:00 PM PST , Blogger Laurie said...

OMG, that is too funny. I'll have to check back later to see if you show pictures of the "other" trick.

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 5:11:00 PM PST , Blogger LisaOceandreamer said...

CAN I just say you are a really talented guy. I CAN't imagine how you did that. Maybe if you are ever in CANcun you could use beer cans or perhaps in CANada. Maybe not in KANsas though because they get tornadoes and it could blow them off. Perhaps you could sing while you do it, how about CANdy Man? or maybe I CAN't Take My Eyes off you? Then you could dance the CAN-CAN and really wow the crowds! Just don't tell them you need someone to bring you the CAN - you could be sitting there with porcelain on your forehead.
Why is it I come here now and start doing play on words comments?
XO

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 6:19:00 PM PST , Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Sorry I missed you tonight!

 
At Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 6:50:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

Brooke: Yes, that was rather cruel. But fun. So what the heck. And you know enough Czech Art Nouveau to pronounce Mucha "mooka." I like that about you.

Somewhere Joe: buh-buh-buh baby, you ain't seen nuh-nuh-nuh-nuhthin yet....

Katie: Like your picture----you are like totally laid back.......oooooo, daddy like!

Laurie: That may have to be on a separate and anonymous blog. But believe me, it'll be worth it!

Lisaoceandreamer: Where is Candace when I need her? Candace? Candace!!!!! This woman is KICKING OUR PUN ASSES!!!!! I need backup! STAT!!!!

Oh my gosh, those were good, Leee-suh! One after the other. Cosell announcing: "Oh! And Dream-uh hits with a flurry of puns. Gawpo goes down. Angelo Dundee calls Dream-uh to the corn-uh. Gawpo is down for the count. His coach, Candace is nowheuh to be found. Dream-uh is the new heavyweight champion!"

Katie: Yeah. Dang. Here now, though. Just got back from a flight lesson toward a higher rating. Loved it. Hate missing you. xo

 
At Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 1:57:00 AM PST , Blogger Katie McKenna said...

... you say the sweetest things Gawpo! hank you!

So you are working towards a higher rating so you can fly bigger airplanes?

B)Or fly for longer periods of times?

Or C) all the above plus more?

Do you have snacks on your plane? I think light refreshments is a good requirement! 'Course that has nothing to do with the fact that I'm hungry right now... hey it's Coffee time!

 
At Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 3:10:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

Katie: Well you are sweet. Regarding the IFR rating, none of those reasons apply. Sorry, but we do have some lovely parting gifts.....lol. The instrument rating permits a pilot to fly in conditions other than those in which visual flight rules apply. I will be able to fly through cloud layers, losing all visual references to the ground or horizon. Instrument flight rules require a pilot to have reference to the instruments on the airplane's panel. The ability to fly into a cloud and not get dead requires this training. Without it, people such as JFK, Jr almost always perish when flying into instrument meterological conditions. I want the training in order to make me a better visual flight rules pilot, to be able to take off through a layer of clouds, and to be able to descend through a layer of clouds.

In-flight snacks are always provided.

 
At Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 7:23:00 AM PDT , Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Thank you for the explanation! :)

Training is a good experience in most fields! giggling at parting gifts!

It is now time for my second breakfast ( hours ago it was a banana and a rice Krispy treat with the first cuppa joe ) . Brunch is a two egg omelet with a touch of Tabasco , sharp cheddar, and a medley of freshly ground pepper on top by Top Chef KT. A cup of French pressed Columbian ... with a chocolate protein drink on request for those who need/want it. I'll drink mine later as a mid-afternoon snack.

I'm officially on Spring break!!! :)

Life is good!

 
At Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 7:32:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Queenie said...

I squinted and I saw that you failed to mention the guitar. I have such a thing for guitars too. Shame on you.
As for the trick, You totally rock!! That kinda thing would make you a god in my house.
Thanks for the visit. I think I may have a new blog to stalk...errr I mean visit. hehe.

 
At Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 12:37:00 PM PDT , Blogger Paul said...

Yes, very nice trick. But can you do it when the cans are full?

I also noticed the globe in the corner. The precursor to MapQuest, I assume.

Growing up, we lived down the street from Mr. Mitchell, of EDO-AIRE MITCHELL. As a result, dad always had the latest in auto-pilots, plus enough electronics and ham radios to talk to the world. But I never ever saw the personal external can antenna.

Boy, you were prolific this morning at 5:00 AM. Do blogs keep you awake all night or just get you up early?

 
At Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 1:03:00 PM PDT , Blogger Sheila said...

Who needs radio, with those cans on your head, you could probably channel ET through your amalgum fillings.
Just a thought. It is a good look for you, however I think a fourth can might slim your face...whadda ya think...?
Oh and Andorra..high population of Portuguese there..did you know...none related to Blue and me tho..
Cheers..!

 
At Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 1:07:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

PAULO: When I was a kid, we lived down the street from Mr. Quest of.......aw, I just can't do it. Okay, it's only a globe.

Guy Mosh, you were a lucky kid. And probably didn't even know just how lucky. That's better than having met Jonathan Larson personally in my book. The EDO AIRE slaved HSI (horizontal situation indicator) is the must-have even today.

No, Paul. Only YOUR blog keeps me awake all night. But I was up by eleven.

Kenny Rankin fades in....."I want a Sunday kind of love......"

 
At Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 1:10:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SHEE-LUH!!!!: You're back! You're back! You're BACK!!! I am going over right now to see if you have any pics up. You snuck in there when I was answering Paul. Saw you pop up in the email. And no, I was not aware of the Portuguese ratios in Andorra. I had never even heard of the country until the guy told me where he was. We're talking teency-weency.

See you in a sec. And welcome back. G

 
At Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 2:51:00 PM PDT , Anonymous snavy said...

You are my hero!!!!

I laughed so hard that I cried! Not many people have that affect on me.

 
At Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 4:45:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

SNAVEEEE!: Three words: Yiiiipppeeeeeee. Yaaahhhooooo. Yeeeeehhhhaaaaaaaa!!!!!

 
At Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 6:51:00 PM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

Did you just allude to Kenny Rankin? When Sunny Gets Blue was only the first song I uploaded to my iPod two years ago. Yeah, OK. I guess I "ain't seen nuh-nuh-nuh-nuhthin yet...."

 
At Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 7:18:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

You will no doubt delight in my veiled attempt. I tossed that out there as Joe bait. And you BIT. My GAWD, man. I knew you would know him. I'm whiffin' some Kenny in the offing on either one or both of our blogs. I was introduced to him through friend, Kevin Williams who flashed Rankin's "Blackbird" before my ears back in '74. I was hooked. And all the rest followed. Saw him in Portland and was totally in love with how he walked out on stage with his hand around the neck of the guitar, swinging it like it was a chopstick. Then he sat down with that piece of wood and made musical magic come out of it and his throat. Wow, my brother Joe. Wow.

 
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