Saturday, March 24, 2007

Two Landings, A Song, The River

It is a work week. I don't get much time to blog, especially when I sign up for overtime on days off. So I apologize for not getting around to everyone. As I begin to get into the study portion of my Instrument Flight Rules rating, I will have even less time. But I will do what I can. Between work and studying for the Practical Test Standards Knowledge Exam (awkward, but that's what they call it), juggling time for the blog will be interesting. But I shall prevail!

After reading this, please cruise on over to Diesel's page and try to come up with a caption more brilliant than Gawpo's. You'll see what I mean when you get there. Candace, did you ever go back and leave one after going away to think about it? Hmmm? Keeping you honest.

Here are a couple landings and a song. Then some fog. G

Landing Runway Three One (we don't say thirtyone. that's why the short lived television drama, LAX didn't last, i'm just certain. the first time i heard heather locklear say "on runway twenty-two" i knew it's days were mispronouncedly numbered.) About an hour ago someone posted a comment on You Tube regarding this video: "You're a funny guy," he says. Yeah. If he only knew the half of it...

Every time I land---and I hate to say this because I don't doubt my skills---I feel like I have cheated death. I feel like I just walked out of a classroom where I took the year end final exam. I become a bit giddy. A bit up. But without a desire to ride a horse (Joe, Candace and Lisaoceandreamer will get that one).

The aircraft is my 1962 Cessna 182E Skylane. It has a whopping 230hp engine. Much more umpf than the 175 in the following video. Cessna likes to name its various models with a word following the word "sky." Skylane, Skylark, Skyhawk, Skymaster, Skywagon, etc. Then there's the Skynight (twin engine) and the Stationaire (holds six people like a stationwagon. get it?)

This is the approach into Center Island in the San Juans. Seated to my right is Mr. Gawpo, Sr's childhood (and since my own childhood) friend, Dave. Seated in the rear and filming with her own camera is the MRE (most recent ex). At one point on the approach I moved the camera which was resting on the glare shield (not the dash!) and decided to put it back where it was. This is my first airplane, a Cessna 175 Skylark which had, coincidentally, a 175hp Teledyne Continental GO-300-A powerplant. You can hear me say, as we are taxiing, "Thank you, Dear" in response to the MRE's compliment, "Nice landing."

This is nothing more than a huge potential for embarrassment. But what the heck? I didn't do a bunch of takes; left all the mistakes in there; and I can hear the notes I miss. I love this song. But I love and trust my blogger friends enough to "expose" thus. After the IFR rating, it's off to voice lessons. I'm serious.

By the way, Joe. I'm in my underwear.


Finally, here is a less than one half minute video of the view to the south over the Siletz River where the fog forms each and every morning, becoming as I like to think of it, a hovering spirit-river of sorts. I had no idea the crows would be audible. I wish I had let the tape roll longer. I promise more in the future. I am standing on my new roof.


At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 8:03:00 AM PDT , Blogger mindy said...

i'm a little airplane sick now..
:) i have a little phobia about flying.. i don't think i could be in a little plane.
you sing and play guitar very well!! :)

At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 8:33:00 AM PDT , Blogger somewhere joe said...

And he can play guitar and sing. Yeah, Po, I feel it. You can call me buddy whenever you want.

The cockpit views were a blast, yeah, baby! Felt like I was watching an adventure movie. Beautiful country. The prop-strobe effect is funny.

At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 9:38:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

MINDY: Hey Mindance. Phobias are a good thing. They protect you. Flying is not perfectly safe. Statistically, though, safer than driving in a car. Still, when the car runs out of gas, you just pull over to the side. I fly with no less than half tanks. That helps.

And thank you, by the way.

SOMEWHERE D'jOH: Stand by for future flying posts. I have some ideas. (uh-oh, he's got ideas) A friend wanted to know if the prop was actually reversing direction. I explained camera shutter speeds and RPMs. It's pretty cool when the prop just sits there motionless. Oh, and by the way: Thanks, Buddy.

At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 10:19:00 AM PDT , Blogger LisaOceandreamer said...

Ok, so this is what I did, I watched the song first and I had tears in my eyes. NOT because it was stinging!...but because I thought it was so good! Aren't you just the multi-talent. Now, what were you saying about flying or something? I've completely lost track.

p.s. I really did read it and watch the other videos. ;)

At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 11:03:00 AM PDT , Anonymous Cameron said...

WOW! That was my very first "virtual flight" (or ANY kind of flight) in a small plane.

I've always been hesitant to fly in such a thing, but after seeing your vids, I think I could do it without panicking!

Also: Nice song and good performance.

What a great blog. It's like I'm THERE. Thanks!

At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 11:29:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

LISAOCEANDREAMER: You just can't follow directions, now can you? I put those flying vids in there as anesthetic. But noooooo. Thank you. You are way too kind.

At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 11:36:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

CAMERON: You are an inscape artist! You snuck in when I was chatting up Lisa.

Thank you so much for your nice words. I guarantee you would love flying. If you guys are ever in town....

At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 11:43:00 AM PDT , Blogger bazza27 said...

Only had time to listen to your musical performance, and it was very good. Lovely song, well played, well sung. For once a sincere comment with no jokes or sarcasm, back to normal next time.

At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 12:05:00 PM PDT , Anonymous Brooke said...

What great views from the plane! Watching those made me even more homesick for the pacific northwest. And singing was lovely.

At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 12:34:00 PM PDT , Anonymous Quilly said...

Hey, Gawpo, I know this song well, and you did it justice. Instead of running screaming from the room, I played it twice.

I loved watching that prop. Your friend who wanted to know if it was reversing direction must have never watched an old western and noticed the wheels on the stages coach turning backwards.

At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 1:34:00 PM PDT , Blogger lime said...

well best wishes on the new ratings and flight testing and whatnot. sheesh, i just find you and you're distracted from blogging already, woe is me....whatever shall i do. boohoo....

ok, not related to much of anythign at all, but i giggle every time i read your coinage of 'MRE' because anyone with any kind of military knowledge knows that is some nasty dehydrated food (meals ready to eat....perhaps meals rarely edible) anyway, my warped sense of humor snickers at every metion of your MRe, i'm sorry. lol

thanks for taking us on the flights, fun stuff.

and the guitar playing and singing was terrific. that was really lovely. you sounded great both on guitar and singing. honest. loved it. :)

At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 1:48:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

BAZZZZZZA: Yes, I hope you are back to normal next time. That was perfectly stated. Not running from the room----that is the standard toward which I strive.

BROOKIE: Now you are beginning my mission in life: Make Brooke homesick. Chowder is-a-waitin'.....

At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 1:57:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

QUILLY: I have borrowed your statement as my new standard toward which to strive (see reply to Bazza). Hope you don't mind. And good for you. I hadn't thought about the wagon wheels going backwards. Same thing. I will borrow that too from now on! xo

LIME: Now don't chew go frettin' that purty little head of yours now, Ma'ame. I will be by more than I predict, I 'magine.

Also, for me the use of MRE is packed with irony, due to its housing both meanings. If ya git mah meanin', if ya catch mah drift.

And thanks for liking the Gapeaux Sheaux. You make me blush inside.

At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 4:12:00 PM PDT , Blogger lime said...

wink wink nudge nudge i catch your drift. external blushes are so endearing, any of those? oh and forgot to say, the fog video makes me think of the line of poetry abotu fog creeping in on little cat feet.

At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 7:04:00 PM PDT , Blogger ARM said...

Hey - I have a new video for you! I"m sending it to you now. Enjoy!

At Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 7:39:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

LIME: Quiet as that cat's feet is that fog creeping down my little valley.

ARM: Can't wait!!!!, Ms. Beautiful Voice Herself!

At Monday, March 26, 2007 at 5:20:00 AM PDT , Blogger Ps said...

My comment abt ur singing--i already mailed u.My kids,and i formed a avery attentive audience.Atul was AMAZED.He thought only the guys he sees on MTV play the guitar.

It feels like I've fown in ur plane.Yes, nice landing Gawpo!!

And the last one was really beautiful.

At Monday, March 26, 2007 at 5:21:00 AM PDT , Blogger Ps said...

I mean flown.Typos keep creeping in.

At Monday, March 26, 2007 at 8:54:00 AM PDT , Blogger Laurie said...

I have always loved that song and you did it justice in every way. Thank you.

At Monday, March 26, 2007 at 4:07:00 PM PDT , Blogger Claire said...

You are quite brave to post the GL song. Better than I could ever do, I'll say that. Also u r brave 2 fly. I'm ascared of heights. :)

At Monday, March 26, 2007 at 5:32:00 PM PDT , Blogger Candace said...

No, I never did g back to Diesel's. I forgot. And then I thought about it today. And then I forgot again. :-P Last night was -- er -- eventful, and I core dumped everything.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that song. You are so talented. Sarah McWokWok does that one, too, you know. Je t'adore, cher Gawpo.

At Monday, March 26, 2007 at 7:28:00 PM PDT , Blogger Blue the Spa Girl said...

Hi Gawpo.
Well I loved the Gordon Lightfoot rendition. Perfect. I heard no flaws. Where were these errors of which you speak? I only heard the voice of an angel.
As for the flying, wow. You live one exciting life. All pales in comparison to that. What a beautiful fog. I love fog.

At Monday, March 26, 2007 at 7:38:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

Ps: Yes, you and the kids got the private audience right after I made the song video. Your words encouraged me to not be so timid about sharing it here! Please know that.

LAURIE: So you know that song? Not everyone does. I am gladdened by your assessment. You are so welcome.

CLAIRE: THANK YOU! Yes. I don't play in public. Except in the old days with liturgical music and blended in with a big group. For some reason most folks who are acrophobic are not bothered by altitude. I'm one of those. My goal is to perform at a local laid back music venue here in town. A fear I need to conquer.

CANDACE: Yeah. So much to do; soooo little time. I forget? What were we just talking about? Hope you had some backup files to replace what last night's core dump erased.

And yes, Cindra played me Sarah McWokWok's renditions. Wowzers! I love you too, Ms. Candacia.

BLUE TSG: Really? Really-Really? That makes me feel good. Yeah. Can you believe we actually get FOG in this earth package? I am so happy to be able to share this planet with you, Blue Girl. XO!

At Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 8:01:00 PM PDT , Anonymous quilly said...

Gawpo -- I nominated you as one of my 5 recipients of the Thinking Bloggers Award. Pop by my blog to see what it's about.

At Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 10:53:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

QUILLY: Wuh? Huh? Wuh? Ok...!!!!

At Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 11:19:00 PM PDT , Anonymous mac.. said...

These look like really low-angle approaches to me -- maybe because I'm used to landing on much longer, wider, urban runways?

Hey, I didn't know you were going to study for your IFR rating -- when are we going to go to Idaho to learn mountain flying?

At Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 11:24:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

MacMcDoom: Well, if it isn't my old buddy MacMcDoom. This place isn't safe. Yeah, they are low. You're right. I take my first full hour of dual for the IFR tomorrow @ 1130 hours with my 18,100 hour instructor whom we fondly call 19,000 Hour Craig. We try to build him up. As you might well imagine, he has a weak ego. YES! Mountain flying this summer at McCall, or as I like to call it, McDoomCall in honor of you.

Idaho beckons. Let us depart thence!

At Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 11:25:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

MAC: Back to you for a sec. You shocked me when I saw you pop up in the Yahoo email notification. You interrupted my first attempt at Sting's "All This Time." I'm gettin' the groove on for that song. Look out!

At Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 12:34:00 AM PDT , Anonymous mac.. said...

Sorry I goofed your groove, dude.

Just had to remark on them low angles because I frequently find myself under the VASI and I'm beginning to know a low angle when I see one.

At Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 12:51:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

MAC: No pablam. All that happened was that I sang the lyic, "I looked out across....the river today....saw a city in the fog and an old church tower where the Mac plays-----D'OH!"

Yeah. The approach into Independence video shows my glideslope on the vasi (I thought....might have to go back and watch it again). Have you seen that one? Just loaded it up to the Tube of You. But that Toledo approach has to be low because you are following the contour of the river and you have to be set up to dump the power right when you get lined up coming out of that curve. I actually had to slip it big time yesterday, but that was coming in from the other direction. Did you know that the only two reciprocals that use the same numbers are runways 02/20 and 13/31? Yeah. I did.

At Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 1:13:00 AM PDT , Anonymous mac.. said...

Yes sir. I did know about the reciprocal thing -- but only because you told me.

By the way, the few landings of yours that I have witnessed (live or via youtube) have all been beautiful things. Oh yeah. I did hear the stall warning just before you touched down in Toledo -- very nice. I'm still trying to do it that gently.

At Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 4:50:00 AM PDT , Blogger Princess Extrordinaire said...

You are amazing! I loved my *virtual* flight accompanied by your amazing rendition of Gordon Lighfoot...inspiring and congrats to you on your talent

At Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 6:32:00 AM PDT , Blogger Logophile said...

what took me so long to have time to watch all these?!
Life is too busy, dang it.
Love it.
K, that was awesome and amazing and I want more songs.
But put some pants on, dammit :p

At Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 11:53:00 AM PDT , Blogger vicci said...

Oh..I wannnnna GO flying!!!!!! :-)

At Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 1:36:00 PM PDT , Blogger Sheila said...

Gawpo, are a talented man..!
I have been by a couple of times, and watched your vids...excellent. I might even change my mind about flying in small plane...LOL
The Gordon Lightfoot are more than good..!
DOB is big Lightfoot fan, and we saw him in concert a couple of times, including the first time he performed the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
I'm back after being on the sick it's Blue's turn..

At Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 4:04:00 PM PDT , Blogger egan said...

I really enjoyed the landing video in the San Juans. Very cool stuff.

At Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 4:54:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

MAC: Took me several landings to get used to the nose heavier Skylane. They want you to land on the mains and keep the weight off the nosegear as long as possible. I think I've finally got it down. And that flying to the stall warning business was something I didn't even know about til it got 'splained to me. Seems to be a part of the repertoire now.

PRINCESS EXTRORDINAIRE: Will email you back about buying your book. Guys can profit from that read, I 'spect. And thanks so much for you exceedingly kind words! Blush...

LOGOPHILE: Hey there! Yeah, I know you've been super bizzzie and love when you can stop by. Joe must have told you about the pants thing. Ok. I'll buy a pair. Just for you. lol

VICCI: Sounds like a certain Gawpo will by incorporating a certain flight to a certain Vicci's for an air tour of the SACTO area and pictures of her certain house next time this certain Gawpo is in the certain area. Would love to.

SHEILA: He actually introduced it as his new song!? Wowzers. You two were lucky. I'd get along with DOB big time if that is the case. I'm still coughing, but most symptoms have relented. I actually got a Rx for pseudoephedrine (which is now required in this state) and it helps with the congestion. And I'm not even cooking up batches of meth in the sink with it. Amazing how it can actually be used as medicine, isn't it?

EGAN: Cool. I love that you saw that landing and enjoyed it. I think of you and the Mrs/Child package often, Eegs.

At Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 5:29:00 PM PDT , Blogger egan said...

Yeah, we're in week 21 now. She's about 10 inches long inside my wife's belly. She'll be here in no time.

At Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 8:26:00 AM PDT , Blogger Diesel said...

Still haven't quite figured out the link thing, eh?

Candace did stop by and came up with several brilliant comments. I felt bad having to pick just one of them. There were so many.

Yours was good too. I think. What was yours again?

At Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 8:41:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

EGAN: This is odd---I don't think I got a nonreply from Blogger alerting me to the mention of this EXCITING! update, Egan. Wow. Soon technology will permit us to make small incisions into the womb so the parents can insert useful objects. Your girl would get a jump rope, no doubt. lol TEN INCHES OF JOY, dude. Wonderful. I am so happy-ing along with you two. I will be checking for updates.

DIESEL: Ok. The link thing can SORT of works. When I go to copy the URL in the little box, the COPY option is not highlighted in the dropdown. So what I then have to do is: I copy the URL to the main body of the text in the new post's text field so I can visually refer to it. THEN, I get to type the URL in the little URL field, by hand, one letter and one stupid weird punctuation character at a time. Makes it not only labor intensive, but tedious. I avert.

There were some great captions. That is a great idea.

Mine was....uh....yeah. There were so many.

At Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 8:43:00 AM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

DIESEL: Oooops, almost forgot. And THEN I have to be sure to remember to delete the URL in the main text field of the new post. Been there, forgotten that. Not pretty.

At Friday, March 30, 2007 at 12:43:00 PM PDT , Blogger grumblemurray said...

Mr. Gawpo, your voice is nothing like what I expected.

I am humbled and made envious by your many talents and accomplishments. Although at age 251, I would have expected you to have your IFR rating by now.

I must say, you don't look a day over 175. Happy birthday!

At Friday, March 30, 2007 at 1:04:00 PM PDT , Anonymous chikken said...

Happy Birthday, Gawpo!

At Friday, March 30, 2007 at 1:28:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

GRUMBBLY: Yeah, funny how we form voices in our heads. Even at 53 (today), I should have had that rating and been on my 14th shuttle mission. Thank you for the nice complement, too. Not a day over 175? I'll take it!!!!

"CHIKKEN": Thank you my sweet and beautiful and beautiful again, friend!!!! Sorry I couldn't answer when you called. 2650 until 2000 hours.

At Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 10:19:00 AM PDT , Blogger CondoBlogger said...

Howdy! I found you via Paul's blog. WONDERFUL rendition of A Song for a Winter's Night. Up until today I thought that song was by Sarah McLachlan, for hers is the only version I had ever heard. Her take on it is much more melancholy, but it's lush and really a gorgeous song. It's on a Compilation CD Called That's What I Call Christmas, and it's also on the soundtrack to the remake of A Miracle on 34th Street. I listen to it all year round though. The imagry is just really detailed, easy to get lost in a song like that.

Anyway, great job!

At Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 7:48:00 PM PDT , Blogger Gawpo said...

CONDOBLOGGER: I love Paul! Great person and fabulously simple and profound Blog.

Thank you SO MUCH, C.B. My friend Cindra played me the Sara McG version and I is so beautiful. The first time I heard Gordon sing it (on the LP), it brought me to tears. It took a long time go get the chording down. I am so happy you enjoyed it and moreso that you cared to mention it. smile....

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