?

Log in

Roadside Picnic [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
tracker7

[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

You Could Make a Killing [Feb. 22nd, 2017|10:22 am]
tracker7
[Tags|, ]

I decided to be a grownup and cancelled both this weekend's Shadowrun Anarchy game and going to CincyCon next weekend. I just can't afford to give up that much time.
linkpost comment

IATA: LOU [Feb. 19th, 2017|10:24 pm]
tracker7
[Tags|, ]
[mood |curiouscurious]

I live across a street from an airport, Bowman Field. It's old, and serves mostly as the city's civil aviation field, overflow from Louisville International, and the base for unconventional aircraft, like advertising and television blimps and the hot-air balloon races around Derby. I see some nifty planes there every now and again.

Tonight, there's a fog rising in the city, and driving back from an evening errand, all the runway lights and strobes and beacons were diffusing through the mist, and it was so beautiful and otherworldly. I wonder what I'd hear or see if I had the right machines - or was the right machine - to receive the airport's radio beacons.
link2 comments|post comment

Nothing to Hide [Feb. 18th, 2017|01:00 pm]
tracker7
[Tags|, , , , ]

Relevant to the previous entry's overdose discussion, Thursday afternoon, I saw a LFD engine and two LMPD cruisers roll onto Gray Street and stop in front of LMPHW. The engine crew dismounted, no turnout gear, and to my shame, I thought, "Just an OD case, then, no big deal." This is now normal, I guess. And this is not right.

Wednesday was my 45th birthday. Nothing exciting, really. Had a short meeting at Shawnee Academy for one of my classes.

Friday, time at LMPHW, planning for ICS instruction in May, then a couple hours in the Cave to close out the day. A staffer in OEP is retiring in a couple of weeks, and my mentor suggested I apply for her position. I'm applying for a position with CHE, too, so hopefully things will start moving on that front. After practicum time, I went to Crescent Springs for Erin's birthday dinner. Met her boyfriend (who is a heck of a good guy) and other folks. Pretty good evening.

Including last night's round trip, I think I can count the number of times I've driven I-71 between I-265 and the I-75 merger on two hands. I've never had much need to travel that way, and that stretch of Interstate is strange to me. Lots of grades and curves, and there are markers for the Carrollton bus crash way back when. It's a little bit spooky. And I'll be making the drive again a couple of weeks, when I head to CincyCon.

Going out with Mom&Dad in a little while, and probably with some friends tonight. And if they bail, I can just as easily go to a movie on my own. Have to schedule my Corellian Conflict game sometime. Prep for SYR and my regular SW game. Do homework, research, search for jobs. Keeping moving.

81 days.
linkpost comment

Chapters [Feb. 14th, 2017|09:32 am]
tracker7
[Tags|, ]

I've been watching the impending disaster in Oroville, California. A spillway connected to a dam upstream of the city is failing, and there's a very real danger of a catastrophic flood. Something like 190,000 people have been evacuated from the area. Scary stuff, and it brings the Buffalo Creek flood to mind.

This is the 80th anniversary of the great flood that submerged much of Louisville for weeks. We've had some talks about it over at OEP, with a brief review of the current defenses against another flood. Mostly, the floodwall gates were tested and the pumping stations briefly fired up.

This is a reminder to me to rebuild my emergency kit. Add a power source of some kind,

There's another, more imminent, threat on our minds right now. Well, besides Cheeto Benito, of course. In my last entry, I mentioned our MRC training night. We had a presenter from the Kentucky Harm Reduction Council teach us about Naloxone, an emergency treatment for heroin or other opioid overdose. In a thirty-hour span that included our training session, Louisville's emergency services responded to 52 overdoses. FIFTY-TWO. There were two fatalities, one in a fast-food restaurant's restroom, one at Hurstbourne and Wesport. Actually there - three users in a vehicle. Driver nodded off, rolled into another vehicle at an intersection. One passenger died right there in the first vehicle, and another passenger very briefly ran when LMPD arrived. I saw an OD patient carried out of LMPHW yesterday afternoon when I was on my way in for a meeting. This is scary.
linkpost comment

Nightcall [Feb. 12th, 2017|02:37 pm]
tracker7
[Tags|, , ]

Graduation is now 90 days away. This past week saw a lot of progress, and one small hitch. Got to see a couple of unpleasant egomanics butt heads in class. Had my second meeting at the Nia Center, and this week I'll be out at Shawnee Academy. MRC training went well Thursday night. Going to start winding the practicum down in a few weeks.

Good Star Wars game Friday night. One player's Obligation is nearly discharged, so we can start replacing that with Duty soon. The Jedi is learning to work with the other Force-sensitive on the team (but mostly wants to find the Inquisitor who stole his lightsaber). It's a good game, and I'm so glad that the players are enjoying it. In a couple of weeks, I'm on the hook for Shadowrun Anarchy at SYR, and I think I've got a sufficient handle on that one.

The PeppermintOS laptop is doing what I wanted it to, and that's work. The hardware is old, and limited - about the same HD space that I have in these USB jump drives floating around - but Peppermint's pretty light and fast, and OpenOffice's descendant runs very well there. Now, I want a cheap Chromebook, just for comparison.
linkpost comment

Night Skies [Feb. 6th, 2017|08:33 am]
tracker7
[Tags|, ]

This is my birth month. I say that being a Februrary baby is why I'm comfortable in the cold, why I can't handle heat, things like that. Maybe true, in part, more than likely it's a side-effect of my excess weight, but even thin T7 liked the cold.

There's a melancholia to February, especially the nights. Sunrise is getting earlier and sunset later, and there is the promise of spring coming next month, but that promise rarely brings comfort against the cold and the dark and the solitude, even self-selected solitude.

February has seen passings - deaths - and while I don't think that there are any more in February than in any other month, the losses in this month have hit me harder. The first significant one was my great-uncle Paul, who died a few days after I turned 18. Paul was kind and a talented woodworker, and had a singular sense of humor. He lived in Indianapolis for many years, working in one of the city's auto plants, and he became quite the fan of open-wheel racing. Before the Indy 500 became the circus it is now, Uncle Paul could stake out a spot in the infield and watch the race. As the infield got more crowded, his view became poorer, so he sought to fix this. He built a platform on a frame that could fit into the bed of his pickup, and could be hand-cranked up to about ten feet above the cab height. Big enough for two lounge chairs and a golf umbrella and a cooler.

Paul's death came as a shock. He died on the 17th, and I caught sight of him in his hospital bed just a couple of hours before he died. He was sitting bolt-upright and gasping for every breath. I'd never seen him without his thick old-man glasses, and his face looked shrunken and so tiny. Just a week before, I'd had to help rescue his car. He had left it at my grandparents' overnight, parking in the yard for whatever reason, and a heavy rain had soaked the ground and his car sank enough that he couldn't get traction, so, my recently-acquired F-150 was called in to help. We were laughing and hooking up chains and towing his Monte Carlo out of ruts, and just a few days later, he was gone, man.

There were others. Most important, of course - my grandmother, in 2009. Mamaw and I were always close, and family legend says that I was her favorite grandchild. When my grandfather died in late '99, we expected Mamaw to follow him quickly. But, fortuneately, she didn't. Around 2004, she was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, and a sizable one, and her doctors told us to prepare for her death, 6-9 months at the outside. I grieved then and set up my emotional bracing. Six months passed, and then nine, and then a year, and while she was weaker, she was still alive and cooking and cleaning house and working in her garden. I started treating every visit with her after that as a gift, and when she was in her last days, I was ... okay. We had a few last conversations, and she died on the 17th.

I had some amazing support during her passing - Camille and Clayton and Erin and Joanne - and that shored me up, and let me be strong enough to be Dad's rock when he needed it.

T.S. Eliot wrote that April is the cruelest month. I don't know about that, April's just kinda there for me. But February and I, we're complicated. I don't know what February is the -est, but it's something, alright.
linkpost comment

Finding Our Way [Jan. 31st, 2017|12:57 pm]
tracker7
[Tags|, , ]

Hitting the Empire in regions it considers safe or under complete control was a pretty brave - maybe even foolhardy - choice, but after Scarif and Yavin, Command has been feeling aggressive. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.

Here in Japrael, we're taking advantage of the power vacuum and confusion that Moff Dardano's death brought on. Seven Bells and Archer are still our biggest sticks, and they got a workout a couple of weeks ago. After one of my teams met with resistance fighters on Akeforst, Sector Command sent the frigates and a couple of corvettes and every starfighter we could get out hands on over there. Successful raid. Destroyed an Imperial frigate and a couple squadrons of TIEs, plus one of the planetary navy's corvettes. We lost six fighters, and in the calculus of warfare, that's an acceptable trade. Big prize out of the raid, too. One of our corvettes was retasked with boarding a gas freighter before it could jump out of the system, and we got our hands on a few thousand tons of blaster and coolant gases.

The same team, a few days ago, got mixed up in some real trouble at Onderon. Our listening post (which has to be relocated and soon) got word of a real high-level visitor, extend all courtesy and all that. We figured probably a possible new Moff or something along those lines. Nope. Nothing less than the Devastator - Vader's Star Destroyer - dropped into the system and was in orbit over one of Onderon's moons for several days. It left a good-sized garrison there, and Sector Command decided that whatever was there was pretty important, so we sent my ops to investigate Sector parked Archer at the edge of the system. Well, things happened, and there was a fight, and based on the ops team's report, there was an Inquisitor there. I've given that team some off-the-leash time. They're good, and whatever Sector has coming up next, they'd be useful, but we'll manage without them. They've got ... something to pursue, and right now, no one else needs to be involved. They'll be back when they're back.

The offensive over in the Corellian sector isn't off to the best start. Two of the task forces there got beaten up pretty badly; the third handed the Imperial Navy a resounding loss. I don't know much more beyond that. High Command committed a big, big pile of resources to this and if it doesn't pay off, we're going to be hurting.
linkpost comment

On Hold [Jan. 26th, 2017|11:25 am]
tracker7
[Tags|, ]
[mood |tiredtired]

I only went to a few SYRs after the summer dramasplosion, not as a result of that nonsense, but because the venue was incredibly uncomfortable (very hot) and Sunday afternoons became reserved for homework and football. Got asked to run something at an upcoming SYR by the group organizer, and since the only football game left is the Super Bowl and it's no longer hot weather, I think I'm going to give it a shot. First on the list - Shadowrun Anarchy.

A couple of my Commonwealth's legislators filed a bill to create state regulations for public high schools that want to offer courses on Hebrew religious texts and some version of the Bible. I wish I was surprised. I can barely even be disappointed. The positive, for now at least, is that these courses would be electives. Still, it's hiding theocratic methods behind a flimsy shield of cultural education, and no good will come of it.
linkpost comment

Don't Send Them Away [Jan. 23rd, 2017|01:29 pm]
tracker7
[Tags|, , ]

Got clobbered in my first Armada tournament on Saturday. Got in a few good licks, didn't totally embarass myself, but lost both games. Learned some things and got a nice pack of prizes (one advantage to small turnouts, I guess), and got to clown around with some friends.

While I was moving little plastic spaceships around a table, something like 1% of the nation's population took part in rallies and marches for civil rights and good government and against Cheeto Benito. Hopeful that this anger and commitment holds on until the midterm elections and we can get better defenses against the administration.

Registered for Cincycon this morning. No GenCon this year, so getting in some smaller events instead.
linkpost comment

Secret Smile [Jan. 19th, 2017|11:32 am]
tracker7
[Tags|, ]

Humans, man. Since my entry of a week ago, Dad has made four trips from the GE aircraft engine plant near Cincinnati to Chicago. Says he's feeling no more pain than his normal managed level, and since he's able and weather allows, he's going to make some money. He called yesterday morning, and asked if I was going to Liberty this weekend; when I told him that I had other plans, he sounded horribly disappointed. So, I shuffled some things around, and will take him and Mom out for dinner Saturday to celebrate their anniversary - 49 years!

Submitted my application for degree this morning. This is really happening. Lot of work between now and the end of April, but I got this. I don't know what's next, but I'll be ready for it.

No class tonight, so there are a few extra quality hours to knock out assignments and get a couple of other projects underway.
link2 comments|post comment

navigation
[ viewing | most recent entries ]
[ go | earlier ]