Archive for December, 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for Captain Rick’s ATRIDIM NEWS JOURNAL.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,900 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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Captain Rick: After you click the above link, the fireworks explode into the sky for each day I posted a blog entry in 2013. The more people read and commented on the post…the bigger the fireworks display for that day. I had a few really big days with lots of fireworks. It gives me blogging inspiration for 2014.

After you click the above link, scroll down to see the stats. Here are a few highlights:

Top Viewing Sources: Facebook, Yahoo, GilbertWatch, EastValleyNewsNet, CWordJourney

Top Viewing Countries: Views from 68 Countries, led by the U.S., Canada and the UK

Top Commenters: Sandi Bartlett, Anita Christy, Gordon Ray, Ken Bosch, Bill Whitney. (This is the most important stat to me. I sincerely appreciate the comments and encouragement they provided during 2013).

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Captain Rick: As a Flickr pioneer, member since 2007, I am honored and humbled by the 200,000 views that people around the world have bestowed upon my photos.

I have chosen this photo of a hot air balloon that I captured sailing over my Arizona oasis to celebrate my sincere appreciation by saying ‘thank you’. image

I was fortunate to capture the flame as the giant balloon drifted closely over my Arizona Oasis with a perfect sun angle. I have been photographing the balloons overhead for over a decade. This photo, ‘shot with my Canon’, is perhaps my finest balloon capture to date.

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Captain Rick: The Holdman Amazing Grace Christmas House on Christmas Street in Pleasant Grove, Utah presents the world’s most spectacular Christmas light display featuring 176 light channels and 45,000 multicolored lights synchronized to ‘Amazing Grace,’ ‘Music Box Dancer’ and other great musical numbers.

Captain Rick’s Christmas Lights Spectacular on YouTube: I have compiled the best of past Holdman Christmas light performances in a half hour playlist I present for your enjoyment below, via my YouTube site.

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VIEWING INSTRUCTIONS: Click the image above … after you read this: This is a continuous performance that lasts about a half hour. When you click you will be transferred to Captain Rick’s YouTube site and my playlist will begin. Select your viewing quality. Most are available in 720p HD. Select the full screen icon at lower right. Turn your sound up. Then, do not touch anything, except to press ‘skip’ if you encounter an occasional ad. There is a few second blank spot at the end of ‘Music Box Dancer’. Be patient. The performance continues with a 14 minute complete show of the record 2010 Holdman Christmas Lights show and ends with a song by Judy Pancoast about the Holdman ‘House on Christmas Street’. ENJOY!

The Amazing Grace Christmas House was located in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Designed and programmed by Richard Holdman, the display started in 2006, but traffic became too much of an issue and is no longer running.  Richard has gone on to create Holdman Lighting which installs animated lighting displays around the world.

Richard Holdman: 2010 was the last year for our large display on our home. The traffic became to much along with some neighbor complaints but for the record there were many awesome neighbors that loved it and I really appreciate their support over the years.

Your appreciation is welcome: It took a bit of work to put this show together for your enjoyment. However, it was a tiny effort in comparison to the work that went into the Holdman light displays. If you enjoy it, I would be grateful to read your comment below. More so, I know the Holdmans would enjoy your comment.

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Thanks Ken of California for contributing these cartoons.

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Captain Rick: This high Definition Video of B17 and the B25 WWII Bombers flying over Arizona’s Superstition Mountains, Saguaro Lake and Canyon Lake, presents some of Arizona’s most beautiful landscape. The majestic views from the air with the WWII bombers in sight are magnificent.

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Click to View HD Video of WWII Bombers over Arizona Landscape

The photography is in HD, the planes are gorgeous and most notably, it is shot as the B-17 takes off from Falcon Field in Mesa, AZ and then flies over the Superstition Mountains to the east of Apache Junction and then on to Saguaro and Canyon Lakes on the east edge of the Phoenix Valley of the Sun.

The aircraft with two engines is a B-25 bomber, the type that Jimmy Doolittle and gang flew over Japan. Both aircraft are stationed at the Confederate Air Force hanger located at Falcon Field in Mesa where both aircraft were rebuilt. Falcon Field is an old WWII Training Airport.

The backdrops are stunning. Music is from the mini-series, ‘John Adams.’

SaberCat1 filming in HD the B17 and the B25 WWII Bombers over and around Arizona’s Superstition Mountains and Saguaro Lake. H5 Productions, in conjunction with The Commemorative Air Force filmed these aircraft during the Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday, November 13th, 2010. The B17 Bomber was flown by pilot Russ Gilmore and the B25 Bomber was flown by pilot Spike McLane. The base for these bombers is Falcon Field located in Mesa, Arizona. SaberCat1 pilot, Mitch Kelldorf. SaberCat1 aerial cinematographer, Mike Murray. Editor, Mike Murray.

Sincere thanks to PJ of Arizona for bringing this excellent video to my attention.

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Captain Rick: Ken Bosch, a friend who often comments on Atridim News Journal, recently emailed me “I buried my Father today. He had a full Honor Guard with a 21 gun Salute and a bugler that played Taps. The flag folding is something you have to see to believe. Oh, I almost forgot the overhead flyby with the missing man maneuver. Quite impressive.” When I learned he lived to be 100, a centenarian, I knew this was a story that needed to be told. I asked Ken if he would share this remarkable story with our readers. He enthusiastically agreed. Ken’s guest report follows. It concludes with Ken’s answers to questions I asked in an interview, including how his father viewed America and the serious challenges it faces.

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Ken Bosch

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Design Engineer

Riverside, California

My father, a WWII U.S. Air Force pilot lived to 100

RET. COLONEL GEORGE A. BOSCH Passed away September 30, 2013 in Riverside, CA at the age of 100. Born in Seattle, WA on 7/13/1913, he graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1938. He retired from the Air Force in 1961 at March AFB. He was a teacher for Riverside Unified School District for a few years. He worked 15 years for the Calif. Dept. of Transportation as a technical engineer, retired in 1975. George was preceded in death by his wife Dee. He is survived by his two children, Wendy Wiley and Ken Bosch; two grandsons, Aaron of San Francisco and Steven of Riverside, and two great grandchildren. Memorial Services were held Monday, December 9, 2013 at 11:30 am at Riverside National Cemetery.

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Happy 100th Birthday Cake — George Arthur Bosch

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My Sister — My Father — Me

My father flew the P-38 in the pacific and flew observers over Nagasaki hours after the bomb went off. He taught Math in Riverside Unified School District for 8 years and was a Highway Engineer for the State of California for 15 years and retired in 1975.

My dad was a great pilot, great father and led a wonderful long life. I will never be able to live up to his accomplishments, but I keep trying.

I got my pilots license in 1980 and bought a Cessna 150. The first thing I wanted to do was take my Dad for a ride. He instinctively knew how to do a preflight inspection on an airplane he’d never flown before. He was very apprehensive getting into a “Toy” airplane with “only” 100HP. I assured him that it will get us up and back down safely. He was used to 1400Hp on each wing……

In 85 I traded the Cessna for Mooney M-20 with 200HP retractable gear and constant speed prop. This time my Dad was more than happy to go with me. He said, “this is a real airplane”.

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The photos above and below are of my father at age 91 at the Chino Planes of Fame Museum: http://planesoffame.org/

I had promised to take him there for months. I had time off between jobs so I used that time to take him to the museum. He had thousands of hours in both the B-17 and the P-38 and many others. The museum administrator had heard that my dad had flown a lot of the planes in the museum and came out to give us a private guided tour. He and my Dad talked for hours about experiences they had in each plan. Two old pilots trading stories, was great fun.

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He was still able to get around on his own and even mowed the lawn at his house. In 2009 he fell on the stairs at his home and that was pretty much the end of his mobility. From then on he declined to a walker. He will be missed. Even at 100 he still had his mind, his body was failing. I no longer have parents. They are gone but not forgotten.

Captain Rick’s interview:

What is the most important thing your father taught you?

He was always an “Air Force Colonel” so he taught me discipline and responsibility.

What did you most enjoy doing with your father?

Camping, hunting and fishing.

What will you miss most by his passing?

I’ll miss stopping by on my way home from work to check on him and talk.

How did your father make the world a better place?

Fighting for America’s freedom and trying to make America’s highways safer.

What can the world learn from his footsteps?

Try to stay off the interstate 10 and 215 interchange. It’s right on top of the San Andreas Fault. He doesn’t think it was built well and feels that it’s not safe. Also the left lane off ramps through the San Bernardino corridor is a failed mistake. He fought to stop it but was overruled.

How would your father speak about America today and the situation in DC?

He was not happy at all with the direction the government is taking the country.

He said he was glad his life was ending, and that he would not be here to see the outcome.

He prayed for my sister and I to have a life as wonderful as his had been, but feared that we would not.

What advice would he give to the world?

Be true to the “greatest country on earth”. Never stop fighting for liberty.

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Captain Rick: The Budget Act of 2013 kicks the ‘U.S. Debt Can’ down the road yet again. Passed by the U.S. House and expected to be passed by the U.S. Senate next week, I sense renewed concern for the fiscal demise of America. This act does not stop Americas insatiable thirst for debt spending. Debt will continue to rise at a reckless pace. The U.S. debt ceiling will again be reached in February 2014. I would wager it will again be raised. I would also wager that America’s train will plunge over the real fiscal cliff in the coming years. At the bottom lies America as a third world nation. The frustration I feel is well summed up by Matt Salmon, my Arizona representative in the U.S. Congress. Matt is a person that uses intelligence and wisdom to speak and vote … a very rare find in Washington DC these days.

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Salmon Statement on the Budget Act of 2013

Washington—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (Amendment to H.J. Res. 59):

“I applaud Chairman Ryan and our Republican Budget Conferees for working under difficult circumstances to negotiate a compromise with Senate Democrats, and I appreciate that this deal offers some positive items, such as helping to bring back regular order for the appropriations process, approving the Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement, restoring badly needed resources for our military, and making small changes to some mandatory spending programs.

“However, for me and most of the constituents I have heard from in my district, this deal falls short of something I could support.

“Unfortunately, this deal fails to even make modest reforms to our nearly bankrupted entitlement programs and it, once again, increases government spending  in the short-term with only a promise to make spending cuts in the long-term.

“If we are not willing to make tough choices now, then how can we expect future Congresses to stop kicking the can down the road?

“This was a grand opportunity for our nation’s leaders to reform and preserve the fiscal longevity of our entitlement programs, and this deal does not rise to that challenge.

“Furthermore, I have never believed that Congress should raise taxes or increase fees to justify more government spending. Sadly, this deal does exactly this by raising fees on air travelers.

“As we move forward under these new spending caps, my hope is that Congress and President Obama will finally recognize that our fiscal problems are not solved by raising more revenue and increasing spending, but by cutting spending and addressing our biggest crisis – unsustainable entitlement spending.

“We must make do with less government or our children and grandchildren will pay the heavy price as we continue to see a skyrocketing debt and runaway government spending.

“We must make big strides in the direction of a smaller and more efficient government in order to get our country back on the right path.”

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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