Friday, December 21, 2001  [!]

At 11:22 am (pacific time) the sun stands still. well, sort of. In a solstice kinda way. Never mind me, I'm tired.

It's the shortest day. The longest night.

if not tired, then how about wired?

Thursday's dusk was spectacular... I wasn't the only one who enjoyed it, these birds did, too....

birds on a wire:

birds wire blue:

Yule, Yule, Yule! It's always all about yule!

I'm gonna be away from the net for da holidays. It's all about yule.

yule all have a nice holiday, hear? : )

...and travel safely if you're traveling... here's a little travel humor for you.....

Ground Crew Humor Never let it be said that ground crews and engineers lack a sense of humour.

Here are some maintenance complaints/problems, generally known as squawks, recently submitted by ANSETT pilots to maintenance engineers.

After attending to the squawks, maintenance crews are required to log the details of the action taken to solve the pilots' squawks.

(P = The problem logged by the pilot)
(S = The solution and action taken by the engineers)

P - Left inside main tyre almost needs replacement
S - Almost replaced left inside main tyre

P - Test flight OK, except autoland very rough
S - Autoland not installed on this aircraft

P - No. 2 propeller seeping prop fluid
S - No. 2 propeller seepage normal - No. 1, 3, and 4 propellers lack normal seepage

P - Something loose in cockpit
S - Something tightened in cockpit

P - Dead bugs on windshield
S - Live bugs on backorder

P - Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200-fpm descent
S - Cannot reproduce problem on ground

P - Evidence of leak on right main landing gear
S - Evidence removed

P - DME volume unbelievably loud
S - Volume set to more believable level

P - Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick
S - That's what they are there for!

P - IFF inoperative
S - IFF always inoperative in OFF mode

P - Suspected crack in windscreen
S - Suspect you're right

P - Number 3 engine missing
S - Engine found on right wing after brief search

P - Aircraft handles funny
S - Aircraft warned to "Straighten up, Fly Right and Be Serious"

P - Target radar hums
S - Reprogrammed target radar with words

P - Mouse in cockpit
S - Cat installed