Monthly Archives: August 2004

posticon Exercises in Futility by John Cali

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Wyoming has to be one of the windiest, dustiest places on earth. I love it here, but there are a few challenges to living in such a place.

One of those is keeping your house clean and dust-free. Especially if you open your windows a lot, as I do, even in winter.

In early August I was getting my house cleaned and dusted in preparation for a visit from Suzy, a dear friend of many years from South Africa.… Read more

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posticon Old Muley by John Cali

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Down the road from me, one of the neighbors has a small horse ranch. I drive by it almost every day, and love watching the horses frolicking and playing. There are probably 15 or 20 of them, and they can be pretty lively.

Also living on the ranch is a cute little grey donkey. I’ve taken to calling him Old Muley.

Old Muley shares the horses’ stables and fields. And he’s often out in the fields when the horses are out.… Read more

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posticon Spinning Out of Control by John Cali

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Back in my aviation days, another lifetime or two ago it seems, I flew airplanes for a living, and was also a flight instructor.

In those days part of flight training included spin recovery. For many of my students this was the scariest part of learning to fly. When I was a flight student myself, spins scared the hell out of me.

But the US Federal Aviation Agency, as it was called then, thought spin recovery training necessary. After all, many pilots had gotten themselves into spins.… Read more

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posticon Walking in the Rain by John Cali

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Recently I was out jogging on a cold cloudy day. Summers here in Wyoming are usually short, and sometimes punctuated by brief spells of cold weather. And even snow on rare occasions.

Anyway, the darkening clouds hovering above me were threatening rain, at any moment it seemed. I was hoping it wouldn’t start raining until I made it back to my car. But just as I neared the end of my run to begin walking back to the car, it started raining.… Read more

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