The Omnipotent Poobah Speaks!

Smiting the smiteable since 2005

Author: Omnipotent Poobah (Page 1 of 379)

Get Off My Lawn!

I have trust issuesI’ll be 61 in a few weeks. Getting older is making me cranky. I am becoming the old guy screaming at the kids to get off my lawn. But the thing is, sometimes the old guy is screaming at the kids for a good reason…the kids are being irrational, selfish, mean-spirited, willfully ignorant shit bags with an overdeveloped sense of entitlement and a persecution complex.

(Clears throat)

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A Road Trip with Jack

Roar TripI have cabin fever. I’ve been spending too much time jammed in a cubicle working a job that normally measures progress in negative numbers. Rain has kept me in and fatigue has prevented me from mustering the effort required to go in search of outside entertainment.

Today, I needed a road trip.

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Remembering the Aerospace Chicken

70-1259 Aerospace Chicken

Forty years ago, I worked as an aircraft mechanic before returning to my original career as a writer. During that time I worked on airplanes as diverse as supersonic Navy F-14 Tomcat fighters and small commuter “puddle jumpers” like Shorts SD330 “Winnebagos” and Fairchild Metro III “Sewer Pipes”. But the apple of my eye was always a frumpy, dumpy, lizard-skinned USAF C-130 Hercules named the Aerospace Chicken (Tail No. 70-1259).  We affectionately called them “Trash Haulers” because they carried everything — sometimes, quite literally as I did once, trash.

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