Author: W.A. McDonald

Fifty Feet, 90 Knots!

UH-1 above the trees

One of the best parts of flying an Army helicopter was that almost all flying was done fifty feet above the highest obstacle.  For the vast majority of my flying in Ft. Rucker, Alabama, I was cruising at 90 knots,…

For a Nickel I will

Pay Toilet 5 cents

Here is the scenario. You are a kid, about eleven years old. It’s summer time, and from the time you mother leaves for work at 7:30 in the morning, until she returns at 5:00 PM, you are unsupervised. The time…

Life After Death?

Life after death

Why do we revere the dead? I have a theory. I think it is all rooted in superstition. We are terrified that our now dead relatives will come back and haunt us if we don’t give them a “proper burial”.…

Hydro Assault

Super Soaker Wars

Long, long, ago, in a decade far, far, away, there was an annual battle that rocked an otherwise quiet neighborhood. It was the annual Super Soaker wars of the McNeslonHuberMuir Clan. As I think back, I do not remember how…

Snot Stinks

Runny Nose

Have you ever worked in an environment that was initially repulsive to your olfactory senses? I can think of two jobs in my past that initially caused me to wrinkle my nose in distaste. The first was working at Taco…

Angry Artist

Angry Artist

For those of you who pay attention to the events that take place on my Facebook page, you noticed a change.  Someone has come into my life who is starting to mean a lot to me.  She makes me happy…

Five Cubic Foot Freezer

Five cubic foot freezer

I think it is unfortunate that Craigslist gets such a bad rap. I have sold dozens of things on Craigslist over the years. I have even successfully gotten rid of an old but trusty gas grill using the curb alert…

To Shake or not to Shake

Shake or not to Shake

I have been reading just about my entire life. From the beginning of my reading prowess, I learned that you shake your head to indicate a negative or disagreement. While you nod your head in acknowledgement or affirmation. This all…

Connected on Some Level

Social Media

I have never been very good at keeping in touch with old friends as the years pull our lives in different directions. I was lucky with the few friendships I have maintained over the years, that they were better at…