Sunday, May 31, 2009

Inaugural Run

This past Christmas, Sue, Nick, Steve, Ken and I gave Mom and Dad a promise of a Big Green Egg when LBF was finally complete. They picked up the Egg about a month ago, and last night was the first time it was put into action. Dad wanted to start out small, so he grilled filets for us and they turned out delicious. Below you can see the "christening" of the Egg and the efforts of the superb grill-master at work.

"We Wish You A Merry Christmas!"

Putting the steaks on the Egg

Not quite done yet

The Finished Products

The steaks tasted great! The next project...RIBS...hopefully to be tackled this coming weekend.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Friends and Flight

Tuesday afternoon, Cynthia, Brad and Ella dropped by to visit. They came to see LBF and swim for awhile. Ella immensely enjoyed the "Ella-sized" pool, which she declared was MUCH warmer than the pool she had been swimming in at The Beach Club.

Ella demonstrating how she blows bubbles in the water

Ella "twirling" in the water

Wednesday morning, Mom and I took a trip over to Pensacola to watch the Blue Angels practice. It was AMAZING to see them. The fact that they are flying as close as 18 inches in some cases is a true testament to their skill level. They fly as fast as 750 to 780 miles per hour and make turns at a rate of 7 Gs. As I understand it, the Blue Angels are limited to a two year term. This year, their squadron leader has 3700 hours of flight time with 950 "at sea" (my terminology) landings. The precision with which they execute their maneuvers is astounding. At times, I got chills just watching them.

Diamond Formation

Close Formation

Most Recognized Formation

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful summer and that your weather is as wonderful as it is here in Orange Beach! I'd love to hear from all of you!