Seal Beach’s Red Baron & son off to Oshkosh

July 21, 2012 by  
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Jerry and Tyler Rootlieb left Seal Beach on July 9th for Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Why, you may ask?  Who would want to fly to Wisconsin when its in the 100’s with a dew point to match? Well I think they thought it would cool off between then and now…but they really had no choice.  It was preordained.

Well, each year up to 10,000 visiting aircraft – of all shapes, sizes and varieties – make Oshkosh the busiest airport in the world!(for a couple of weeks.)

There are many, many direct flights to Oshkosh, Wisconsin…..AS LONG AS YOU ARE FLYING YOUR OWN AIRPLANE!

This father and son team are flying in the plane that Jerry bought (started buying?) when he was 15 years old. It was his Father’s plane before he got it and his sons will inherit when he gives it up…probably in 20 or 30 years!.

Its a 1938 Piper Cub. I’ve flown with my pal up and down the coast….and out over the ocean whale watching…and it is a unique experience.  Lower altitudes, slower going and just kind of restful.  I remember noting to Jerry that the trucks on PCH were going faster than we were and he said that was because we had a head wind of 15 mph!  He pointed out that without that head wind the Cub could go as fast as 65 mph!  (I was too polite to express my skepticism.) 

Flying in 1st Class

When you fly cross country in an airplane this small your flight plan is a little different than Jet Blue’s.  Usually you want to stop every few hours for bodily as well as airplane needs.  Sometimes at road side gas stations.  To that end this California Piper followed roadways that I remember as a kid coming across country…including Route 66…which is harder to find today than it was 50 years ago…but not for experienced pilots like Tyler and Jerry.  They left on July 9th and today they have been in the small town of Hartford, Wisconsin for two days of R&R.

Tomorrow, July 22,  they will be part of a flight of 200 piper cubs from all over the U.S. that will fly into  Oshkosh in a Yellow Rainbow (Yellow was the manufacturer’s color on all Piper Cubs) that will likely take several hours to land at Oshkosh.  I’m sure it is the trip of a lifetime for the Rootlieb’s to make and one that will be told throughout the family for years to come.

I followed their flight from California to Wisconsin and here is their stops:  (not including unplanned day-time stops)

Overnight at:
Bermuda Dunes
El Paso
Carlsbad Caverns
Oklahoma City
Wichita (tonight)
Kansas City, Mo
Iowa City
Hartford WI ( for two days)
……….and then the mass Cub fly-in to Oshkosh, Sunday morning.

Here are some of the planes that will make appearances at Oshkosh this year:
B-29 Superfortress FIFI   (July 26-27), DC-3 Flabob Express  (July 23-29),,ORBIS DC-10 “Flying Eye Hospital” (July 23-29), Junkers JU 52 (July 23-29),,F-16 (July 23-29),KC-135 (July 24-29), T-2C Buckeye (July 25-28), Southwest B-737 (July 28) JetBlue A-320 (July 25), E-2C Hawkeye (July 26-29), F-4D Phantom (July 23-26) MiG (July 25-26),P-51 Tuskegee Airmen  (July 23-29), T-38 Beale (July 26-29), T-6 Texan II (July 26-29), C-17 (July 24-25), C-5 (July 27-29), B-17 Yankee Lady (July 26-29), F-4 (July 25-26), Piaggio Avanti (July 23-24), FedEx (July 26), RV Aircraft Display (July 23), T-45C (July 26-29), Blue Angel #1 F/A-18 (July 24) F/A-18 F Super Hornet (July 27-29).

Take a short flight in a Cub right now!

Are you as smart as these youngsters? Most are under 9!

October 11, 2010 by  
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Remember when you weren’t exactly sure of the right answer in school. These children are quick. . . . and a couple may replace Leno and Letterman?


TEACHER:    Maria, go to the map and find North America

MARIA: Here it  is.

TEACHER:Correct.  Now class, who discovered   America ?

CLASS:    Maria.


TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?

JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables. __________________________________________

TEACHER:  Glenn, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’


TEACHER:  No, that’s wrong

GLEN:Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.

(I Love this child)


TEACHER:   Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?

DONALD:     H I J K L M N O.

TEACHER:   What are you talking about?

DONALD:    Yesterday you said it’s H to O.


TEACHER:   Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have ten years ago.



TEACHER:   Glen, why do you always get so dirty?

GLEN: Well, I’m a  lot closer to the ground than you are.


TEACHER:     Millie, give me a sentence starting with ‘  I.

MILLIE:         I   is..

TEACHER:     No, Millie….. Always say, ‘I  am.’

MILLIE: All right…’I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.’


TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry tree, but also admitted it.  Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn’t punish him?

LOUIS: Because George still had  the axe in his hand….


TEACHER:    Now, Simon , tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?

SIMON: No sir, I don’t have to, my Mom is a good cook.


TEACHER: Clyde , your  composition on ‘My Dog’ is exactly the same as your   brother’s.. Did you copy his?

CLYDE  : No, sir. It’s the same dog.

(I want to adopt this kid!!!)


TEACHER:    Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer  interested?

HAROLD:     A teacher


LAUGHTER  IS THE SOUL’S MEDICINE – -Have a good time the rest of the day!

‘Seniors’ personal ads running in a Florida newspaper:

August 8, 2010 by  
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Who says seniors don’t have a sense of humor?

FOXY LADY: ?Sexy, fashion-conscious blue-haired beauty, ?80’s, slim, 5’4′ (used to be 5’6′), ?searching for sharp-looking, sharp-dressing companion. ?Matching white shoes and ?belt a plus.

LONG-TERM COMMITMENT: ?Recent widow who has just buried fourth husband,?and am looking for someone to round out a six-unit plot. ?Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath not a problem.

SERENITY NOW: ?I am into solitude, long walks, sunrises, the ocean, yoga and meditation. ?If you are the silent type, let’s get together, ?take our hearing aids out and enjoy quiet times.

WINNING SMILE: ?Active grandmother with original teeth seeking a dedicated flosser ?to share rare steaks, corn on the cob and caramel candy.

BEATLES OR STONES? ?I still like to rock, ?still like to cruise in my Camaro on Saturday nights and still like to play the guitar. ?If you were a groovy chick, or are now a groovy hen, ?let’s get together and listen to my eight-track tapes.

MEMORIES: ?I can usually remember Monday through Thursday. ?If you can remember Friday, Saturday and Sunday, let’s put our two heads together.

MINT CONDITION: ?Male, 1932, high mileage, good condition, some hair, ?many new parts including hip, knee, cornea, valves. ?Isn’t in running condition, but walks well.

Now there’s some people who should write for “What’s Up.”

Johnny Carson on Politicians

March 15, 2010 by  
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Email of the week…very funny.

Headlines we should have run?

October 24, 2009 by  
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Is proofreading is a dying art , or is it already dead?  

There’s at least two guaranteed smiles in the following group of headlines run in papers around the country and one in England.  


Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter 

This one was in a local paper recently. The editor was called and asked who wrote it.  It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!!  They put in a correction the next day.  


 Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says 

Those experts know everything.    


Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers 

 Now that’s taking things a bit far! 


Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over 

What a guy!   


Miners Refuse to Work after Death 

good-for-nothing’ lazy so-and-so’s! 


Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant  

See if that works any better than a fair trial! 


War Dims Hope for Peace 

I can see where it might have that effect!  


 If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile 

 Ya think?! 


Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures

Who would have thought! 


Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide

They may be on to something! 


Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges  

You mean there’s something stronger than duct tape? 


Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge 

He probably IS the battery charge! 


New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group 

 Weren’t they fat enough?! 


Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft 

That’s what he gets for eating those beans! 

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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks

Do they taste like chicken?


 Local  High School Dropouts Cut in Half

 Chainsaw Massacre all over again! 


Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors

Boy, are they tall! 


And the winner is….  

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

Did I read that right? 


Now that you’ve smiled at least twice, it’s your turn to spread the stupidity and send this to someone you want to bring a smile to (maybe even a chuckle). We all need a good laugh, at least once a day!

Tell your friends to click on:

What is wrong with the Immigrants ?

October 1, 2009 by  
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What is wrong with the people who emigrate to the United States?  Why can’t they speak our language like we do?  As Henry Higgins said in My Fair Lady…”why can’t they be more like us?”

If you agree with me that English is easy— then please help me with some of the following which I’m having difficulty explaining to some of my relatives who have moved  to the United States.

 1) The bandage was wound around the wound.  2)  The farm was used to produce  produce .  3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more  refuse4)  We must polish  the Polish  furniture.  5)  He could lead if he  would get the lead  out. 6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert. 7)  Since there is no time like the present, he thought it  was time  to present  the present . 8)  A bass was painted  on the head of the bass  drum. 9) When shot at, the dove dove into the  bushes. 10) I did not  object to the  object.  11)  The insurance was  invalid for the  invalid.  12)  There was a row  among the oarsmen about how to row . 13) They  were too close to  the door to close  it.  14) The buck  does funny things when the does are present. 15) A  seamstress and a  sewer fell down into a sewer line.  16) To help  with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.  17)  The wind was too  strong to wind the  sail.  18) Upon seeing the  tear in the painting I shed a tear.  19)  I had to subject  the subject to a  series of tests.  20) How can I intimate this to my  most intimate  friend?

 Let’s face it English is a difficult language to master.  There is no egg in eggplant, nor  ham in hamburger; neither apple or pine in pineapple. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.

We take English  for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the  plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it  seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Let’s  face it – English is a crazy language.  You can ship by truck and send cargo by ship?  We have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which,of course, is not a race at all . Why is it that when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.  

PS. – Why doesn’t ‘Buick’ rhyme with  ‘quick’

What is wrong with the immigrants….not much.  Bless ’em for keeping on trying to understand us.



Audience Members Amaze at Oprah Season Premiere Party

September 16, 2009 by  
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The Black Eyed Peas helped Oprah kick off her 24th Season Party last week in Chicago. Oprah closed down Chicago streets to film her Season Premiere which both thrilled and annoyed many of the Chicago natives. The show was a star studded event with performances by the Black Eyed Peas, James Taylor and Jennifer Hudson among others. If caught the show or have seen the video floating around the web then you know that it was the Black Eyed Peas and the Flash Mob (a pre-arranged meeting where the group all practiced the dance ahead of time) audience members that stole the show.

Check out the video here:

I want this job!

July 3, 2009 by  
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A Well-Planned Retirement 
Talk about ‘creating your own job’!
Outside the Bristol Zoo, in England, there is a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 coaches, or buses.
It was manned by a very pleasant attendant with a ticket machine charging cars £1 (about $1.40) and coaches A£5 (about $7).
This parking attendant worked there solid for all of 25 years. Then, one day, he just didn’t turn up for work.
“Oh well”, said Bristol Zoo Management – “we’d better phone up the City Council and get them to send a new parking attendant…”
“Err … no”, s aid the Council, “that parking lot is your responsibility.”
 “Err … no”, said Bristol Zoo Management, “the attendant was employed by the City Council, wasn’t he?”
 “Err … NO!” insisted the Council.
Sitting in his villa somewhere on the coast of Spain, is a bloke who had been taking the parking lot fees, estimated at A£400 (about $560) per day at Bristol Zoo for the last 25 years. Assuming 7 days a week, this amounts to just over A£3.6 million ($7 million)!
And no one even knows his name.

A six minute smile – guaranteed!

June 25, 2009 by  
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An African Thunderstorm

Talk about good friends…here’s a pair you’ll love

June 24, 2009 by  
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We all need a friend like this! 


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