Daily Archives: March 24, 2018

Mach 2 . . .

After a quiet morning, about 3pm Jan and I headed up to Webster to have lunch at Cheddar’s once again

We both had our usual Chicken and Shrimp, and Veggie Plate, just as delicious as usual. All their sides are good. Then after a nice leisurely meal, we circled by the Post Office in Webster to mail a letter, and then our last stop was back at Brock’s Car Care to get a couple of things out of the truck that I had left when I thought I had it back permanently.

Coming back down I-45 toward home, we saw traffic signs detailing that the FM 646 exit (our exit) will be closed from 9pm to 5pm this coming Monday through Friday nights. At some point they’re going to tear down the 646 overpass over I-45 and replace it with an underpass. But I don’t think this is for that, since they don’t look like they’re ready for that yet.

Oreo (Android 8.0) seems to have broke my phone. I just upgraded about a week ago and this is the first problem I’ve noticed.

I use the Texas Lottery app to check my Mega Millions and PowerBall lottery tickets by scanning the barcode on the bottom of the ticket. But since I upgraded to Oreo the camera doesn’t turn on. All I get is a black screen.

Texas Lottery Scanner

So the next thing I did was try the Savings Catcher Receipt scanner in the Wal-Mart app and it worked fine.

Wal-Mart Savings Catcher Scanner

And checking Wal-Mart and Sam’s Scan & Go apps showed they both still worked too.

So then I tried rebooting the phone, again with no change. Next I deleted the Lottery app, rebooted, and then reinstalled it. Again with no luck.

Strangely this same thing happen on my previous Galaxy S5 after an update. But that time it took out my Wal-Mart scanner. So I’ll have to keep looking at the problem.

While we’re on the subject of the lottery, I’ve already lined up my first purchase after my big win.



It’s a F4H-1F, a pre-production variant built in 1959, and the 11th one produced before the model was re-designated the F-4 Phantom II in 1962. This one was used by the Navy as a test bed for various projects and only has 461 hours since it rolled out of the factory.

I spent a lot of time  in the late 60’s working on F-4’s at the MCAS (Marine Corp Air Station) Beaufort, SC (part of Parris Island) and got a couple of check rides in the back seat of one. Also got to work on one of the Blue Angel’s F-4’s one time, so it’s one of my favorite planes.

This one is listed as the “World’s Only Privately Owned F-4 Phantom Capable of Flight”, and even better it’s going for the bargain price of only $3.95 million. And that includes 3 spare J-79 engines, 3 fuel drop tanks, 2 drag chutes, and fully-active M-B ejection seats. A bargain at twice the price.

Looking forward to hitting Mach 2 again.

Thought for the Day:

Recently seen on another blog

“My greatest fear is that one day someone will break into my house and I won’t know which one of my guns to kill them with.”

Sounds like someone I know.


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