Monday, October 15, 2012

Visiting family...

We have been in LA visiting relatives.  That is we have been in lower Alabama visiting my sister-in-law in Atmore and son who lives in Cantonment, FL.  Everything went well.  David was well and Nana's house was in pretty good shape.  We got a bonus in that brother-in-law Tony come over from Green Cove Springs for a visit.  We saw Uncle Colvin as well.

Visiting with Mickey is always interesting.  We got to help put an Air Tractor 802A in a hanger.  A very tight fit with only a couple of inches to spare at each wing tip.  That's nearly 60 FEET of wingspan.  Officially it is 59.2 feet but it seemed bigger.  They are using these to spray/fertilize pines for the paper companies.

There is a counter-insurgency (i.e. armed and armored version) the AT802U.  In flight it is pretty quiet.  These would scare the stuffing out of me.  I am told this is the largest single engine agricultural aircraft made.  You can see how big the plane is here. 

Mickey does fabric work on planes as well but says he doesn't want to take on the work load employees would give him despite being able to work full time on just this aspect of aircraft re-building/maintenance. 

Up and down the road we spent one night each way at Sevierville, TN.  Both times we ate a Joe's Crab Shack.  The apple-dumpling a la mode is a meal in and of itself.  Didn't eat one but saw it delivered.  I had the scallops, mussels and crab combo.  You get an ear of corn and two small potatoes with the meal.  Think low-country boil.Good food if a bit expensive.  Loud music.  Nice young people serving.  Was full when I left.  

Bailey is resting after a week of watching Sue's dog, Shorty (a miniature dachshund).   I'm glad to be home, too. 

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