February 2020

Crew Cars of America

February 15th, 2020|unknown pilot|

A little-known benefit of flying away from home base for business or pleasure is the ubiquitous crew car. I don’t know how it got started, but it is a tradition and a courtesy that exists to this day. Crew cars [...]

January 2020

A Boeing is not a Boeing, is not a Boeing

January 13th, 2020|unknown pilot|

The only difference between one Dodge Ram and another is the options each owner ordered. One person might want the sunroof, but someone else might not, buy the basics like fuel systems, suspensions, and engines are pretty much the same. [...]

December 2019

Flying the Unfriendly Skies

December 1st, 2019|unknown pilot|

Colorful leaves fall all around us, clogging gutters and making the way slippery. Leaves aren’t the only objects falling from the sky; Fall makes my yard a hard-hat area due to walnut trees shedding baseball-size nuts. Falling nuts also mean [...]

November 2019


November 1st, 2019|unknown pilot|

Zero-Sum Games are like Socialism—someone gains by robbing another. Doesn’t that sound like fun, and why would anyone like to play such games? Yet, there are plenty of games where someone wins at the expense of another, think horseraces and [...]

October 2019


October 2nd, 2019|unknown pilot|

The Wall Street Journal has several gifted writers. Dan Neil is their automotive editor, and he is unusually literate, as are all the WSJ subject editors. After all, cars and airplanes are not merely utilitarian assemblies of nuts and bolts, [...]

August 2019


August 1st, 2019|unknown pilot|

Numerology is a belief in the mystical relationship between numbers and one or more coinciding event. That’s mostly bunk, but Divine Providence, well, that’s another matter entirely. The Guiding Hand employs numbers as a way of getting us wherever we’re [...]

July 2019


July 1st, 2019|unknown pilot|

“All but one man died There at Bitter Creek And they say he ran away Branded Scorned as the one who ran What do you do when you’re branded And you know you’re a man?” Actor Chuck Connors wasn’t just [...]

June 2019

JUNE – #4 – Epilogue

June 22nd, 2019|unknown pilot|

EPILOGUE Well, I never contracted polio, but I did get two more of those shots; bad things always come in threes. Confederate General Jeb Stuart said: “Always mystify, mislead, and confuse your enemy.” I did the best I could, but [...]

JUNE – #3 – The Chase

June 15th, 2019|unknown pilot|

THE CHASE Never taking “the eye” off his prey, the doctor slowly approached the white cabinet, and sure enough, he pulled out a needle the size of a sled. It was one of those metal frame jobs with a needle [...]

JUNE – #2 – The Deal

June 8th, 2019|unknown pilot|

THE DEAL Our town doctor was not the sensitive type. He was a big man, really big, with the large fleshy hands that only a doctor can have. As I recall, he drove a Jaguar and liked to race with [...]