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Old WACO Biplane At Wynkoop Airport In Mount Vernon, Ohio.

I’ve made it to quite a few WACO club fly-ins in Mount Vernon, Ohio, so I’m letting the weather deter me this year. I did stop out last night to get a few shots. I nearly sank my van in the mud, so that’s about all the excitement I needed to find something else to do. If I’d never been to one of these fly-in’s I would have stayed regardless.

Here’s a shot that I did get in between rain storms.

Biplane at Wynkoop Airport In Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Biplane At WACO Fly-in In Mount Vernon, Ohio. 

 

Staple Gun Lessons

Staple Gun Lessons


I learned some hard lessons about staple guns.

  • Don’t buy any brand unless you’re sure you can find the staples it requires. I bought a high dollar Craftsman years ago, used it once, and never found staples for it again. Arrow staples are the most common from what I’ve found.
  • Only use staples made by the manufacturer of your staple gun. Any others will jam and possible ruin the gun.
  • Buy a little heavier than what you think you need. The T50 size tends to handle most tough jobs. Only buy smaller if you know that’s all you need.
  • Try a hand stapler before buying pneumatic. You’d be surprised what a heavy manual gun can do.
  • Don’t loan them out. No matter how much you explain, people will try to feed whatever staples they find through them and you’ll have to take it apart and clean it out to get it working again. Staple guns are cheap. Tell them to just buy an Arrow and be done with it.
  • Watch this YouTube video if you’re having trouble sorting things out.


Hot Air Balloon Festival At Coshocton, Ohio.

In my attempts to find something interesting everyday, yesterday led me to the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Coshocton, Ohio. The night viewing of the balloons glowing yielded some interesting photos.

Crew readies hot air balloon.
Air being heated in hot air balloon.
Burners fire up hot air in balloon.
Gas burners in a hot air balloon.
Propane burners in a hot air balloon.
2 burners fire up hot air balloon.
Firing up with both burners.

A Cell Phone In The Rain

Today’s Photo Of The Day was taken with my Note 2 cellphone in the rain.

Spring Flowers In The Rain
Spring Flowers In The Rain

Not that impressive of a photo, but that’s what I came up with for today. So far, I haven’t come up with many photos that I really like from the Galaxy Note 2. Other have, so it’s probably more of a lack of skill on my part.

My problem with any cell phone camera is that they’re difficult to hold correctly and steady. There’s no shutter button. I have to rely on pressing on an area of a screen to take the shot. Many times, I hit it at the wrong time or shake when I press it. Combine this problem with the lower quality of the camera, and it leaves me just wanting a camera.

The only good case I can make for the cell phone is that with the Otter Box case I have on it, a little rain isn’t going to hurt the camera. That’s how I arrived at this photo. Maybe with enough rainy days, I’ll be forced to improve my cell phone camera skills. Cell phone cameras are handy because they’re with you all of the time.

The Plymouth Superbird Was Outrageous For It’s Time

The Plymouth Superbird

I’m pretty sure this is a 1970 Plymouth Superbird. If not, the year is pretty close. I found it at lunch today in downtown Newark, Ohio.

1970 Plymouth Superbird
1970 Plymouth Superbird

There’s a good chance that this one could be a fake. Many Plymouth Roadrunners were converted later with kits to make them look just like a Superbird. The strange thing is, many Superbirds were converted to Roadrunners when they were new because the Superbirds were so outrageous looking that they weren’t selling.

I remember an autobody shop called “Kim’s Car Care” had one in Mount Vernon, Ohio when I was growing up. It was his eye catcher for the business and I noticed it every time we passed it. I remember thinking that it looked like a Hot Wheels car more than a production car.

It was good to see one still in operation. It made for an easy Photo Of The Day.