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Leather gloves I sewed and did the beadwork on some 30+ years ago. While flying in Northwestern Ontario with a Luscombe in the winter time they were essential! One morning I went to fly home after a meeting, and they said I should wait to go until it warms to 40 degrees below zero!! Brrr! If you didn’t know 40 degrees below zero is the same temp in Celsius and Fahrenheit! Below is the is a phot of the plane (FZA) that I flew for most of the 440 hours I accumulated as a pilot.

For all my great Canadian friends! This is the Luscombe in which I logged most of my 440+ hours as a pilot! Nostalgia!

Day 230

HAPPY 63rd BIRTHDAY TO MYSELF, Sil Byler, Ida Marie Miller, Darlene Stoner, Orville Wright, and President Bill Clinton!  It is also World Photography Day!  “World Photography Day is observed on August 19 each year. The day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Louis Daguerre which was announced by the French Academy of Sciences on January 9, 1839. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government announced the invention as a gift to the “Free World.”   This info came from mbp.com.ph

From http://wright.nasa.gov/orville.htm:   “January 30 1948: Orville Wright died in Dayton, Ohio, at the age of 76, thus ending his 28 years as a member of the NACA. NASA was created from NACA 10 years after Orville’s death. In his lifetime, the speed of the airplane had been increased from 0 mph to almost 1,000 mph.”   So I shared a birthday with Orville though he died in January the year I was born.  I also piloted a two-seater Luscombe in Canada for almost 400 hours from 1984- 1992, so we have something else in common.

I enjoyed a great Bengali breakfast of beef curry, vegetable curry, and nan ruti.  This was followed by a nice visit at Coffee World with my friend, Ellis.  The mocha and strawberry frappe were tasty.

A big thanks to all my friends who wished me “Happy Birthday” and one even hoping I live to be more than 100 years old!! Thanks for making my day special.  My wife is also fixing me a special meal this evening consisting of hamburgers and potato wedges!!

My wife also made me a special jello cake which is pictured below. She decorated it with chocolate chips and peanut M & M’s (one of my favorite candies).