AGAIN, ALMOST!

Published by: monty stone on 25th Apr 2017 | View all blogs by monty stone

last friday was lovely, sunny, 50 deg, no wind. but saturday was different, with possible thunderstorms, etc. this happened  saturday.  i had spent the last coupla' weeks rebuilding 'phang', now known as 'feenix', my cosmos echo, and trailered him up to the airport. i assembled my old 1993 12m wing, it had been bagged for 5years while i flew my 14.7 northwing, which i destroyed in feb while trying to perfect a forward somersalt. surprisingly, despite the rest, the 12m still had that tired look of a 24year old 'molting' python, no apparent healing having taken place. i rolled the trike out to an open area far away from the hangers, and proceeded to pitch the new (to me) warpdrive prop. 1deg at a time. i had the front tire of the trike up against the rear wheel of my van. the wind was 10mph so was on the lee side. each adjustment entailed re-setting each blade, re-torquing 10bolts, sitting in the trike revving till max revs attained etc, re-setting everything again. this all occupied quite some time, but as i was getting down to the nitty gritty i  ignored the fact that the wing was beginning to move around, BIG MISTAKE! i was torquing the bolts when a gust hit, almost blowing the trike over. i was by now grimly pushing the trike up against the van as hard as my ancient bod could, thinking, it'll calm down. NOT SO! i managed to grab a bit of rope and got one side of the a-frame tied loosely to the landing gear, but had no chocks, and nothing else to shove under the tires but my sandelled foot, that wasn't working. the wing was flapping around trying to gouge the van, i grabbed a rear stay wire, i think thats when a nico made a hole in my arm, now blood was getting all over my nice yellow t-shirt. THEN the wind really blew, my bod' propped' (pun) up against the hub, with the 2 blades horizontal, if it blew over it might survive! this uneven struggle went on for another 20mins, i'm desperately trying to get the attention of the only guy i could see, the airport mower-guy, half mile away. i would wave, then he would wave back, he obviously thought i was being  'overly friendly' then, out of the 'blew' (pun) a guy in a blue van appeared at my elbow, uttering those magic words "do you need a hand"?.  i blurted out "yes i need a goddamned hand". he cell-phoned his budds who were cowering in their hanger, listening to the doors rattleing, and pitying any poor sumbitch caught out in this! soon i had 6 guys hanging on the trike and guiding it into the hanger. i was too beat to check for damage, and re-check the bolts, but maybe i SHOULD take up flower-arrainging, or golf, anything not relying on wind, or lack of!                             freazier nutszoff                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ps my saviour, ron, now my new bestfriend, was offered my first-born son ,(now 61 ) as reward, but he declined, he already had one of his own.

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22 Comments

  • PHILIP QUANTRILL
    by PHILIP QUANTRILL 7 months ago
    Mad as a bucket of frogs you are !!! Do you have a death wish. Oh I am sooo please you are you, cos when my wife says to me "you're too old to be that daft" I can say with conviction "NO I'm not, look at Monty, and he's MUCH older than me". At least you aint sitting it a chair waiting for god, you are out and about having "fun". Lots of words for it I recon, but we'll call it fun. Hope all is well with the trike. T-shirt, yellow and red, the other half had something to say I'm guessing. I await with baited breathe the next installment of the "The Stone wars against nature"
  • monty stone
    by monty stone 7 months ago
    That's unfair to the frogs Phillip!
  • Tom Currier
    by Tom Currier 7 months ago
    I hope to be like Monty when I grow up.....sans all the epic blood spills
  • monty stone
    by monty stone 7 months ago
    When I got home with my blood stained shirt my wife pointed to it and said' how the hell am I gonna get that out! my 12yr old live-in grandaughter, mandy, advised using vineger, so i'm walking around smelling like a fish and chip shop! ......... in another life time when I was trying to make a living as a professional motorcycle roadracer in Europe and had just stumbled up 6 flights of stairs after having. driven 200 miles following a 90 mph high-side crash in a race and had several minor broken bones, etc couldn't find my key to our apt. due to my thumb being broken, as well as a foot fracture, etc, so had to knock on the door with my head, everything else was busted up, she opened the door, figured I was 'pretending to be hurt, she said 'your late' slamming the door shut in my face, she is used to me coming home 'looking for sympathy! i certainly didn't get any THAT night!!!!!!!!!
  • Brian George
    by Brian George 7 months ago
    Lol, Monty, don't you ever change. We admire you just the way you are. But something tells me we don't need to worry about that!
  • monty stone
    by monty stone 7 months ago
    hey brian, i HAVE changed, i don't f.u. half as much as i used to!, just twice as often!
  • PHILIP QUANTRILL
    by PHILIP QUANTRILL 7 months ago
    You are, bless you, living proof that whilst we have to grow older we don't have to grow up. Long live the aging teenagers
  • wexford air
    by wexford air 7 months ago
    Dammit Monty your meant to take off the t shirt before you go washing it
  • monty stone
    by monty stone 7 months ago
    hey wex, on the bottle no instructions per bloodstain removal, hence the 'fish shop' smell!
  • white eagle
    by white eagle 7 months ago
    Monty you are giving my hurtin bones hope of real age regression without spending $49.95 a bottle for doctor x miracle age break through. Thanks
  • Bob Lemke
    by Bob Lemke 7 months ago
    It appears I have someone to look up to on this forum, and that would be you Monty. I just got put in my place on my blog by a young Abid that stated in no uncertain terms that older folks just take forever to learn something new because we are, well, old. My blog is "The joy and frustrations of a student pilot" or something like that just a little down stream for this blog entry. I'm elated to hear that your 12 year old grand daughter Mandy, due to living with you will NOT share the ageist attitude that Abid does, good on you for showing her a grand example of a person with life experience. I tip my hat to you Monty.
  • Abid Farooqui
    by Abid Farooqui 7 months ago
    Haha ... Ok Bob. Just do me a favor. Stick with your CFI's judgment and don't do any crow hops and any such stupid stuff alone till he tells you are ready. If it takes 60 hours so be it. Enjoy the flying and don't think of training as a frustrating journey.
  • monty stone
    by monty stone 7 months ago
    hi bob, i hate to burst yer bubble on this, but young abid is right, us 'mature ' ones don't learn as quickly as young 'uns, possibly due to less 'unused' brain cells in our 'noggins', and in order to 'load' new info we have to 'unload' some of our 'bulging' grey matter. this all takes time, whereas younger brains being fairly un-used easily soak up new stuff! it's just fizziks! ps, crow hops work ok if you are a crow, not for 'newbies, ditto with 'fast taxi's', both can easily result in skuffed knees and paint sratches when you become inadvertantly airborne before your 'solo' ready.
  • Bob Lemke
    by Bob Lemke 7 months ago
    Monty, how about your input on how comfort level effects training in a new environment? While us old guys might not have the speed and agility we do have a lifetime of experience learning new things. It is my contention that anyone regardless of age, if they are truly comfortable in the new learning environment will progress faster than a Nervous Nellie.
  • PHILIP QUANTRILL
    by PHILIP QUANTRILL 7 months ago
    I thought this was about Monty's unerring ability to challenge the limits of life whilst remaining firmly in this one. Tell me, do you have "Last of the summer wine" series over your side of the water??? I recon Monty is trying his hardest to be like the character "Compo". If that is the case just let me tell you I have already claimed that roll for myself. If you do not know the series search on youtube for it and tell me, "is that not Monty"??? Close to my heart, filmed in "god's own country" YORKSHIRE.
  • monty stone
    by monty stone 7 months ago
    nah phillip, us 'murracans' don't get to see " last of the summer wine" series this side of the pond. compo simonite and i do have similarities, we are both described as ' scruffy' , i deliberately wear odd socks, just so that , when somebody points to my one red, and the other blue i can tell them i have another pair like this at home. corny, but i prefer to laugh than cry. life is way too funny to take seriously! compo was listed as a 'hormone riddled layabout' yeah, that does ring a bell! ps i flew my 'repaired' trike today, first time since my 'somersalt', in feb, now known as 'feenix' he did ok in the air, but taxying was an adventure! i did the repairs in a 1 car garage, and didn't realize the keel tube was bent and twisted, till i landed, it wasn't sure which way to swerve, i may have to carry out more work, though i'll be ready for it next time!
  • PHILIP QUANTRILL
    by PHILIP QUANTRILL 7 months ago
    I am so pleased to hear you have managed to resurrect "The Feenix". A few more minor adjustments to make by the sounds of it. Take it steady we "mature bulls" bruise easily and take longer to recover, when I do "daft stuff" the biggest fear for me is telling 'er indoors" what I've done, I'm a coward at heart. Seriously impressed at your knowledge of my hero Compo. I spent most of my working life wearing a suit and tie and followed Compo and his friends closely. I always said to my wife "when at last I can dress as I want and not as I must" I will become a toned down Compo. I had to read out your reply to my wife, her jaw dropped, she said "he's just as bloody daft as you". One sock inside out, odd socks, out for a drive and still in my slippers, ready to go shopping and I have to be reminded to get changed into clean clothes cos I've been working in the garage/garden. You are right, life is too funny, with folks like you in it. I await your next episode of "The Stone wars against nature"
  • monty stone
    by monty stone 7 months ago
    hi phillip, this 'mature bull' has been a 'heiffer' since the late 60's when we found out what was causing those kids! regarding the tie, in 1974 i was a service rep for US Suzuki and was responsible for fixing the various dealers problems with bikes. the company had a strict dress code, suits and ties to be worn at all times, even when working on bikes. i've always hated ties, and suits and rules. but rules are rules, except around me. after fixing the dealers problems i had to send in a report on the days endeavors. strangely i had a slightly 'warped' sense of humour and sent in the tattered and bloodied end of a tie which apparently had got between me and the rear chain of a running bike, then i sent in a tie soaked in motor oil, saying it happened while leaning over an opened transmission case. immediately a meeting was called in los angeles at corporate headquarters regarding safety at dealerships. the japanese vice pres of the co announced that due to 'somebody' having ' had a near tragic experience while working at a dealership ties would no longer be required in the service depts. a big cheer went up among the 17 reps and 'some-one' produced scissors and we all began cutting our ties off below the knot! the boss guy didn't know what to make of it! but he also said suits would no longer be required, only sports jackets. some people just cause problems! and some people solve them! ps, my wife just noticed i had my shirt on inside out (i had been wondering why the pocket was inside!) but after 62 years of my bs she wasn't surprised, i explained that i'd get twice the days useage!
  • PHILIP QUANTRILL
    by PHILIP QUANTRILL 7 months ago
    How's it hanging Monty ??? Over two weeks and no updates, I'm beginning to worry the better half has locked you indoors, the first born has taken out an injunction against you in case of future attempts to give him away or maybe you are having the same terrible weather we are having over here.

    We have a manufacturer over here who has designed a piece of safety equipment that might interest you, inflatable I've put a photo of it in the photos (hee hee)
  • monty stone
    by monty stone 7 months ago
    hi phillip, you get what's left of our weather when we are done with it. i see the 'michelin man' suit is alive and well! not likely to catch on here in the 'colonies' though, we're still kinda 'pissed' at de-gaulle, (can't remember why!+). though i have just 'aquired' a beat-up ac 14 fun trike and am busy getting it ready for 'fright', whoops, i meant 'flight'. it was suppose ably always hangered, but there is a lot of 'seagull shit on it', do gulls fly in hangers?? meanwhile i'll keep attempting aviation with young 'feenix'.
  • PHILIP QUANTRILL
    by PHILIP QUANTRILL 7 months ago
    Photos young sir, we need photos. Document your progress with photos or better still videos it would be great to see/hear you
  • monty stone
    by monty stone 6 months ago
    hi phillip, i'm afraid that seeing or hearing me wouldn't enrich your existence but it might make you more content with what you have!
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