Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pray for the nation...

I have some questions - the whole free will thing is a little confusing.  Does praying for the nation really help?  If our very own salvation is dependent on a personal relationship with Christ, is it possible to deliver others from evil with prayer when in fact they deny Christ?  If God grants all men free will, how can it be possible to turn a man from Satan if that is his choice?  Getting prayers answered is a tricky thing and it doesn't just happen automatically.  Several conditions must be met by even true believers in order to at least have their prayers heard...much less answered.  Do non believers "even have a prayer" when it comes to asking favors from God?  There is a lot in the bible about believers being given authority in Jesus' name to cast out demons.  That might work for the head spinning / soup spewing kind - but I am not so sure you can change a man's heart if it is against his will.  Does man have the power over others' free will when in fact God refrains from forcing the issue?

2 Chronicles 7:14  If (all) my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and (only then) will heal their land.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

One for the record books...

It has been a welcome distraction this week following the incredible personal achievement of Fedor Konyukhov over the senseless dribble that has most Facebookers have been frantically agonizing over.  (My term for people on Facebook that are distracted by nonsense and share useless information is FOOKERS)  Konyukhov easily earned the new world record for flying solo around the world in a balloon, landing just after 4:30 PM in Australia on July 23rd.  I actually stayed up until just after midnight last night just to watch him cross the finish line.  Here is my FOOKING analysis from this morning.
Amazingly - after flying over 21,000 miles around the world in 11 1/2 days, he passed the longitude of his starting point at 1:02 PM Australia time (12:02 AM our time) within one mile of where he lifted off and actually crossed the same airport runway he launched from. He maintained a high altitude over the finish line (18,625 ft) because you certainly don't want to land short after all that effort. He continued about 130 miles NE while descending and had a rough landing about 3 1/2 hours later.  Although the official time has not been announced yet - I calculate that he made the trip in 11 days, 5 hours, and 32 minutes blowing away the previous record set in 2002 by Steve Fossett of 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes. Konyukhov is only the second man to successfully fly around the world solo in a balloon. Fossett self financed five failed attempts but got Bud Light to sponsor his sixth attempt when he became the first man to fly around the world solo in a balloon. He also bought a contingency insurance policy for $500,000 that would pay him $3 million if he succeeded in the flight (that sounds more like a bet than an insurance policy). It is reported that Konyukhov's record breaking attempt cost $2 million but I reckon not much if any of that came out of his pocket. The big Morton logo on the balloon is a hint. Morton is a leading Russian developer that specializes in constructing large-scale residential districts in and around Moscow and is one of the 3 largest companies in Russia in terms of construction volume.  91,102,79,0,B

Friday, July 22, 2016

extreme uv

Weather dot com added a new feature to their forecast...the UV index. 89,98,77,0,B

Thursday, July 21, 2016

angel in disguise...

Ran down to the Cottonwood store today for some weekend goodies and crossed paths for the first time since my accident with one of the EMT angels that came to my rescue.  Malynda Richardson was in charge of patching me up for transport - she was the one with the purple glove.  She had an interesting tidbit about the work they did on me.  She said ordinarily the procedure is to remove all foreign objects from a wound but when they tried to get a chunk of my sock out of my boo boo, I started to bleed quite a bit so they left it in.  It may very well have kept me from bleeding out before they even got to me.  Anyway - it was good to finally see her again under better circumstances so I could thank her.  We chatted about my accident at the store but then I decided I needed a photo so I drove over to their headquarters to get a quick picture with my tablet computer.  89.97,77,0,B

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

summer slump

Until I get motivated to get back to something FieldLabish...I'll just keep looking up.  Russian adventurist Fedor Konyukhov just passed the 3/4 mark in his world record attempt to circumnavigate the world in a Roziere balloon (an outer envelope of hot air combined with two interior bladders of helium).  Konyukhov just popped up again on FlightRadar24 this morning near Cape Town after crossing the South Atlantic. Although he is traveling at speeds up to 140mph, it feels calm to him since he is "blowing in the wind" - but it is chilly up there with daytime temperatures around 0° and nighttime temperatures going down to -18°.  With about 9,000 km to go, he might just shave a whole day off Fossett's record.  89,98,81,0,B

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

a last card...

My friends Robert and Mary came out today for a visit.  That is Chupa in Mary's lap but you can see Roberts legs in the reflection in her sunglasses.  They dropped off a birthday card for Ben.  He really liked it!  89,99,78,0,B

Monday, July 18, 2016

dizzy day

N787RR was busy today making 14 loops over TFL and the Big Bend (and Big Ben) this afternoon.

In other sky news, Russian adventurist Fedor Konyukhov is halfway through (and on track) for his world record attempt to circumnavigate the world in a balloon faster than Steve Fossett's record set in 2002 of 13 days, 8 hours, and 33 minutes.  91,100,79,0,B