Still alive out here in Santa Fe

Bob Lennon

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Greetings all.

Thinking about you guys. Good thoughts. Really. Good memories.

Nice to see my car still in the banner.

All is well out here. Well almost. I had a problem with seizures which got me a few ambulance rides and lots of bills. Now I take meds to keep me vertical and conscious.

Other wise, I'm very happy and still in very much in love with Anne. We have a good life living both on her ranch and my house in town.

Still working for the big bad government.. I'm an administrative law judge. I get to help people. Often they don't even know it!

Miss you guys.

Enjoy every day. Every day.



Anne-and-Bob-Aug-17.jpg Always.

bob
 

sbrookeinmd

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Great post, Bob! Good to see you again! The weather's so nice around here this weekend, I'll take a cruise for you.

Your cobra is one of my favorites, so as long as I have some sway around here, it'll always be in the banner.
 

Bob Lennon

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Great post, Bob! Good to see you again! The weather's so nice around here this weekend, I'll take a cruise for you.

Your cobra is one of my favorites, so as long as I have some sway around here, it'll always be in the banner.
Wow, thanks Scott. Please drive just a little too fast, loose the tail in at least one turn, and get the front tires "light' on a straightaway. Man, I can feel it !

I'm so glad to hear you are on the road.

I just changed my avatar to respectfully "mirror" yours...nice curves.
 
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Scott Harrison

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So glad to hear from you. The rumor of your demise was greatly exaggerated.

So, how goes the airplane?

BTW, when is the party at the ranch? We need a road trip and shoot some weapons!
 
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Bob Lennon

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Annes rattler.JPG View attachment 923

Here's a rattler that Anne "dispatched" a few weeks ago. She does not like killing any animal, but it was hanging around the back door and the house cat was in peril. It had to go. It looks like it had eaten a few house cats already.
 
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Gary Hughes

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Bob,

Always great to hear from you, and glad the health situation is under control and that Anne is by your side. I hope to get out your way again in the near term and will definitely get together with you in Santa Fe. So back to the airplane - are you still working on it, or is the project on hold for the moment? What you've already assembled looks really good!

Best,

Gary
 

Bob Lennon

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Gary,

Thanks for the kind words. It will be good to see you in Santa Fe. Now is high season and we're crawling with tourists. It's nice and peaceful-like in the late fall and ski season, thanksgiving to April.

The plane is different than building a car. At least this plane is. Before "assembling" the parts I had to make the parts. Sheets and extrusions of aluminum are measured, cut, sanded, sanded some more, dry-fitted, riveted, and then polished. They now have kits where some of the fabrication is already done. Mine was more like blueprints and a pile of aluminum.

This year I dropped a bit of aviation $ (4x car-dollars) for a turbocharger and a propeller. Interestingly, the turbo is for a different reason than a car turbo. It allows me to maintain sea-level pressure at high altitude. So it's kind of like getting back to zero boost. This is really important out here in the mountains where I fly at 14500 feet MSL to get over the local peaks which are 12,500. The air is thinner and lighter up high, and otherwise the power output progressively diminishes.

Life has definitely interfered with my plane building. An understatement. Hell, life, has interfered with my life! But, it's all good. The alternative would have worse! It's good to wake each day, look at Anne, and get another chance to do it right.

Thanks for asking.

Bob
 

sbrookeinmd

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Every time I start dreaming about moving to the desert I'm reminded of the snakes...and scorpions...that like to find their way into things you wouldn't expect.
 

StephenP

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Good to hear from you. I love reading about the desert (with Wendy it is not going to happen). Maybe traveling through some day. We will have to say hello.
 

Bob Lennon

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ski--2-122011.jpg ski--3-122011.jpg taos-rain-may-17.jpg taos-thunder-may-17.jpg Hi Stephen, and others.

There's a lot of confusion with my East Coast Brethren about the desert thing.

Actually, Anne and I live in both my townhouse about three blocks from the Santa Fe Plaza, and on her 116 acre ranch which is an hour away on the Pecos River.
The Santa Fe house is at 7300 feet above sea level. Santa Fe is in the foot hills of 12500 foot mountains, the Sagre de Christos.
Anne's "skyranch" on the Pecos, in contrast, is at about 5800 feet. Albeit surrounded by buttes and mesas.
That 1500 foot makes a big difference in the weather, fauna, density of rattlesnakes and the breeding habits of scorpions.
Here in the mountain town we're most concerned with mice, prairie dogs, coyotes, and tourists.
The ranch is decidedly cowboy-movie-property, but because it is next to a river, there is quite a bit of green as well as rattlers and the even more dreaded evil mosquito creature.

Here's two photos from up top and two photos from the mesa to give you an idea of the difference. I'll try to find one of the pecos river valley.
 
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Bob Lennon

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Found 'em.
these were taken on top of Anne's hills which surround her house. Those farms Annes-ranch-farm-view.jpg Anne-hike.jpg are across the road and the Pecos runs right next to the fields
 

Bob Lennon

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You know what Scott...you're right.

When back East I love the lush green foliage and musky moisture; but I look around to get my bearing from the distant peaks... And there simply are'nt any; Just not there. I get that mouse-in-a-maze feeling which leaves a craving for the West.

What you can't see in the photos is the dearth of employment opportunities and the relative low compensation for those fortunate to have a job. (Except IT andMedical professions) LANL. Spectacular setting, town is dead at night, but Santa fe is within sight. Google it. Come on out for a test drive. I can make it easy.
 

Jim Harding

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Thanks for keeping us caught up with your life out there in the wide open spaces counselor ...but I'll have to google buttes and mesas to get a better mental picture. ;D That's some spectacular scenery Bob, I can how easy it was to fall in love with that place. That area has been on my bucket list since one of my best friends moved to AZ a few years ago. Also good to hear you have someone to keep you busy and out of trouble O0
 

Bob Lennon

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Jim,

Thanks for putting-up with me.
We'd have an overwhelming density of pomposity and self-back-slapping around this forum if the other members similarly posted.
You guy's seemed to genuinely care and it touched me. Call me sentimental. Say I'm in love. What ever...
It would be good to hear about YOU and that cobra you won at DVSF. What's this hear about surgery?

bob

PS. Now, they mostly call me "your honor;" but, with pleasure I'll spin around to "counselor."
 
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