August 23rd, 2020

Reports of steam cleaning

Got my new steam cleaner yesterday and it performed as advertised.  It was one of those Amazon scratch and dents that has neither but costs $20 less.  Instant discount.  So good start and for our uses I can't imagine getting a more expensive one.  The advice from runeshower was perfect.

We have ceramic tile floors that are really hard to see dirt on and it is only in the morning sun that I could see what the kitchen really looked like.  I've never found a suitable floor cleaner set up that didn't leave a mess behind.  This one is damn near perfect.  I think it will take two or three runs to get everything really clean but it is so easy to pull out, plug in, and clean that I'll do it frequently.  And no drying time at all.  Since it is steam the clean is water only (distilled) so no soap streaks behind and no rinsing.

Such a little thing to make my day!

39 years ago

I ran across the movie Top Gun on Amazon and started playing it.  I'm certain that I see an entirely different movie than most of the people who watch it.  I was commissioned an Ensign in the Surface Navy 39 years ago this month and about the time they were releasing Top Gun I was driving a ship in what is known as plane guard position behind a carrier in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.  It was, as is much of ship driving, hours of tedium interrupted by moments of terror.  

The flight deck of an aircraft carrier is angled 9 degrees from centerline to maximize the length of the landing zone.  Off the starboard quarter (9 degrees off) of the carrier at all times during flight ops is a ship three thousand yards away.  The carrier is making speed to get 30 knots of wind over the bow and straight down that angled deck and the only thing they care about is getting that wind right, launching and retrieving all the jets.  They assume that the ship off their starboard quarter will stay in position regardless of maneuvers and stay the hell out of the way if they decide to do something weird as aviators are prone to do.  The USS Evans found out the hard way that inattention has consequences when they were nearly cut in half by the HMAS Melborne.

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