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Navy Flight Student Crash
 
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This poor student got too low and slow while trying to wave off. Several views as he spins into the deck. He actually ejected while inverted over the deck. That was probably fatal in itself. The canopies flying in the air were jettisoned as other students on the deck exit their aircraft using emergency ground procedures. Audio is the LSO's (Landing Signal Officer) frantic radio calls. Note the brave enlisted guy who keeps trying to save the pilot in spite of the flames. All very sad.
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TOPGUN - Navy Fighter Weapons School - 1991
 
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In 1987 I started work as a training video producer for TOPGUN, the Navy Fighter Weapons School. The interviewed pilot, callsign "Hose" became our XO. Though he seems arrogant, he could back it up with his flying. Some of the instructors were quiet and humble, but it took a while to get used to the several egos there! In 1991 we had a visit from the "Inside Edition" crew. "Hose" insisted the reporter fly with him. He told us why: He planned to make the reporter as sick as possible with lots of negative G maneuvers, then make him pass out with some high positive G (you can see this in their video). Why did Hose do this? Just to show how tough pilots are - to emphasize that the reporter was just an earthbound geek. Mr. Goldfarb, the reporter, was such a nice guy. I felt sorry for him. In spite of his rough treatment, Goldfarb did a thorough, factual and positive story. So... who was the real pro? I'll let you judge. PS In the 4 years I worked there, I heard the theme from the movie "Top Gun" so often, I still can't stand it. Feh!
Views: 162927 KutWrite
Robert Ryan by Ernest Borgnine
 
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Ernest Borgnine narrates a profile of actor Robert Ryan. Sorry, I still missed the first bit of it. At least this time I could include "Bad Day at Black Rock," one of my favorites! I'll try and get the whole thing if I catch it again. Uploaded for film review & criticism purposes under the "Fair Use" provision of the U.S. Copyright Act.
Views: 22906 KutWrite
Jake's Final Bow
 
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Part I of this is at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIsolS4vY0I After I finished the video "Jake's September Song," Jake and I still had some "precious days" to spend together. He hung with Penny, played a bit and napped a lot - much of the time on my shoulder. Here I share with you the time we spent before he passed away. Jake was a brave little friend and a great example of how to deal with an infirmity at the end of life.
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Brando - Boone Acting Lesson
 
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Here's a clip from the movie "The Night of the Following Day." The movie is a slow-paced European caper movie. I see it as mostly an acting exercise for some greats. This scene is understated, yet powerful. It's the culmination of these two important characters, the Protagonist (Brando) and one of his partners, the Antagonist (Boone). [Spoilers] Boone's character, "Leer" is a crafty sadist. Brando's "Bud" suspects him, correctly, of planning a double-cross. In this scene, Leer sets up the last part of his plan to steal all the ransom money the little gang has extorted. Bud tries to wiggle, but can't; Leer has it all covered. The only thing Bud can do is try to protect the girl they've kidnapped, but it doesn't look good. To me, the understated power of the two characters comes to a head here. It appears, Leer has the upper hand, as Bud shuffles off to finish the job.
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F-16 Tree Strike Confession
 
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Narrated HUD video of F-16 tree strike. The sad part is, the pilot made this educational video in order to keep his wings. After it was distributed to squadrons, some general saw it and had the poor guy's wings jerked anyway. Who knows? Maybe it was for the best. Anyway, watch, sweat and learn!
Views: 6664 KutWrite
F-16 Spin HUD
 
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An F-16 departs and spins during a dogfight. This F-16 has two seats. Note the airspeed and G-number just before the F-16 departs. It's a great example of an accelerated stall resulting in a spin. Stall airspeed increases with G load. Afterwards, the back-seater starts the post-spin checklist, but first, the pilot wants to catch his breath. It's an intimate insight into a scary situation. Yes, this can even happen to fly-by-wire, digitally controlled "stall-proof" advanced aircraft. Hope you can learn from this... I'm sure that crew did!
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Near Mid-air Between F-16 & F-14
 
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Near miss at 500 kts! During an exercise an F-14 passes right in front of an F-16 - it must be within about 250 feet! Here's the view, normal and slow-motion, from the F-16's HUD camera. The last clip shows the pass in real time. In the last clip, you can hear the back seater ask "That wasn't jetwash, was it?" They slow down and do a precautionary checklist. They didn't know what happened for sure 'til they got back to base and reviewed the tape. Whew! Yes, this F-16N had two seats to train RIOs.
Views: 16771 KutWrite
VX5 Weapons Tests, Part 2 of 4
 
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VX5 is the Navy's Test and Evaluation Squadron. They created this video of for the (in)famous TOPGUN convention in 1990. I worked for TOPGUN and present this video for your enjoyment. Part 2 of 4 focuses on air to ground ordnance and anti-ship missiles. There are some bunker-buster and "bomblet" weapons, too, for you guys who like to make a real mess. (Note audio track was changed in response to copyright claim)
Views: 1604 KutWrite
Navy F-14 Airshow HUD Part 1 of 2
 
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This is part 1 of 2 of a HUD* view of an airshow. It was recorded by an F-14 crew during a show at NAS Moffett field, near San Francisco, California. The base has since been closed. (* HUD = Heads-Up Display. There's a forward looking camera in the nose of the aircraft. Its view is combined with the electronic display shown to the pilot and recorded onto tape. This is also known as a "gun camera" view. The symbols show the aircraft's attitude, altitude, airspeed, "alpha" (angle of attack). In combat various other information can be included, such as gun trajectory aiming point, aircraft "predictor," aiming point for radar missiles and circle of sensitivity for infra-red seeking missiles. The Navy uses black-and-white video, some Air Force aircraft use color.
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Penny Naps with Me
 
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Penny was my surviving (widowed) adopted Grey Cheek parakeet. She was left on a pet shop's doorstep. It was the nicest thing her previous owners ever did for her. Penny was frightened of everything, so no one else wanted her. My previous pet bird of 22 years, Wiley, had passed away. Grey Cheeks are very rare, so in Wiley's honor I happily adopted Penny. I did so knowing she was so timid she might never make a cuddly pet. After four years, she'd become very loving. It was worth the wait. I had a chance to adopted a buddy for her, whom I named Jake. They spent three years together. He was elderly, though, and died in Dec. 2008. At the time of this video, Penny had developed a tumor in her liver, so I didn't know how long she would be with me. I'd lost my job, so I had a lot of time to give her. Here she was, nodding off on my shoulder, as I napped in the living room. In July 2009, I got a job in California. Penny and I moved there. We were living in a motel, and her tumor was getting worse. It interfered with her breathing, so I took her to two vets. They could do nothing for her. After a month, the problem was just getting worse and worse. One August morning, a vet put Penny to sleep peacefully. She was euthanized with sleeping gas . The vet wrapped her in a colorful blanket and a pretty box with flowers on it. I buried her in a pretty, shady grove near the hotel. Please say a prayer of kindness for this beautiful little soul. I do so often. Thanks for watching.
Views: 4755 KutWrite
Gomer Pyle is God - El BJ
 
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Parody of religious tunes. This includes the important start of the video, with the discovery of the "swaddling VHS tape!" Aired on ACTV Public Access TV circa 1995. Shared under Fair Use as Parody. Enjoy!
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VX5 Weapons Tests, Part 4 of 4
 
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VX5 is the Navy's Test and Evaluation Squadron. They created this video of for the (in)famous TOPGUN convention in 1990. I worked for TOPGUN and present this video for your enjoyment. Part 4 of 4 focuses on strike (anti-ground) bombs and missiles. Note the accuracy of some of these tests! Remember the driver on video who just escaped a bomb, "The Luckiest Man in Iraq" during the first bombing of same? In this video, note the luckiest coyote in the desert - at about 3:15. (Note audio track was changed in response to copyright claim)
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Jake's 'September Song'
 
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Jake, my elderly Grey Cheeked Parakeet, had a stroke. This video honors his pluck and tenacity while facing his infirmity. We also see the faithfulness of his little girlfriend, Penny. This video is dedicated to elderly pets - and people - everywhere. Music: "September Song" - courtesy of Willie Nelson See the PS to this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LizboKbTl5w
Views: 2637 KutWrite
Israeli Air Force in Action
 
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Some shots of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) during actual dogfights, shooting down some enemy aircraft. These are gun camera shots made during the Yom Kippur War, Six Days War and some other battles.
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8 Million Ways to Die - Opening Titles
 
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These are the opening titles for the 1986 movie "8 Million Ways to Die." I saved it because I like the helicopter ride and music. The music is by James Newton Howard, a genius. My "Movie Music Theory" is that in the opening moments of a movie, the music quality reflects the quality of the film itself. This movie supports my theory. I remember many great scenes from it. the one strongest in my mind is when "Sunny" (Alexandra Paul - a real fox), playing the Good Hooker, is kidnapped before she can testify against Andy Garcia's villain "Maldonado." The last we see of her, she's looking out at us from the rear of a van, speeding her away from the protection of Jeff Bridges' hero, "Scudder." She's obviously screaming, though we can't hear her. As she claws helplessly at the rear window, we see her hands leave bloody palmprints. Oliver Stone co-wrote and Hal Ashby directed, book by Lawrence Block - what a creative team! Check it out at www.imdb.com/title/tt0090568
Views: 8623 KutWrite
VX5 Weapons Tests, Part 3 of 4
 
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VX5 is the Navy's Test and Evaluation Squadron. They created this video of for the (in)famous TOPGUN convention in 1990. I worked for TOPGUN and present this video for your enjoyment. Part 3 of 4 itself has two parts: The first focuses on anti-radar missiles (note the accuracy). The second shows tests of ejection seats and systems. (Note audio track was changed in response to copyright claim)
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The Evolution of Arnold
 
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Funny USA cable channel promo for a week of Arnold's movies. This aired back in about 1992. I love the voice dubbing from "Hercules," and Grace Jones' bit part!
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VX-5 Weapons Tests, Part 1 of 4
 
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VX-5 is the Navy's Test and Evaluation Squadron. They created this video of for the (in)famous TOPGUN convention in 1990. I worked for TOPGUN and present this video in 4 parts, for your enjoyment. Part 1 of 4 focuses on anti-air guns and missiles. You'll see some interesting drones shot down and then-new or experimental missiles and systems. Lots of cockpit and HUD camera views! (Note: Audio track has been changed in response to copyright claim.)
Views: 3075 KutWrite
Navy F-14 Airshow HUD Part 2 of 2
 
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This is part 2 of a HUD* view of an airshow done by an F-14 crew. Check out near the end, when the pilot causes the aircraft to bow to the crowd! Location: NAS Moffett Field, California. (* HUD = Heads-Up Display. There's a forward looking camera in the nose of the aircraft. Its view is combined with the electronic display shown to the pilot and recorded onto tape. This is also known as a "gun camera" view. The symbols show the aircraft's attitude, altitude, airspeed, "alpha" (angle of attack). In combat various other information can be included, such as gun trajectory aiming point, aircraft "predictor," aiming point for radar missiles and circle of sensitivity for infra-red seeking missiles. The Navy uses black-and-white video, some Air Force aircraft use color.
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Parrots Jasper & Charlie Play on the Counter
 
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Jasper (Pineapple Green Cheeked Conure) and Charlie (Canary Winged Parakeet) are good buddies. One thing they like to do is play on the counter while listening to my bird call recordings. Occasionally they squabble, but it's all in fun, as you can see by Charlie's frequent tail-waggling. The recordings are of themselves, plus previous pet parrots I've had. You can see videos of the other birds on my YouTube channel. Thanks for watching!
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Johnstown Drive 1994
 
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In 1994 I drove from Austin, Texas to visit my home town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The town was about 1/3 the size it had been in 1961, and, sadly, was still shrinking. Here's a nostalgic drive into and around Johnstown and the suburb where I lived, Westmont. It's still pretty! If you're from there, can you name the streets you see?
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Whiskas Lovebird
 
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Funny commercial featuring a "tempting" lovebird who shows the full appeal of Whiskas cat food.
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My Roll-Over Accident 12-26-13
 
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A typical commute day ends badly... and quickly. I really loved that car, a 2000 Honda Civic Hatchback. 170,000 miles and two previous accidents. Got rear-ended in 2006, got cut-off by a cute lady in about 2003. Even looking at the video, I'm not sure what happened. At 2:22 it looks like while I was clearing the right lane to change, the guy ahead stopped for no reason, and with no brake lights. No cars were ahead of him for almost 1/4 mile. The ambulance guy said, at the time of my accident, there were three more accidents within 5 miles ahead of this spot. I was lucky in a few ways. If I'd have gone off the road about 30 feet earlier, I'd have hit a guard rail end-on & been speared or flipped. If I'd gone off 30 feet later, I'd have gone over a 6 foot drop. Yet a little further on, and I'd have hit a bridge abutment. Thank God I only had a minor back injury. My dashcam is a GoPro Hero, stuck to the windshield with a suction cup mount with tripod swivel. It survived without a scratch (I don't use the underwater case, just a bracket). You can bet the cam is in my new car, a Scion FR-S. You can see my new car in newer videos on my channel. A fun one is http://youtu.be/1PvLIK8BYTk Be safe and have fun! This video is being managed exclusively by Newsflare. To use this video for broadcast or in a commercial player go to: https://www.newsflare.com/video/118541/other/my-roll-over-accident-12-26-13 or email: newsdesk@newsflare.com or call: +44 (0) 8432 895 191
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Jasper Performs His Tap & Talk
 
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Jasper, my Pineapple Green Cheeked Conure, is just so talented. He can talk, tap and even send Morse code! Here he gives us a sample, with a big finish!
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Goodall Chimps Speak
 
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Funny promo for HBO in which chimps show their interest for their favorite movies.
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F-18 Carrier Ops HUD View
 
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"Tex," a Marine pilot at TOPGUN, shared this HUD video of him during carrier ops; some of it at night. I love his little "Go, baby, go!" whenever he's shot off the catapult. It ends with a pilot's view of in-flight refueling.
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Parrots Jasper & Zeke Chew the Wood
 
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Jasper, my Pineapple Green-Cheeked Conure and Zeke, my Canary-Winged Parakeet love to chew on wood. I got these pieces of Balsa at a hobby shop & let them go at it. Jasper gets so excited he retreats to his hidey-hole inside the top drawer. There, he "speaks in tongues" to his friend, the hairbrush.
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TOPGUN - French Documentary
 
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This is a documentary of TOPGUN, the Navy Fighter Weapons School. It was produced during TOPGUN's heyday, right after the movie "Top Gun." I had just started working there, so I know some of the people being interviewed. LCDR George Dom was one of the best guys to work with. He's the white-haired pilot interviewed near the beginning. He later became Commanding Officer of the Blue Angels. How do you top a career like that? Note: I cut off about the first 2 minutes due to YouTube's lame 10 minute limit.
Views: 9726 KutWrite
Brave Mouse, Funny Ad
 
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Maybe I have a dark sense of humor, but I think this is funny. Don't worry, no mice were harmed in making this ad. I thought the tension, relief and final message made it cute.
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Jasper Meets Our New Buddy
 
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When my little parrot, Charlie, passed away last June, he left a definite hole in my heart. Jasper, my other parrot, also misses him. He calls for him at least once a day. Yesterday I was blessed to luck into adopting a rejected bird of Charlie's same species, a Canary-Winged Parakeet. I haven't named our new buddy yet*, but I'm getting a lot of suggestions. Here is the scene the morning after I brought the new guy home. Jasper seems to like him right away. Although they keep a cautious distance, they are getting closer each time. No aggression, either. At this moment, they are on my shoulders. Jasper is preening and the new guy is napping, head tucked into wing. So, as "Rick in "Casablanca" said, "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship!" (* I named him "Zeke")
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Zeke the Keet Loves Coconut Oil
 
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My Canary-Winged Parakeet, Zeke, loves to snack on Coconut Oil. He likes it best if it's cold and hardened. I assume it helps keep his feathers properly oiled. It's good for his beak, too. I adopted Zeke after he was rejected by 2 previous owners as being "too loud." To me, his sounds are like music!
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Holocaust Survivor Interview - "Ilse"
 
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This is an interview with my mother, Ilse. She survived the Holocaust by hiding in Holland. This is her story, told in her own words. Thanks to Copyright holder the Shoah Project (c) 1996
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Triking Allegheny Trail, Part 1 of 4
 
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Riding my Challenge trike along the Allegheny Trail. I started at Connellsville, Pa and went about 8 miles south, then returned. This is Part 1 of 4 videos.
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Wiley vs the Shoe Monster
 
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My Grey Cheeked Parakeet Wiley (RIP) liked to attack shoes. Here he is vanquishing one of my tennies. Wiley lived almost 22 years. This was shot a few months before he died.
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Robert Ryan Blues
 
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Great promo for 3 theme weeks on TCM: Robert Ryan, Martin Scorcese and George Sidney. I especially love the organ licks behind the great editing of this clip. Hope you enjoy it, too.
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Penny Climbs Up Home
 
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Penny was my adopted, formerly mistreated little Grey Cheek Parakeet. When I shot this, she was about 18 years old, had lost her mate, Jake, and was winding down. She moves slowly and is out of breath when she gets to her perch at the top. Compare her speed here with my other video of her, Penny Returns to her Home ( v=n7UeWQ-ex_o ). I didn't know it then, but she had about 4 months to live. I love my current bird buddies, Jasper and Charlie, but sure miss the ones I've had. Penny was so fearful when I got her, and became loving and interactive. I still miss her so much. RIP dear Penny.
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Penny  Plays "Gonna Getchu!"
 
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Penny is my 16 year old Grey Cheeked Parakeet. I adopted her from a bad situation. She quickly got over her fears and now rules our roost! This is a game she invented, which I call "Getchu!" When I am about to leave the room, Penny steps out onto her nest box perch and taunts me. I turn and pretend to reach for her, I say "I'm gonna getchu!" She squeaks with delight and jumps into her nest box. She then taunts me from this safe haven. She will play this game longer than I ever care to! You can hear my now-deceased male Grey Cheek, Jake (RIP), cheering her on. He died of natural causes in Dec 2008. Sorry for the poor video. I only had a still camera at the time, which could also shoot low-bps videos. Update: I got a job in California in July 2009. Penny and I moved there. We were living in a motel. She developed a liver tumor, which began to get worse. It finally interfered with her breathing so much, I sadly decided to have her put to sleep. This August morning, Penny died peacefully, anesthesized with gas, then euthanized. The vet wrapped her in a colorful blanket and a pretty box with flowers on it. I will bury her behind the house I'm buying. Please say a prayer of kindness for this beautiful little soul. I will do so often. Thanks for watching
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Night Commute Home in my Scion FR-S
 
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Ride home from work with me. (Caution - some angry language) I'm still breaking-in my Scion FR-S, so this ride won't be scary... except for the other drivers cutting in, hogging the fast lane slowly and doing some drunken weaving.
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Earth Movers Triple-Push
 
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Some scraping going on today in my neighborhood. These three machines hook together into a triple push-pull to get a real bite out of this heavy clay. I think they're building an additional school, but I'm not sure. No signs around the area.
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Charlie Bird Loves Flowers
 
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My adopted Canary Wing Parakeet, Charlie, loves to nibble on flowers. He'll only chew carnations, and they must be fresh! I think he licks the nectar at the base of the petals. It's fun to watch him relish this treat. His buddy Jasper, a Pineapple Green-Cheeked Conure, just looks on. It's not his thing.
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Charlie Loves a Spritz
 
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A kind gentleman let me adopt Charlie. He had heard my last two elderly birds had died. Charlie is a shy little Canary-Winged Parakeet. These birds are sometimes known as Canary-Winged Parakeets. Charlie is the same genus as my beloved departed Grey Cheeks, whose videos you can see on my channel. He has slowly become accustomed to me and my other bird, Jasper, the Pineapple Green Cheeked Conure. Here you can see Charlie has come to love being sprayed - spritzed - by a plant spray bottle. He can't speak English, but his body language and tweets show his love for a good shower. I love little Charlie - I think you will, too.
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Trike Training in My Living Room
 
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I've put my Challenge trike into a Cyclops magnetic bike trainer. Now, it's a piece of living room furniture. I sit in it and pedal when I feel I need some exercise, or when the weather doesn't allow outdoor triking. Yes, my two parrots, Jake (RIP) and Penny, had to get their voices heard, too. They're quiet, except when I'm on the phone or videotaping something.
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Geico Waitress - No Mayo
 
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A funny spot for Geico. A guy orders his sandwich with "no mayo.' A smart-ass waitress takes care of it. Sorry about the snow - I guess it's an old tape.
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Charlie Bird's Worry Beads
 
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My adopted Canary Wing Parakeet, Charlie, loves to nibble on Mardi-Gras beads. He plays with them, twisting them up, then untwisting them, sort of like Greek worry beads. Eventually, he bites them apart. These cheap little beads have a safety feature, though. The other beads stay together, even when the necklace is broken. Thus, it's hours and hours of safe play for little Charlie. He's so intense, too. It's fun to watch him have fun with simple toys like this.
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Parrot Friends Play Ring Around the Rosie
 
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Charlie (RIP), my adopted Canary-Winged Parakeet, and Jasper, my Pineapple Green-Cheeked Conure play Ring Around the Rosie, where my head is the "Rosie." These guys have such different personalities. Charlie is shy and reserved. Jasper is outgoing and klutzy. Jasper talks up a storm, but I have to learn Charlie's language. Their flight feathers were clipped when I shot this. Now, they are almost fully flighted. They play this same game, but by zooming around the house instead of my head. Charlie is still shy. Though he seems to avoid him, he really does like Jasper. They're like adolescent cousins. Update in 2012: One thing I first noticed yesterday: Charlie and Jasper "grazing" together. I only noticed because they were both making cute sounds I'd never heard before. They are real pals, even though they occasionally squabble.
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Funny Commercials 1991
 
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I saved these Tropicana Twister and Donnelly Yellow Pages commercials. They're from the late 80s or early 90s, when commercials could really be innovative, intelligent and funny. I have to look for another Tropicana Twister spot - with the yuppie kids alternately bragging or slamming the drink. At the end, the bully kid says "...and they make you drink it!" I love that one, too! Now, most commercials suck, especially for car dealers. But sometimes I find a gem I want to view again from time to time. See? You aren't alone!
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Penny Returns to Her House
 
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I adopted Penny from a bad home. She could not fly due to a previous injury. Penny was very fearful when I got her. I think she is about 16 years old as of 8/08. Little by little her curiosity overcame her fear. I gave her lots of affection and treats. I also helped her learn to explore outside her cage. Freedom was so strange to her! She soon learned to follow walls and doors to get around. Here, she scurries back home to get a quick snack. She had been visitingher new pal, another adopted Grey Cheek I named Jake. He has his own videos here, too. Note: This video is silent. It was shot with an older digital still camera that could only do low-res silent video. The music is from "AudioSwap." Update: I got a job in California in July 2009. Penny and I moved there. We were living in a motel. She developed a liver tumor, which began to get worse. It finally interfered with her breathing so much, I sadly decided to have her put to sleep. This August morning, Penny died peacefully, anesthesized with gas, then euthanized. The vet wrapped her in a colorful blanket and a pretty box with flowers on it. I will bury her behind the house I'm buying. Please say a prayer of kindness for this beautiful little soul. I will do so often. Thanks for watching.
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TOPGUN Video Pitch - 1987
 
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In 1987 I started work producing training videos for TOPGUN, the Navy Fighter Weapons School. They were obsessed with excellence, as they should be, but their video equipment was old, shabby, and not up to snuff. Even for the days of 3/4" tape, it was bad. To get the instructors behind me in my quest for a production budget, I produced this video at another facility. It's pretty funny now, but it sure did the job. FYI, TOPGUN was merged with the Strike Warfare and the Airborne Early Warning Schools and moved to NAS Fallon, NV. I did not go along for that ride - I'm not a desert person. I do miss the action and pizazz of that place, though. The pilots could be hard to deal with, but they sure could fly - and did a great job teaching fighter pilots to be top notch. Several of the instructors I worked with went on to fly with the Blue Angels. They must have a great scrapbook!
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Old Dan Does Pushups
 
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My family is not known for longevity. My dad died when he was about 6 months younger than I am now. I had a quad-bypass almost 4 years ago. To celebrate my recovery and current health, I share with you this video of me doing 51 push-ups. No, they're not perfect, so no kvetching about that. I'm trying to get better every day in that and many other ways. Just be happy for me, as I am for you. To your health!
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