Kerosine is a popular moderator (slows the burn down) in the burn
between pure hydrogen and oxygen. Popular amongst rocket engines.
When pulling a charge of air into an air-rifle, a squirt of WD 40
turns it into a whole new experience. The fumes will 'diesel' the
pellet with increased velocity, and a 'flame' is actually visible.
Haven't tried that; don't have the air rifle, just use the .22 short
instead...sounds like fun, however. :)
In a pinch I've applied it to rusted up stuff that needed torch heat to
break loose--it sputters and burns half-assedly rather than steadily as
does kerosene itself. I assume that's the effect of the other trace
I've looked up the MSDS previously for it; it's a slightly lighter
fraction than K-1; there's a trade/generic name for the base solvent
that escapes me just now and I'm not motivated enough to look it up.... :)
Somebody once me sent an urban legend about how the stuff is made in
individual batches by these specially-trained gurus who know "the secret
formula" and are essentially brew masters. The "passer-on" was
apparently nearly mortally offended when I pointed out they make the
stuff in tank-car quantities from commercially produced and available
standard industrial chemicals and add a few proprietary ingredients.
What a load of hooey has arisen over a mostly so-so product that has
served them well in marketing.
Actually, unfortunately, I have...spent several years w/ primary client
of Garrett AirResearch in Torrance/Huntington Beach area. Needless to
say, was always a relief to get the h - e - double-toothpicks back to E
On occasion, yes; _terribly_ smoggy many afternoons in those days. But,
mostly just too d--d many people and too much asphalt and not enough
Far too much of what turned an _originally_good_thing_ (tm) into a
hellhole, actually... :(
Barnabey's was ok...it still there?
Overall, it's one of those places everybody should go to once but it's
nowhere to have to live.
This was long ago; moved on to other areas after DOE finally pulled the
plug on the enrichment centrifuge fiasco so never paid any attention to
what became of AirResearch. Did run into a couple of the guys over the
years in various places and kept in touch w/ BBN fella that used to
drive down from Ventura weekly for quite a while but they were all even
older than I and retired years and years ago now--I only "years ago"
when returned to family farm in SW KS. Oh, and got to know the Delta
LAX/ATL/TYS flight crews to the point of exchanging cards w/ some until
both sets of kids were thru school. That's a clue you've been traveling
far too regularly. :)
Thanks to the efforts of organizations such as SCAQMD, smoggy
afternoons are few and far between these days.
As far as people, you just learn to live with it.
The traffic can be a pain, especially during morning/afternoon commute
if you work an 8-5 job.
I refer to the L/A basin as a paved dessert.
Trying to grow grass like an English garden is a total waste of time,
money, and water, especially water.
The hotel in Manhattan Beach?
Never been there but they have a web site so assume they are still
No snow, low humidity, no bugs, I'll take it.
Spent far too much time with my rear end jammed into the center seat
of a 727 myself.
Can certainly relate.
Thank heavens I don't have to fly any more, it has become a total
Yeah, it was/(is?) relatively amenable place, at least...
Having to put up w/ the excess numbers of people and their accoutrements
are far worse than a few bugs... :) The E TN humidity was indeed sorta'
a pain during the worst of the summer, but having seasons is
If I ever fly commercial again it'll be a very special place/occasion,
Unless you live in SoCal, you may not realize there are 4 seasons,
just like everybody else.
Unlike back over the hill, SoCal seldom sees temps below 40F.
Still rememmber my last trip back to Ohio in January when I was
reintroduced to -5F overnight temps and why I left in the first place.
While there are some seasonal variations, yes, they're miniature
caricatures of a "season" at best... :)
Awwww, what's a little nip in the air? Weren't any bugs, were there? :)
My biggest complaint still is (and always will be) that if have to wait
thru more than one light from one end of town to the other, that's far
too much traffic...
Where I live, don't have any bugs.
Bugs need water.
Water is in short supply.
Thus no bugs but also no song birds to eat them.
Everthing has a cost.
There still are/were some spots like that in Michigan for instance.
Have sailed into Harrisville, MI a few times which is in the L/P north
of Saginaw Bay on the Lake Huron side.
Harrisville is the county seat and has or had one traffic light.
Last time I was there was 20 years ago, things may have changed.
Where I grew up, 50 miles south of Cleveland, nearest neighbor was 1/4
Today, they have cut a road thru the field next door, some of the most
productive farm land in the USA, and built a development.
250 million people at the end of WWII, over 300 million today.
We either reduce breeding or accept that things are going to be more
More croweded? Yeah, but everything is relative.
If you took all the people on earth and stacked them up like cordwood, they
would fit in a cubic mile.
At population density of Hong Kong, everybody on earth would fit in the
former Yugoslavia. Most women would go for this inasmuch as the normal sleep
position would be spoon.
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