Model Rocket

On Wed, May 25 2011, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese

Had a great time last night – launched a brand new rocket (Swift: Estes Rockets). We took a good look at it before it launched and that was a good thing.

We never saw it again :)

I saw a flame burst and then we found ZERO scraps or any remnants at all. It was kind of disappointing for EK. She was expecting to retrieve it and perhaps paint it Yellow (as I had promised … oops)

So I have to build another one and we will likely put a slightly less powerful engine in it so that she can retrieve it and we can have the satisfaction of a successful launch and return flight.

But in other news, the model rocket launch pad and contact switch that I used as a kid STILL WORKS. So that is very fun. I remember launching many rockets and really enjoying it. Perhaps this will ignite an interest in some level of engineering with our kids. Hmm.

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On Thu, May 19 2011, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese
  • holding my son’s hand in my own.
  • running my fingers through my daughter’s hair
  • watching my wife sleep; her hugs
  • smelling the flora in the morning
  • loving embrace of my mother, father and sister
  • good health
  • faith
  • good role models

Tech Tips: iphone tracker

On Tue, May 17 2011, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese

Andykn’s miscellaneous tech tips: iphone tracker.

This was a good description.  I recommend that my programming friends read this.  Instead of wondering what data is stored, I am able to actively retrieve and parse this data.  I am currently working on it and will write a small application to parse it out for myself.  This could be useful for geotracking pictures and correlating timely data, but starts to get a little scary when considering burglary, stalking, crime in general.


Mike Rowe Senate Testimony : Dirty Jobs

On Fri, May 13 2011, in Jessica, by Leroy Leese

Mike Rowe Senate Testimony : Dirty Jobs : Discovery Channel.

I found this to be really interesting.  My father, uncle, great uncle and grandfather’s are (or were) very talented engineers but also very skilled at almost all labor categories.  These are most definitely becoming lost arts, including the skills to maintain a car.  I’m torn between wanting my children to take interest in things like skilled labor categories and our military and what seems to be the opposite route – white collar work.  Time will tell – perhaps their personalities will make it easy to steer them in a direction.

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Put integrity first

On Thu, May 12 2011, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese

Victoria Advocate | Dave Sather’s Money Matters: Put integrity first.

I subscribe to this completely.  Maintaining integrity and doing the right thing (ie, following the golden rule) is always the best route.  It happens that the most successful people in our country also have the highest levels of integrity.  I don’t expect to become one of the most successful people in our country (and that is not my goal) but I expect to be someone that my wife and family are proud of – and to that end – I believe in having a high level of integrity.  And I’ll continue on that philosophy until I hear otherwise.  :)

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Easter Pictures

On Mon, May 2 2011, in Emma Kate, Jessica, Leroy, Paxton, by Leroy Leese

Garden – Small Victory

On Mon, May 2 2011, in Leroy, by Leroy Leese

Yesterday I spent a few hours in the garden doing some weeding, feeding and general upkeep and was showing Jessica how the radishes have started to gain some size. They were supposed to be ready in 21 days from planting (or so I thought) and it has been more than 30 days already with not one looking ready to be pulled. But I found one that had a cute bulb on it, so I plucked it.


It had a good radish flavor – and was perfect in every way except that it was smaller than I ordinarily would have picked. Finally! I get to taste the vegetables (fruits) of my labor! It was a very exciting moment and one that makes me want to work on the garden even more.


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