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Web site and blog for Maria Langer, commercial helicopter pilot, freelance writer, beekeeper, and serious amateur photographer.



Last Build Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:12:46 +0000

 



Comment on Snowbirding 2017 Postcards: Salton Sea Birds by Bob F.

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:12:46 +0000

Nice photos. Could the black and white birds in photos 1,2,7&8 be Black-necked stilts (Himantropus Mexicanos)? I think the large mottled bird in photo four could be a type of Marbled Godwit? There are major regional and seasonal differences in these birds, so chances are I'm way off target.



Comment on Snowbirding 2017: A Trip to the Racetrack by Maria Langer

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:18:56 +0000

As for the water flow at the Racetrack -- I suspect it truly is flat and there's little or no flow. There certainly wasn't any directionality to the cracks out in the middle of the playa.



Comment on Snowbirding 2017: A Trip to the Racetrack by Maria Langer

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:17:20 +0000

Oops! Clicked Reply too quick. I have a lot of experience with washboard roads, having lived on gravel roads for the past 20 years. (Has it really been that long? Wow!) I agree that there's usually an optimum speed that varies depending on road conditions. I never did find that speed and I suspect the shocks had a lot to do with that. Rebecca's link will definitely educate me. I sure do appreciate her sharing it.



Comment on Snowbirding 2017: A Trip to the Racetrack by Maria Langer

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:13:44 +0000

Ubehebe is definitely volcanic. Interesting how the rock is different colors in different parts of the cinder cones.



Comment on Snowbirding 2017: A Trip to the Racetrack by Maria Langer

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:11:27 +0000

Thanks for this link. I'll read up and update my post to include it. And yes, the campgrounds were nearly full. Apparently this is coming into the peak season. If you remember, last year this time was the start of the Super Bloom. I was fortunate to catch part of that. I don't think the rain came soon enough for a repeat this year.



Comment on DJI Sales Support Experience Update by Maria Langer

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:35:32 +0000

Chinglish is always funny. I don't mind when the wording is screwed up as long as the documentation is thorough and correct. The Mavic's documentation is correct, but far from thorough. It IS expensive, but I think you're paying for portability. Heck, the whole thing packs up into a tiny bag. Brought it on the airliner with 4 days worth of clothes in a tiny carry-on bag that would have fit under the seat in front of me if Penny wasn't already there. Not sure why Amazon didn't run your review. Maybe they didn't think price was a review criteria? Who knows?



Comment on DJI Sales Support Experience Update by Bob F.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:58:48 +0000

This seems reassuringly familiar. My first drone was Chinese, of course. It was made by Potensic, I believe. The instruction booklet was in charming and very friendly Chinglish. I bought it from Amazon UK. A day later I received an email from the manufacturer telling me to ignore the booklet as the instructions for 'binding' drone and transmitter were wrong. I had already worked that out, but thanks. I am seriously considering a Mavic Pro like yours but here the price is about twice the cost of yours. I wrote a review about this cost differential but Amazon refused to publish it. The first time they have ever declined one of my reviews.



Comment on Snowbirding 2017: Two Days at the Dunes by Maria Langer

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:15:56 +0000

I don't let her out unaccompanied in places there might be predators. I do worry about her, but I'm careful -- at least I try to be. So far, we're okay.



Comment on What a Difference a Bank Makes by martymankins

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:11:10 +0000

Sounds like Peoples Bank has done an excellent job with your banking needs, including the relationship you have with the person at your branch. High interest savings... I had an account with Citibank for a couple of years after transferring money that I inherited from my mom after she passed away. I enjoyed 6.5% for 20 of those 24 months I banked with them. It took 4 months to go from 5% to .5%, which is when i moved the money back to my Wells Fargo account. I've been with Wells Fargo for almost 32 years now (various mergers along the way) and I have my teller that I go to each time and we have great chats and she handles all of my banking needs without issue. Nice to have that.



Comment on What a Difference a Bank Makes by Maria Langer

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:35:42 +0000

Several people suggested credit unions and I think I did talk to the folks at one of them. But I really like the service I get at Peoples. What makes a credit union different than a small local bank? I never did understand that.