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Old 02-09-2018, 06:26 PM   #1
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The Wright Brothers had covered about 120 feet on one of their first manned attempts at flight. I had covered four of five times that on my first manned (or would that be boyed?) flight but injuries to the aircraft (The Bearscat) and to myself, had been sufficient to ease all desire in that direction and make further attempts seem unrewarding and possibly fatal. Even as I had been immersed in the quest for flight, I had been working on the design of a 'deep sea diving outfit'. My thoughts had been centered upon retrieving large logs that had sunk into the nearby lake in our small mountain town. These large logs were quite valuable. I suspected that over the years, many large valuable logs had found their way to the bottom of the lake and were just lying there in wait of someone to drop down, hook on a cable, and winch them topside, to be loaded upon a log truck for a quick trip to the mill. I could just feel all of those dollars and cents funneling through my hot little hands.
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The Wright Brothers had covered about 120 feet on one of their first manned attempts at flight. I had covered four of five times that on my first manned (or would that be boyed?) flight but injuries to the aircraft (The Bearscat) and to myself, had been sufficient to ease all desire in that direction and make further attempts seem unrewarding and possibly fatal. Even as I had been immersed in the quest for flight, I had been working on the design of a 'deep sea diving outfit'. My thoughts had been centered upon retrieving large logs that had sunk into the nearby lake in our small mountain town. These large logs were quite valuable. I suspected that over the years, many large valuable logs had found their way to the bottom of the lake and were just lying there in wait of someone to drop down, hook on a cable, and winch them topside, to be loaded upon a log truck for a quick trip to the mill. I could just feel all of those dollars and cents funneling through my hot little hands.
Was this alcohol fueled or sanely conceived?

If the latter, I remember a while back there was a reality show about them doing that.

Also, we were in a dive museum in the Keys a couple yrs back and they have on display, some AMAZING (-ly crude/basic) early diving helmets/rigs.
Almost all supplied w/air from topside.
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When I say that it was just after the home built plane crash, I mean that I was still wearing the cast on the broken arm. I had just somehow made it to double digits in age.
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Remember also that it was smoking hot weather that distant summer long ago. Back then, logging, in the Northwest, was big business and rampant. I was fortunate enough to be able to hang with my Grandfather and his buddies. Oh the smell of two cycle engines, grease, gasoline, diesel, rusty cables being stretched to their limits (and sometimes beyond), and fresh cut pine trees in the morning. Being around with all of the equipment was a dream come true for a mechanically interested kid. Just keeping blades and chains sharpened was a full time job and someone who could put an edge back onto stuff was a highly sought after commodity, likewise, someone (or kid) who could repair a saw, on a stump, out in the woods, with a minimum of tools, parts, and money. At the end of the day back then, if trees weren't hitting the ground, nobody got paid. Out on the ranch, as we called it, down behind the mountainous barn, sat all kinds of equipment, parts, cables, hardware, and contraptions, some of which defied description. If a person, even a small one, wanted to make something, all one had to do was just go out there and find what you might want, because it would be there. As a side note, we built several street rods from scratch out of that pile of stuff in later years, not to mention keeping a big GMC truck running to this day (some of you will know the significance of this little tidbit). Right after the 'hard landing' (as a Navy guy we know might call it), being sutured up all over and sporting a cast on my arm, I was protestingly put on injured reserve and unhappily left in the care of the women folk who, one in particular, were clean, methodical, hard working, non smoking, non drinking, non boasting, non fighting, and non swearing, and equipped with very little sense of humour. "She aint Hooman" our old friend and reprobate Wayne (aka 'The Shark') would say about an Aunt of mine.
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