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Old 09-25-2017, 10:54 PM
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I think the Alpha was my third or fourth....I started with the cheap ones - Streak and Sprite - at 50 cents and 75 cents respectively.

The FS-5 we were using yesterday was feeding the orange first-version Porta-Pad in this picture. The Tilt-A-Pad was actually running a Centuri Powr-Control after the second Electro-Launch (on the ground) didn't give me a continuity indication even with clips tied together when we first went to launch off of it. Of course when I checked it after we were done it was indicating properly as it had been during the pre-launch checkout. I think the D-cells must have shifted just enough to break contact at some point inside the box. I'll put some foam or something behind the brass contacts to "help" them a little before I put it all the way away.

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My father was the rocket builder until I was considerably older (I started pushing the button and recovering them at age 3 or so), but he built a Streak, a Falcon, a V-2, a Gyroc, and a Big Bertha (and also an MPC Viper); I guess he figured the Alpha was an "also-ran," as he never built one. I've never built an Alpha (my first or second build was an Alpha III), but I've flown one--the All-American Alpha that's on display at the space museum in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:41 PM
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I lost my house at the beginning of 2013.
Didn't have much notice. Sheriff showed up with a 10 day notice.
Filed for a court hearing which gave us an extra 10 days.
I first got denied, filed an appeal, got denied, and now cutting it close to filing another appeal on time.
If I can't get to the SSA office by Friday, I don't know how much longer I'd have to wait until it starts all over again. It's going on 3 years now.
There are days I think the world would be better off without me.
It is becoming more of a challenge than I can endure most days anymore.
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Old 09-26-2017, 01:05 AM
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I lost my house at the beginning of 2013.
Didn't have much notice. Sheriff showed up with a 10 day notice.
Filed for a court hearing which gave us an extra 10 days.
I first got denied, filed an appeal, got denied, and now cutting it close to filing another appeal on time.
If I can't get to the SSA office by Friday, I don't know how much longer I'd have to wait until it starts all over again. It's going on 3 years now.
There are days I think the world would be better off without me.
It is becoming more of a challenge than I can endure most days anymore.
I've been there, too...while local law enforcement folks didn't serve me notice, my house's owner showed up one morning, banged on my door, and threatened to throw me out (and I soon afterward learned that a prominent local shyster attorney was involved--the only reason she hadn't sued was that I had nothing to collect), so I knew it was only a matter of time. I knew I was going to lose my home no matter what, but I *could* control to whom I lost it (a tire store on the block behind me wanted to level it to use the land for extra parking, and I didn't want the 1917-vintage house to be razed), so I quit claim deeded it to my next-door neighbor, who assumed the mortgage and has since completely restored the house. Also:

You probably won't like this, but losing your home would put you at the head of the line for the benefits I mentioned above. While the quit claim deeding of my house did result in higher rent at my disabled public housing apartment for two years (because fraudsters often divest themselves of property just to get benefits for themselves; in my case I was going to lose the house anyway), losing my house did expedite my getting disability benefits, and:

You'll get no argument from me about suicide. Those who spout platitudes about it never being the answer have never walked in our shoes, living every day for months or even years in excruciating pain (inhaling too deeply in my sleep made me wake up screaming in spinal pain). A disabled Vietnam veteran friend and I have discussed our personal criteria for when life is worth living--and when it ^ceases^ to be so--and between us, we have had to educate several health care providers that *quantity* (length) of life isn't the only factor (or even the most important one), but that *quality* of life is. Just be careful about what you might say regarding this to such people, because it triggers legal requirements that they have to fulfill (I loathe this, because my life--and the decisions regarding how and even if I will live, are *mine*, not theirs or the state's). However:

Always keep in mind that suicide, if successful, is irreversible, and that a failed suicide attempt can leave one in an even worse state. (My friend knows people who only succeeded in paralyzing or blinding themselves.) We know that one day, because of our respective progressive diseases, life will almost certainly become unbearable, and we will welcome death. So far though, we have found that other, positive, solutions are possible. I think you, too, are still in a situation in which positive alternatives to the final countdown (pun absolutely not intended!) can be found. I had to lose everything--except personal belongings--in order to enter this new phase of my life, and while it may sound depressing and even scary to you, I can testify that it's a much more tranquil life than how I was living before. You will find that instead of being owned by things, you will own things.
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Old 09-26-2017, 11:59 AM
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Most days are bearable for the most part.
It's those 6 to 8 weeks before my next RF that really get to me, mentally and physically.
I often take muscle relaxers for the charlies, and sometimes use them to keep me in a comatose status to make it bearable.
What I miss more than anything is my Wood Shop. I hope that someday I will be able to set up a shop again. I just love the smell of freshly cut wood, doing glue-ups and producing unique things.
I first got hooked in the 6th grade. Every since I an incurable need to make things out of wood.
I guess that is why I personally won't even consider the quick kits or E2X kits, made with plastic parts real model rockets.
While I am now doing some leather crafting (also got involved with that in the 6th grade shop classes) I am making molds out of wood for knife sheaths. But all I have in tools is my circular saw, dremel and jig saw...I fully enjoy using them when I am able to.
And you are right, there is more positives in life still. But when one looks back at what one could do and what is capable of doing now it can hit the mental status quite hard at times. You look at yourself with much less usefulness than one should.
Thank You Kindly for the kind words of wisdom!
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Old 09-26-2017, 02:04 PM
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Most days are bearable for the most part.
It's those 6 to 8 weeks before my next RF that really get to me, mentally and physically.
I often take muscle relaxers for the charlies, and sometimes use them to keep me in a comatose status to make it bearable.
What I miss more than anything is my Wood Shop. I hope that someday I will be able to set up a shop again. I just love the smell of freshly cut wood, doing glue-ups and producing unique things.
I first got hooked in the 6th grade. Every since I an incurable need to make things out of wood.
I guess that is why I personally won't even consider the quick kits or E2X kits, made with plastic parts real model rockets.
While I am now doing some leather crafting (also got involved with that in the 6th grade shop classes) I am making molds out of wood for knife sheaths. But all I have in tools is my circular saw, dremel and jig saw...I fully enjoy using them when I am able to.
And you are right, there is more positives in life still. But when one looks back at what one could do and what is capable of doing now it can hit the mental status quite hard at times. You look at yourself with much less usefulness than one should.
Thank You Kindly for the kind words of wisdom!
You're welcome. If your state has legalized medicinal marijuana, cannabis tea can work wonders on pain (an uncle of mine who had multiple oral cancer tumors [he was a rodeo cowboy, who chewed tobacco when he was a young man], and a former co-worker of mine here who had horrific neuropathy pain from wildly out-of-control diabetes, both swore by it). If that isn't the case where you are, marinol (pills made from the THC in marijuana) are legal and doctor-prescribe-able, and:

Staying somewhat more-than-normally-hydrated may also help reduce the cramping (it helped me with that, although everyone is different). If you can get prescribed morphine sulfate pills (my friend and I both take 15 mg extended release tablets twice a day [one every 12 hours], and they make life livable for us; unlike injected morphine, it *doesn't* cause hallucinations of "bugs in one's skin" that some IV morphine recipients experience), they will likely knock your pain down enough to be a nuisance rather than a menace. Also, if inflammation is part of why you're hurting so much, naproxen might help (it and morphine pills can be taken together [my friend takes both], and neither of them trash out the liver and kidneys, as acetaminophen-containing painkillers such as Tylenol and Vicodin do). In addition:

I never thought I'd become enthusiastic about E2X and Quick Kit (from Quest) model rockets, but I have. In my case, it wasn't medical considerations that resulted in this, but having only a 1 ft. square building surface (my apartment isn't *that* tiny; I just have other appliances and devices that take up counter space) and being unable to spray paint models outside for much of the year because of the cold (and using an indoor spray booth during the winter would kill me, because the windows must be kept sealed). Also--I must admit--I now enjoy the time-saving (and "mess-saving") of plastic parts over wood ones (and I built plenty of wood-and-paper model rockets), and I've become "spoiled" by laser-cut balsa fins (and even more so by fiber fins...). As well:

Having done--and enjoyed--resin-casting, including making cast polyurethane nose cones, I'm now more particular about where and how I expend effort. I'd view a turned wood, sanded-and-sealed nose cone as being a pattern, a mold master, for creating an RTV rubber mold from which I could cast multiple polyurethane resin nose cones. And 3D printing is a whole new world...if they don't exist already, I suspect that wood-shaping 3D printers will come into being before long, as it's a material that's crying out to be able to be worked that way.
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http://www.lulu.com/product/cd/what...of-2%29/6122050
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