What’s the Story, Morning Glory?

My other sister’s back yard has been taken over by Morning Glory (and probably Bougainvillea) so it’s off to San Pedro to eradicate some plants.

Sadly, the USS Iowa isn’t open for visitors yet. Dunno how long this is going to take, but the last time I tackled her back yard, it was a week long job.

In the meantime…


I seem to recall seeing a tanker conversion of the Victor at the Abbottsford International Air Show in… 1983? 84?  How the British manage to make a plane that simultaneously has graceful lines and it still ugly is a mystery to me.

13 thoughts on “What’s the Story, Morning Glory?”

  1. It’ll be awhile before Iowa is ready to receive visitors again.

    We used to allow Morning Glory and Japanese Honeysuckle to grow along the fence line in front of the house at the farm. Both my wife and I liked them and the Honeysuckle was quite fragrant and pleasant. We also had Multiflora Rose, a scourge most places (I saw one thicket of the stuff in Ohio that was 60′ across and I had to set a property corner almost in the middle of it), that my grandmother had put there when I was a kid. It was pretty when in bloom, but little more than a weed in most places. I couldn’t bring myself to destroy it, but was forced to kill 4-5 of the plants for reasons I don’t recall now.

    The loss of the British Aerospace industry, as well as much of ours, is really a shame, although the UK lost their much sooner. Personally, I thought the HP-80 was a nice looking aircraft. Exotic looking to us, as so much of their stuff was, much nice in its own way. But, then, I liked the B-36 too.

    1. Iowa should be ready in about 3 weeks. July 7. They did a LOT of the prep work up in SF Bay.

      This stuff is like the California kudzu. Runners from this stuff that I’ve seen today are up to 40′. And it’s tough enough to defeat the weedeater. So I’ve got to pull up as much as I can, and then use an auger to dig up the roots.

    2. Hey QM – there’s an RB-36 near me. I took a set of pictures of it for reference for art stuff, and if you like I can throw those up on Imageshack or something?

    3. Rusty, email ’em to me too if you would. mrgcoengr at hotmail dot com

      I actually saw one fly over when I was kid many years ago. The only time I did. I always wanted to go aboard one, but they were gone by the time we got back from Germany.

    4. We’ve got Kudzu around WNC just as your Family in AL does. People have tried herbicides on it, but it just beats it back. The only way to destroy it is to keep it defoliated for a couple years or dig it up completely. Rotsa ruck with that last part because if you leave even a piece of the root it’s gonna come back. I twas used quite a bit as slope ground cover.

      For those not familiar with the pest, it grows fast. One joke about it goes “on a quiet night, you can hear the Kudzu grow.” That’s a bit hyperbolic, but not by too much.

      I was not familiar with how much had been while Iowa was still up north. Glad it’ll be ready in a month. I need to get the kids and self down to Wilmington to the NC and up to NORVA to see WI. I’m sure the kids would love it. A trip to Charleston to see Yorktown would be nice too. I still want to get the kids out to Midway and get together with Flit so the kids and meet a Pilot vet who flew from the ship and get a greater appreciation of what military service means from someone else so they have a better appreciation of it.

      Alas, however, my wings have been clipped for the summer. I’ve lost partial control of lower right leg, with numbness and muscle weakness and have been referred to a spinal surgeon to start the workup for the evaluation this Wednesday. I doubt I’ll even be on my bike for the next couple months, at least, and I bought it mainly to ride the 32 miles to work during good weather. Oh well. I’m over 50 so I have the right whine some.

  2. With the title of this post, now I will spend the rest of the night thinking of Ann Margaret in that bias cut yellow dress singing, Bye Bye Birdie.

  3. I’ll be back in California this summer, after a long time away from home. I’m really looking forward to touring the USS Iowa when she is ready to receive visitors. I’m a big fan of battleships.

    When I was in college during the late ’80s, I was able to set foot on a battleship when it was actually operational and in commission. A high school buddy of mine had enlisted in the Navy after graduation, and was stationed aboard the USS New Jersey when she was home-ported in Long Beach. Through him, I was able to hook up a guided tour for myself and several of my ROTC classmates. Very interesting and a lot of fun. The main thing that has stuck with me is, for how large the ship is, how small and cramped the living conditions were. The enlisted sailors were stacked on top of each other like cord wood, and even the officers’ billets were nothing to write home about. One thing the tour did was absolutely confirm that I had made the right decision joining Army ROTC rather than the Navy variant!

    1. Ah, but the Army lives like rats and dies like men. While the Navy lives like men, and dies like rats. Or as Robert Heinlein, and Canoe U grad, put it, “I may die from drowning, but at least I’ll sleep between clean sheets and have plenty of food.”

    2. QM – that was one of the big criteria in service selection, for me. If I can’t take my air conditioning and satellite TV with me, then brother that’s someone else’s war. 😀

    3. I joked that I picked the Navy because you’d get three hot meals a day and a dry place to sleep. If your rack was not dry, warm chow would be the least of your concerns.

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