Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Stupid Criminals: The Not-So-Great Escape

Stupid criminals never fail to fail.

While the point of an escape room is to escape from it, our featured stupid criminal utterly failed to do so:

KOIN6: Burglar can't get out of escape room, calls 911

Yes, he broke into an escape room business and then miserably failed in escaping, being unable to find a working exit door and having to call the police to help him get out.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Stupid Criminals: He Believed He Could Fly. He Was Wrong.

Stupid is supposed to hurt, and for this stupid criminal it sure did.

The Detroit Free Press: Ferndale police chase ends in 15-foot fall for home invasion suspect

Let's see how this went wrong: First a home invasion against someone who has a PPO out for the criminal. Next he decides to run from the police, which while the police appreciate the exercise never ends well. Then he decides to climb over a guardrail of an overpass and engage in a struggle with police and a taser is involved.

As you might expect this led to a fast drop with a rather sudden stop.

Quick tips from this episode of stupid criminals:
1. Don't violate your PPO or even better, don't do the stupid things to get one in the first place;
2. Don't run from the police;
3. Don't resist arrest after you've failed to adequately run from the police; and
4. Don't try to resist arrest with a cunning plan that involves you falling 15 feet onto concrete to escape, just saying.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Summer Horsing Around

Yesterday we picked up the younger child from her two-week girls' riding camp at Black River Farm and Ranch.

It was her second year attending a session, and she had another fantastic time.

On pickup day, the camp puts on a show with all the girls participating in their riding groups.

It begins with a parade around the ring.

The various groups demonstrate what they've learned over the two weeks.

From basic riding:

Vaulting (acrobatics on horse back). Did I mention the horse is moving as they do this?


Leah's Riding group demonstrated bareback skills:

Yes, all 4 hooves are in the air as the horse canters merrily along. She did great and was very poised and handled the horse well the whole time.

Leah received the award for most improved returning rider - out of 500 returning girls.

After the show she took us around the camp and we got to meet her friends and her favorite horses:

The mini donkeys were ridiculously cute:

We then took her out to lunch and drove on home. We're still working on the camp laundry today. She had a great time and wants to return next year.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

You Don't See That Ticket Everyday

Potential client called, fellow with a name of Martian, really.

He was given a misdemeanor ticket for failing to register his boat and was caught in a public waterway operating it without it being properly identified. Yes, failing to register a boat is a misdemeanor in Michigan and now that summer is here and the marine divisions of various agencies are out in full force ticketing for a variety of behavior with drunken boating the number one priority.

Yes, this is truly a case of a Martian being ticketed for operating a UFO (in this case, an Unidentified Floating Object).

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Scenes From Court - You Can Take The Gal Outta Detroit But You Can't Take Detroit Outta The Gal

In Oakland County Probate Court this morning and it's a very busy docket.

Lots of interesting cases with lots of people not behaving properly. Quick tip, taking out a large whole life insurance policy on your very elderly mother payable to you the daughter will likely cause her to lose her Medicaid benefits and really make the judge angry - very angry in fact, just saying.

So, with that fun drama done, a case gets called, and another, and another, and another.

What gives, four cases being called at once is rather weird, all with different names.

Well, it seems this one Detroit Gal, who now lives in Section 8 housing in Oakland County, happens to have 4, yes 4 kids. By 4, yes 4 different fathers and has just happened to have dumped them all off on her aunt.

Two of the fathers live in Detroit but current whereabouts are unknown, one is in prison for statutory rape of the Detroit Gal in question and for a probation violation since his initial release, and one is present who wants custody of his 14-year-old daughter, who apparently doesn't want to be with him and wants to stay with the other siblings (all with different last names) with the aunt.

Detroit Gal does not show up to the hearing, because not as the aunt says she "had to work", but as it turns out, as the judge rather blithely comments, she has a bench warrant and would arrested if she showed up.

The judge has to go with the Family Court's order on custody for the 14 year old and arranges for the aunt to get her to her father, and for the rest she orders the aunt as full guardian of them all as the mother has basically abandoned them.

The family tree here is definitely not a straight line, but Father's Day must be confusing as all get out.

The Moynihan Report was certainty prescient.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Flying - A Great Hop To Saginaw Bay

Today the weather was, yet again, perfect.

How could I resist hopping in a plane under such perfect conditions?

I was even able to get a 3-hour block, rather than a 2, which was enough for the plan I had in mind. After all everyone wants to go to a body of water in summer to hang out, don't they?

I decided to fly to Saginaw Bay.

I did the preflight on Warrior N7930F and had the fuel tanks filled up, as they were under the tabs from the prior user.

I then got my takeoff clearance with a turn to the north approved.

It was a beautiful day to fly.

Simply gorgeous out.

20 miles from Saginaw, I got their ATIS and contacted Saginaw approach and was given a squawk code.

I almost asked if I got the call sign "Magnum" to go with that squawk code.

Sightseeing was in order. Basically I was told to stay at or under 3,500 and let them know when I wanted to come in to land with them. Since I had never landed at Saginaw before I figured I should give it a go.

First the sightseeing.

Saginaw Bay

Bay City with Bay City Airport where I landed the last time I was up here.

A drawbridge, and oh, what's this beside it, well, it is what I came to sight-see.

The USS Edson.

Its always fun flying over the USS Edson, even if the air was rather bumpy, making it difficult to get good shots.

After flying around for a bit more I then contacted Saginaw Approach and said I was ready to come land at Saginaw. KMBS is a Class D with a TRSA, so the procedures are rather similar to landing at a Class C airport. Talk to Approach first, then get passed to Tower, and then get cleared by the Tower to land.

I was heading 230 degrees and I was cleared for a straight-in Approach to Runway 23. Easy-Peasy. Saginaw's Runway 23 is an 8,000 foot runway. This was going to be fun.

Talk about your long runway. I was at a full stop before the first taxiway with a ton and a half more runway in front of me.

It then taxi'd back to Runway 23 to takeoff and head back.

To depart from Saginaw, I was given a VFR clearance from the tower and after I took off I was passed off from the tower and told to contact approach, which I did. Heading Back I received flight following and was passed off to Flint, and then got to pass through Flint's airspace at 4,500, quickly having to descend to 3,500 due to an aircraft that was heading my way and not communicating with Flint. Bad form, that.

As always, Saginaw and Flint's controllers were professional, helpful, and pretty darn cheerful which was nice.

Then, contacting Pontiac, they had me angle in for a right base entry to Runway 27R, and then requested I keep the base in very tight for other traffic. I did a very tight base and practically a power off 90, and did a perfectly smooth landing. They thanked me for my help and sent me over to ground. Then, taxi back to DCT and put the plane away and another simply awesome flight was complete.

2.0 Hours and 2 great landings.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Flying - Today's Quick Cross-Country To Charlotte

The weather could not have been nicer - not a cloud in the sky below 12,000 feet, light winds and unlimited visibility.

You know its good when you give the flight briefer your route and he's like: "Its a perfect day, do you want a standard or abbreviated, as you've got no issues."

I did the standard anyways and it confirmed that the day would be great and indeed have no issues.

Everyone else seemed to think it was a great day to fly too as every plane at DCT was in use.

I got to the airport a half hour before my scheudled flight and the plane came back so I made sure it was refueled and I did the preflight.

Given the quick time slot it would be a get to Charlotte, land and come right back kind of deal, otherwise I would have met with a few bloggers I know over there, but the availability issue made that impossible. Starting to see if any local flying clubs have openings as this limitation is getting kinda old real fast.

I took off from runway 9L and did a downwind departure to the west.

It was indeed a beautiful day for flying:

I climbed on up to 6,500 feet and headed to Charlotte.

On the way there I passed the Livingston/Howell Airport, and their CTAF was crazy busy with traffic, including many pilots chiding other pilots for not giving position reports, cutting people off, or otherwise. I was happy to be far above the craziness.

Then on past Mason airport, just inside the 50 nautical mile limit for a cross country so I flew on by.

Then on to Charlotte, where my first approach quite frankly sucked - too high and too fast, so I did a go round. I then did a landing, and then took off back to Pontiac.

Pontiac when I returned to it was hopping, with lots of planes in the pattern and coming and going.

Coming in from the west, I was perfectly lined up for the runways so they had me do a straight in approach to Runway 9R, the nice huge runway, which was very nice. This was because as I was landing, another Archer was doing a pattern for landing on 9L. We landed at the same time and both stopped at the Kilo taxiway to exit, so I got to cross Runway 9L behind him as he cleared it and taxi back to the flight school.

1.7 hours, 2 landings, and it was a great day to fly.