Happy Birthday, Marines!


I post this every year, and I still enjoy it…
original poster from: stores.ebay.com/WONDERFULART


I’m not a book reviewer but when I read one I want to share I’ll tell you about it. 

This is one for a small audience, those who are space junkies who don’t know a ton about the U.S. Mir space missions. It’s very well written and well sourced, the author having gotten a lot of access to NASA and Mir astronauts  and the myriad people who support them. 

I’m told by a friend who’s briefly mentioned in the book that the author began as a rah-rah angle but soured on NASA and that probably explains the more than warts and all presentation.  It’s not a hatchet job but it’s not a recruiting too either. It reads quickly, and the quirks of astronauts of both countries are very interestingly laid out. 

Oh, did I mention they had both a fire and a rapid decompression while NASA was aboard?

Well written, reads well. Recommended. 


Happy Birthday Dad!

Thanks for not killing me all those years ago.


I read blogs were dead the other day

And then forgot to check this one.

It’s not dead, it’s just being left fallow. You have my apologies.

It’s fallow as I’m in one of those weird career places, where I’m doing just enough interesting things that are fun but that I cannot talk about, and so rather than screw up I self-censor. Long-form blogging isn’t dead for me, but now really isn’t the time.



Happy Birthday to my brudder, and a niece!

a reprise…

For my little brother (who’s taller and smarter than me, thank goodness I’m better looking):

He’s a touch older than in this picture (he was the lead mechanical engineer making this thing fly, in one year):

The Aerospace Genius and one of his creations.

The Aerospace Genius and one of his creations.


And, to my niece Annie! I have no pics of her with an airplane, but when I get one, I’ll keep it for her next birthday.

Happy Birthday, Marines!


I post this every year, and I still enjoy it…
original poster from: stores.ebay.com/WONDERFULART

Happy 239th Birthday US Navy

Here’s to all those in the Sea Services. There’s a nice writeup on Navy history at Military.com.

GruntDoc’s blog turns 12

12 years ago I was in Midland, Texas. At the urging of my still good friend Rick I started a blog that’s been continuous since then. Not terribly interesting or well maintained, but it has staying power.

It has survived a series of moves to Fort Worth, the new job (also going on 12 years), children graduating college, grad schools (one mine), two grandkids, about 10 cars (family wide), my getting older and maybe a touch wiser, some professional advancement, two marriages (kids)(My kids marrying others, weirdos), a tractor, about a zillion in home improvement, a about that many ER shifts.

It’s been a pleasure to share a tiny slice of it with you. The days of a lot of blog followers are over (not writing regularly will do that), but I appreciate most of the comments and everyone who reads this missive.




Resuscitation 2014

As you read this, I’m winging to sunny Las Vegas for the Resuscitation-2014 conference.

Not only is it going to be a first-class conference, I and a fantastic team organized by Haney Mallemat (twitter @CriticalCareNow ) will be live-tweeting the lectures, #Resus14.

Full disclosure: I got my conference fee comped to come and twitter. Joke’s on them, I twitter all the conferences I go to for free, so this is a bonus. Therefore, my timeline is likely to explode on twitter.

Hope you enjoy it!

This is why the War on Squirrels started


My new ER, in a video

It’s really well done.

Tesla’s Waco Supercharger

Visited this the second week of February, 2014.

8 stations, all empty when I was there:
Waco supercharging stations

Parking was marked as ’60 minute’; is this at all the superchargers?
Tesla 60 minute parking
If that’s not the norm, I suspect it’s because there’s a hotel immediately behind the supercharger, and there’s some concern someone would plug-in and then turn-in.

It’s at the Collin Street Bakery which was clean, had nice bathrooms, many food choices, and cheap coffee. Also, fruitcakes.
Collin Street Bakery

Free WiFi at this one, done in a low-tech fashion:
Collin Street free wifi

Not a bad location!

Grandpa’s little dentist


Joy to The World, USAF Band style, at the Smithsonian

Pearl Harbor

If you meet a Pearl Harbor vet, thank ’em. They’re pretty rare (an 18 year old then would be 94 now…).

Thanks to our Pearl Harbor vets.