The Dreamlifter Oops

So…someone made a HUGE mistake last night.  And when I say huge, I am not kidding.  Let me explain.

Wichita has three airports.  Mid-Continent Airport, McConnell Air Force Base, and Jabara Airport.  There are certain planes that shouldn’t land at the two smaller airports (Mid-Continent and Jabara)…

Like a Boeing DreamLifter.  It’s a modified Dreamliner, and it freaking huge.  It needs a 9,000 ft runway to take off.   Jabara is only 6,100 ft long.

The pilots were trying to land at the Air Force Base but somehow ended up at Jabara.  Oops.

Here’s the whole story:

So this morning, I went over to Wichita to see if I could get some pictures.

And this afternoon, and I was headed out of ICT, I braved the traffic, and the cold, windy, rainy winter weather to see it take off.



My First Photo Contest

Um…well…it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  No excuse really, just haven’t gotten off my butt to type an entry.

One of my best friends came down to visit over the past weekend.  To most, that’s no big deal, except that Crystal and I have been planning trips to see each other for years, and something has happened EVERY TIME to keep us from getting together.  It’s like the Universe didn’t want to allow us in the same place at the same time for some insane reason.  Well…screw you, Universe!  We beat you this time!  The proof:

Crystal and Strider


On another topic, Little Balkan’s Days was going on in Pittsburg the same weekend Crystal visited.  One of the events happening was the Photo Contest.  Now, Mom was after me for YEARS to enter some of my photos in contests (for that matter, so was Aunt Judy), and I never really got around to it.  Partly because I was a bit lazy about it, and partly because I didn’t want to pay any entry fees.  Well, the LBD Photo Contest was free to enter, so I thought what the hell?  Why not?

So…here are the five photos I entered:

Tiger Buddha Taking Offerings of Dasani KOAM's Shorter Tower Switcher


And that photo that took First Place in the Animal category…

The Grumpy GorillaI am so thrilled!  My first contest, and one of my pictures won!!!  I think Mom would be so proud!!  I took this one when we went to the Sedgwick County Zoo a few years back for Mother’s Day.  Dad and I took Mom, and Chris and the kids took Steph and Carol.  It was such a fun day, and mom really had a blast.  I’m so glad one of the pictures I took with Mom won.


Okay…I’ve waited to post this picture because I wanted it to heal completely.  For those of you who knew her, you will recognize this as my mother’s signature, in her handwriting.  Surprisingly, getting this tattoo has helped me more than anything.  It’s nice, having it on my wrist, and being able to see it every day.

Jarred at Lucky Devil Tattoo in Wichita did an amazing job, and I will be going back there for future tattoos.


Did you ever get the feeling that if it wasn’t for a 3 inch thick pane of reinforced glass, you’d be lunch?

I did.

These pictures were taken at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita the day before I moved to Pittsburg.  The new Tiger exhibit had recently opened, and my mom and I were really wanting to see it.  I graduated from FHSU, and am proud to be a Tiger.  Mom and I both love them.  A whole huge group of us went.  Mom, Dad, and me, Amanda, Steph’s family, and two of the most well behaved toddlers to ever toddle this planet.  We all had a really good time.

And my personal favorite…

And I’m rather fond of this one.

Eastborough Park

So this little park is a slice of nature 20 feet away from Kellogg in Wichita.  It’s in a little town within Wichita called Eastborough.  It was a hard enough place to get to…all the streets in the little town are one-way streets.  You need to know your way around.  I took some of my favorite pictures here, and it was well worth the confusing streets to get them.

This last one is my favorite.  I didn’t even know I had it until I got home and was able to fully review all of my pictures.  I was focusing on the stick and didn’t even realize I had gotten the droplets.

The Big Giant Buddha

There’s a Buddhist Temple in Wichita that one of my best friends took me to one afternoon.  Since she’s in town visiting today, I’m going to post one of the photos I took there.  Meet the “Big Giant Buddha”.  the REALLY big Buddha.  I was torn between posting this picture, and posting a picture of the “Buddha Taking Offerings of Dasani”.  That one just made me smile.  Anyway, the Temple in Wichita is a an amazingly beautiful place, and people should really check it out.  And take a camera when you do.