The Happy Hooker

 Posted by at 12:25 am  Nick's Blog
Jan 252015
 

It rained much of Friday night but by yesterday the storm had moved out and we awoke to blue sky. It was chilly, with the high in the low 50s, but otherwise a nice day. A good day for flying.

About noon we went to Travis and Geli’s house, because now that I have my son hooked on flying remote control drones, I wanted to introduce him to kite flying. Geli is an in-home hospice care nurse and she is on call this weekend and she had been called out in the morning, but she arrived back home soon after we got there.

One of the best things about Tuscaloosa is Munny Sokol Park, which is actually two parks spread out over 325 acres that includes hiking trails, a playground, four lighted adult softball fields, two lighted youth softball fields, two lighted multi-purpose soccer/football fields, and a multipurpose arena. The park also has a community garden area, where citizens can rent a plot to grow their own vegetables. Travis and Geli are vegans (yeah, I don’t understand it either) and have a couple of garden plots there.

We decided to take the UDI U818A quadcopter and see how it flew in a wide open space, and it did quite well until we had drained the two batteries we had. When I order my new drone next week, I plan to order a few extra batteries, since flying time is only a few minutes on each one. Fortunately, they are inexpensive and rechargeable, so with half a dozen on hand you can get some decent flying time in.

The second battery went dead just as a bunch of kids showed up for a soccer game on the field we were flying in so we drove to another field in the park and I took out my Prism Snapshot 1.9 speed foil. There wasn’t much wind, no more than about 6 – 8 miles per hour, with an occasional gust. We managed to get the kite up in the air a few times, and the occasional stiff gust pulled just enough to give Travis an idea of the potential of the kite on a good windy day. Today the forecast is for winds in the 12 mile per hour range, with gusts to 22. That’s about perfect, so we’ll try it again. If we do have that kind of wind, I predict that by the end of the day Travis will be hooked on kite flying, too.

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  3 Responses to “The Happy Hooker”

  1. just had to respond, what another toy for you, you are going to need a trailer to haul your toys around soon. Getting excited since the days are drawing near when you will be here to visit us, we have a great big open field for you to fly your kite and drone, Mike also has one of those fancy kites like you have maybe he will finally get it out of storage.

  2. I have to admit i was wondering how you were going to tie the story with the heading “The Happy Hooker” – cute 🙂

  3. Hi nick Love to read all your story’s & all the fun you have with your toy’s , and
    a answer to your E-Mail Yes we will be home please call went the two of you get
    here and God Bless & drive safe .

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