MY TIME and
the summer of 1999, I decided to put a water garden/fish pond in the
backyard. In the afternoons and
weekends over a course of 3 weeks, I dug and removed enough dirt to fill up the
160ft x 5ft x 1ft garden beds. That
worked out to be about 800 cubic feet, using only ax picks, shovels and
wheel-barrows (well, my neighbor let me use his hand tiller to break up the
soil!). Fortunately, in this area of Nebraska it is all soft clay underneath
the top soil. The pond dimensions
came out to be approximately 15ft x 20ft (irregular) with plant shelves. The depth varies from 18 inches to 44
inches at the deepest end. I lined
it up with rubber roofing material (EPDM) to hold approximately 4,500 gallons
of water pond1. I also constructed a smaller upper pond
as a reservoir to provide biological filtering for the main pond pond2.
The upper pond is 4ft x 8ft x 2ft and connects to the main pond via a
cascade water fall/stream that is about 14ft long and 3ft wide pond3. The
elevation between the two ponds is just above 2ft. I also lined the upper pond and the cascade/stream with EPDM
rubber material and figured that they hold about 480 gallons and 300 gallons of
water, respectively. So the whole
thing comes out to be about 5,300 gallons altogether and has about 30 small koi
and gold fish (1 inch to 8 inches).
A water pump rated at about 2800 gallons per hour circulates the water
from the main pond to the upper pond (via 40ft of 2-inch irrigation pipe) where
the water returns via the cascade pond4.
For winter survival, I built a makeshift holding tank in the basement
and moved the fish inside just before the first snow. The pond froze over after
the first snow storm in mid-December 1999. I accidentally left a couple gold fish in the pond and they
did not make it through the winter, even though I had kept an opening in the
ice with an air stone. I would
like to find out what happened to them because I plan to leave the fish in the
pond next year: everyone kept
telling me that the pond is deep enough for the fish to survive the winter
outside. Here is another shot of what I have near the end of winter 2000 (all
the snow and ice were gone): pond5. I still need to complete the edging
around the main pond and to hook up the electricity, among many other things.
I belong to the 5-member Low Gravy Flying club that owns
this little four-seat airplane. We
fly out of Millard municipal airport here in Omaha, Nebraska. I love flying here in the Midwest over
the open plain. It is a lot more
enjoyable than the congested air space over the Los Angeles area where I first
got my private pilot license back in 1985 (at Hawthorne airport). Here are some pictures of this
venerable airplane: cessna1,
cessna2, cessna3. The club plus its airplane offer
an inexpensive way to fly. This
aircraft is fully IFR-equipped which makes it very nice, because I would like
to get the instrument rating eventually.
Here are a couple shots of an experimental airplane inside a nearby
hangar that caught my eyes: kr1. A home-built airplane such as the
tandem wing Dragonfly
would make a great project one of these days!
received my Novice license in 1976 in Tahlequah, OK, and earned my Extra in
1978 (my call-sign is NO5T). I
have not been very active for many years (still have the Kenwood TS-520S
transceiver that I purchased in 1979!).
When I joined the CEEN department of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
in 1996 here in Omaha, a student and I reapplied for the station license for
the university (UNO) amateur radio club.
Records show that UNO ham radio club used to be quite active back in the
70s. We still have a line of old,
but working equipment. As a
license trustee for the club, I hope to get it active again with the students
when we move to the new Peter Kiewit Institute building.
first learned to play this wonderful instrument in Da Nang, Viet Nam. My instructor was from the National
College of Music in Hue, Viet Nam.
He used Method de Guitar by Ferdinando Carulli (French edition) to teach
his students. One of my favorite
songs is Romance (Anonymous) that got me hooked when I first heard it played by
a friend many years ago. Another
favorite of mine is Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (J.S. Bach). My instrument is a Yamaha Grand. Here are some classical guitar links http://members.xoom.com/osolemio/, http://www.smcc.cc.ms.us/faculty/mww
instrument that I learned to play back in Da Nang was the harmonica (it fits in
a pocket and travels well, especially for hiking and camping!) I also love to indulge in playing
competitive games of Chineese chess http://xiangqi.com
reading Chineese kung-fu fictions and selected Vietnamese poetry Tran Trung Dao. I enjoy
playing tennis and snow sports (skiing and snow boarding). Recently, I started to mess around with
an old 1973 Jaguar E-type OTS.
This classic cat came to me in the summer of 1999 by ways of St. Paul,
MN and Miami, FL. It is a driver Picture1, Picture2 (taken at the home of the previous owner in MN) with
about 50,000 miles on the original, purring V-12 engine. This OTS is a solid candidate for a
restoration project if and when I have time (and lots of spared changes!). As is, it is a very fun car to drive
around and sure to be an attention getter, as long as I can just keep