Boys Will Be Boys – My 4th Annual 50th Birthday Party

Seven rockets, three guys

Seven rockets, three guys

Another year, another party. In the big scheme of things, this is as good as it gets. The day we aren’t celebrating will be a sad day! Also another photo a day, this time for the 22nd of January.

My last birthday report was 2 years ago. You can visit it here. I’m not sure exactly what happened to last year;  we had the party but I guess for some reason I didn’t put any images of our “outdoor fun”.  Four years ago we first headed outdoors with rockets and such; visit You Only Turn 50 Once for a full report.

Well, here we are, my 4th annual 50th birthday party. Twenty some great friends descended on our house from close and afar for the usual good food, fantastic entertainment and a few of us really want to believe — to watch us launch our rockets once again. Boys will be boys, at least that’s the case for Lawrence, Tom and me.  Check us out in the photo at the left, — seven rockets and three crazy guys acting like kids. Now this is fun! I must note that we have gone 1,400 days without rocket related injury, not a bad record! Also note the size of some of the rockets; they appear to be getting larger. Presently,  I have my eye on a used Titan II for next year but I’m wondering whether I would be allowed to bring it across the border.

My 50th birthday shirt. We were wondering where to add the 3 years?

Most of our flights this year were successful although at present we have 3 rockets hanging from trees. Hopefully a good wind will come through the valley soon. Tom’s largest rocket, “Titanic” had a few issues and came within feet of hitting my neighbor’s 57 Chevy. After I shot the photograph, I couldn’t help but think about the Cuban Missile Crisis. It certainly made for an interesting photo.

From past lessons learned, we installed flashing LED lights on the rockets and did our usual night launches. We have noticed our success rate drops dramatically with these, not with the launches but with the recoveries. It does make for pretty cool photographs however. My night images are shot with the 10.5mm Nikon fisheye so we get the whole projectile curve of the rocket as it climbs.

Titanic takes off

Titanic takes off

and lands next to a 57 Chevy

and lands next to a 57 Chevy

Space Ship One takes to the skies... beware!

Space Ship One takes to the skies... beware!

Night launch from the Cowichan Spaceport

Night launch from the Cowichan Spaceport

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2 Responses to “Boys Will Be Boys – My 4th Annual 50th Birthday Party”

  1. Lynn Wiles says:

    Happy (now belated) 50th birthday (again), wondering if you will have a 10th annual 50th or will that be the start of annual 60th birthdays? Won’t comment on boys with their rockets.

  2. kevin says:

    Best not to comment about the rockets! I’m thinking I’ll stay fifty for another 10 years or so. I spent about 12 years being 26 but had to move on as my hair began to grey.

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