Air-Minded: Puttin’ on the Hustle

If my fighter pilot friends are wondering about me after my earlier post on the F-101B Voodoo air defense interceptor, they’ll surely think I’ve lost my grip now, fetishizing over—of all things—a bomber.

B-58A Hustler with weapons (photo: USAF)

You have to admit, the B-58 Hustler was a mean machine, IMO the coolest bomber […]


Mystery Cult Pin

Mystery pin

The pin (left) came on the Cultie’s keychain. I’m trying to figure out whether it’s Ducati-related or if I can throw it away. It reminds me of the pin I use to release the slide on my 9mm pistol when I want to clean it. Any Ducati experts out there? I tried […]


Leave Sally Alone!

Several famous people have died recently, but astronaut Sally Ride’s death weighs on me more than the others. It’s not just that she was cheated of her threescore and ten, it’s that she was younger than me. When you reach a certain age, that becomes a comparative yardstick, and a gloomy one.

I, like pretty […]



I apologize for the Paul’s Thing blackout yesterday. It was a bandwidth issue. Monday and Tuesday, there was a huge spike in bandwidth usage and went down. I traced the problem to one of my other blogs, where there’s a large downloadable file someone or something was downloading over and over. Not sure if […]


Sunday Shopping Bag

A shopping bag seems appropriate for this update, because I have in fact been shopping: for used motorcycle parts, raspberry iced tea, a pair of moccasins, a wifi range extender … The smell of consumer lust permeates Casa Paul.

These days I do most of my shopping online, mainly through Amazon and eBay. I used […]


You Can’t Read That!

You Can’t Read That! is a periodic post featuring news about banned and challenged books.


At least one Tucson Unified School District supervisor is embarrassed by the national and international furor over book-banning. The funny thing is that he’s one of the persons responsible.

Meanwhile, activists continue to push back. It’s […]


Project Bike Update

The Ducati lives again: new brakes, battery, and tires; carburetors fixed; lots of small but essential parts replaced. I picked it up yesterday morning.

I would have ridden it home if it had plates

I rode it around the neighborhood yesterday afternoon. The frame is small and the riding position too sporty for a […]


Morning on the Mountain

Mount Lemon, that would be, just a 26-mile ride from my home at the base of the Santa Catalinas in northeast Tucson.

We finally had a good monsoon rainstorm yesterday, and when I woke up this morning the sky was still overcast. I decided to get the Goldwing ready for a ride anyway, and that […]