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April 8, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Result of hard rock addiction

Space shuttle transport being visited by blimp. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted. ALL rights reserved

Looking around for a Tardis. Time warp. Which past?©

Oh, to endure the endless curiosity of the turtle-slow tourists and the daily smirking of the concrete addicted people movers. 905 must sigh at the absurdity. A giant towering among the…what are they again?

Perfect example of being high-tech not being enough. Hard to adapt as time passes, but Snoopy did.

Like a stray dog, MetLife airship Snoopy One (Is that an appropriate name or what in these days of security concerns?), wanders with never a dog house to call home.

Has to be content to tie up wherever the ground crew can arrange a spot. A gypsy life for blimp, pilots, and ground crew at least 50 weeks of the year.

Oh, the life of an airship.

Once valuable military lookouts, airships had high hopes of returning to civilian life after the wars as “family air yachts”. That didn’t fly too well. Hard to park, not to mention garage.

Now history’s relics have been repurposed as billboards, and marketing pieces.

Could be worse. Could be extinct.

Although full of hot air, bumbling, and slow to respond, blimps are still up in the air.

(Eerily similar to politicians. Both enjoy sporting events and being led around by the nose. They’ve avoided extinction, too…so far.)

Airship blimp and space shuttle exhibit. ALL rights reserved. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted

“Hey, 905. Playing hide and seek?”©

Recently, Snoopy One swooped by Space Center Houston/JSC to buzz NASA Space Shuttle Transport (The little mock shuttle on top was silent – always shy around those who actually fly).

Snoopy One sighed at all the lush landscaping of the Space Shuttle Transport’s retirement home  – and all the kids visiting.

But 905 just smiled – like the Mona Lisa.

“Stay aloft as long as  you can,” NASA 905 advised. “All these zippy little gasoline engine earth shuttles are as annoying as fleas on a sleeping dog.”

Snoopy grinned on the wind current like surfer seeing the perfect wave.

“Can’t see you flying and dragging a commercial banner around behind you. Maybe retiring to public service isn’t such a bad idea. Better than an amusement park jungle gym and slide.

Sooner or later, people will give up gravity hugging on this rock.”

Auto reverse. Into sky go.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

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“How’s it going down there? Looks like you’re going green”©

 

14 Comments

  1. shoreacres / Apr 8 2016 6:53 am

    Snoopy passed so low over Lakewood earlier this week, I could see all the gizmos hanging off the bottom. There’s no mistaking that distant whirr, and it’s such fun to see it overhead. It’s always a kick to see the tether hanging down, too — as though it’s escaped.

    Do they still have the one that had the flashing, lighted sign along the side? That was cool, too. Every time I pass the old blimp base in LaMarque, I smile at how War of the Worlds it looks.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 8 2016 7:02 am

      Blimps always look like sluggish dogs wandering off…slowly to keep anyone from noticing… and dragging their leashes. Such fun.
      We used to live very near the Goodyear Blimp base/blimp barn ( before they moved out and sold the land to developers). They definitely make a distinctive sound. Sometimes in strong winds before a storm the Goodyear blimp would be trying to struggle by home – not much over tree top level. And we’d all say “Pedal faster. Pedal faster.” Each year the elementary school would auction off a blimp ride at the Halloween (it was called that back then) Carnival. Always dreamed of that. Even watching it take off or slowly sink to a landing/leash capture was entertaining. Dreams made lighter than air. You are right – blimps are very H.G. Wells. Thanks for floating that comment this way

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  2. easyweimaraner / Apr 8 2016 6:55 am

    I once caused a traffic jam witch touching the guarding rail while watching such an airship… the police guy laughed and said ” 64″ … that means they had 64 accidents within a month because of a darned airship of a brewery… hope Snoopy will not cause the same mischief like the booze-airship :o)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 8 2016 7:10 am

      Oh, a booze-airship! Certainly out to cause trouble. HA HA.
      Got a chuckle at the police guy’s remark. We could always tell the tourists/newcomers on I45 Gulf fwy during the period when NASA was very active. There were always NASA pilots getting in their flight time in sleek jets right over head, the Blue Angel planes, all sorts of military planes and helicopters of all sizes and shapes – even the Space shuttle on the transport coming in for a night at the Ellington. People would flat stop dead in the center of the freeway and gawk when they came over. I used to shoot photo’s out the sun roof. Amazing sights…but the driver had to keep moving and play dodge cars. Glad you only bumped when you blimped, Easy. Thanks for tethering a comment here

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Apr 8 2016 7:24 am

    We rarely see blimps around here and it’s just in the summer. Whatever happened to Goodyear? Probably went the way of the model Ts.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 8 2016 8:30 am

      The Goodyear blimps are still around – although the newest is actually a semi-rigid airship. The whole fleet is being modernized. They live in California, Ohio, and Florida. You can catch up with them here:http://www.goodyearblimp.com/
      So it looks like you are right. The old fashion blimps are feeling deflated by the newest construction, materials, and technology. While slimmer, they still will float seemingly effortlessly above. Thanks for adding a modernizing comment

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  4. betterphotos4you / Apr 8 2016 7:38 am

    GREAT Post Alan, love the information, and, YES, The blimp can be a tool for many projects, sure parking, and ground crews “Many” A must, Maybe they will figure a way to make them smaller, more efficient, and easily deflatable so Storage is not an Issue , Maybe a collapsible Frame, within the balloon itself, 99 Luftballons .
    Imagine these craft becoming Economical and worthy, for transportation, what a wonderful world, That would be–Thank again for Ideas,, Hopes, and a little giggle Daily , Dry Humour is much Fun

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 8 2016 8:32 am

      Yes, could be a much a wonder as Jetsons…but you know there will always be the hot rodders – just ones overhead driving law enforcement nuts…can you imagine a really really slow police chase? HA HA. Thanks for flying over to chat

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  5. Paul / Apr 8 2016 8:11 am

    Ha! A lot of fun -bopping around in the sky for most of the year. The world of specialty advertising is one of many obstacles and dangers. Beth over at “I Didn’t Have My Glasses On” did a fun post on the Oscar Meyer wiener car today https://ididnthavemyglasseson.com/2016/04/08/hot-dog-with-condiments/

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 8 2016 8:23 am

      Beth always has such fun stuff flying around there. This weekend is the Art Car Parade and as a result lots of unique vehicles driving the streets – the Planter’s Peanutmobile looks a lot like the wierner car with moon craters.
      Having lived near the Goodyear blimp base/blimp house for years we learned to appreciate the pilots’ skill – those big bloated things are quite tricky to handle in this area with all the storms, lightning, and winds. Rather like herding a manatee? Thanks for tethering that link here!

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  6. Ally Bean / Apr 8 2016 9:01 am

    We see the Goodyear blimp often in the fall during NFL season. Then occasionally during MLB season. I never knew the differences among all of these airships, so the first link is most helpful. I’d love to see a deflated blimp someday. My guess is that it’d look like those Macy Thanksgiving Day Balloons, before they go on parade.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 8 2016 11:17 am

      Now that’s a funny thought: deflating a blimp – like an elephant with ever increasing wrinkled knees or Shar Pei puppy flopping around. thanks for unfolding that idea!

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  7. Larissa Thomson / Apr 8 2016 1:46 pm

    Awesome! They’re truly amazing, aren’t they?
    There’s a fabulous air museum in Tillamook, Oregon http://www.tillamookair.com that was built in 1942 to house the dirigibles. The size of the hangar is mind-blowing!
    Thanks as always for another interesting post!!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 11 2016 11:44 am

      FLight museums are always fascinating. One with the Jumbo “elephants of the sky” must be amazing. Thanks for flying in with that link!

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