El Cajon Carjacking?
2015-12-10 Following the drama
Little Black Soaring
El Cajon Carjacking?
Under the Bridge
Does drama follow everyone like this? Thankfully, in this case, the drama
wasn't on James who's story is below in the
pictures. We did have some, but it was far less dramatic.
Our drama was expensive but with no threat of bullet holes. We got to
the airport, Ubered to where the motorhome was stored, and soon realized
this wasn't where it was stored. Bummer. Thankfully, it was within
walking distance. That wasn't the expensive part. After settling in we
went to start the generator which fired up, shut down, and puked out an
error code of "short
circuit." Uh oh. Several resets and attempts later we recognized
the smell of toast and threw ourselves on the mercy of South Coast RV Repair in Chula Vista. We were
happy they could take us in on short notice.
The generator came out and the definition of "about an hour" began stretching. We
waited one entire day there and a half of another hoping to get it
repaired and reinstalled. As I write this there is still no generator on
board and we're on our way there. It's why we're leaving the Enterprise
in San Diego instead of Tucson.
Phil Russman & Jeff Hamann
I can't begin thanking these guys enough for being such gracious
Among many other things Jeff came to the rescue when generator woes
defecated on our plans and Phil put together a motor gathering and
several soaring excursions
including Tim's first real soaring flight. Jeff got us on a couple
of really cool motor flights. We also got to stay at Jeff's place. Wow.
Jamy Ian Swiss & Solving Humanity's Problems
Another passion of mine is to see humanity embrace an evidence-based
approach to its problems. We must be critical thinkers, people
who realize that knowledge is provisional, that it comes in degrees
certainty and must be based on sound, empirical evidence. What passes
for "evidence" varies from worthless to robust. And we will
get the wrong answers if we can't tell the difference.
If a claim is made it's veracity must be based on the strength
of quality and supporting evidence. Much "evidence" is
really very weak. Stories, for example, are terribly weak evidence. We're all biased
and those who are seriously looking for knowledge realize that and work
hard to control it. Stories and observations are a great START to
knowledge but are frequently wrong. It's interesting how many initial
scientific studies, when more and better evidence is dug up, turn out to
People who embrace this view are "Skeptics" meaning they're skeptical
of claims without sound evidence. It's not saying the claims are wrong,
it's saying they need to be supported. If you say that paramotors
run way cooler using Zonzer Oil then a skeptic would say "cool, how did
you test it because that's a big claim." Strong claims require strong
evidence. We should seek quality tests with controls to be sure it's
the oil making the difference and not some other factor.
This is how we know things with high degrees of certainty. Both Tim
and I am are like that. We realize that knowledge is important, that
starting with a sound foundation of understanding is how we make
progress in whatever endeavor we take on as humans. Whether it be
paramotoring or politics.
Jamy is an extremely talented magician who has dedicated much of his
energy to exposing charlatans who take advantage of people who are NOT
skeptical, and who believe things without sound evidence. Mostly,
though, he is fun to be around, but he is an inspiration to our hopes to
see the world become a better place for more people. We're easily
fooled. Really easily fooled and magician's are well poised to see the
deceptions that science types can easily miss. We really appreciate his
and other's efforts at making the world a slightly more rational place
Enough on knowledge. On to pictures!
The view from Jeff's place.
Tim Kaiser & Jeff Hamann with Gillespie airport and that incredible
Just driving down the driveway was pretty.
James is, among other things, a gardener who helps Jeff Hamann
maintain his extraordinary collection of Cactus and a other plants. He
was there when I sauntered out of the Enterprise to enjoy morning's
light and he began showing me around. Super nice guy and very
knowledgeable about the many green things.
Afterwards James went to run an errand. While Tim & I were inside
eating breakfast, James called Jeff's wife to explain that he would be
late. While driving through an intersection the car behind him got hit
by another car that was being pursued by several police cars. The crook
jumped out of the wrecked car and tried to get in James' car but it was
locked and he took off on foot. Soon after the police captured the guy
and started questioning James to document the whole affair.
James getting his picture taken for the second time today.
Jeff has become a great photographer from his paramotor and showed me
one of his innovations to help make it easier. This attachment,
fashioned out of aluminum, makes it easier to hold the camera and take
pictures with a free hand.
After dinner, Jamy, Tim and I went to Hamilton's bar in San Diego.
The ceiling was chocked full of tap handles to a gazillion different
beers. If I drank this would be a great place to visit.
Jamy Ian Swiss is, besides just being fun to hang with, a talented
magician and leader in the "skeptics" movement. These are people who
realize that reliable knowledge comes from sound evidence and charlatans
run amok using misinformation and other methods to ill gains.
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