Tomatoes gone wild in WWII.

Finally a year on our farm and the production looks to be out of control.

My wife planted some kind of steroid-driven garden this year yielding a bumper crop of tomatoes, basil and strawberries. I think I’m finally going to get to stop taking my Metamucil.

The other day the eldest threw down some kickin’ Bruchetta featuring our crop. Hell I didn’t know that boy could make such a bang-up treat. They were GOOOOD!

I may have the youngest hoist the tomatoes above his head along the street and make some dough. Hey, times are tough! Which reminds me of electrical theory. What…electricity?. Have you reverted to smoking crack?

For many years now, I have been teaching electrical theory to college students desiring to obtain their airframe and powerplant (A&P) certificate. One of the requirements is for them to learn about electrical theory. That’s where I fit in. My background includes just a couple (20+) years of aircraft electrical/electronic systems repair working on sophisticated military war aircraft avionics systems. Along with my various other qualifications, someone decided that I was duly qualified to teach this stuff.

One of the learning objectives taught is about resistors. The color coding of old school resistors (still used) is a rhythmical remembering tool designed to remember the sequence. Without going into too much of the details, I’ll keep it as brief as possible. The tool goes like this, “Bad Boys Race Our Young Girls Behind Victory Garden Walls”. It stands for Black, Brown, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, Grey, White for the colors on the resistor. I never knew what a “Victory Garden” was until my mother told me a story just about a year ago. The story goes something like this. During the Second World War (WWII), America’s economy was terrible and all efforts went to support the war. Back home, due to the poor economy, families would plant “Victory Gardens” in hopes their loved ones would come home safe.

Now, almost every time I talk about that, or tell the story…like now; I get little choked up, because I too was a service member deploying for long periods away from my family. I never knew what a “Victory Garden” was; and, at the time I was in specialty school for the Navy and learning electrical theory, I used to substitute “Victory Garden” with “Valley Girl”, from the song made famous at the time by Moon Unit Zappa.        Who???       Jeez, how old am I?

Enough of that…just enjoy the great garden pictures, hug a service member,… and say thanks!


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