Welp, the America’s Cup races certainly didn’t end as I expected. In the longest cup series in recorded history Team Oracle USA pulled off the biggest comeback I have ever seen in my entire life. Well, good for them I suppose, although I do not see it as a victory for America. I see it as a victory for Larry Ellison and the international crew of that vessel. Even the English crowed about this victory a little because of the English tactician added to the team midway through the thing.
Anyway, boo hoo for me, back to the air races.
There is an older fellow who I always meet at the races. Jim Seip, he runs a business called The Pilots Cross. He doesn’t seem to have any Internet presence or else I would give him some free advertising. He makes some of the coolest jewelry I have ever seen. I used to make jewelry, though nothing that involved melting metal.
The last time we talked I mentioned that there was a custom piece that I wanted his opinion on. It’s from the Futurama movie Bender’s Big Score, near the end Bender is awarded a medal for exemplary deception in the face of the enemy. The Dirty Double Cross. Which I firmly believe it or a variation should be a real award in all nations intelligence organizations. Perhaps it is, perhaps the dirty double cross is one of those awards that I hear are awarded to CIA agents that said agents are not allowed to take home.
Anyway I showed Jim the screen cap pictured above and he really liked it. All I asked was that it have no hands making a V sign, I find that symbol being entirely too Nixonian, entirely too reminiscent of the writers of Futurama’s unhealthy obsession with tricky dick. Their monomania over Nixon comes across as an excellent example of some people’s determination to go back and refight battles that were won or lost long ago.
Jim said that it could be made, he suggested blue diamonds for the center stone. I suggested Tanzanite because I think the center stone looks more purple than blue, and because Tanzanite, while it is cheaper than diamond. Is actually significantly rarer. In any case the jeweler stated that he really wanted to make this for me, and offered me an attractive discount if I supplied the gold for it.
Much as I would like something like this I simply don’t have the money for it and it would be little more than a personal inside joke. What say you? Who among those that read this blog wants the ultimate piece of Futurama swag?
(Side note, if there are any jewelers out there who can make this in silver, or perhaps in a half sized form please leave a comment with a price quote.)
Also the feens aren’t the only ones who have buttons. I got this lovely “air racing is not a crime” button from the Wasabi air racing team.
Shown with some other items for size comparison.
Besides the jewelry, the guns for sale, and the absolutely mind boggling horsepower there was some other odd phenomena at the races. Of particular note is the patriots jet team.
When the government decides to go off and drown itself in a bathtub more things like this will emerge. Despite what some budget hawks and pissy socialists say there is a market demand for having demonstration teams of high performance jet aircraft.
Finally we come to the really odd stuff, there is nothing on earth like watching a radial engined noisemaker like this AT-6 doing victory donuts after winning the AT-6 gold race.
Or seeing an air show routine which is made to appear like a man is trying to kill himself in a very expensive way.
Are these planes too far away for your taste?
How about now?