Come in at 10 AM

Unlike Chuck or the majority of the working population, I don’t have to show up at work at any particular time. Ah, the joys of being self-employed! On the other hand, if I start working late, the workload stays the same, so I only end up working later or pushing stuff along to the next days or weeks. The fact that I have a hard time fitting my to-do-list on an A4 sized piece of paper seems to indicate that I should start working earlier more often.

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3 comments on “Come in at 10 AM
  1. Martian says:

    Sorry for the off-topic, but I am currently spending holiday on the Greek island Thassos and today there was a huge forest fire in the hills, just a few kilometers from where I am. An immense effort was put in to fight this fire and for the first time I was unlucky enough to see it first-hand. Regarding aerial force, as far as I was able to see, there were 5 Canadair CL-215, at least 3 (but likely 4) CH-47D Chinook, 1 Sikorsky Skycrane (739) and one Kamov Ka-27 (or similar version). Also there was one support helicopter that from distance looked like current EC135/145 and two white(ish) airplanes that flew in formation but were to far away for me to identify.
    A huge THANK YOU to all men and women who fought fire today from ground and above our heads for taming the fire inferno from spreading further!
    One question for Mike, of course – was that you today flying above my head, or some of your colleagues? I have several photos taken from Scala Rachoniou that are not too bad and I can share.

  2. mike says:

    Hello Martian,
    No, that was not me. My tank number this summer here in Greece is 748. We are the furthest away from that island so they sent the two Athens machines and our machine was sent to backfill for Athens in the meantime…
    The support helicopter you saw is an EC135 and the two white planes are Dromader SEATs (single engine air tankers)…
    Pretty cool show, huh?! 😉
    If you were in Skala Rachoniou they must have flown directly over you on their way to get water. Feel free to share away anyways…

  3. Martian says:

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the answer! Indeed – what a display of flying skills! 747 joined 739 above Rachoni the next day. At times, there were 4 Canadairs, 2 Skycranes and 3 Chinooks, all working on the same patch and still the fire would not go out. As far as I was able to see, Skycranes are much more effective than Chinooks and Kamov. They carry more water, are faster (they did at least 3 runs for every 2 the other two did), more agile (maybe it is just airmanship, but it appeared Skycranes got much closer to the actual fire and made more precise drops) and don’t need to drop all of watar at once but in several drops.

    As soon as I am back home, I will send some photos worth sharing 🙂

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