I visited the Stone Clinic

I visited the Stone Clinic today. Dr. Stone is doing some pioneering research to help patients with osteoarthritis of the knees and those with sports injuries. It’s a very impressive opeartion and I would recommend anyone looking for a good surgeon for knee/elbow injuries or arthritis to check out their web site.

Microsoft is buying me a

A picture named tabletpc.jpgMicrosoft is buying me a Toshiba Tablet PC. I can’t discuss the specific model or details since this one hasn’t officially been announced yet. I’ll post more info on what I’m getting after the Nov. 7th launch. For more info, take a look at the stories I’ve linked to below…

I got new wheels and

A picture named small_wheel.jpgI got new wheels and tires for my G500 a couple of weeks ago. They are AMG Style I wheels from the European G55 AMG. They are 18″ x 8.5″ wheels and are wearing Yokohama AVS S/T 285/55R18 tires. They look really good, do not compromise the off-road capbilities of the vehicle, and provide much better grip and handling on-road. In addition, I had a wireless tire pressure monitoring system installed. It is manufactured by SmartTire and is excellent! It even includes a nice LCD display on my dash that displays the pressure and temp of each tire and has customized alarms for various low pressure situations.

This past weekend (Oct 27th)

This past weekend (Oct 27th) I had two aborted landings at LHR on a BA 777-200 (flight 106 from DXB to LHR).
We got caught in the gales which affected the region. The first approach was pretty bumpy…the worst I’ve ever been in. About 30ft off the runway we got hit by a 90mph gust that nearly burried the right wing into the ground. 180,000lbs of thrust and a few seconds later and we were back up at 4,000 ft. Several passengers got sick from that roller coaster.
We went around for another attempt but the pilot gave up at about 500 ft and we ended up diverting to Stansted. As some of you know, they ended up closing LHR and canceling about 70 BA flights that day. Cabin crew did an excellent job looking after the passengers and everyone cheered once we were on the ground. Funny thing is that even when parked on the ground, the plane was being shaken quite a bit by the wind. Made it hard to walk around…almost like being in turbulence.
That was the closest I’ve come (that I know of) to an accident in the air. I had a window seat overlooking the wing and I was pretty concerned.