Author Archives: Tosh McIntosh

My Best-Ever Home Repair Job

If the title of this post is black and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header and continue reading. My brother and I have a long-standing tradition of dealing with the “McIntosh Brother’s Pandora’s Box” Syndrome. We believe that Pandora has dedicated her life to making one of us miserable whenever we try to fix or improve something around the house. So when one of us is contemplating a difficult project that might potentially be troublesome, we call up the other and suggest that he begin something simple that will distract Pandora long … Continue reading

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Best Intentions and Speed Bumps

If the title of this post is black and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header and continue reading. When making the decision to begin a series of mystery-thrillers about a National Transportation Safety Board aviation accident investigator and his metamorphosis into a private crash detective, I had no clue about how hard writing the second book was going to be. During the time that some of my fellow writers have completed more than one novel, I’ve been beating my head against the twin brick walls of plot and characterization in a frustrating … Continue reading

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Asiana 214 – A View Into the Cockpit

If the title of this post is black and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header and continue reading. Header image credit: Justin Sullivan via aviationweek.com On May 27, 1977, a collision between a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 747 and a Pan American Airways 747 entered the record as the deadliest tragedy in the history of aviation. And to call it an accident, which we commonly do, is a gross misrepresentation of what happened. The primary cause was a classic case of pilot error in which the KLM Captain ignored the cautions from … Continue reading

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The Anniversary Gift That Backfired

If the title of this post is black and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header and continue reading. Pocket Stun Gun, a Great Gift for the Wife This account is supposedly true. If not, it should be as a testimony to the difficulty men have in picking out the perfect gifts for their wives. Here it is: Last weekend I saw something at Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What … Continue reading

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Why Men Are Seldom Depressed

Men are just happier people. What else would you expect from such simple creatures? Image credit: crackskullbob.squarespace.com Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don’t have to stop and think of which way to … Continue reading

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The Pointy End of the Sword Gets Duller

An ex-USAF pilot friend of mine sent me this with an introduction from the personal experience of the Operations Officer of an F-22 squadron, who said a couple of years ago that he had more airplanes than pilots, and most of his pilots were leaving when their commitment was up. Their primary reasons for return to civilian life were being overworked and having to put up with a constant barrage of nit-picking requirements that have nothing to do with being at the pointy end of the sword in the cockpit of an F-22. I don’t have the time or inclination … Continue reading

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Fighter Pilot’s Retirement Home

If the title of this post is black and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header. To say that I miss the days of strapping into the F-4 Phantom cockpit is an understatement in the extreme. To say that I could climb in one today and feel at home again is probably an overstatement in the extreme, although I’ll never admit it. But the truth of the matter is that you never shed the effects once it’s in your blood, and here are two images to prove the point.

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Mind-Blowing Photoshop Skills

If the title of this post is black and/or you see the fighter pilot header, click on the title to view the featured image header and continue reading. In the summer of 2011 I opened up a copy of Photoshop Elements 8 for the first time. I’d received it bundled with a scanner, and plans to indie publish my novel without going deep into the negative side of the balance sheet dictated that I explore the possibility of designing my own cover. That effort and creating more covers for myself and others has taught me a number of things, the … Continue reading

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Pilot Error – A New Twist

If the title of this post is black and/or you see the fighter pilot header, click the title to view the featured image header and continue reading. Montrose is a coastal resort town and former royal burgh (an autonomous corporate entity) in Angus, Scotland. Situated 38 miles north of Dundee between the mouths of the North and South Esk rivers, it is the northernmost coastal town in Angus and developed as a natural harbor that traded in skins, hides and cured salmon in medieval times. With a population of approximately 12,000, Montrose is an important commercial port for the thriving oil … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Bill Mauldin – by Bob Greene

If the title of this post is black and/or you see the fighter-pilot header, click on the title to view the featured-image header and continue reading. One of my grounding, fundamental goals in maintaining this blog is to honor in any way I can the memories of those who, as members of the greatest generation, answered the call for help in the defense of freedom against the abomination of the Axis Powers. On May 7, 2010, Bob Greene, CNN Contributor, published this tribute to a man whose name is synonymous with the concept of larger than life to any combat … Continue reading

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