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This is just to give you an update since so many have been asking. We do not have any owls but we are getting lots of rain so if the food supply increases we might just see some owls either later in the year or next year. Only time will tell.

Donna and I are doing great and attended the 2015 International MOD Meet in Minneapolis this past year.  It was fantastic! Austin is working with the San Diego Airport making videos and graphic advertising designs, so over the holidays we thought we would have some fun and make a video for Macadamia Nut lovers.  I had ordered 17 lbs of in the shell macadamia nuts from Hawaii. The question was how do you crack them?

When I looked on the internet I couldn’t find an easy way or tool to crack a macadamia nut for less than about $100. The tool I recommend, you might already have in your garage or you can pick one up at most hardware stores for less than $15. I don’t want to take all the credit. My barber, Gary Favron, actually recommended it. If you like the video pass it on. Who knows, maybe we can get a million hits.

We wish everyone a Fun and Fantastic 2016!

Carlos, Donna and Austin

P.S. Let us know what you think of the video.

The IMM15 Broadcast and Auction has been moved to 8 PM Central Time.  I estimate the broadcast will last less than an hour since we will be using my iPhone and it will run down fast.

Join in the fun, join the bidding. It is for a good cause, The MODs Foundation supporting wildlife but also helping others. An approved 503 Charity.

Carlos and Donna Royal

We will try to broadcast the Wing Ding and Auction using my iPhone. A matching signed set of photos of Molly and McGee will be Auctioned off for the MODs Foundation Charity.

For details http://modstakeflight2015.eflea.ca/

Join the fun. We think the auction will be around 6:15 PM Central Time.

Carlos and Donna Royal

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How many times have you wanted to do or go someplace but didn’t and later regretted it? My son and I had this conversion last week as we reminisced about all the fun things we did together when he was kid.  “A lot of good memories,” he said.

Later after thinking about it, I sent him this text message.

There is a lesson to be learned from this conversation. Do fun things and you will have good memories.”

His reply: “That is a good lesson.”

Check the flights, scan the train schedules, book your hotel suite and join us for this fabulous event!

Create good memories!

Here are the links for the MOD Meet related sites and merchandise:

For all the meet information, registration, airfare, train, hotel and discounts, go to:

http://www.modmeet.com

To purchase MODs tshirts, go to:

http://teespring.com/stores/mods-official-apparel

To purchase an “I need coffee…” mug:

https://squareup.com/market/mod

For The MODs Foundation, and to make a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation, go to:

http://www.modsfoundation.com

Time is going quickly and the hotel discount expires soon, so make your plans now to join us for a fun and fabulous weekend.

Post Note: After my son and I had that conversation we booked a fishing trip and bought tickets to an up coming Chargers football game. We decided to create more good memories together and see if going forward we can’t drop all the reasons why we can’t.

What I have found in life is there are always reasons why one can’t or shouldn’t do something, but if you want to have good memories you just do them anyway. See you in Minneapolis.

Carlos Royal

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The 2015 International MOD Meet is now less than two months away (Sept. 18-20). Donna and I will be attending. Then we plan to visit North Dakota, the least visited of all the States. Ask yourself, “Have you ever been to North Dakota?”  Many will answer yes, I visited Mt. Rushmore, but they are wrong. Mt. Rushmore is in South Dakota, so is Sturgis and Deadwood. Two fun places to visit if you want to turn the International MOD Meet into a longer trip.  So what’s in North Dakota? Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Medora, where they have a great outdoor reenactment theater. Then there is Willston, if you want see an oil boom/bust town. It can be scary wild during boom times and ghostly during bust times.  Finally, to get in a little fishing and relaxing, there is Lake Sakakawea, which has some of the best pike fishing, just another secret of North Dakota.  See you at the International MOD Meet, bring your fishing pole. There are 10,000 lakes in Minnesota; officially there are 11,842 lakes.

 

Check the flights, scan the train schedules, book your hotel suite and join us for this fabulous event!

Here are the links for the MOD Meet related sites and merchandise:

For all the meet information, registration, airfare, train, hotel and discounts, go to:

http://www.modmeet.com

To purchase MODs tshirts, go to:

http://teespring.com/stores/mods-official-apparel

To purchase an “I need coffee…” mug:

https://squareup.com/market/mod

For The MODs Foundation, and to make a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation, go to:

http://www.modsfoundation.com

Time is going quickly and the hotel discount expires soon, so make your plans now to join us for a fun and fabulous weekend.

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The 2015 International MOD Meet is now less than two months away (Sept. 18-20).

Check the flights, scan the train schedules, book your hotel suite and join us for this fabulous event!

 

Here are the links for the MOD Meet related sites and merchandise:

 

For all the meet information, registration, airfare, train, hotel and discounts, go to:
http://www.modmeet.com

 

To purchase MODs tshirts, go to:
http://teespring.com/stores/mods-official-apparel

 

To purchase an “I need coffee…” mug:
https://squareup.com/market/mod

 

For The MODs Foundation, and to make a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation, go to:
http://www.modsfoundation.com

 

Time is going quickly and the hotel discount expires soon, so make your plans now to join us for a fun and fabulous weekend.http://www.modmeet.com

http://www.speakandwriteworkshop.com/live-free/

I am not promoting the show just letting you know what Austin is doing.

The free viewing was limited and is now over.  The link no longer works.

2015 International MOD Meet

September 18-20, 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

WWW.modmeet.com

Embassy Suites – Airport is the official Meeting Place for the IMM15

Delta Airlines and Amtrak are the official carriers for the IMM15

It has been 5 years, can you believe it?  Meet your MOD (Molly Obsessive Disorder) friends in person. Tell your stories. Life is about creating memories. Donna and I will be attending so get your reservations in and we will see you there.  It should be a really fun meeting with access to a MOD Mall, “Carrie’s Coffee” and doughnuts plus an afternoon Raptor Center Experience where you will have a photo opportunity with “Whisper,” the official Barn Owl of the IMM15.

The event will be capped off with a Saturday evening WING-DING, with silent and live auctions, food, games and surprises!  Proceeds of the auctions will benefit charity.  Take a vacation, join the fun, and be able to say: “Gee that was fun and I was a part of it.”

To Contact IMM15

car@perspehoneproductions.com

See you there,

Carlos and Donna Royal

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I received this question yesterday from Nick and Julie .  “Yes, we are also owl-less again this year. What has happened with the barn owl population? We keep getting invited each fall to go up to Irvine to our grandkids’ school to make a presentation, but all we have to show are the pictures and videos of several years ago. We would very much like to have live video feeds of barn owls in our box. Very disappointing.” Nick and Julie live in Rancho Bernardo, California about 20 minutes northeast of San Diego and southeast of San Marcos.

Let me start off by saying I have not seen one barn owl this year and last year I saw maybe two or three. Definitely not like when Molly and McGee were in The Owl Box. Barn Owls were everywhere; some nights we would see or hear as many as 10 or 15 in the area.

The number of barn owls like so much of nature is controlled by their food supply. Reduce their food supply and their population reduces. California is in the third year of one of the state’s worst droughts in the past century, one that’s led to fierce wildfires and water shortages and less food for wildlife thus fewer barn owls. Even the number of eggs the female barn owl lays is controlled by the amount and duration of food the male brings to her. This is nature’s way of balancing the ecosystem.

If you remember, when Molly was in the box we had lots of rain and plenty of food. We also had those that said owls don’t like water and couldn’t fly in the rain. Those were two myths The Owl Box cameras busted.  We not only captured barn owls flying in the rain but playing in the water. Remember when Molly left the box and came back soaking wet on a clear night? She had left and taken a bath after being in the box for a couple of months taking care of her babies.

Pray for rain or do your rain dance if you want the barn owls to return.

All the best,

Carlos and Donna Royal

P.S. The dust bowl drought lasted for 6 years in Oklahoma in the 30’s and up to 8 years in some of the High Plains. Light rain is predicted for later today.

One last note: I am 72 today.  Everyone have a piece of cake and enjoy your day.  Life is a beautiful thing.

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I don’t know if you have been paying any attention to the Super Bowl but there is a big controversy over did the Patriots play with under inflated balls in the Colts game. I thought I would weigh in.

I see where Belichick finally filled a football with air inside the stadium office to 12.5 PSI, the minimum allowed, and then took the ball outside where air was colder. They waited a while and then checked the PSI of the football. It had dropped 1.5 PSI or to 11 PSI, to put it simply, it had deflated. That is the law of physics at work. The pressure in the football will decline in direct proportion to the decline in temperature.

Pump up a football to 12.5 PSI at 72 degrees inside the stadium and then cool the ball to 47 degrees on the field and the PSI will drop to 8.2 PSI. (P1/T1=P2/T2)  The question should be, why did the Colt’s balls not deflate, not why did the Patriots play with under inflated balls because balls that do not deflate in cold weather are the ones that are defying the law of physics.

What is interesting is footballs have been inflating in hot weather and deflating in cold weather since the game was invented.

If a ball is filled to the minimum 12.5 PSI allowed, then temperature on the field must be equal to or warmer than the fill up temperature for the ball’s PSI to be legal, but the field temperature cannot be more than 8% warmer than the fill up temperature or the ball will become over inflated and not be legal.

If the ball is filled to the maximum 13.5 PSI allowed, then the temperature on the field must be equal to or cooler than the fill up temperature for the ball’s PSI to be legal, but the field temperature cannot be less than 7.4% cooler or the ball will become under inflated and not be legal.

Think about how many games are played where the temperature inside the stadium office and on the field is different by  more than 7 or 8% . My guess is that most games have been played with illegal balls, either over inflated or under inflated, due to the temperature on the field being different from the temperature when pumped up.

Prediction: NFL will install temperature control boxes on the sidelines that will maintain the ball at 72 degrees. Oops, atmospheric pressure also affects the pressure of the ball. Oh well, you can’t control everything.

If you want to change the pressure in the football for the game you don’t have to do anything to the ball, all you have to do is change the temperature of the room where it is filled.

Question: Did you do anything to the ball?

Answer: Absolutely not!

Remark: I was cold, so I turned up the thermostat; I mean it was 47 degrees outside.

You can get extra points if you can tell me what the ball PSI would be on the playing field if the room temperature was raised from 72 to 76 assuming the fill pressure was set to the minimum of 12.5 PSI. Remember, the field temperature was 47 degrees.

Life is so much fun to observe. I laugh a lot.

Owl update: No Owls, but a pair of kestrels showed up yesterday.  Also, Roark the red-shoulder hawk, has been seen eating grubs in the backyard when it rains.

 

All the best,

Carlos and Donna Royal

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