Sunday, June 22, 2008

Several years ago i put out a few posts on military forums asking for information on anyone who served on the Table Mountains near Cape Ray during WWII. A few weeks back i received a reply from a gentleman who did. I had some previous information on the RCAF who maintained the Radar Site there at that time but this time around i really got lucky. I got information from someone who served and actually helped construct the facility up there. The local paper will be doing a story of his time on the mountain soon. Names of some of his comrades were forgotten over the years but the name of a dog who became the Mascot (Skipper) of the Radar Detachment still remained in his memory. The soldier had a few photos of the dog as well. The above photo was taken Christmas Day,1944 . I colorized it to make it stand out more. Hopefully the local newspaper might run his story in the online site as well as the paper.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Maintenance time

This week i get some scheduled maintenance on my ocular prosthesis or as i prefer to call it,my artificial eye. Before i had one i called it a glass eye but i doubt if they exist here in North America anymore. Artificial eyes today are usually made of plastic. (acrylic) Custom artificial eyes are hand-crafted by highly skilled ocularists (eye makers) to precisely match the look of the natural eye. It's a procedure that usually requires several trips over two days to the Ocularist. With todays eyes the wearer does not have to remove it for months at a time. I do it more often because i spend a lot of time outdoors and sometimes pick up a few things that might irritate it. At first i wondered how it would be in some of the outdoor conditions but later found out i didn't have to worry. I been out riding the ATV in -35 C with the wind chill and it had no effect at all. So here's a video today for those who wonder how they're made and it might look painful to some but you don't feel a thing.