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February 2020 

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Odie & Clementine

"What do you think, Clementine?"

"Yep, it looks like Spring to me. Go tell them to get their rockets ready and bring more carrots, apples & pears! Oh my!"

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The Grey's are really getting sneaky!

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Is It Spring Yet?

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Have you got "Spring Rocket Fever yet"? Recent weather events in the States have many rocketeers cooped up and away from the range. Most of them turn to building this time of year to relieve the pent up urge to launch something. We've had it before and it usually results in several new additions to the fleet. A couple of years back five BSG Vipers appeared in just 1 weekend.


For all the people in the northeast still suffering through the dead of winter, spring can't come soon enough and with Groundhog Day upon us they'll all be looking for some sign to indicate how much longer they have to suffer.

Fortunately for us, we don't have to rely on some other people's weather rodent; we have one of our own! You may have heard of Punxsutawney Phil or even Birmingham Bill but for us, we rely on "Odenville Odie!" And we only have to look out of our kitchen window to catch his forecast. That's right, he and his family live in a burrow on the back of our property and they come to feed off the fruit and veggies we leave for them below our kitchen window.


Odie’s mate is Clementine and we're expecting to see more "little Odie's" around the first of May. As of January 31st, they seem to still be in hibernation but I'm sure we'll be seeing Odie and Clementine very soon and for us that will signal Spring is at hand!


Get your rockets ready and I'll keep you posted.

Randy

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Rocket Babe: Reflection

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Prefer Paperback? No Problem!

Signed / personalized paperback copies of Rocket Babe - Dust Storm, Rocket Babe - Fallen Angel, Rocket Babe - Ant Men and Rocket Babe - Reflection are all available directly from the author!

Books are great gifts for any occasion! Holidays, birthdays or just because!

Dust Storm $10.00
Fallen Angel $12.00
Ant Men $13.00
Reflection $13.00

Standard book rate shipping: $4 for 1st book; $1 for each additional book per address in the same order. Please allow 7-10 days for shipping, longer during the holidays.

*Special "Set" pricing! Get all 4 books for $46.00 includes shipping within the continental U.S.! Saves over $10 off the regular price and shipping!

*Shipping outside the USA available. Contact us for a postage quote before placing your order.

HOW TO ORDER:

Send your email order to Verna at: vernarockets@hotmail.com with BOOK as the subject.

List each dedication separately and clearly. Be sure to include the full shipping address.

Verna will reply with how to send in your money order. Sorry, money orders only.

If you have any questions PLEASE email us: vernarockets@hotmail.com

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Above you see a rare photo of Dave Miller, appropriately dressed in black as owner of the clandestine black ops organization known as Sirius Rocketry! What does he do in his spare time? He reads Rocket Babe, what else?

That's a nice looking Cestris Fighter he's holding too! Get yours from https://www.siriusrocketry.com

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Verna Starr Cestris Fighter!

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This is our favorite Sirius kit, the Cestris. The kit is intended to fly on a single engine but it was easily modified to a 3 engine cluster complete with Verna Starr fighter decals, also available from Sirius.

Randy

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Just click the BLUE link below the banner!

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How Long Has It Been?

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Are your rockets covered with cobwebs? Are they faded, neglected, have the spiders set up housekeeping in the bt's and motor casings of your best flyers? Are they lonely, languishing in a closet or a dark dank basement, silently aching to be flown or finished? Is that faint, strange noise you hear in the wee hours of the night, actually your old rockets and motors quietly sobbing due to neglect? A crying rocket is a very sad thing to see. Perhaps it's time for you to visit your old friends who patiently wait for you to take them out into the light, into the blue and renew the relationships you've been neglecting for so long. Remember the old saying: "A rocket is a terrible thing to waste."

We're not judging you; we do understand your plight. Lately it seems more and more often that life gets in the way of flying as much as we would like. Far too often we make plans to go to the monthly club launch or finally get started on that super special build we've been planning for the last 15 years, only to have something happen at the last minute that keeps us from making it out to the field or sitting at the work bench. Usually it's work, sometimes it's weather but whatever it is, the end result is the same. As many flyers like to say when we fail to launch; "no joy." 

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Are the weeds and dust taking over you HPR birds? Tsk, tsk.

Do you remember when we were kids? We dreamed of all the things we would build and fly when we had the money. Well, now we discover we finally have the money but don't have the time and it seems the universe is still conspiring against us. I suppose striking a balance between our responsibilities and our desires will always be a struggle. And while I have said many times there's more to life than hobbies, there should still be some down time that includes a hobby and if you're going to fly, take a kid along too. They're great for chasing down the long range flyers.

Take care of what is important first, just don't let the spiders and dust take over the rest of your life, or keep you from the kids.

Randy

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She'll go with you anywhere! Kevin, owner and moderator at the Alien Soup  sci-fi forum, enjoys Rocket Babe - Dust Storm between innings at a recent ballgame!
 

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Visit Kevin at Alien Soup https://aliensoup.com/ and tell him Verna sent you!

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Bones says...

'HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROCKET BABE!"

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Verna & Randy's Rockets is proud to have been featured by:

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Darrell Mobley's Website Review on Rocketry Planet http://www.rocketryplanet.com/content/view/667/38/

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Apogee E-Zine Peak Of Flight http://www.apogeerockets.com issue #155
 

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April 2006  Finishing Touches
 
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You never know who will show up on Fire & Smoke!

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The groundhogs never miss Fire & Smoke!

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Who do you fly with? Fly with family!

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Verna & Randy
                                                       

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