Category Archives: Willis Autobiography

Onwards, Ever Onwards

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I’ve been remiss in my duties as travel correspondent. When last heard from, the gorgeous ex-fiancee and I were rolling out of Butte, Montana in a rented car. At the end of the day, we … Continue reading

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How Can You Tell?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach All day long we’ve been driving in Montana, which is cowboy country and mining country. To assist folks in distinguishing these from say the Midwest kind of country which also may have horses and cows, … Continue reading

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sWINDle

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach On our way out of Idaho today I saw a great billboard about wind power. It gave me hope for the future. Here’s what the billboard said:

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Fog May Be Icy

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach That was what the sign on the highway outside of Reno said, at any rate. I kept waiting for the corresponding sign saying Ice May Be Foggy But I haven’t seen it yet. We escaped … Continue reading

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Esperanza Inutil

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Well, once again the house-sitter is in place, and Clan Eschenbach is on the highway. Just me and the gorgeous ex-fiancee this time, our daughter is working as a construction manager south of San Francisco. … Continue reading

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My Friend Billy

(Note – I saved this for the weekend, when people who might read this would likely be more relaxed. This is not the usual fare for WUWT, but it is something that is revealing, enlightening, entertaining, and educational, while at … Continue reading

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Fishing Bootstrap Style

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Well, my recent adventures with the stent have put me in a reflective mode, and for some reason, I got to thinking about night fishing. In the late eighties, the gorgeous ex-fiancee and I lived … Continue reading

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Who Is Your Favorite Cardiologist?

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Well, it’s been a most unusual week on my planet. On Tuesday, I went to my doctor about some recurring chest pain I’d been having. He gave me an EKG and a complete physical. He … Continue reading

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Catching My Breath

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I thought I’d write about something a bit different, still about science, but of another kind. When I was sixty-three, I had the curious experience of getting my heart and lungs and all tested to … Continue reading

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It Isn’t A Good Britain, It’s A Great Britain

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach After heavy rain during the night, we rolled south from Edinburgh in sporadic showers through the land of the giant bird shredders … I stopped to look at them. I’d not been up close to … Continue reading

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Scots, Scottish, and Scotch

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Edinburgh is not only enough to confuse your average humanoid. It drives the GPS crazy. Why? Because the city exists on two levels, one of which is about fifty feet (fifteen metres) above the other. … Continue reading

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The Wheel Of Fortune

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Due to good fortune and the WUWT readership, we got the chance to not only see the Falkirk Wheel, but to take a ride on it … what a marvelous piece of Scottish engineering. No … Continue reading

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The Romans Be Stylin’

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach As we were driving north today from the Lake District, we passed through the town of Troutbeck, and I was reminded how much of my knowledge of the UK derives from songs and poetry. In … Continue reading

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The Call Of The Running Tide

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I spent the afternoon in the port city of Liverpool, walking the docks. Here’s the view from one point, a panorama running from sunshine on the right and grading into rain on the left, looking … Continue reading

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How You Get There

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Today seemed to be about modes of transportation—cars and boats and trains. We rolled out early to go to Bath, and met up with a quintessential charming publican, Nick Luke, in a village near Bath … Continue reading

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Rolling With The Sarsen Stones

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I woke up this morning in London to a gentle rain, and was reminded of a comment by Mark Twain. When Twain was living in the UK, a couple of his friends from the US … Continue reading

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Going Around In Great Circles

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I’m sure many people know this, but a “great circle” is a circle that goes clear around the entire globe, and whose center is at the center of the globe. A “meridian”, on the other … Continue reading

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Get Your Kicks In Stepney

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach. WARNING: This post contains no scientific content of any kind, just a story of our travels.  So we made it to London, a place that up ’til now I’ve only known through family stories, and … Continue reading

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In Which We Kidnap Reagan, And He Wins Anyway!

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach After I got out of the Army, I became involved in the anti-war movement as well as the other main causes of the time, women’s rights and racial equality. We’d go out and do street … Continue reading

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I Have It Made In Alaska

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach In the fall of 1964 I started college at the University of California at Berkeley, but I hated it. I lasted one year, and as soon as school let out in June of 1965 I … Continue reading

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The Native Sun

After I left Clayton’s place in 1971, following my motto of “Retire Early … And Often”, I retired for a while. It was good fun, but as usual, impending hunger eventually called me out of retirement, and I went looking … Continue reading

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Old Bill Rises From The Dead

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I’ve written about a South Pacific reprobate I called “Old Bill” before in my tale called Modern Piracy. He was a con man of the highest order. As a friend remarked, most con men tell … Continue reading

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Behind Bars Again

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I’ve written about my time in the US Army, and about spending time behind bars getting out of the Army, in my story called It’s Not About Me. In that story, I discussed a bit … Continue reading

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Fishing the Mighty Kenai

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach When I was 62, I had the great pleasure of working once again in Alaska. I love Alaska, I’ve starved and frozen there, worked there many times. I’ve also made good money there, and it’s … Continue reading

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Gold Fever

Guest post by Willis Eschenbach I first met my friend Mel in the Army nuthouse. I wrote about him before, and the nuthouse, in a piece called “It’s Not About Me“. I hadn’t seen him for a couple months. One … Continue reading

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The Captain’s Daughter

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I come by my storytelling habits honestly,  mostly I credit my grandmother for my love of a well-turned tale. I grew up way out in the woods, on a cattle ranch surrounded by forest. With … Continue reading

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Blackmailing the Japanese Ambassador

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I got to talking and laughing with my lovely lady today about old Billy Bennett. Billy was a rascal and a rogue and an erstwhile killer of men and a gentleman, another of those odd … Continue reading

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Freighted With Memories

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach In my mind, freight trains have always held some kind of special mojo. As a kid, I’d read about them, and sung about them. I loved the story, “The Boxcar Children”. I’d seen freight trains, … Continue reading

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The Missing Cashbox and the Nguru Patrol

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach The South Pacific is a marvelous place for characters, it attracts them and magnifies them the same way it magnifies all the tales and rumors. After while I developed Willis’s Rule of Rumors, which is … Continue reading

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Home Invasion

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Since our gracious host Anthony Watts has kindly turned a portion of the arts and entertainment section of WUWT over to me for the four-day weekend while he takes some well-earned time with his family, while … Continue reading

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Even Scientists Need Love

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach It being Valentines Day and all, I thought I’d write a Valentine message about the woman I generally describe as my “gorgeous ex-fiancee”, my wife of 35 years this November. I thought I’d say a … Continue reading

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Tropical Crime and Punishment

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach People sometimes ask how I learned so much about coral atolls and islands. It’s because for three years in the late ’80s I lived in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, a … Continue reading

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Bird Language

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach One fine day, after exhausting my meager means and concluding that my hopes of being struck by financial lightning were as ungrounded as Ben Frankin’s kite, I found myself yielding to exigency. “Exigency”, as far … Continue reading

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Between The Warm And The Wild

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach People have been encouraging me to write a book of my experiences, and so I’ve chosen to do so in bits and pieces. We’ve been discussing the vagaries of those astonishing emergent phenomena known as … Continue reading

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We have met the 1%, and he is us

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach In explanation of my title, I fear I’ll have to go on a bit of a digression. Let me tell three stories, about people in three different parts of our amazing planet. STORY THE FIRST: … Continue reading

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