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BrianW
12-16-2009, 01:42 AM
...amazing discovery, thought I'd share it with every one here.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Sitka/whenmechsfly.jpg

He looks pretty... eh... 'excited'?

pcford
12-16-2009, 02:10 AM
He looks pretty... eh... 'excited'?

Certain tribe(s) wear those things to cover up their rigs. Leaves little to the imagination. Except how happy the owner is to see you.

The Bigfella
12-16-2009, 02:23 AM
Definitely PNG. I've got one of those gourds in the basement btw.

Glen Longino
12-16-2009, 02:25 AM
You're no damn good, Bryan, but that's funny as hell.
I expect Chuck will take that pic with him to show his tormentors in the morning!
The man he used to be!

skuthorp
12-16-2009, 02:30 AM
Now I thought that thing was a remote control...............
My old papuan mate Andrew had uncles who wore things like that, felt your arm and smacked their lips, and had strings of smoked ears - Japanese they said.

P.L.Lenihan
12-16-2009, 02:32 AM
Got "wood", will travel!

BrianW
12-16-2009, 02:38 AM
Definitely Alaska. Check out the watch cap.

Glen Longino
12-16-2009, 02:38 AM
:D:D

purri
12-16-2009, 05:50 AM
Mabuag mob?

Ian McColgin
12-16-2009, 07:02 AM
Joy stick - collective?

Joy stick - collective?

Choises choises.

Tristan
12-16-2009, 07:48 AM
Well, he's better looking than people say.

Canoez
12-16-2009, 08:34 AM
We're supposed to go install some equipment in PNG.

Should I plan to be painfully thin before I go? :eek::eek::eek:

JimJ
12-16-2009, 08:48 AM
Having done profile recording over most of the area, I would say the photo was taken in Irian Jaya, now called Papua. Most likely at Wamena in the Baliem Valley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baliem_Valley)The aircraft is a Twin Otter possibly Merpati Nusantara Airlines.

skuthorp
12-16-2009, 08:56 AM
Only been once ACB, 6 weeks up the Sepik with a Papuan friend from scouting when I was 18. He was a travelling teacher/scoutmaster/pastor and only 20 I think. His 'uncles' tribe had been headhunters I was told, but I don't know to this day whether they were having a joke on a green kid. Still have a human hair bag and a pair of boars tusks with the nose pegs, and a drum somewhere too maybe.

paladin
12-16-2009, 09:12 AM
Retribution...retribution....retribution.........

actually....a couple/three years ago I posted some photos from there....but Scot thought they were a little too ........"graphic"..........

skuthorp
12-16-2009, 09:21 AM
Not into 'anthropological research' eh paladin? Was a bit confronting for me too then. At 4 pm on the dot it rained, poured, for about an hour. Before everyone took their clothes off - well us anglos anyhow and put them in a bag to keep dry. More laughter there too. After a while you took no notice.
I had a lot of pics once but they got lost in a move. The camera had fungus and bugs in it when I got back. Never was the same.

paladin
12-16-2009, 09:29 AM
Cameras and salt water don't last long....Since I wasn't intending to do a documentary, I used cheap cameras, Minolta, or Kodak or similar...and so I could develop the stuff aboard, I used Ektachrome...and now you can see the color shift in the slides.

skuthorp
12-16-2009, 09:35 AM
You can write a programme in Photoshop to largely correct them in batches when you scan. Curves, hue, contrast and some color sampling.

Phillip Allen
12-16-2009, 09:59 AM
thanks Brian...this is a good way to start the day...oh, and thank you Paladin...nice smile

Ya know you don't have to let those gourds grow that long before harvesting...think of the wasted space

paladin
12-16-2009, 10:07 AM
Phillip...your jealousy is showing through......

Phillip Allen
12-16-2009, 10:13 AM
Phillip...your jealousy is showing through......

Me? (you're outa your gourd)

perldog007
12-16-2009, 10:39 AM
Is that the pitch control or is that aviator just happy to be all systems go?

Phillip Allen
12-16-2009, 10:44 AM
Is that the pitch control or is that aviator just happy to be all systems go?

I believe that would be bit*h control... :)

paladin
12-16-2009, 02:17 PM
So he's been brought up on the world's most valuable dish - stewed Rockefeller?
Reply With Quote

and an interesting note....his mother paid a quarter million dollar reward to a private investigator for proof of how Michael died......but no word has ever been made public.

paladin
12-16-2009, 02:55 PM
I think the joystick is a bit short...

BrianW
12-16-2009, 03:30 PM
I was thinking it was big for a joystick, but small for a cyclic. Not nearly enough buttons for either.

The Bigfella
12-16-2009, 03:46 PM
We're supposed to go install some equipment in PNG.

Should I plan to be painfully thin before I go? :eek::eek::eek:

They won't eat you these days, but do jump at the experience. Its VERY different up there. I loved the two trips I did.

bobbys
12-17-2009, 01:52 AM
Is That Air Force one?

The Bigfella
12-17-2009, 02:56 AM
Whatever you do in PNG, don't under-estimate people.

Or machetes.

I walked a long way out of Mt Hagen, down a dirt road to nowhere, and every guy going the other way was loosely swinging a machete.

I smiled a lot.

Then I shook hands with a little old lady with leprosy. Wanna know what that feels like in the middle of nowhere. I washed my hands in the nearest puddle on the road.

David G
12-17-2009, 03:05 AM
Since y'all are such a knowledgeable lot about this topic, maybe you can clear up a bit of confusion on my part. Why is Paladin wearing the double-size sheath? Do you think he's planning/hoping for a mid-life growth spurt? Just curious, it's still a fine and flattering foto!

The Bigfella
12-17-2009, 03:33 AM
Maybe it's just room for emissions?

purri
12-17-2009, 05:38 AM
Sorry my last is wrong! From memory it's Chimbu mob.
Text:
You got wood? Nah, I got gourd!

Canoez
12-17-2009, 08:30 AM
Whatever you do in PNG, don't under-estimate people.

That should be true where ever you go.

Phillip Allen
12-17-2009, 10:19 AM
Yes, indeed.

But the more they differ from us in small things, the more we under-estimate them.

I find that just liking folks pretty much does away with such mistakes...

The Bigfella
12-17-2009, 03:08 PM
Most of the people in PNG are indeed wonderful... but with " employment" at, IIRC, about 30% there's a "haves v have nots" situation... and a small group of people, like in any society... and things can get a bit ugly. They are known as Raskols.

note... I see that wiki says unemployment in the big cities is at about 60%

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raskol_gangs

I've been out in the hills to the subsistence areas, grass hut / dirt floor stuff.... and they were just wonderful people. The clothes they were wearing were the only clothes they owned.

The Bigfella
12-17-2009, 03:20 PM
Yep - that issue is what took me to PNG. How to get the banks to lend to locals for business establishment purposes... when the wontoks would come in and put their hand in the till.... business goes broke... etc.

paladin
12-17-2009, 03:23 PM
and a case of Strawberry Nehi gets a lotta hull cleaning done......(I hated the stuff...)

Vince Brennan
12-17-2009, 09:50 PM
Joy stick - collective?

Joy stick - collective?

Choises choises.

Rotorhead!:D:D:D

paladin
12-18-2009, 06:57 AM
Vince...whas' a fat old man doing here in the bilge...go back to tying ropes......

I got those boxes all cut out....then had a heart attack...not this Christmas....maybe after the first of the year.