Best Stealth Helicopter Ever!

December 11th, 2013
Best Stealth Helicopter Ever!

Best Stealth Helicopter Ever!

Congratulations! Inga Completes the (2012) Los Angeles Marathon!

March 18th, 2012

Inga completed the Los Angeles Marathon with a time of 5:25:02 besting her previous time by 1 minute and 24 seconds (for the Santa Clarita Marathon back in 2009). I think this was pretty good since she’s been struggling with blisters during the last month of her training.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be there to take photos but I’ll post her official marathon photos later (if any are available). Due to the cold she was wearing a jacket over her bib so they may not be able to identify her in the photos, but I sure hope they do!

Again, congratulations, great job! :-)


Inga Finished Her First Marathon!

November 8th, 2009

My wife, Inga Johnston, (bib #200) ran (and finished) the Santa Clarita marathon on Sunday November 8th 2009. This was her first marathon and her time was 5:26:26. Unfortunately, I completely FAILED as a camera man and pressed the wrong button and didn’t film her crossing the finishing line. Oh well, I guess she’ll have to run another one in order to give me a second chance to get it right. Is that OK honey? I hear the LA marathon is coming up in a few months. Do you feel up to it?  ;-)

Anyway, here’s some photos I did get…

Congratulations! I’m so proud of you! Keep it up.


It’s a boy! (Actually, it’s a Volvo.)

July 5th, 2009

Welcome this new addition to our family! Nope, not a kid, but another car. We’ve just purchased a 2004 Volvo XC90 “Cross Country”. Here are some photos…

The funny thing is that this is a replacement for Inga’s Saab that got crashed back in March, but it will be MY new car. We’re planning to sell the Ford Focus soon. Then Inga’s thinking about getting another Saab for herself later.


Inga’s Saab is dead!

March 19th, 2009

Wednesday afternoon (3/18/2009) while on the way to the Valley Thrift Store to find some great bargains someone ran a red light and nailed Inga’s Saab. He hit her in the front left fender as she was turning left coming off of the 5 freeway South onto Lankershim Blvd. It spun her around and she hit her head on the door and threw her neck out of whack. At least she was able to walk away but the car suspension is completely destroyed and is pretty much a goner (not worth fixing). Good bye old friend.

We’re not sure about the other drivers injuries as he could not speak English but he also walked away and there was no obvious injuries or bleeding.

Inga’s got a chiropractors appointment on Thursday.

Here’s some photos Inga took with her phone…


We survived the fires. Thank God!

October 14th, 2008

Marek Fire 10/13/2008

We survived the Little Tujunga and the Marek fires (on Oct 12th and 13th of 2008 respectively)! See some of the photos in our Gallery. More photos and video to come once we get “back to normal” again. Here’s a panoramic photo of the view from our back yard “afterward”.

Thanks to everyone who was praying for us and the safety of our house and for offering to put us up while we were evacuated.

UPDATE #1: I finally got one of the videos edited and uploaded. This was the day before the big (Marek) fire. As soon as I get the Marek fire video done I’ll make another update.

Little Tujunga Fire – Aerial Assault Highlights from David Johnston on Vimeo.

UPDATE #2: Here is the long anticipated Marek fire video. Lots of water dropping action here!

Marek Fire in Slymar CA from David Johnston on Vimeo.

Click here to download iPod format version of video!


Inga’s Terrific Guacamole Dip Recipe

May 31st, 2007


  • 4 ripe avocados – mashed
  • 2 ripe tomatoes – diced
  • ¼ onion – diced
  • 1 ½ limes – juiced
  • ¼ cup cilantro – chopped
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp sugar
  • ¾ tsp salt


Chop, dice, mash and all add all ingredients in a bowl and serve with chips.



Check This Out!

April 8th, 2007

I’ve made some changes to my web page, finally! It’s been unmodified for many years now and I think it’s quite stale. So I’ve updated my blog, made it my home page and I’ve even added a new feature . It’s a new section called “Check This Out!” You can access by clicking on that tab at the top of the page. I’ll put interesting things in there periodically that I think you should check out (of course). I hope you find it interesting.


Air Show Day with Dad (X2)

June 11th, 2006

Today I took my dad to “Rockin AirFest 2006” AKA “The Van Nuys Air Show” and the “Giant Scale Squadron Fly-In” at the Apollo XI RC flying field. The weather was great; not too hot and not too cold. We saw everything that was cool and took lots of photos. At the “AirFest” there wasn’t much happening in the air while we were there but they did have some cool plans and helicopters on the tarmac that we could swarm. At the “Fly-In” the coolest things where the scale jets with REAL turbine engines! Wow, where they fast! The smell and sounds where awesome too! We overheard the owner of the A-10 “Warthog” saying that is cost over $38,000! Now that’s an expensive hobby. Aside from the turbines being a little smaller than the engine cowlings you’d never be able to tell that it wasn’t the real thing, the detail was incredible! Check it out. Click on the images below to visit my Gallery site to view the photos.

Air Fest 2006Giant Scale Squadron Fly-In


My Hummingbird V2 (Fixed Pitch) Helicopter

May 30th, 2006

I’ve just uploaded some photos of my first electric micro helicopter – the Hummingbird V2 (Fixed Pitch). These are some of the first photos that I took after flying it for the first time. Since then I’ve made a few upgrades. More on that later. This is a GREAT helicopter for beginners! It’s very inexpensive, resilient and easy/cheap to repair. It can’t handle any wind, but if you’ve got a big enough room you can fly it in the house or garage – any time!

Follow this link to view the FULL SIZE PHOTOS in my Gallery. Here are some of the thumbnails…

Hummingbird V2 FP 01 Hummingbird V2 FP 02 Hummingbird V2 FP 03
Hummingbird V2 FP 05 Hummingbird V2 FP 06 Hummingbird V2 FP 07
Hummingbird V2 FP 08 Hummingbird V2 FP 09 Hummingbird V2 FP 10