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As a reminder, you can comment for 30 days after a post is made.  All of the comments on this blog have to be reviewed before they appear on this site.  Unless you state your desire to the contrary, your email address will not be published on this site if you send a note to me or comment on a post.

Discussion, feedback, and comments are welcome as long as they are relevant and insightful. I reserve the right to edit, as appropriate, and to delete harassing, profane, vulgar, obscene, abusive, irrelevant, or spam comments.  If necessary, repeat offenders will be blocked.

Each response is reviewed as quickly as possible, but I can’t guarantee that your reply will be reviewed as promptly as you might like.  As you would expect, I am the sole arbiter of what is appropriate for this website.  Thanks in advance for your understanding and appreciation of my intent in this matter.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Podcasts

After thinking about it for a while, I heeded your suggestions and started recording podcasts.  On July 23, 2019, I released my first podcast.  I’ve been doing them on a weekly basis since then.  The topics are whatever comes to mind and the comments that you share with me.  If you want to listen to them, you can find them here.

As you know, several of you contacted me about a podcast over a year ago.  I thought about doing it, weighed the pros and cons, and finally decided to go for it.  I’m planning to use the podcasts as a way to provide you with information and share my thoughts with you.  I haven’t figured out if I’m going to put information on this website before the podcast or vice versa.  I’ll probably wind up making that decision on a case-by-case basis.

If you get a chance to listen to the ones that I’ve already released, please let me know what you think about them.  If you have suggestions to make them better, please contact me.  Much like the comments you send to me about this website, I promise to read all your remarks on the podcasts, the good and the bad.

I won’t respond to you individually.  If several of you come up with a better way to do something, I’ll probably make a reference to your thoughts in one of the podcasts or on this site.  If you don’t mind my mentioning you by first name only, I’ll be happy to give credit where credit is due.

If you’d like to share your thoughts or comments with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Flight Time

As you know, I enjoy flying, probably more than I should.  You can imagine my surprise and happiness when I recently got a chance to fly a specific, non-commercial, multi-engine jet.  Yes!

I’ve been learning how to fly it in the recent past (one of the reasons why I haven’t been writing as much as normal or taking as many photos), but I didn’t want to mention the possibility of flying it until after the flight occurred.  Didn’t want to jinx myself.

I can now report that I had a wonderful time!  The jet was an F-15 variant and it was nothing short of amazing!  The rate of climb was fantastic, the maneuverability was outstanding, going supersonic was amazing, and I’m going to run out of superlatives if I keep going.

In short, all of the work and practice paid off.  I’m not ready to join the Thunderbirds and fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon, also known as the Viper.  The F-15 Eagle is an Air Force plane.  The Navy and Marine pilots in the Blue Angels fly the F/A-18 Super Hornet.

I can happily report that flying an updated F-15 allowed me to check an item off my bucket list.  I still can’t believe people get paid to fly those things.  They should pay us for the opportunity to put smiles on their faces that last days before they fade.

As a matter of history, the F-15 Eagle first flew on July 27, 1972.  It’s (roughly) 64 feet long with a 43-foot wingspan.  It was purpose-built to be an air superiority fighter.  It has a capable airframe and allows for some pretty awesome things to be done at relatively little cost.  As you can tell, my flight left quite a favorable impression!

As you’d expect, I’m trying to wrangle a chance to fly another jet that isn’t usually available to the public.  I have high hopes that I’ll be able to convince the people who need convincing that I won’t dig a hole with it.  Only time will tell.

While I work on that, if you happen to see me in my day-to-day routine, you’ll know why I have such a huge grin on my face!  It was awesome!

If you’d like to share your thought with me on this, or something else, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Fall Ride Photos Posted in Total

I think I won’t look at another computer screen for several days so that I can get my eyes to focus on something that isn’t glowing at me.

The photos are all posted for your enjoyment.  I spent quite a number of hours working on the project, but after having a chance to see them, I know it was worth your time to take the pictures and my time to post them.

Thanks for sharing your images.  I know that others in the group like looking at them just as much as I do.

I also have to express my appreciation for your playing by the rules.  I only had a few pictures that didn’t meet the family-friendly criterion.  As you’d expect, they weren’t posted.  Thank you for making my job easier because I didn’t have to wade through images that were never going to get posted.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Fall Ride Photos Posted

Thanks to each of you who made our Fall ride such a great success!  I lost track of the number of smiles that I saw.  I also lost count of the number of pranks you pulled on me, not to mention the ones that were foiled!

Special thanks to Sandy, Ross, Mike, Shelly, and Tiffany.  Due to their efforts, we were able to include several people from our waiting list.  I know they appreciated getting a chance to ride along with us because they told me how much they enjoyed the sights and the comradery of the ride.

That’s the good news.  The bad news is that the number of photos is counted in the thousands.  I thought I took a lot of photos, but some of you must have been taking pictures 24/7 in order to come up with the number of images you did!

I’ve posted some of them on the private page.  I still have quite a number to sort through, but I’ll go through them as quickly as I can.  At this rate, I could probably put the images together and produce a movie of our ride without much difficulty.

I’ll let you know when the last of the images are posted.  Until then, sit tight because I have a lot of work to do.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me on this, or any other topic, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Motorcycle Photos Coming Soon

I’m writing this post in advance because I’m going to be enjoying our ride through Canada when it’s supposed to come out.  I doubt that anything untoward will happen on our ride, but I wanted you to know that this is not written the same day it’s posted.

Having gotten that out of the way, I also need to share with you that the photos from our ride will be reviewed and posted in the near future.  If you’d like to see your photos posted on a private page on this website, please send me a copy of them.  Remember, keep the photos family-friendly.  Even though they will be found on a private page, the previous group voted that they wanted them to be viewable by anyone of nearly any age.  Thanks, in advance, for your cooperation.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

More Photos Posted

As some of you already noted, I’ve posted more photos.  If you’d like to look them over, you can find them here.

I haven’t been posting as many as usual, something that several of you called to my attention.  Without getting into the details, I’ve been busy doing other things.  I’ve taken some photos, but I haven’t had the time to review them so that I can post the ones that are worth your time.

I hope to rectify this is the relatively near future.  Right now, I don’t have a definite date for you, but I’ll do what I can to share more pictures with you.

If you’d like to comment on this, or something else, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Fall Ride Finalized

As promised last week, each of you who signed up for our Canadian motorcycle ride should have received the itinerary, our schedule, and general information aimed at making our trip as enjoyable as possible.  If you haven’t received my email, please contact me so I can get you the info you need.

I know we’re going to have a good time, eh?  (Sorry, I couldn’t resist practicing my Canadian ahead of time.  Yes, I know they speak English and French in Canada.  My Canadian is much better than my French.  Nous allons passer un bon moment au Canada!)

If you have any questions about our ride, or would like to share your thoughts, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!