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General Discussion / Re: Medicals & DWI's don't mix
« Last post by Plthijnx on August 15, 2016, 01:15:01 PM »
if you have an hour to spare (ie. listen while you work) this is Lyle, the captain of the NWA flight back in 1990 arrested for flying while intoxicated telling his story about alcoholism and that morning the 3 crew members were arrested. kudos to him for his recovery and everything that followed. It's really a very very good story - unfortunately not many alcoholics have the same outcome. The program only gives back what you put into it.
General Discussion / Re: Medicals & DWI's don't mix
« Last post by Baradium on August 01, 2016, 01:35:37 AM »
Good to hear it's progressing!  Excellent news!   

Hopefully the process will wrap up fairly quickly now.
Current Strip / The Classic Signs
« Last post by Jean Loup on July 29, 2016, 05:55:31 PM »
Can't complain about BAD COFFEE either, for I am FREE LANCE since I left VW interamericana (winter 1968) because salaries were SO LOW that I earned more money working in the streets, charging only tips (lo que sea su voluntad). So, GOOD COFFEE is for me!! ::bow:: Morning in my kitchen at Hacienda Armonía MX:
General Discussion / Re: Medicals & DWI's don't mix
« Last post by Plthijnx on July 27, 2016, 03:12:28 PM »
update on the IOP situation: insurance surprisingly approved the claim so I am/was only responsible for the copay/deductible of roughly a grand but it's still better than paying the full amount of 5500. i'm on week 4 now of 6, attending in the evenings after work. As I expected, I'm learning many useful tools to help keep me off the sauce and this coming Thursday (tomorrow the 28th) will be my 1 year anniversary of getting sober which means that mid August will mark the anniversary of working on obtaining my 2nd class (now 1st class as of last May) medical. I have my 3rd class in hand now on a special issuance but once I finish IOP and the FAA gets the required paperwork it will be at least a year from when i started this journey if not a tad more by the time I can get paid to fly again. When I am issued my 1st class it will be on a SI as well as I'll continue to be monitored for an as yet not determined 2 to 5 years. I consider myself lucky as I've come across some line guys who took years in the system to get their medicals back and I shouldn't count any chickens as just yet either. I still don't have my 1st so it's best to just wait and see what happens next.
Aviation related topics / Re: China unvails 'world's largest seaplane'
« Last post by Baradium on July 26, 2016, 10:23:25 PM »
That's big... but still not the largest seaplane.   Maybe the biggest PRODUCTION seaplane though. 
Aviation related topics / China unvails 'world's largest seaplane'
« Last post by Ragwing on July 25, 2016, 06:56:10 PM »
China's state-run news agency Xinhu announced that the amphibious AG600 is about the size of a Boeing 737 and will be used to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue operations.

The missing link / Re: For lack of a better place to put this.
« Last post by YawningMan on July 22, 2016, 05:12:31 PM »
Oh, boy. That's an interesting can of worms.

Oddly enough, I am actually kind of interested in insects and critters of various sorts. I've let wasps land on my hand as I showed them to people. When I was a boy, I caught a jumping spider. (The only time I ever got bit.) When I was older, I attempted to hold a small wolf spider, but I learned from my jumping spider mistake and didn't close my hand around him. He would just run out.

Oh, and there was the time I tried to hold a baby orb weaver in my hand. When I remembered that they don't build webs at the bottom of garage doors, I was really quick to shake her off of my hand. (Juvenile black widow. Oops!)

No, my disdain for roaches was built over time. When I was living in Waco, I live on campus at TSTC in some really cheap housing. I really appreciated the place, but it was a pier and beam type deal, so critters would occasionally come in.

The roaches woke me up a few times, just making noise. I never heard the mice. Seriously, though. Roaches make LOTS of noise... It's hard to believe, but it's true.

The last straw came when I was feeling merciful and caught a roach to drop off at the railroad tracks just off of campus. I was holding it in the paper towel when it pooped. It stunk as if some dude came into my house, dropped a steamer right on my floor, and walked out. I reacted similarly to how I describe my event up above. "Let me get this straight, I catch you to let you live, and you straight up poop in my hand? No. That's not happening! I can't believe you did that!"

So, yeah. Roaches worked hard and earned my disdain for them. Spiders are still okay. I just don't let certain kinds live in my house. (In this part of the world, those are Brown Recluses and Black Widows.)
The missing link / Re: For lack of a better place to put this.
« Last post by Baradium on July 21, 2016, 02:55:52 AM »

If you don't like roaches, I'm going to guess you absolutely HATE spiders then?

The missing link / For lack of a better place to put this.
« Last post by YawningMan on July 19, 2016, 01:28:15 AM »
I've had my Ford Ranger ever since 1999. It's a 1993 model with 4 cylinders in the engine and 5 speeds on the floor. I've had a great many experiences with it over the years. I get to chalk up another one that isn't so much fun today.

Texas gets pretty hot, and my Ranger hasn't had air conditioning since 2012. I've learned to manage, though. Sweating isn't uncommon for me. It just runs down my back, legs, arms, you name it. It's not a big deal anymore.

I was heading to a fast food restaurant to get some ice for my wife today. About two miles out, I see a roach come from who knows where and crawl across my floor to under the passenger side dash. I've had plenty of bad experiences with roaches already, so I'm not happy about seeing this guy in my Ranger. I'm wondering how he got in, if he's the only one, and (most importantly) how I'm going to get him out. I already know I'm going to have to go upside down in my pickup to try to fish this nasty thing out. I'm going to go through the effort. I hate these things, and I don't want it to get on my backpack and end up in my apartment!

So, as I'm driving and contemplating, I feel sweat running down my ... wait, no. It's running up my leg. Bloody hell! Sweat doesn't run UP people's legs! I take my left hand off of the wheel and slap it down on my jeans where this alleged "sweat" is. I feel it run a little further up on the other side of my leg, near my knee. I slap down as hard as I can in this new spot, and hold it as tight as I can. I'm in the parking lot where the fast food joint is, so I just find a parking spot and shut off the pickup without taking my hand off of my leg.

So, I am careful about getting out of my pickup. I'm rubbing my jeans, not caring about what I think is on my leg. I get out and stand up, and sure enough, there's a roach that falls out of the bottom of my pant's leg.

I'm more incensed than disgusted or freaked out about it. I'm talking to this roach as I calmly step on it over and over. (I'm not cruel, after all. I don't want it to suffer. I just want it to die!) "You're freakin' serious?! You want to crawl up my pant's leg, right?! Seriously?! This is what you want to do?! This is how you wanted to die today?! How did you even get into my pickup?!"

I look up and see some woman in a minivan, and she averts her eyes before our eyes can meet. Whatever. I'm just glad the wife didn't have to know about it. That's really the main reason I'm talking about it here. I had to get it off my chest, but there's no way I was going to tell the missus.

Thanks, guys and gals.
Aviation related topics / Re: Helping your fellow aviator
« Last post by mphawk on July 13, 2016, 01:44:59 AM »
yes in general pilots are very helpful
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