Author: David

The Tool Totem

I had this crazy dream. But first I need to back up a bit. Sonya and I were recently in Alaska where we saw many totem poles. We even watched one of the artists...

A Phone Play in 1 (Short) Act

Since buying a house we’ve been getting an insane number of telemarketing calls. This is due to a) the house purchase being a public record available to anyone who wants to look up the...

Checkride Passed!

Dec. 11 Today was the long awaited, much anticipated checkride. The day began for me at midnight, literally. Unable to sleep, I awoke at 12:39 am and started off by filling out form 8710-1,...

But there is…isn’t there?

While in a Starbucks in Seattle (the Starbucks in fact) I overheard this bit of a conversation between a man and woman as they were leaving. The man had opened the door and the...

My long cross-country solo is out of the way

Sunday was my scheduled long cros-country solo. I had wanted to go to Sedona (SEZ) but was convinced by my CFI that it was a bit too far to do in one day given the rapidly...

Trial By Fire

Throughout the day at Los Alamos the skies darkened – as if the rain that has been forecast on a nearly continuous daily schedule would actually arrive. But there were little to no clouds...

Lost my shirt today…1st solo

I suppose with the nice weather these days there are more of us making the big leap. I made mine this morning around 1400Z. The weather was amazingly calm for this time of year...

Sunny Side Up

From a 2002 New Yorker article: “When people talk about the need to modernize the American air-traffic-control system, this is, in large part, what they are referring to. Whenever a plane takes off, the...

A Phone Play, Scene: My Office

Does anyone ever pay attention to the first 10 seconds of a phone conversation? Today’s phone drama gives weight to my theory that people do not. Me: This is david. Dude: Yeah, uh, Mr....

I’m Alright

I was at the University of Chicago to attend a colloquium recently. In case you’ve never been there, UofC is a lovely campus – just shy of being quaint and pastoral by it’s proximity...