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July 3rd, 2005
02:47 pm

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Does anyone actually read these things?
I kinda think journals are just fads. At least to me. But what the heck, I'll update now and then anyways.

Big month here. I moved to Texas, went to Australia for 2 weeks to visit Kim, and just last week started my new phase of training. I'm currently working out the details of how I'm going to be taking time off for my wedding since the Navy isn't being too cooperative with that effort. We'll see. Details like this have worked out in the past, and I can trust that they will once again.

I've got some crazy strep throat-like thing going on inside me, kinda concerns me that it's been this long, but hopefully will get better soon. Meds work sometimes, but at least it's not as painful as it was. Hope it doesn't down me from flying.

Texas is nice, Corpus Christi is great except for the heat and crime. Just keep your eyes open and stay in the A/C and it's all good.

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May 23rd, 2005
09:46 pm

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Howdy Pardner
Well it's been a while since I updated so I thought I'd write one for your reading pleasure.

I'm moving to Corpus Christi, TX this Thursday (26th), to start training for advanced maritime aircraft. I'll be learning to fly large, multi-engine aircraft, which is a huge step up from my training in the T-34. Not sure exactly what I'll be flying (there's some options) but I do know it will be bigger, faster, and able to fly higher and farther than anything I've flown to date (which honestly isn't much).

So Corpus seems like fun, it'll be hot but I'll enjoy it. Sometime around Christmas, maybe before or after, I'll be moving out to Jacksonville, FL for training on the P-3, which is ultimately the one I'll be flying for most of my Navy career.

Also in December I'll be getting married and will likely be getting promoted, so it'll be a big month.
I'll keep my same e-mail, and my phone number will be the same for the time being so feel free to call.
Yeeee-haawwww! Texas here I come.

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March 29th, 2005
10:03 pm

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hail yes!
so there i was, standing watch at my squadron (the 24-hour kind of watch, not that sissy 8-hour kind) on saturday, out doing my inspections, when all of a sudden the sky erupts into a flurry of rock-hard spit wads seemingly flung from God himself. actually, it turned out to be hail, baseball size, trying to kill me. i managed to get to safety, but my car didn't fare so well. but hey, if dimples on golf balls make them go faster, then my car should be a rocket. haven't tested that theory yet.

but wait! little did i know, but the hail caused damage to the roof of the bachelor housing. so, nearly 12 hours after the storm (remember, i was on watch), i went to my room and discovered that about half of my bedroom ceiling was now on my bed, on the floor, and on boxes of my stuff. as a result, i've moved out and am now living in town. new address, new home number and all that. drop me an e-mail if you want it (or reply to this post), but i might get around to one of those mass-e-mail address updates eventually.

oh! and over half our aircraft were damaged too. rumors abound as to how much damage that was, but it seems that the flight training is slowed for the time being.

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March 7th, 2005
04:54 pm

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Reinventing
I know it's lame, not updating your journal and all, but at least I haven't been reading other people's journals either, so it's not like I'm being selfish. Anyway, here's an update:

Kim has come and gone. She dropped in on Feb 11th, left on the 23rd. It was way too short of a visit. I really wish not only that the trip was longer, but that I didn't have to fly every stinking day she was here. For the first time in my flight training I flew every day for those two weeks (except saturday and sunday), getting 9 flights in 7 days of flying, including President's day, a national holiday, and I happened to be one of 6 guys in my squadron of 120 students picked to fly on the holiday. lucky me. so despite the Navy's best efforts, we still had a good time and got to visit New Orleans with some friends. And yes, as BOTH my parents asked after she left, we are still planning to get married. I know it's sappy, but it's entirely possible to re-fall in love.

Flying has been quite exciting lately. Not only have I flown 4 solos so far, but 2 of those were aerobatic, and one was in a formation with another student solo. How awesome is my job? I don't mean to berate other people's jobs, but if you've ever thought of joining the military to fly aircraft, DO IT! Ask me how, there's plenty of ways to get in. My favorite part of flying was formations, which I conveniently started immediately on Kim's arrival, and finished the day before she departed. Formation is awesome, you get to fly 20 feet away from another, equally awesome aircraft, and do some pretty crazy stuff. The best was the tail-chase, i.e. dogfighting, where you get to follow the other guy through barrel rolls and around clouds. Just "plane" awesome.

Current Mood: indescribable
Current Music: Chicago (the band)

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January 26th, 2005
09:12 am

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pilot jargon
i had my first solo flight yesterday!

let me tell you, it was awesome. i had an absolute blast and will always remember it. they require us to fly for a certain amount of time, so after i got all my required landings out of the way i was just messing around. the best part was rolling in behind civilian airplanes and flipping my rudder shakers on (they make the plane vibrate, kinda like a machine-gun) while quoting various lines from top gun. made me feel like a real pilot. awesome.

i start aerobatic flying next, which is loops, barrel rolls, split-S, immelmans, etc, but today looks a little too cloudy for that so it'll have to wait for the time being.

kim leaves friday for her round-the-world vacation trip, ending up down here 16 days from now. can't wait. in the meantime i'll busy myself with flying and studying, and maybe some relaxing now and then.

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January 18th, 2005
06:17 pm

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ben stein on caffeine
been a long time since i updated my journal. let's see....

i just had my first flight today since Christmas, which went well. i'm glad to be back actually doing the work the government is paying me to do.

we set a date for our wedding. december 28th, 2005. quite excited. anyone reading this is welcome to come, though i would guess many of you are already invited. but here's the catch: it will be held in australia. i'd love to fly everyone over there, but i'm not that experienced a pilot, and i couldn't fit many passengers in the T-34.

kim's got some engagement/wedding shower party coming up and the hosts wanted us to register for gifts. any of you recently-married journal-readers have some advice? we could use it.

and last, kim is coming to visit me on february 11th! 7 months since i saw my fiancee. crazy. who's idea was this? well, at least there's light at the end of this long-distance tunnel.

Current Mood: excitedexcited

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December 23rd, 2004
10:47 pm

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holiday hometime
i'm leaving christmas eve for KY, then flying back the 28th, then going skiing from the 29th to the 1st.

best part? family and skiing.

worst part? missing the rose bowl since we'll be on the road.

flying is going well, even if i do keep getting delays. i always get scheduled at the worst time of the day, right as the storms are rolling in. i'm a little behind where i should be right now, but once back from break i'll do my first solo and then start aerobatics, which i hear are a blast. can't wait. loops, barrel rolls, etc. are definitely why i got into flying. oh, and for the chics.




just kidding :-)

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December 8th, 2004
10:51 pm

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flying high
i'm back flying! finally. it's not like there was much i could do, stupid florida weather keeps popping up.

Christmas anyone? you would think the holiday is tomorrow the way everything is so crazy-commercial. but i know, it helps the economy. i'm all for that.

so i've got a visitor coming from australia in february. valentine's day to be exact. how fitting is that? that's no time at all. it'll be nice, after 7 months of nothing but phone calls, IMs and e-mails, to finally get to see the girl i'm planning to marry. i haven't seen her since the day after we got engaged. how sad, yet how romantic. there's all kinds of cheesiness i could throw in here, but let's just leave it saying i'm excited as all get-up. i wonder where that phrase comes from.

Current Mood: enthralled
Current Music: Weezer

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November 24th, 2004
11:48 am

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Gobble gobble gee, gobble gobble gickle; I wish turkeys only cost a nickel
It's been a while. How you doing old friend?

I'm keeping busy, as busy as a pilot-in-training can be. I've got plenty of time off, but I just can't bring myself to use all that time studying. Do I study some? Of course. Do I study enough? Well, that's debatable. Overall I'm still doing well in flight school, but I think I'm capable of more. The proven motivator of "not living up to your potential" hasn't really worked on me. But I am darn good at flying the simulators, which is the stage of training I'm flying right now. These old dudes working for Lockheed Martin are teaching us how to be able to fly when you can't see beyond the nose of the plane, which is a very good thing to know if you're ever in that situation, which frequently happens in this part of Florida.

But all flying aside, I have to say life is great. Now it's not perfect, but I don't think perfection will ever be achieved in this life. It's all in how you look at things. The glass half-empty or half-full? (or having 50% too much glass, as the industrial engineer in me would say) In my experience so far, the full-thinking side of me is much happier and even I tend to prefer the full-glass-Forney over the empty-glass-Forney.

Oh, and for those of you from other Big Ten schools....HA! Michigan did lose to Ohio State, but my mourning period ended around the 3rd quarter of the Wisconsin-Iowa game when it became evident that the Wolverines would again be gracing the sunny-skied field of Pasadena California on New Years day.

Happy Thanksgiving to any journal-readers out there. Turkey and stuffing is one of God's great gifts to man. Thanks God.

Current Mood: contentcontent

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November 1st, 2004
03:55 pm

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wind beneath my wings
or rather, i guess i should say the wind "above" my wings, because that's technically how the plane flies. yes, i am a flying geek, and i think i know way too much about flying. but can you ever really know too much about the job you love? i doubt it.

anyway, i'm flying now! i've got just over 3 hours to my name in the T-34C, with many more to go. hopefully i won't keep getting sick, as makes it kinda hard to fly the plane when your stomach pulls the ejection handle. however, i've been told that airsickness is quite common in military pilots, at least at first, and that most people acclimate after just a few flights. i suppose i'm willing to purchase a few round-trip meal tickets as long as they keep letting me cruise the skies.

anyone see michigan's win over michigan state last week? best game ever. made me miss ann arbor even more.

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