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This is how I want to turn 90

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:57 am
by 8233
Great story. I couldn't think of a better way to spend a birthday:

https://fox17online.com/2019/09/05/grea ... o-jackson/

Re: This is how I want to turn 90

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:51 am
by 6898
Thanks for that. I'm passing it on to some of my bud's now. Good meeting you too.

Re: This is how I want to turn 90

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:39 am
by Rob Swanland
That's a great story... thanks David for posting. What I found very interesting about the old gal's comments was her mention of how taking to the air allowed her to leave the stress of the day behind. My day job is very stressful and I have experienced exactly the same thing, but I never quite figured out why this happens or if anyone else experiences this too. All the best to the 90 year old flying great-grandmother, for me I'm just trying to make it to 70.

Re: This is how I want to turn 90

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:26 am
by 8233
Rob Swanland wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:39 am
That's a great story... thanks David for posting. What I found very interesting about the old gal's comments was her mention of how taking to the air allowed her to leave the stress of the day behind. My day job is very stressful and I have experienced exactly the same thing, but I never quite figured out why this happens or if anyone else experiences this too. All the best to the 90 year old flying great-grandmother, for me I'm just trying to make it to 70.
I agree about the stress relief as well. I think for me it's something about being so literally disconnected from everything. It's just me, the airplane and the open sky. My earthly problems have no room in the cabin and have to stay on the ground. :D

Re: This is how I want to turn 90

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:39 pm
by 8424
I've tried to explain this to non flyers for a long time...they just can't understand.

I think "High Flight" says it pretty good:

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Steve H

Re: This is how I want to turn 90

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:08 pm
by 8233
There wasn't a dry eye anywhere when Reagan quoted that during the Challenger memorial.