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First dual! - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
First dual!
One of the airport crowd offered me some motorcycle dual instruction today - so I took him up on it.

After an hour, my clutch hand was sore, but I was riding and stopping successfully, as long as I only went in a straight line. I suppose turns will wait for the class. I signed up online for the 17th/18th, since I should be back from Illinois by then.

Afterwards, Michael and I went shopping. I now have my own helmet and jacket and gloves, as a belated birthday present. You know, I think I need some pictures....

Didn't get much done on the Tripacer - I finished the right main gear (brakes and wheel bearings), pumped up the flat nosewheel strut, and started on the tail. It was just too hot.

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skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 6th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
PJY - Pinckneyville-Du Quoin Airport, Pinckneyville, Illinois, USA

It's about 45 miles SE of St. Louis...
acelightning From: acelightning Date: September 6th, 2005 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
i had two different boyfriends, when i was in my late teens, who both had motorcycles. between them, they taught me to ride. i don't even remember too much about it, except that it was fun - but then again, i had already learned how to drive a stick-shift car, and fooled around a bit with airplanes when i was in the Civil Air Patrol, before i was even legally old enough to drive. i don't know whether i could still drive a motorcycle, after all these years... but the body sometimes remembers what the mind thinks it's forgotten...

on a different note... i know you do Angel Flights, and this news story out of New Orleans mentions an Angel Flight reuniting families that had gotten separated in the chaos. (that wasn't you, was it?) in the midst of the emerging picture of an enormous clusterfuck that made things far worse than they could have been, it's things like that Angel Flight that remind me that there are human beings in this world... (maybe you'd better find out just what jblaque wants flown from NOLA to San Antone...)

skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 6th, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
It wasn't me, but only because there were far more pilots wanting those missions there there were missions to be had. We've been getting email all week begging pilots to stop calling for missions, because there just weren't enough to go around.

Whatever else you may say about this whole thing, the rescue has been horribly organized. We had an entire wing (200+ or so?) of pilots ready to fly the day it happened. CAP had a squadron ready to fly. Whatever they're calling the Confederate Air Force these days had a squadron ready ready to fly. The aux wing of the Coast Guard had pilots waiting to fly....

And no one wanted anything done. Our Angel Flight wing in total flew 5 missions to reunite families last week. This weekend, they did some evacuation of Baton Rogue hospitals to make some room there. But there just wasn't anything else anyone wanted us to do - and I can't imagine that there wasn't a lot we could have done.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: September 6th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
while it's nice to think that there are more people who are willing to help than are actually needed, i strongly suspect that everyone who wants to help could be put to work... if the bureaucrats would just get their collective thumb out of their collective ass and let people do it! (and that reminds me - i need to email my brother in Dallas; he's in the CAP... and he once lived in Mobile.)

i hope you do get a chance to put your skills to work for those who need help...

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