Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Yeah, I don't post much.  I haven't posted much for about a year.  On that note, my champion son Nolan entered the world 365 days ago.  He gave me the best birthday present ever, and it wasn't even my birthday.

I could gush endlessly about how cool he is, and how chill he is, and how he prefers to laugh rather than cry, and how I can see the gears working in his head as he decodes the counter-intuitive way we live our lives, and how he makes my heart sing, but I think I'll mostly keep that to myself and instead say he's gold and I'm a rich, rich man.

I'll talk about aviation for a second here - I currently run a small flight department with 3 light jets, and it *might* be my career apex from a $/MTOW perspective.  I have been repeatedly offered more money and heavier equipment and yet I stay here.  Why is that?  Well, frankly because my priorities have changed.  My current job has me home almost every night, and it gives me a lot of time off.  Don't get me wrong - we have our busy periods, and when that happens, I show up and represent the Herculean work ethic.  But we also have our slow periods, and during those, I click the autopilot on at the office, and spend time with Lisa and Nolan.  Not many flying jobs give me that option, but this one does. Sure, there are sacrifices -  I make less money than I possibly could, and I could be flying a heavy jet right now instead of my current 16,500 lbs max takeoff weight.  That used to matter to me.  Also, on the downside, I have less time to spend on my blog. On the upside...

All that being said, I love flying and I will keep posting as time and circumstance permits, because it's a pretty amazing privilege I have, and I'm happy to share it.