posted on Oct, 9 2021 @ 09:24 PM
I was lucky in that I always, and I mean always, knew what I wanted to do. I played in a band and earned enough money to take flying lessons with the
financial help from Dad and soloed by age 16. My goal was to fly military or commercial. 8.5 years military flying until I hung up my guns and said no
more, 8.5 years corporate pilot, and 25 years commercial for a major.
I am glad I got to realize my life's goals as many of my friends had no idea what they wanted to do or become so many settled for much less than their
potential and certainly a fulfilled work life.
During the time frame I flew we actually had to fly and make approaches unlike today where the pilot is a glorified computer programmer.
Lucky, lucky, lucky, as I retired well and can live in just about any country I choose as long as there are golf courses and I do not feel like I am
getting ripped off at every turn. Being ripped off is a personal peeve of mine.
Amazing how doggedness and just bold stubbornness can pay off with a bit of luck and proper education.
Speaking of education I was just about flunking in school up to the 7th grade. I hated school other than my friends it was boring and repetitively
stupid in my mind. At home a dog, a horse, and a gun was all I need for happiness and excitement. A senior Captain for American Airlines was a good
friend of the family. He asked me how I was doing in school and I told him I hated school as it was so boring I wanted to just stay home.
He explained without passing school I would never be able to fly for the military or a commercial airline as no one wants a dummy working for them.. I
was on the honor role from 7 thru 12 grade and that was with me playing in a rock and roll band Wednesday thru Saturday nights starting in my freshman
Sometimes all it takes is to get someone's attention...even for a dummy like me...