Two things I have forgotten to mention:
When Nell and I flew the boys up to Santa Barbara one of my favorite things was that Dexter loved being “on the radio” with his headset. The microphone is voice-activated, and Dexter immediately asked how he knew which person he was talking to. When informed that he would be talking to everyone, Dexter exclaimed, “Hellooooo People of the World!” That became our motto for the trip, and for a lot of the days following. So, Hello People of the World!
The other is that when I was in seventh grade I asked my parents for a computer for xmas. This was a foolish request. In 1978 computers cost a fortune and did nothing useful. There were a dozen computers I could use at school (which I did), and the kids who had computers at home used them to play games. My parents instead gave me the manual from the TRS-80 (Radio Shack) model I had mentioned. I read the manual (which was really a language reference guide for the BASIC built into the machine) backwards and forward over winter break. When I returned to school I had all sorts of ideas.
When Adam mentions that I had to pay Sunrise for their nearly useless time this morning he is forgetting that I actually bought something with thirty of those dollars. I now have the Pilots Operating Handbook for the Diamond DA40.