Trailblazing aviator Elinor Smith died in Palo Alto, California, at the age of 98. She was born Elinor Regina Patricia Ward in 1911 in New York City. (She became Elinor Smith after her father, whose wide-ranging show business pursuits included singing and comedy, changed his name to Tom Smith.) Elinor Smith grew up in the […]
“Where is she,” I stuttered, as I crawled in and literally crashed into Bill’s office.
“My dear chap, are you alright?’ Bill drawled, lazily.
“You do not look good. Were you in an accident?” he queried.
“You know, we were out of Clean-X again, ” he interjected, happy to get the foremost thought in his mind off his chest.
“I knew something weird was happening. I think Bob is crazy about Jill, and always forgets to pack enough. You know, old chap, you really need to come with us next time to Ensenada. Amelia misses you, of course,” he eyed me with disquiet.
“I have it!” he clapped his hands triumphantly, as he about turned to the other matter foremost on his mind. “You could fly us there, and we will not have to put up with Bob,” he said, enthusiastically, pleased with himself for having solved the problem foremost in his mind.
“You know old chap, my good chap, are you alright?” he asked anxiously. “You really don’t look well. Have you been to see a doctor?” he laughed.
“I mean not me, of course”, he laughed again, loudly, enjoying his joke.
I collapsed, unable to say a word. I opened my lips to speak, but heard nothing.
Crazy Bill, as usual, was ranting off in his British accent.
Where the devil was my Amelia?
I have been called the “whitest Brown guy” by many a person – recently even… which I am meant to take as a compliment. Yes, even I… a Brown guy …. do love hockey and baseball, and know more about both sports than most (not all) people (part of the plan to try and fit […]
This is John Galt Speaking
In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst.
In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of people be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title.
Do not lose your knowledge that our proper estate is an upright posture,
an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads.
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all.
Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach.
Check your road and the nature of your battle.
The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it’s yours.
–from the Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
A Year of Women!
This has been a strange year… but definitely A Year of Women!
Here are some highlights from flynthings from 2017…
Finding a Voice Amidst the Threats & Fears
Climate Change: It’s Serious
Rise Up & Speak Up or #TakeAKnee
Letter of the Century
Come From Away
A Door in the Sky
Top 3 most viewed posts in 2017:
Here’s hoping 2018 will be far better…
It’s that time of the year for holiday parties, good food and of course Airplane Cookies!
Have a Happy & Safe Thanksgiving Week!
I typically like to see a White Christmas. There is something ethereal about waking up on Christmas morning to snow covered rooftops and driveways. In fact, my first Christmas morning in the East Coast, I spied not one, or even two but six deer lurking around the snow covered woods behind my house.
Three years ago, it was snowing heavily further north of here, with 5-8 inches accumulation expected, Thanksgiving week. I did see some flakes in the mid-Atlantic, but no accumulation east of the 95 corridor. The weather played havoc with travel and Thanksgiving plans for people intent on getting out of town.
No snow expected this week in the Mid Atlantic. But who knows what the weather will do to travel plans.
Safe travels and have a very Happy & safe Thanksgiving week or weekend!
Unmanned aerial vehicles, popularly known as drones, are most often associated with airstrikes in modern warfare, but their history goes much further back than that. While drones came into the spotlight during the early years of the 21st century the idea of a remotely-operated flying machine was developed much earlier. A forerunner of what we […]