The friendly face of flight simming
... but don't blame me, it's Mark's fault! After all, he's the one that approved my membership. I'll bet he had a long, sleepless night, thinking about that decision.
In regard to the highly unlikely idea that someone may have actually missed me, I shall offer the following explanation:
I have been a "one eyed wonder" since I was 16 years old, and over the course of the last six years, I have been gradually loosing the sight in my "good" eye, due to a slowly developing cataract.
Cataracts are nothing new to me, as that was the primary reason for the loss of sight in my "bad" eye. That cataract was surgically removed at a time long before lens implants were available, and, with the use of an aphakic contact lens, the vision in that eye was correctable to between 20/60 and 20/40. Unfortunately, due to other damage caused by the severe injury that I received to that eye, I was never able to use it in conjunction with my "good" eye. At that time, my eye surgeon, USAF Col. Ulrich, told me that if something ever happened to my "good" eye, I might have a suitable spare.
Approx. two months ago I was called about doing some work on a front end loader, but I was very hesitant about excepting it because of my concerns about driving. Hell, I couldn't read the "STOP" on stop signs, or even, if I was lucky enough to see them, tell what color traffic lights were.
Knowing there was no way, in hell, that I could afford the surgery on my "good" eye, I thought about what Col. Ulrich had told me those many years ago, and decided that if I took the chance on driving, I would be able to make a last ditch effort at restoring, at least, some vision.
After a week and half worth of VERY INTENSE driving, I made enough money to afford the necessary eye exams., a six pack of disposable aphakic contact lenses, and a pair of bifocal glasses (for fine tuning) to, after 42 years of non use, turn my "bad" eye into my "good" eye. Thanks to the exceptional work of Col. Ulrich many years ago, and the expertise of Dr. Holland recently, I CAN NOW SEE BETTER THAN I'VE BEEN ABLE TO SEE IN APPROX. TEN YEARS!!!
It's taking a bit of work to get used to using my left eye after so my years of looking from the other side of my nose, but damn it, I'm happier than hell.
That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it! LOL
I've already talked to (in order of my initial contact) Rick Ulbrich, Rodger Rea, Vic Bond, and Ken McKinstry, about a Reunion Multi-Player Flight in about a month or two, and they are all ready, and willing.
As with all of the flights that I host, all members are welcome to join. I will post details when all of those, that may want to join, can come to a consensus on the time. Bond... Vic Bond, has already been tasked with setting up a tour of Australia. Let me know who wants to join by responding to this post. Please include your time zone, and preferred time, in your response.
In addition to the four "pile its" that I mentioned previously, I hereby deem that participation of the following is mandatory:
Spooner Sponseller (I'm sorry Spooner, I couldn't remember your first name!)
Yep! I'm a pushy old fart!
Damn! I'm glad to be back! And... those that may have complaints about that, can take it up with Mark. As I said at the beginning: "It's Mark's fault!"
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