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  1. Owned by Lucy Buffett of Mobile. You may have heard of her brother, Jimmy. actually, it isn’t as far out of the way as I thought. And they have fish pellets to feed the very enthusiastic finny ones in the canal. Not a quick stop, if you have a kid with you. And maybe hard to get any food in him, what with the ropes course, sand toys, and more.
  2. Probably too much of a dip south, but JKA, AL is a short walk to Lulu’s, very good seafood, open air, overhanging the ICW, gift shop and a huge playground/sandbox. Live music often. Very touristy, but a 5.5 year old would be a happy fellow, indeed.
  3. I’m weighing in to encourage you to sign up for the Caravan. I’ve flown the Fisk Arrival several times. Talk about hair-raising... the challenge for me was the mix of 65 mph Cubs and my slick Mooney with gear and flaps dangling so as not to run over them or fall out of the sky. And the guys who were oblivious to where the queue started. Yikes! Field was already at capacity once, so I was diverted into Fond du Lac , which was fine, but much time spent on buses, commuting. The Caravan formation was amazing. So professional and organized. My new Mooney friends tried hard to get me comfortable, and bless them, one even volunteered to ride shotgun with me on that glorious day. Understand, this isn’t Blue Angels standards. Precise, but not 6” between wing tips, inverted. The camaraderie, the cooking, (don’t miss breakfast,) the stories, the great advice, the chance to see other schnazzy panels..were just great. Dear Grandmama and Grandpa were comfortable enough in their way-old sleeping bags on Thermarest mattresses, and grateful not to be in those buses lined up and waiting for access to the drop-off gate. We came and went as we pleased. Whatever you choose, you’ll have a fine time. Very comfortable shoes and socks are a must.
  4. We were young, semi-comfortably settled in a small northern Ohio town, with two children under two, a tiny old house, a thriving and 24/7 country-doctor practice, and papa was quite satisfied with his lot in life. Mama not so much, maybe. Wee town, cold, cold, cold, snow, gray, lonely Southern girl, very demanding babies, not cut out, it seemed, for housewifery. The women I knew were much into canning, quilting, daily vacuuming, and comparing pregnancies. Arggghhh! Our Hero suggested (in the course of a lengthy one-way gripe-fest) I consider signing up for flying lessons. Um, sayWHAT? “Cheaper than psychiatry,” he shrugged. Not true, I suspect, but who, me? Argue with male logic? He still happily occupies the right seat, now in a lovely Screaming Eagle, snoozing contentedly, on his way to see the world’s finest grandchildren.
  5. I love my AspenPro1000. Best thing:it isn’t Garmin. (I dislike the way Garmin only plays nice with Garmin. If I strike oil in the back yard, I’m upgrading that Aspen.
  6. Boats: I LOVE time spent in, on, and under water. But a stroll past our local marina is discouraging. So many, a vast majority, of nice trawlers and once-loved sailboats haven’t been out of the slip in a decade or more. Covered with mildew and barnacles,, tied with frayed lines, brightwork unvarnished in maybe ever. Airplanes: At least a higher percentage of our local airport’s planes seem to be flown, inspected, and washed from time to time, than those bedraggled yachts.. Many of them actually leave the pattern, if only for pancakes or barbecue somewhere nearby.
  7. “If you have to ask, darling, you can’t afford it.” And wrt Bob Belville’s analogy, thing one: I like it! And thing two, Exciting women are expensive. And thing three, we are so worth it. That goes double for beautiful airplanes.
  8. If you’re within hailing distance of Currituck, Elizabeth City, or Edenton, in ne NC, CFII Gary Ambrose, who owns a C, is good. Super nice guy.
  9. I agree. Aerocomfort does a very good job. Get it done right the first time. Hector at Aerocomfort covered my yellowed and cracked and gummy-looking plastic K-model interior with ultra leather, and did a gorgeous job. He also offered a nice fabric option. He was great to work with. Maybe you could do the interior in stages?
  10. I paid maybe $26000 for my brand shiny new 1995 Volvo 850, with a few bells and some whistles. Loved that car. Still ran like a top, mostly. So its paint was a little faded, the odometer hadn’t worked for at least 100,000 miles, the radio was a little unreliable, but hey, I had at least $35K in that car, counting maintenance, leather repair, a new alternator, tires,and so forth. Do you suppose I should have let 8t go for a penny less than that? The time had come to move on last year, after 23 years. I was delighted to swap that beloved beater to a friend in exchange for his expert services. He is still driving it many dozen miles a day, and he is well pleased, but never mind what I had in it, versus what I “sold” it for. Machines don’t usually go up in value, in my experience.
  11. It’s the same or maybe worse at almost any marina. Once-beautiful yachts are deteriorating, half-sunk, peeling varnish and weathered teak, hulls and decks begrimed with mildew, ratty rigging. I can only imagine what shape the motors or sails are in.. A gorgeous day might have one or two boats on the bay. A hundred others never leave the slip, or the driveway. I guess it was fun for a season or two. Keeping the dream alive, maybe. I have no room to talk... my once-good bicycle has hardLy been ridden in 20 years...ummm 35 years?
  12. I spent nearly a year looking/not-looking to replace my beloved 231. I looked at other options, but nothing compared in performance, range, fuel economy, avionics, and care.. Mooney owners on all models and years, tended to splash out on their panels, compared to other brands, tended to keep them in hangars, and exhibit a remarkable degree of pride in their planes. And it seemed that there was a lot more overall value, compared with other planes. My old 231 flew my family back and forth across the continent, easily over weather and mountains, and around thunderstorms. My new normally aspirated love, a M20S Screaming Eagle, while lacking the turbo boost, is even faster, more comfortable, even more stable, lots more range, and better equipped. How much gas it uses depends on how hard I push it and whether I fly LOP. If I am content with J speed, I can throttle back to J fuel consumption. If I insist on Screaming Eagle speeds, it will cost me at the pump. I like that choice! I love hand-flying this bird, but wouldn’t be without a good autopilot if only for fatigue relief and the peace of mind knowing that my non-pilot spouse would have that additional safety margin available,, if I were to crump mid-flight. We rarely fill all the seats, but easily can. The long-body and good UL makes Angel Flight pax comfortable, critter flights easy. The other luxury my “new” plane has is articulating front seats. Huge improvement for this short pilot. Expensive toy? Ohhh, yeah. But I insist I am so worth it!! I expect it will hold its value fairly well, And there’s this: My friend at the airport, who loves this airplane, assures my husband that there’s a reason they don’t put no luggage racks on no hearses. Enjoy it now, while you can, he urges.
  13. Well, I’m curious to learn what fun place(s) you and your right-seater decided on. SO many options, from rustic to regal, to choose from.
  14. Sounds like a certain hangar elf could have a nice little side gig manufacturing pedal extensions. Once upon a time I was 5’4” and 110#. Alas, those measurements seem to be shifting, and not in the super-model direction. I love the articulating seat, but if anybody should find me some 3” extensions, I could have more dessert.
  15. You could add a star to the pins where Mooniacs have space for RONs.. inviting a PM from pilots weathered in or passing through. We enjoy guests when it works out.