Month: July 2004

Sen. Charles Schumer: Idiot-in-Chief

Congratulations, Sen. Schumer. You’re now at the top of my shit list. Via AVweb: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) claims New York City is being shortchanged on security by the existence of the uncontrolled VFR corridor and he believes the Big Apple deserves the same sort of GA ban that Washington, D.C., has. “If they can do it for Washington, they… Read more →

The Orange County Coastline

My hangar is kind of a melancholy place these days, as it seems I’ve found a buyer for Nine-Four-Mike. A nice guy whose name also happens to be… Mike. Anyway, I’ve been thinking about what I’ll miss most once she’s sold. “Ground visibility” is definitely near the top of the list. For sightseeing, there’s nothing quite like a 100 or… Read more →

Multi-Engine Instrument Rating

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment that comes when, after a tough checkride, an examiner reaches over from the right seat to shake your hand and says, “Congratulations — you passed!” That’s the feeling I had this past Tuesday when I recieved my multi-engine rating. I’d almost forgotten how nice it was. Read more →

The Moore You Know

Perhaps it was David Brooks who summarized Michael Moore best. In a June 26th op-ed column for the New York Times, he wrote: Like Hemingway, Moore does his boldest thinking while abroad. For example, it was during an interview with the British paper The Mirror that Moore unfurled what is perhaps the central insight of his oeuvre, that Americans are… Read more →

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Well, it’s official. God has forsaken the civilized world. I know this because I just saw the first Christmas decoration of the 2004 season in a store. On July 7th. To be fair, it was an online store. Specifically’s free e-card section. But if it’s being done online today, you know it’s only a matter of time before early… Read more →


Paul and I played nine holes today at Aliso Creek, a golf course tucked in a small canyon just off Pacific Coast Highway in South Laguna Beach. Our timing was perfect: right after a long weekend. There were very few people there and we were able to play the course as a twosome instead of being paired with other players.… Read more →


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