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#20757 - 01/19/03 04:37 PM Go for it!  
rowdyrudy  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 169
Mascoutah, IL USA
From reading posts, I feel there are some who are considering "stepping out on their own".
I forever remember a bit of advice that I received from my Father, "Never look back and say I wish that I had tried that or I should have done that".
Several of the things that I have tried:
Air Force pilot (treasured every minute).
Auto Racing (O.K. but I prefer the air).
Boxing (not too affectionate of this one).
Pro baseball (restricted my party time).
Sky-diving (not too bad).
University lecturer (boring as hell).
Motorcycling (didn't pursue this for long as I would have inflicted grave bodily harm to myself).
Skiing (Hated it).
Boating (I'm no sailor).
Fished with dynamite (Kind of hairy).
Earning my BSEE (great feeling)
Qualifying as a Master Electrician (fantastic).
Assisted in a delivery (not my cup of tea).
Bought a racehorse (kept me broke).
So I would say to all, go for it, you may not get a second chance.

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#20758 - 01/19/03 06:08 PM Re: Go for it!  
sparky66wv  Offline
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 2,236
West Virginia
Great advice, Rowdy!

If you don't mind my curiousity, what kept you from earning $0.5M annually as a heavy-iron pilot? Was the alure of being an electrician greater than your love to fly?

I'm sure after pulling g's as a jock, the heavies would be quite boring, so I understand your reluctance!

I prefer bush flying and don't have much attraction to jets. Keep the prop up front, the wing on top, and the tail (and the stall speed) down low for me!

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Pic of my uncle Bill Mauzy's J-3 Cub. My dad learned to fly in this very plane. Bill's on the right and Dave Hershman on the left. From Dave's website.

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#20759 - 01/19/03 07:05 PM Re: Go for it!  
sparky  Offline
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i like your spirit Rowdy
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#20760 - 01/19/03 07:42 PM Re: Go for it!  
lighthouse  Offline
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Posts: 134
philadelphia pa 19125
rowdyrudy... Fished with dynamite.

now there one to try. [Linked Image] ( dynamite }and i been using bait all this

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#20761 - 01/19/03 08:02 PM Re: Go for it!  
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Posts: 552
Magnolia,.Texas U.S.A.
Wonder how he got that name? [Linked Image]

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#20762 - 01/20/03 08:09 AM Re: Go for it!  
rowdyrudy  Offline
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Mascoutah, IL USA
sparky66wv-When I retired from the AF I went into business engineering, consulting, and contracting (electrical). I couldn't stand the thought of flying a bus but I did buy myself a Cessna 310C which I only sold about 2-1/2 years ago. BTW the tail dragger brought back a few memories. I very nearly had a major disaster when I did a few aerobatics in a J-3 in my wild, younger days. I retired from business in 1993 but I still assist friends who are contractors as well as a large law firm. (I have been certified by the court as an expert witness).
I get a great kick out of watching people who work hard succeed in their endeavors. My advice to anyone is "Never Give Up"!

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