We had an amazing experience today. There is a local business owner who is also a pilot, and he recently started a program where he’ll take kids with special needs up in a tiny 4-seater plane. Well, today Owen had the chance, and it was incredible. He got to sit right up front in the co-pilot seat, wearing a headset/mic and holding the steering wheel just like a real pilot. The (real) pilot was incredible with him, spending so much time explaining and showing him things, addressing him as “captain” every time and just being all-around astonishingly kind and generous. He even has a person with him to take pictures of the whole event, though he insists on being the one to pick out his favourites to post online.
We actually thought he was just a very kind pilot who was probably getting some sponsorship from the airline company. Only when we looked him up later did we find out he is actually the owner of a great local pizza chain, and is actually funding the entire thing out of his pocket, including the photographer, runway fees, fuel costs, etc. And he does it ALL himself, including setting up appointments, texting me this morning to update me on wind conditions, etc.
This section from the article is something that I have always believed in, and the people I respect most in this world act like this:
You know how you can tell which guy in the room was actually a Navy SEAL? He's the one that doesn't brag, doesn't threaten, doesn't engage in bluster. He's the quiet confident fellow in the back, the one you didn't notice. He doesn't have to prove anything to anybody, he knows who and what he is and he doesn't give a tinker's damn what you think of him. It's the swaggering pompous ******* spinning outrageous war stories and constantly trying to prove his manhood that's the fraud. Those who've been there can tell the difference at a glance. Those who haven't, listen to the fraud with rapt attention and eyes as big as saucers.
Trump has rallied his enemies. What happened in Virginia tonight could be really bad for the GOP.
The problem with the left wing is that they traditionally disenfranchised around due to Dems centralist politics and therefore rally around their pet projects "Save the Whales" etc.
I think this is a wake-up call that:
a. while you might not want to vote FOR the Democrats, as they probably won't champion your pet project, you certainly probably want to vote AGAINST the Republicans
b. you have to be a little crazy to want to get into politics but for 2018 / 2020 it seems like more quality candidates are stepping up.
c. while the new ight-wing political MO is throwing out bagfuls of lies you can't just throw up your hands and walk away; because the undecided will latch on to some smear and go with it [though admittedly the smear is a political gambit that everyone uses]
This may be off base, but I think there was a time when flying the confederate flag was just like a show of pride at southern/red neck/country/hillbilly lifestyle or whatever. Doesn't mean it wasn't offensive back then, but I think it was flown with less malice than today, if that makes sense?
There was also a time when pepe the frog was just a cartoon character and there was a time when the swastika was just the symbol for a political party.
The meanings behind symbols change, and I think if you fly a confederate flag in today's society, you are either proudly embracing the current ideology of the confederate flag(though these people will be quick to dispute this, they'll have their own "publicly acceptable" reasons for it), or you are naïve and/or tone deaf.
I'm glad to see we are talking about mental health, at least in some respect. I feel like guns sometimes get a little too much of the 'blame' and not enough is being done to consider the mental health of these people, especially those in the military.
While the gun lobby and anyone who defends them are nothing but scum, you have to at least accept that its almost too late at this point to do much about the gun ownership issue in the US, and wonder the whys of it all a little bit more than the how.
Going to Seattle this weekend for a Mazda event. Going to Huskies/UCLA on Saturday, then Seahawks:Texans on Sunday. Will be my first 2 live football games (not including a couple CFL games). Pretty excited!
nice. I had been on a good run, just trying to run up a freeroll win on my own account. won $7 on a freeroll in week 2. doubled up to $14 in week 3, then $28 in week 4, then $56 in week 5, then up to $110 in week 6.
My double up lineup lost this week though. Luckily I didn't go for the full double again as I wasn't feeling great about my lineup. Back down to $50 now.