So here we are…
It’s the beginning of 2019. As I sit back and look at all the things that 2018 brought to me and my family, I can’t help but be thankful.
As ’18 began, the members my local flying club started it off right. We have our local high school gymnasium available on Saturday mornings for doing some indoor flying. Now, if you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to try it! It’s loads of fun! Along with sheer enjoyment, indoor flying is great for keeping those ‘flying thumbs’ nimble all winter long. We had some good times, flying in the gym!
In February, I attended the Twin Cities Radio Controllers aircraft auction – sometimes to sell some planes, but always to purchase. For the last few years, I have walked away with kits – not to build right now, but I’m tucking them away for when my life slows down. Some day, I’ll retire, and at that point, I’ll need airplanes to build! I’ll be back again in 2019, and I’ll most likely do another article on this auction.
The Toledo Expo arrived in April, but unfortunately, I was unable to make it to the show. My Late friend, Mike Buzzeo and I used to go every year. He passed back in 2012, and I’ve been back since, but it’s just not the same without my best friend… I imagine I’ll make it back there again, at some point, and it’ll be fun again!
Spring hit, but it was wet and windy – not exactly the best weather for flying RC aircraft. I did what I could to get some flying done, but it was almost impossible. Before I knew it, June was here, and I was doing my final preparations for the trip of a lifetime – I visited the Seagull Models Factory in Vietnam! For almost a week, I was a guest of Duyen Luu, the owner and CEO of Seagull Models. I met some new friends while I was there as well – Michael and Janine O’Reilly were two of the nicest folks with whom I could have shared this trip! Michael and I had some great talks about the state of our RC hobby, and we shared out thoughts about where we thought the hobby was headed. It was so great to spend time with people that had as much passion for RC aircraft as I have! While visiting, Seagull celebrated their 20th anniversary. A big party was had, and I was able to be part of the demonstration team flying indoor models for all of the guests at the party. It was an honor to have been invited, but even more of an honor to be able to go and be a part of the celebration! Thank you, Duyen!
By the time I got back to the States, and got my sleeping schedule back on track, Independence day was upon us. I was really in a pinch to get some flying done – not only for reviews, but just to get out and enjoy some RC flying! I finally did get some good days of flying in, but like every year, it’s never enough. My best flyin’ buddy, Jim Buzzeo and I had some difficult moments with a couple of review aircraft, but we did the best we could with what we had.
Unfortunately, all to soon, fall had set in, and it was not very conducive to flying. Now, it may sound like I’m making excuses at this point, but the weather did not want to cooperate very much this year! We took the few hours we could to get some more flying in, but before too long, the club members were back to flying in the gym at the high school. Even as I sit here writing this, I have yet to make it to the gym to do any indoor flying – there’s always something that comes up on a Saturday morning that needs attention, but I will make it there yet!
December was a bittersweet month, as we had to put our old dog down. If you’ve never had to go through this, I envy you. I truly mean that it was the hardest thing I’ve done in my adult life! She had turned 14 in September, and she had been with us for ten years. Unfortunately, she had cancer. Her body was full of tumors, and she was dying. So, with heavy hearts, we laid our dear, sweet Penny to rest on December 9th. Our other dog, a 9 year old Lab mix, was lost without his friend. He wasn’t eating, and he was lonely – even when we were all home, he wasn’t the same. Even within a couple of days, it became clear that he would need a new companion. We found a little pup almost right away, and she was perfect! At 9 months old, she was mostly house trained, and as sweet as she could be. Our other dog took a liking to her right away, and he was looking and feeling much better. The new pup stole a place in my heart as well – while my old girl will never be forgotten, that empty hole she left has, at least, been partially filled…
So, as I sit here looking back over 2018, I am grateful for my family and friends, I’m thankful to have a great career at my local hospital and the opportunity to be part of RCUniverse for nearly TEN years. I have been blessed in many ways this past year. As 2018 comes to a close, I want to thank all of you, the RCUniverse members that took the time to read my articles and watch my videos. I want to thank the members that also took the time to leave me comments on any of my reviews and/or articles. Your words are truly heard!
Looking forward to 2019, most people make resolutions. Some stick to their resolutions, some don’t. For the coming year, I am going to make some very simple resolutions. As I have done in the past, I will continue to bring you, the RCUniverse members, more intuitive reviews and entertaining articles. That part is relatively easy! My biggest resolution for 2019 is to get out and go flying a lot more than I did in 2018, and not only for reviews. I want to get out and go flying JUST TO FLY! I hope that this is one of your resolutions as well.
Thank you, ALL of you, for making what I do worth while! For without you, RCUniverse doesn’t exist. Let’s continue flying, and keeping this hobby alive for future generations to enjoy!
From my shop to yours, I wish you all happy landings!