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Posted by Bad Karma | Sep 26, 2011 @ 04:46 PM | 2,118 Views
I made it 21 years without ever even trying a cigarette. I played sports all the way through high school, and this was a simple enough deterrent to keep me away from smoking. It's not exactly like I wanted to hang out with the kids who smoked anyway, most were lacking any redeeming qualities. The previous statement is in no way intended to knock you if you happened to smoke in high school. It refers to my classmates specifically.

In college, with my deterrent gone, I ended up rooming with the same 3 guys for the majority of our time there. They all smoked. And for me, it was a 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em' situation.

Now I smoke when I fly, smoke when I drive, smoke when I watch tv, smoke when I post to my blog. I managed to convince myself over the last 5 years that I would find a convenient time to quit. I also managed to convince myself that $6.50 a pack was still worth it.

So now, with what I know will be my last pack of smokes in hand, and TONS of Nicorette in my future, I have three pieces of advice for the three of you that read my blog.

1. If you smoke, why not quit with me, we'll both be making healthier choices.
2. If you don't smoke, never start. It's dirty, smelly, costly, and that's not even mentioning the diseases. Plus, quitting sucks...or so I'm told.
3. Buy stock in the company that manufactures Nicorette, they will soon be getting a huge sales bump.
Posted by Bad Karma | Sep 18, 2011 @ 09:55 AM | 2,009 Views
As we get closer to that day in Ohio when the sun sets at 5, the cold wind comes out of the Northwest, and I put my transmitter away in favor of my shotguns and rifles (pheasants and coyotes beware), I thought this would be a good time to look back at this flying season, my third in the hobby.

I don't know about your neck of the woods, but Ohio had one of the wettest springs I can remember. We had 6 straight days of at least 1/2 inch of rain in May, and early June was not much better. I spend much of this time meticulously inspecting my new Parkzone P-47. It was the most amount of money I had ever put into a single plane. Electric retracts, flaps, and an Eflite 40 amp ESC. In retrospect, I should not have been so nervous.

June and July kept me pretty busy at work, but I found plenty of time in the evenings to fly most of my airplanes. The same group of kids in a neighborhood near my park regularly came to watch me fly, ask a million questions, and generally talk my ear off. Good kids, I answered all their questions I could, and did my best to get them interested in flight and the RC hobby. Here I learned that at the end of a long day, when all you want to do is fly in silence, the curiosity of kids can sometimes make for a less enjoyable flying experience.

I had my first catastrophic crash in mid August. I hit a light pole in a parking lot. I learned that depth perception and perspective can fool even young eyes with 20/20 vision. They say that you can't...Continue Reading