Apology in advance: I put up thoughts here which are only meant to have people consider their own perspective. I have no desire for anyone to adopt mine nor agree with it. I like to think of it as thought provoking, not thought providing.
The “thought for the day” comments are a by product of work we are doing, cleaning up out of date sections of our website, editing sections of the manuals and assembling more building information from the vast collection of material I have written in the last decade. These tasks are getting about 3 hours of late night work every night. The thoughts are just small excerpts of things I have previously written, they are not, and were never specifically conceived to be offensive to anyone nor judgmental of other views.
If anyone reads the comment below and somehow thinks I am in favor of Spanish Influenza, 1950s cast iron dashboards and javelin steering columns, and debtors prisons, they are getting the wrong message, and might be better off just ignoring everything under the “thought for the day” heading
I tend to write everything as if I am having a conversation with my next door neighbor over a cup of coffee at the kitchen table. It works in person because my actual neighbors understand that I am neither a genius nor a fascist, just another person who likes planes. If you have never met me in person, let me assure you I am more entertaining when I say these things in person over coffee.
“Antibiotics, airbags and personal bankruptcy law are all things that take the real consequences away from bad decisions people make today. Flight is just the reverse, Physics, chemistry and gravity always insuring serious consequences for bad choices. The timeless attraction of flight is that the individual gets to make a long chain of decisions of consequence. A home builder has plenty of time to learn and prepare. He can then savor the true nature of freedom, making decisions that matter.”- ww.
Below, our 601XL at sunset, Brodhead WI., 2004.