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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Short Version

I'm sorry this is going to have to be the short version, but there is still a lot in the air and it is a good time to say little.

It went bad. Real bad. And then it went even worse. It should have been in and out, and back at the field in a week. Right now it is only through the hand of our merciful God almighty himself that I am here at all. There's not much time to be angry when there is so much to be grateful for.

I am still fighting for my life with every breath, but at least this morning, for the first time, I feel like I have maybe won the first battle .... or at least for the first time I didn't get my ass totally kicked all over the house.

Both "The Boss" and Thunder Power have told me to rest and come back more badass than ever, so for now that's the only plan I have. I could not have more wonderful and supportive industry partners and friends. It would have been too easy to replace me with a young stud, and then let me slide off into nowhere, but that's not how these people treat their pilots, and certainly not how they treat their customers. This is why I have been with them for so long. It is why I politely rebuff any approaches from other companies, and why I will probably eventually die wearing a Thunder Power T shirt and Extreme Flight hat.

Sadly, for now, I am out. I can't walk the walk, so there will be no talk. All I can ask from those of you I have helped in the past is to do the same thing now for the new guys. We might think this stuff is easy and self evident, but all you have to do is think back on the mistakes we made in the beginning, and that's how badly they need you now.