Wow. It has been a long time since I've written a post.
Let me say that I've got some good excuses. First among them is that I'm now the parent to a very young nerd in training. Let me introduce Emma GraceDillon
Emma was born late this (2013) August, and the work involved in helping her mom with pregnancy as well as preparing for her have taken an enormous amount of time.
Also, during my lapse in writing, I've finished my Private Pilot's License. I have to say, that while expensive and time-consuming, this has also been a highly rewarding experience. I started working on it when I was 15-16 years old. For my 31st birthday, my wife gave me permission to finish it up. I couldn't be more grateful. As a bonus, she enjoys flying with me, which isn't universal among spouses of pilots.
I'm lucky enough to come from a long (relative to pilots) line of private pilots. My grandpa was a pilot, my dad is, and now I get to be. Here's a photo of my grandpa in a plane he once owned (1967 Piper Cherokee 140). One interesting thing about airplanes is that the registration information is public. I was able to look up the tail number, and it appears that this airframe is still flying. Amazing.
I have several posts lined up, so with any luck you should see many posts in the future.