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« Reply #1245 on: September 22, 2020, 12:04:26 am »
I can't think of much to add to what Coonlight said.  For me being physically active and getting outdoors is key when I'm in a dark mood.   And, I try to avoid being alone too much... which is against my instincts because I'm very introverted and usually the last thing I want when I'm struggling is to interact with people. But I find that if I spend too much time alone when I'm depressed or anxious or angry, my worst thoughts start building on each other and send me further into a tailspin.  Interacting with somebody helps stop that spiral.

And I find that it helps to do something that isn't consuming media (whether it be reading news articles or internet message boards or watching TV.) Write a story, draw a picture, do a crossword puzzle, or so-on. 

And, do one of the little tasks around your home that you've been putting off. Accomplishing things, no matter how small, helps fight off the feeling of hopelessness and futility. When I feel I like I am floundering, I force myself to do *something*.  Vacuum. Clean the bathroom. Clean up the stack of clutter on my kitchen counter. Anything.   A piece of wisdom that one character gave another on the Stumptown TV show is "Make your bed." It turns out it actually came from a US navy admiral named William McRaven, who said: "If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed."


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« Reply #1246 on: September 22, 2020, 12:06:47 am »
Me and Linz are heading off tomorrow on a road trip to exotic Alberta.  I'll be off the forum for about a week.  Be good to each other while I'm away.

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Re: Personal Stuff
« Reply #1247 on: September 22, 2020, 05:58:51 pm »
JFC I'm doing remote learning with my kid.  I'm falling apart, teachers really don't get paid enough.

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« Reply #1248 on: September 22, 2020, 06:33:01 pm »
I got shot down flying between Methar and Bagram air base in Afghanistan. The company I was contracting to decided to blame me in order to hide that it was a dangerous country to work in at the time. Then while I was at home going for a walk on the beach I suffered an occlusion that robbed me of sight of one of my eyes. So much for a ~40 year flying career. Have I thought about jumping off the main street bridge...yep. Have I increased my trips to the liquor store...yep. But I'm also so lucky to have a lovely lady who has stood by me through it all and my love and appreciation for her is more than enough to just want to hold herhand as we cross that bridge.
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« Reply #1249 on: September 22, 2020, 07:25:44 pm »
I got shot down flying between Methar and Bagram air base in Afghanistan. The company I was contracting to decided to blame me in order to hide that it was a dangerous country to work in at the time. Then while I was at home going for a walk on the beach I suffered an occlusion that robbed me of sight of one of my eyes. So much for a ~40 year flying career. Have I thought about jumping off the main street bridge...yep. Have I increased my trips to the liquor store...yep. But I'm also so lucky to have a lovely lady who has stood by me through it all and my love and appreciation for her is more than enough to just want to hold herhand as we cross that bridge.

That's terrible about your eye but if it's any consolation, age eventually ends all flying careers. Mine ended 14 years ago. Life is short and there are plenty of other things in life than flying and limited time to do them. I thought I had lots of time when I retired, it goes really fast.

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« Reply #1250 on: September 22, 2020, 07:26:22 pm »
that is incredible... the things you must have seen  ???

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« Reply #1251 on: September 22, 2020, 07:48:17 pm »
That's terrible about your eye but if it's any consolation, age eventually ends all flying careers. Mine ended 14 years ago. Life is short and there are plenty of other things in life than flying and limited time to do them. I thought I had lots of time when I retired, it goes really fast.

Life provides all manner of opportunities and it seems one you and I have enjoyed was easing back on the control column at the appropriate speed and lifting into the air, and I bet that feeling never gets old to you either. My school took the grade 8 class for a treat each year as they passed on to high school. My year they took us to YQA for a plane ride.I got to sit beside the pilot. A 15 minute ride and I was hooked.

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« Reply #1252 on: September 22, 2020, 07:57:08 pm »
that is incredible... the things you must have seen  ???

I did get to see a lot. I worked over most of Africa and a lot of South America. Of course before all that I was all over Canada. Only province I haven't worked on is PEI. I feel so lucky to have been able to travel as much as I have. I feel somewhat a little educated by landing in foreign lands.

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« Reply #1253 on: September 22, 2020, 09:42:52 pm »
Life provides all manner of opportunities and it seems one you and I have enjoyed was easing back on the control column at the appropriate speed and lifting into the air, and I bet that feeling never gets old to you either. My school took the grade 8 class for a treat each year as they passed on to high school. My year they took us to YQA for a plane ride.I got to sit beside the pilot. A 15 minute ride and I was hooked.


I was always fascinated by flying. My basement bedroom was filled with Airfix 1/72nd models hanging from the ceiling. I got my private license on an Air Cadet scholarship when I was 18. I was also an oily rag, tearing apart my old cars in the driveway because I couldn't afford to have anyone else fix them, so I took aircraft maintenance at BCIT.. I was an AME and flight engineer before I got a flying job as a pilot.

No, the flying part never did get old but much of mine was long haul and as you get older it is harder to deal with being permanently tired and screwed up by jet lag and losing several nights sleep every month. It was great when I was in my thirties, not so great in my fifties. Guys used to ask me if I felt better after I retired. I told them it was really nice to feel the same every day for a change. The only flying that would appeal to me these days is low and slow. I learned to fly on a Fleet 80, wouldn't mind owning one of those but my finances have other demands.
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Re: Personal Stuff
« Reply #1254 on: September 22, 2020, 10:20:19 pm »
I got shot down flying between Methar and Bagram air base in Afghanistan. The company I was contracting to decided to blame me in order to hide that it was a dangerous country to work in at the time. Then while I was at home going for a walk on the beach I suffered an occlusion that robbed me of sight of one of my eyes. So much for a ~40 year flying career. Have I thought about jumping off the main street bridge...yep. Have I increased my trips to the liquor store...yep. But I'm also so lucky to have a lovely lady who has stood by me through it all and my love and appreciation for her is more than enough to just want to hold herhand as we cross that bridge.

Losing a career unexpectedly is devastating.  I'm glad you found a good reason to hang on.   

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« Reply #1255 on: September 22, 2020, 10:51:43 pm »
Losing a career unexpectedly is devastating.  I'm glad you found a good reason to hang on.   



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Thank you. Hey one reason I've found for hanging on is this old Larave guitar I bought many years ago. Are you a musician by chance? I'm trying to become one.


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Re: Personal Stuff
« Reply #1256 on: September 22, 2020, 10:53:02 pm »
that is incredible... the things you must have seen  ???

Too soon....
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« Reply #1257 on: September 22, 2020, 11:37:19 pm »
Too soon....

Well I am left with some stories to tell. Ever heard that one about when I crashed a Huges 500 D into the bush after the tail rotor flew off? Quite a day it was.

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Re: Personal Stuff
« Reply #1258 on: September 22, 2020, 11:48:02 pm »
Losing a career unexpectedly is devastating.  I'm glad you found a good reason to hang on.   



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Thank you. Hey one reason I've found for hanging on is this old Larave guitar I bought many years ago. Are you a musician by chance? I'm trying to become one.

Hey any guitar players out there?

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« Reply #1259 on: September 23, 2020, 06:05:54 am »
Playing music with friends & loved ones is one of the purest and most basic joys.  We do it whenever we can.

Buy an old acoustic and learn 3 chords.  You now have a ton of songs to play.  Google 3 chord songs... like this:
https://www.guitarplayerbox.com/three/chord/guitar/songs/

And you are all set