So it’s been a very quick but also long past few months. Training is going well, but it’s a grind. Getting used to rotating shift work has been interesting, but it doesn’t seem to be that bad. It’s also been amazing to finally get some operational experience with all the knowledge and studying we’ve been doing.
It’s been great being back up in the northeast and having the opportunity to visit friends and family up here. Having the chance to see a bit of Boston, doing a bunch of mountain biking, and having the opportunity to take a flight in a glider has been awesome. Morning runs will never get old, and it’s been great that they’ve been able to continue despite the long hours of training.
So today started out like any other Sunday. Little did I know what He had in mind for me. I met Jim, a retired Air Force pilot, walking into the church on base, and we just started up a friendly conversation. That turned into sitting with him during the Service and continuing to talk as we walked out. He offered to take me up in his plane to see a bit of Charleston, and I was delighted to accompany him. What an awesome opportunity to see the whole area from the skies but also hear about some of his adventures over a great dinner at Texas Roadhouse. I felt truly blessed and am very glad to have another friend in the area. I watched I am Number Four (2011) recently and really enjoyed it. I’m also inclined to agree with the following quote from the movie:
“You can go wherever you want. See whatever you want to but, um… a place is only as good as the people you know in it. I… I think this is a pretty good place.”