Today is the start of our friends 5 year reunion. Right after high school we were in a large crowd here in New York. In the 60s and 70s most men, or boys were in the Service and many, like myself in Viet Nam.
That left mostly girls who were all friends. A bunch of them took me out to dinner when I got drafted and eventually they got married and that is our crowd.
Some still live here in New York but most moved away. Some in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and one in Hawaii.
They are starting to come back here today and we will pick some up from the airport.
It will be great to see them all but I can't believe how much us "Kids" all changed in 55+ years.
We are all still kicking except one, my best friend Tommy who died last year from Covid.
Almost all now have some sort of medical issue but they are all making it back and I am excited.
I even dated three of them before I met my wife who is 6 years younger then me so was a baby then.
That picture of that little plane my wife and I were on above was on a trip to the tiny, two mile Island of Mustique. It was a small two engine, 16 seat plane that you could open the windows on. Of course if you opened the window next to the propeller, you would cut your arm off so they frowned on opening that window.
The plane flew so low that we barely made it over the small sailboat masts and I could have fished out of the back of the thing.
There was a small sign under the window next to the engine that read: "If you see flames coming from the engine, inform the pilot."
Oh yeah, I would inform him and everyone else in the thing. But of course, I could have just jumped out.
It was a deHavaland plane like Amilia Earhart disappeared in. As a matter of fact, I think it was her plane.
The sign on the front near the pilot read: "SAFETY EQUIPMENT, A TENT"
I kid you not.....A tent.
You never know, you should never fly without your parachute under your seat. I’ve taken off on more planes then I landed on.
now on a commercial flight they made have an issue with you if you try and carry one on, DB Cooper messed that up.