Monday, September 15, 2014
Kim has been at a few of our monkey gatherings, and thankfully she survived. I think she might actually like our group, seeing as she allowed some of us to attend this blessed event. Seating was limited, so only a small barrel of monkeys were selected. I have slept with Dave so I got the nod.
Dave has had a banner year so far. He is still one of our top guns in the air. And he was promoted to Fire Captain this year. Now Kim is the icing on his cake.
Alex and I did take a peek outside the ballroom to look at the Koolaus. We usually don't get this perspective, and as much as we would enjoy flying over and across them, this view was majestic. The Koolau Ballroom is on the Koolau Golf Course, and is tucked up next to the Koolau range just north of the Pali lookout. A few pilots have had to land there over the years, and the crew has always been receptive. It's a pretty tricky spot, and the only reason for ever landing there is if the wind dies out. I don't think you would want to try it on a strong day because the trees are high it could be rotory.
Okay, I snuck some flying information in there to keep this log related to flying. But of course this story is about Dave and Kim. And seeing as there has not been any new ink for a few days, I want to make sure this event is well represented. Oh, and to clarify my earlier remark: Dave and I, along with Kaaawa Larry, and an occasional bear, were tent mates in Pemberton during the Canadian Nats a few years ago.
Flying is not all that we do well. We also can get a little crazy after being subjected to liquid courage. As the sun set, the monkey business started, and continued until closing. We were all dancing and having fun. I tried to steal the bride, but didn't get too far under Dave's watch.
Congratulations, Dave and Kim. Kim, you have met some of us, but our gang is huge, and we are a pretty tight group. A wise man once said of us: you're a group of flawed individuals that together just seem to make it work. I know we will all love having you around, and I hope our flaws will be acceptable. Most are pretty laughable. Welcome to the family of the HPA.
Posted by Thom at 11:00 AM