Every year on Memorial Day weekend, I usually attend the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Air Show at Jones Beach State Park as a part of:
Fleet Week here in NYC where the world’s best comes in and we show our gratitude to our U.S. Armed Forces. It’s a phenomenal event and if you live outside of NYC, I highly recommend making it a point to come out here for this event every year for Memorial Weekend, not to mention for the Jones Beach Airshow.
It’s great being able to live in a country which promotes many freedoms where many countries do not. My thoughts go out to all of the individuals who are currently in the service stationed overseas. Your outstanding commitment to provide these freedoms to our democracy is outstanding and I, like several airlines, salute you in every way possible.
My thoughts also go out to those who have loved ones, both in the service and civilian citizens who have perished in the name of the United States of America so that we could have the freedoms we have today. All I have to do is walk down the streets of New York City and see people of many faiths, nationalities, and backgrounds. We are a melting pot and a testament of what it means to live in a free country. A great place to have Fleet Week every year, no?
Unfortunately, this year I will not be able to go to the Fleet Week events, and yes, sadly the Air Show at Jones Beach as I have another commitment to attend to. During this commitment, believe-it-or-not, it’s customary to devour huge amounts of cheesecake. I must say, I will be doing just that.
There’s also another piece of cheesecake to which I will be devouring. For the third time. Yes, Flight For Control and I will be going up for a third flight this weekend. I still haven’t gotten enough of the characters in that book, the plot, and the outcome to which I will not spoil for you if you haven’t purchased and read the book. Every time I pick up that novel, it never ceases to amaze me that I always catch something new to which I haven’t caught before. I never like to skip any words or meanings when reading.
I must say, I had quite a pleasant shock this morning when I decided to head over to Flight For Success to check out to see if Karlene made Darby the “Friday Flyer” (a weekly article made available on her website keynoting special aviators around the world.) To my surprise the “Friday Flyer” was a future aviator who made the drawings for two contests:
- The Coffee Mug with Attitude: “ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING”
- A Visit From Karlene herself, anywhere in the world, to share her talent and her novel (Flight For Control)
My ritual morning Starbucks was not necessary to wake me up as I looked to find out that I had won the second contest and that Karlene will be coming to New York to join us live here on Jeremy’s Flight Deck. (A dream come true? I’d say so.) My mouth hit the floor like heavy metal. No Boeing 777-200LR or 787 would have enough range to circumnavigate the smile that is spanning across my face now. I plan on utilizing this three day weekend to soak in the recent news.
I also want to wish a special congratulations to John Franco for winning the “ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING” coffee mug. Enjoy your new travel companion and you should have many great uses from it!
Wishing everyone a Happy Memorial Day (Weekend)!