I haven't posted in so long. But I wanted to update a few people on what I've been up to. The past 5 months, I've been learning how to sail and I'm about 1 lesson and 1 exam away from becoming a licensed certified skipper. I have sailed many times alone with an instructor or other students in the ocean usually with a 31 footer. I have also gone on many sailing trips on larger boats (Ryan and Ali skippering). These are all wind driven boats, so I'm not motor-boating which is as easy as driving. I will post some pictures of sailing when I have time. I will try to semi-regularly update people on my sailing excursions which I do almost every other weekend.
Also, I've been wanting to become a licensed pilot since my late 20s. But I didn't take lessons at the Van Nuys airport at the time because it was over $6000 and I had debt. I love war history and always loved war planes. I will fly in a war plane this summer in San Diego and visit the aviation and maritime museum there. But in the meantime, I will be taking some in-class flight lessons; also practicing with flight simulators. The lessons are going to cost me more than $10k so I will have to span it out to about a year instead of 6 months like they recommend. I am totally excited to start my lessons and start flying. My lessons will be at the Santa Monica airport.
Ryan is a licensed pilot(he got his license in H.S and is renewing it now to fly again). I will ride-along on his lessons in the back. I'm totally excited. Free lessons. Ryan has also been sailing for about 10 years now. We went to a boat show about 6 months ago because he wanted to buy a Beneteu boat and I won a contest for 10 free lessons to become a licensed skipper; a value of about $700. While he can afford his flying lessons, since he's a doctor, I cannot especially with the economy being this bad and being uncertain about my job. I need to save money. So for now, in-class instruction only for me. But at least I get to ride-along in the back when he takes his lessons.
Oh yeah, we got back together; we've been together 7 months now. We have a lot of common interests obviously like war history, airplanes, submarines, sailing, flying, etc so it's nice. But we'll see where it goes; we sometimes don't get along and our values and life goals are a little different.