Flying through the air

One night when I couldn’t sleep, I figured I would recall all the airports I have traveled through to from here to there since about 1967.

These flights all originated at Hillsboro Muni­cipal airport: Hillsboro to Armstrong, Ontario, with stops in Buffalo, MN, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, en­route with Dr. Norman Abrahams. It was a fishing trip my dad took his sons and son-in-law on one summer.

Hillsboro: Des Moines, with Lee Erikson and Clint Seibel, pilot; to scout Drake University basketball, when Lee was coaching at Wichita State. It was a super cold night which caused de-icing the plane twice, before leaving Des Moines. When we got to altitude we could see all of the towns’ lights below on the way home.

Hillsboro: KC Munici­pal, with a couple of men from HDC to go see the Glen O’Brien company about when they were moving their company to a lot they purchased in the Hillsboro Industrial Park. Norman Abrahams pilot. They didn’t come.

Hillsboro to Lawrence, football game, Paul Rundstrom, pilot.

Work-related. KC Mu­ni­­cipal: Balti­more, job interview with Jostens, Cambridge, MD.

Multiple trips through airports. ICT Philadelphia, Albany, NY. KCI Atlanta Miami, New Orleans, LAX, Char­les­ton, SC en route to Myr­tle Beach. Tucson (all trade shows for Associ­a­tion of Free Community Papers AFCP.

International Flights: Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Montego Bay, Jamaica, Cancun, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Guatamala City, a drug dog snapped up Dan’s sandwich he was holding loosely in his hand when it went by, San Jose, Costa Rica, when Amy did a year abroad studying Spanish. Denver, Vancouver, Canada. San Francisco, Taipei, Tokyo, an HDC business trip to Taipei.

Seattle and Atlanta numerous times to visit the kids and grandkids. Portland, OR.

And trips to Chicago O’Hare and Midway, Plus Dubuque, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Davenport, IA, plus St. Louis and Nashville, for trips involving MFCP and IFPA. Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Flipping channels has its advantages, like what I found on New Year’s day. It was the Canton-Galva Eagles vs. Saint Francis Indians state championship game at Fisher Field in Newton. What a comeback! I heard a long time ago that the team who won’t be beat can’t be beat. Con­gratulations to the Eagles on a terrific football season and for saving the best for last.

I did a little mechanic work recently. Ya, I put a rear end in a recliner.

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