Training flight KTTA-KSCR-KTTA

Flew poorly this morning. It was my second flight in the Piper Warrior PA28. We had a more ambitious agenda–we were going to fly to KGSO and get some Class C experience in the plane. I was also going to work with the Garmin 650.

But we took off behind schedule. The previous flyer was late returning the plane, and I had a couple of preflight lapses that cost us time. I misplaced my phone, and I forgot to sump the tanks after they were refilled. In each case, we were inside the cockpit, but had to get out to attend to the problem. Huge time-suck.

We bagged the plan to go to KGSO and decided to focus on landings at KSCR. But I did three terrible landings at KSCR, and then we returned to KTTA. En route, Heinz pulled the throttle to idle, to simulate an engine-out emergency. That was fine.

Back at our home field, I continued to struggle to maintain control of the aircraft as I crossed the threshold.

More practice is needed.

Cookie party


This winter it snowed before Christmas. This never happens, except that this year it did. Jim and Joyce always have a Christmas cookie party, but because it snowed it was postponed to today.

I never made buttery sablés before December. The first time I made them I was practicing for their party. The second time I made them was today.

They are the numerous whitish cookies. The other cookies are the ones I brought back from the party. I should have brought more cookies. I only brought about 10 because I didn’t want to bring too many, so many that people wouldn’t want to eat them and it would look like I’d made unpopular cookies.

All 10 cookies got eaten. Next year I will bring more cookies.

It was nice to see everyone. We’ve lived in Durham a long time now.

cookies on a plate

I remember this

We took our niece Sienna out to a concert headlined by Nas and Erykah Badu. It was a late graduation present. We missed her graduation because we were in Russia.

We had a lot of fun. This was September, and we were at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Dee-bap.

David, Katja, Sienna at Nas/Erykah Badu concert