Cue the afterburners...

Robert Shearman Jr

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Cue the afterburners...
« on: December 22, 2016, 04:47:29 PM »
Season's Greetings, all --

Let me set the scene for you -- I am driving along in my car, with my phone's media player on shuffle taking the role of DJ via the Bluetooth-enabled sound system.  Van Halen's "Dreams" is playing, which is a song that the United States Navy's Blue Angels have used as background music for several of their promo video montages.  So I already have images of them dancing in my head as I tool down the streets of suburban Baltimore, all smiles, with the volume cranked.

About two-thirds of the way through the song, right at the beginning of the third refrain (just after the guitar solo ends), I get an email at my VATSTAR account.  On my phone, that triggers the sound effect of an F/A-18 Hornet fly-by -- which then booms through the cabin of the car overtop of the music, rattling the glass a little as it does.

This is the recipe for a huge grin and uncontrollable laughter, and a few little tears of joy, this holiday season -- at least for me.  And it was a mighty tasty one indeed.  I hope each of you reading this gets to experience your own flavor of joy sometime throughout the holiday.

Best wishes and safe travels!

Rob Shearman, Jr.
Chief Flight Instructor, VATSTAR, a VATSIM Authorized Training Organization
offering VATSIM pilot ratings P1-P5 and Oceanic Certificate...