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Old 05-04-2016, 05:06 AM
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Congrats Bob on the new addition! Before you know it, he will be there bucking rivets.
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Old 05-04-2016, 05:36 AM
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Congratulations to both of you!! Building a plane is fun, but nothing compared to the wonderful experience of parenting and being a family!
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:07 AM
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Congratulations on your new building partner. Mine is 20 years old and in his second year at GT. I like your "Buzz." I'll need to email a copy of your paint scheme to my son. FWIW, although my son was very accommodating, he was never too excited to help me buck rivets!
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:40 AM
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Default Congrats on the addition to the family!

What to learn after after "Mama" and "Daddy" are in hand?

You might start with "airplane" if Joshua likes being "flown" around the nursery in your arms. (Does EAA sell onesies?)

As for vocabulary... "Cleco" comes to mind
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Old 05-04-2016, 06:58 AM
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Thanks everyone! He'll graduate to clecoing and riveting soon enough--though with some luck and funding, I may be close to finished by then! I have a set of Sonex plans waiting for him, too. I also took him up to Ridgeland a few days ago and showed him around, and once he's a little older I'll take him up in Dad's -6.

Pretty much all of his toys and books to this point are airplanes or spacecraft Though I think his first word may well wind up being "kitty"--he's absolutely fascinated by our two cats.
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Old 10-02-2016, 06:50 PM
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Excruciatingly slow progress since late August; lots of work, finalizing the adoption, and a much-needed weekend trip with the wife. But the aft fuselage is riveted up to the middle j-stringer except for a couple of troublesome rivets under the tailwheel spring mount. Finished drilling up the center section lower skin and disassembled it today to start the deburr/dimple/prime routine. Man, I am so ready to be done with the major portion of structural assembly and get to the fun part--all the systems! Tubing, wiring, etc.



But over Labor Day weekend, I borrowed Dad's -6 and took Joshua for his first flight:

He slept through the whole thing, till I opened the canopy on taxi in.
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Old 08-17-2018, 04:56 AM
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Wow, so I've been a bit of a slacker at updating the thread... but in my defense, we've had a heck of a year or two. A few of the guys at FFC have probably heard some of this...

Starting in 2017, my wife started going to Emory in Atlanta for her epilepsy. After lots of testing, and far from just getting the second opinion we were looking for, the doctors up there decided that she was a candidate for surgery! Apparently they evaluate a couple thousand people a year and only one or two hundred are viable candidates. That was unexpected news, to say the least--we hadn't even considered that as an option, much less any hope that she could be "cured".

In January of this year, she had probes inserted to nail down where the seizures were originating, and then on April 19th she went in for surgery to have that part of her brain removed (sounds scary, doesn't it?).

You know how they always tell you before surgery that "there's a small risk of (serious thing)"? Well, she caught that risk. During the surgery she suffered a stroke in the part of her brain that primarily controls motor function, and when she first came out of surgery she couldn't move anything on her left side. Those first couple days were probably the scariest of my life.

Fast forward four months.

Two weeks of intense inpatient therapy had her walking out of the hospital, unsupported. A couple more months of outpatient therapy back home has her running around kicking a soccer ball with our son. We're hitting the gym four days a week and she's back up to (or exceeding!) where she was before her surgery. I think her progress has exceeded even the best expectations of any of her doctors or therapists--so much so that as of yesterday she's done with all of her therapy.


And over the past couple of weeks, she's been coming out to the shop to rivet with me Her therapists consider it a good therapy exercise and she's enjoying it, and with her help I'm ready to flip the canoe as soon as I get the cowl exit heat shield riveted on. I'll have some pictures up after the flip.

Oh, and just before her surgery, I also picked up an engine core, so to speak--an O-360-A1A, disassembled and tagged minus cylinders. An experienced local A&P will be helping me assemble it when the time comes.

But the best part of all this? Still no seizures She has at least a couple more months to go before we can start working on getting her driving again, but the longer she goes the less likely it is she'll ever have one again.
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Old 08-17-2018, 11:06 AM
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Fantastic news, Bob! You guys are hitting it out of the park.
Looking forward to further updates.

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Old 08-21-2018, 06:14 AM
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wow. quite an ordeal. can't even imagine. glad to hear she is doing so well. amazing.
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:29 AM
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That's great Bob, very happy for you!!!
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