I've become interested in vision. I don't believe in
anything mystical in any way. On the other hand, sometimes things
happen that aren't merely normal experience as we like to think of
it. Here are a few vision experiences I've had--or fancy
I've had. They aren't
important, earth-shaking capital-V Visions, but they have helped
see a little more clearly in my own personal view of life.
The most recent one was with a duck
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didn't lead me to understand anything, but it was sublime and
Another ended up with "Are you all right?" (opens in a new
Another is "You could do it just
the discipline," which is related to this next thing--
Right now I want to write about: Where to live and what to do
left of my life.
This is a little confusing, but it's part of what got me serious about
little two-place amphibian.
It's sold as a kit--not too difficult to build, but takes about 400
Cruises at only 90-100 mph, which is rather slow, but lands and takes
in about 400 feet on land or water. I don't know who that guy is,
the way, but I think the photo was taken in the Bahamas.
I flew this one in Florida last summer:
It was an article about this airplane in Kitplanes magazine
that brought on a moment of clarity for me. I suddenly saw The
Place! I was looking shoreward toward a sloping lawn with this
amphibian taxiing up out of the water, and I knew that this was it.
a house, although I knew it was just off to the left.
So it was a vision--not a Vision, not that important, but
vision for me, one of the few I've ever been aware of.
to me that it's so hard to hold to a vision, even to a small one like
I keep forgetting it. Things keep distracting me. I keep
tempted away by other things, and by sloth or complacency.
Not that I believe this vision has any particular merit or that it
has led me to See the Way, or anything like that. Also, I know
that this airplane is far from the perfect plane--for me or
anyone. And lately I've been deluded by aerobatics lessons into
wanting a plane that can fly inverted--and a lot of other things like
that. It's interesting--and silly, all at once.
Here's an update on the
airplane vision: I'm currently building one on the deck in
back of the house.
Here's an update on that update: I completed the airplane
years ago and have flown it about 800 hours so far (June 2009).
And here's a little video of
flying it. (If you like the video, please save it on your
computer, rather than downloading it again every time you feel like
watching it. But please don't post it on any website. It's
copyrighted, and the music track is also copyrighted.
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