Staying Warm – SkyGeek Style

It’s starting to get colder out consistently, which means taking refuge in the comfort of your own home is bound to happen more and more. If you’re like me, this means that on occasion you’ll be gravitating toward the fireplace to unwind with a good book.

Assuming you enjoy aviation (as you’re currently reading the SkyGeek newsletter), what better way to unwind by the fire than with an aviation book? Oprah has her book collection, and we have ours.

SkyGeek has nothing against Oprah, but we think there’s one big difference between our books and her suggestions. Oprah’s books provide you with an excuse to weep over the lives of mostly fictional characters. The majority of our books provide you with practical knowledge to be used in real life situations.

Sure, some people may say “that book sounds boring; let me get you a character driven drama!” Being an aviation enthusiast, the only response required is “No thanks,  I don’t expect you to understand.”

For those of you who enjoy reading and do understand, you can find our entire aviation book selection here.

If you’re looking for some recommendations, here’s a few of our most popular collections. 

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It’s On Like Donkey Kong

If you’ve watched television within the last two months, you’ve probably had it hammered into your helpless skull that according to Southwest Airlines, “it’s on”! Exactly what “it” is…well you’ll have to ask them…because it’s about as vague as you can get. Is IT the Clown from the Stephen King movie on the plane with us!!! Tell me no….tell me no!!!! Probably not that, but apparently some sort of it is now on, leading me to reason that before Southwest Airlines must have been completely unplugged.

In actuality, I’m pretty sure it has something to do with your bags flying free when you go on a trip. If that’s the case, for us, “It’s been on” for years (note: we better watch out, new Cap-and-Trade legislation may tax us for being “on” so long).

That’s one of the perk’s of being a pilot / aviation enthusiast, not paying to bring your stuff with you when you go somewhere…if you can call that a perk. Whatever the case may be, I know that not paying to bring my bags somewhere is better than paying to do so. So Southwest is right in that respect, but then become grossly wrong when they begin to equate that thought with “it” being “on”. “That” is just “Off”.

Well, SkyGeek has a bag policy as well….but nothing is on. You know that quality bags are better than crappy bags. You also know that paying less for them is better than paying more. So, if you’re in need of a new bag to bring with you for free on your flight, here’s a few to choose from. Nothing is on, there’s no “it”…we’re just offering them to you if you need them at the low prices you’ve come to appreciate.

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Crisp Air?

The Fall transition has begun, and many parts of the country are beginning to get a dose of that oh so refreshing “crisp air.” Now that I think about it, I’m not sure whether or not I like the phrase “crisp air.” Can air really be “crisp”? Is it supposed to snap when I bite at it? It just doesn’t sit right with me…like the word “monies” and “foodstuffs.” While I’m not sure about the phrase, I am sure that the feeling it brings makes for one of the best feeling of the year.

With it comes great things like better tasting coffee and hot chocolate, the task of bundling up and staying warm (which on some primal…reptilian brain level seems to bring enjoyment to me), and of course football. It also brings that cold feeling in your chest when you breathe in really hard, or go for a jog….which to quote John Mellencamp….”hurts so good”. And let’s not forget the beautiful folliage (especially from the air!). The Fall is great for “leaf peeping”, which unlike “foodstuffs” is a bit of English vernacular I enjoy…mostly because it conjures up a mental image of someone secretly sneaking around the forest spying on leaves and trying not to be noticed by the trees.

All those things are certainly wonderful, but a little air can do a lot more than get you in the mood to sip on some hot chocolate. In addition to of allowing your plane to stay un-crashed when flying, a little air can also help you get up in it in the first place…a slogan might be something like “get air to get air” or “air begets air”.  I’m talking about pneumatic tools, or air tools. You can find a pneumatic tool for just about anything, and boy do they make taking care of your aircraft a whole lot easier. So, now that Fall is rolling in, save your strength for raking leaves…let the air take car of the rest.

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