Leopold From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 5058 times:
I have been off this forum page for awhile now actually along time. Would you all like to introduce yourself's? Also can you tell me a little about the other peoples here and who I should avoid, who's smart and whose not and whose funny and whose not?
I will begin. My name is Leopoldo Barranca. I recently settled in staten Island New York after being overseas for 3 years for work. I am recovering from having one leg amputated due to complications resulting from my diabetes. So I dont do much anymore now. I am 52 years old. my hobbies include airplanes, model railroading and fishing. I also enjoy reading old short stories once in awehile. I'm divorced with no children.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4971 times:
I am Matt D. I speak the truth, no matter how offensive it is. That is why I'm simultaneously one of the favorites here and one of the most villified and mocked. I'm into 70's and 80's music and reel to reel tape machines.
But I don't let it bother me. I am pretty thick skinned and I just let things go.
Other notable users here:
Superfly: pimp daddy to a tee. Wanna be his friend for life? Tell him that you like reel to reels, 8 tracks, polyester clothing, hot women, and disco music. He's definitely a cool guy.
KROC: 10 times as funny as anyone else thinks and one tenth as funny as HE thinks. He's smart when he wants to be, but gets taken over by emotion a little too quickly.
Alpha1: I highly respect him. Not because he's a cool guy or has the same interests that I do, but rather because he's the only one here that can methodically and consistently take me on in an argument line for line. Others will challenge me once in awhile here and there, but he's teh only one that can do battle with me on an equal footing. Politically and socially, we are polar opposites in most areas. But he can hold his ground well without becoming emotional and for that I have to respect the guy.
We're Nuts: I think he's headed for the couch. No, make that two couches. He used to be a "powerhouse" here, but I think he's lost his marbles. Still funny when he wants to be though.
NormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4967 times:
My name is NormalSpeed. I'm smart, funny, and should probably be avoided at all costs. I reside in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. I will now describe my major hobbies and my core beliefs regarding them.
Flying - I don't really consider this a hobby-- it's the "main event." It will be my proffesion, and it is the topic of all my study. Even when I'm a successful corporate or airline pilot, I hope to own my own airplane. I have a weakness for Cessnas, since that's what most of my 200 hours are in. I think my alternate career choice if I couldn't be a pilot would be a simulator instructor. In any case, I can't imagine a more unfullfilling career than sitting behind a desk all day. I'm a big fan of GA, and I'm leaning toward a corporate flying career, although I'm keeping my options open. http://www.aopa.org
Golf - The worst invention to ever impose itself on the game is the golf cart. Golf, as it was meant to be played, is a beautiful past-time that allows for pondering, reflection, and strategy. The golf cart transforms a regal game into a motorized wild goose chase by removing those elements. Carts should only be allowed if one would not be able to play otherwise due to health concerns. Yes, I guess you could say that I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to golf. My current favorite course to play is called "Wingpointe." It happens to be right next to the Salt Lake International airport. So not only are there airplanes taking off and landing all the time, (which can sometimes be a huge distraction and a detriment to my golf game) it is also a very well designed "links" style golf course.
Mountain Biking - It's more about the journey than the destination. And it's a lot of fun and great exercize. Also, it helps you develop great balance and reflexes. I think I could be happy living anywhere as long as there were some good places to bike around.
Skiing - Living in Utah, I've grown up skiing. I used to be a diehard 'powder hound.' That was in younger days with better knees, although I'll still go for some 'facials' if given the opportunity. Now, I prefer what I call "speed-freakin,'" which means using my Giant Slalom racing skis to "cruise" the blues and the groomed blacks. I use the term "cruise" lightly, because what I really do is go balls-out racing style. I'm sure I must have terrorized my share of novice skiers, but it's so much fun!! Plus, here in Utah, we epitomize the expression "big-mountain." It takes a good 5-10 minutes to go from top to bottom, and that's skiing fast. We're talking about 4000 vertical feet here.
As the local expression goes: ALTA ROCKS!! http://www.altaskiarea.com
Perhaps I should comment on my goals in life. I'd eventually like to meet a good girl, settle down, get married, buy a house, have kids, etc. I'd also like to fly for a living. I would like to find a flying job that is compatible with family life, because if the truth were to be told, family is the more important of the two. I could handle being gone for 3 days per week, maybe more if it isn't consistently so. Also, I'd someday I'd like to take a Scottish/Irish golf vacation. Right now my golf goal is to break 90, and I've gotten close a few times. I don't know if I'll ever be a scratch golfer, but I'll have a lot of fun trying. Besides, the most fun golf that I've played is when I forget the scorecard and just play the game.
SSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4949 times:
I'm SSTjumbo, a.k.a. Mike the young professional trumpeter and future pilot. Other than that I'm gonna make a wild attempt to make the basketball team in four years at the college I'm going to. For those of you who don't know, I'm a damn good defender in most sports, but a lay-up is about all I can make. On the forums, seems like all my threads these days get an automatic one-star within thirty seconds of its posting. If you want to talk to me for real, I'm normally FlugelFlyer in the chatrooms. Here are my hobbies in greater detail now:
Trumpet: I own a Bach Stradivarious trumpet (LR180 w/ 25 leadpipe and 72 bell) and am an unpaid endorser of asymmetric mouthpieces (should I have made that a link? ). I am just a few months removed from high school and play high F's. I've slumped over the summer, but expect me to be good again once I hit college. Maybe I'll lay down some tracks some day.
Singing: I sing too obviously. I sing bass and have a sought after sound in my voice (there goes the shameless self promotion again ). People compare me to Jim Neighbors because they don't expect me with the normal voice I speak with to sing with such volume and tone. I'll also double on baritione and tenor II if the time comes around to it; my range is low B to high F. I can also sing pop, rock, jazz, and just about anything else there is to be sung (except Tower of Power's "Only So Much Oil" )
Sports: I am pretty much a cardiovascular trainer and like to run. I also bike and swim. Last year the Wednesday before St. Patricks day, I rolled my foot and ankle causing a real mess in the outside of the foot. To this day it is still screwed up with a contusion in a bone nearby the origional tear/break/sprain. I'm not too athletic, but have a good sense of defense. I commonly sacrifice my body in the blue-collar area of sports also resulting in two terminally jammed fingers.
737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 39
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4873 times:
I'm 737doctor. I'm an A&P mechanic for Southwest Airlines. I'm married and I have two kids from a previous marriage. When I'm not on this computer, I read (mostly aviation-related books - both fiction and non-fiction - and classic literature), lift weights (I recently injured my left shoulder lifting too much, but it's rehabbing nicely), play video games and spend time with my beautiful wife. I'm also a huge sports fan; mostly football (college and pro), hockey and baseball (this year, I joined a fantasy baseball league for the first time).
I love my job and I feel blessed to work for such a great company, even more so after 9/11. I'm a Christian, but have recently become disillusioned by the attitude of my church. I don't force my beliefs on others. I realize that God sees everyone in the same light and I am no better than anyone else. Instead of attacking people who have different beliefs than me, I try to accept them for who they are and respect their views.
I've been a member here for over a year, but I've gone through extended periods when I didn't contribute much. Sometimes, the discussions here about more controversial topics deteriorate into heated arguments and it used to bother me. Now I take it with a grain of salt. Not everyone here is going to agree and some people are more radical in their thinking than others. You'll be able to spot those folks rather easily.
Don't be too impressed with people here just because they have thousands of posts or long 'respected by' lists. Anyone can have a lot of posts; it's content that counts. And sometimes people here respected each other for the most superficial and trivial reasons.
I guess the best advice I could give you around here is simply "have fun". Welcome aboard, Leopold.
Rai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4854 times:
Hey, Leopold! Good to see a fellow New Yorker here! Where abouts in Staten Island do you live? I go there quite often to visit friends and was even looking to buy a place there...that was until I got laid off.
About me. I'm in my mid-20's, single and live in the wonderful neighborhood of Jackson Heights, located in Queens, NY. It's right by La Guardia Airport and the planes literally roar over a hundred feet over my apartment when they're landing on Runway 4. I'm currently unemployed, but recently worked as a budget analyst with the City of New York and have worked as a health care economics consultant. I'm currently seeking a career change to preferably in some facet of the commercial aviation industry, but if not, then law enforcement, international economics and trade or, if worst comes to worst, computers, web design or the video game or sporting industry. Because of my age, I figure this may be my last opportunity to make such a move. I want to have a career in something that I thoroughly enjoy.
I have many passions, but perhaps my biggest one is commercial aviation. You can find me spotting around La Guardia and occasionally at JFK and Newark. I'm also into traveling, movies, science fiction, sports, video games, computers, economics, politics, motorcycles, foreign cultures/languages/women, and am a HUGE wrestling fan!
I'm heading over to Korea in a few weeks for a friend's wedding and I'm really stoked about this trip! I’ve been to Asia before, but never to Korea. I’m also hoping to go to Japan and Singapore while in Korea.
As far as this site, well, I've been a member here for over three years, but have used other usernames. I took about a year and a half hiatus from this place and have recently returned. It seems to have degenerated and many of the old users who were generally positive contributors have all but disappeared. The site is now filled with mindless political bickering, little kids who think they know everything, and plenty else and it’s not nearly as fun as it was before. Such a shame, really.
Leopold From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4823 times:
Rai:Its good that there are some fellow New Yorkers here. I live on SI just off Hylan Blvd and Jefferson. Ever eat at the Collonade Diner? Great food but lousy service. i prefer the A and W that's across the street from it.
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4833 times:
Where to I start? Being as complicated as I am. Like a certain user (Matt D), I speak my mind (I won't say truth, because people (Matt D) tend to their opinions are the truth), and hence am well liked and well hated at teh same time. I shoot from the hip, and am straight forward, and will back up anything i say with reasoning and or facts. I don't get emotional, as much as I lose interest in serious discussions on here, due to the fact, many people think their opinion is gospel, and ATTACK others that disagree. I am as funny as I think I am, and as much as everyone else doesn't want to admit it, I make these forums fun (with others of course). I share allot of the views as Matt D (seriously), and Alpha 1 and others, but I am not locked into my views like others (i.e. Superfly). Enough of that. M-F I am an Engineering Technician at Harris RF Communications, and on the weekends, I am a Weather Observer at KBUF. Great job with good pay for it being part time. I love music. All kinds. Partial to rap (mostly old school), but like everythign from 40s-50s to classic rock, to 70's to Motown, ect. I'm married, but divorcing with no kids, and actually remain on very good terms with my wife. I'm low maintence and and very down to earth. Sarcastic, a smart ass, and of course the funniest guy not getting paid for it today!
Have to hand out props to Mcringring, Maiznblu_757, We're Nuts, Matt D, Superfly, 777236ER, Alpha 1 and everyone else in the Innuendo threads!!!
Oh, and I forgot to talk up SAS23 and Avia.ru. Wait, no I didn't.
Rai From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4801 times:
Leopold: Is that near Princess Bay? I'm not that familiar with Staten Island roads. And no, I actually haven't eaten at that diner before. I did go to some buffet in...I think it was Richmond, in the center of the island...anyways, it was pretty good, but seeing all those overweight people scared the shit out of me!
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4799 times:
My name is Patrick and I live in Germany, I am 25 years old and I work for Eurowings (a subsidiary of Lufthansa) in the Revenue Accounting department, my hobbies are aviation and traveling. I also collect airline timetables and Herpa Wings 1:500 models.
Flynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4769 times:
My name is Chris and I was born and raised in Orlando, FL and remain their to this day. I have been an active member of these forums for a few months now, but I have been involved in plane-spotting for many years. My home airports are Orlando International (MCO), Orlando Executive (ORL), and Sanford-Orlando International (SFB). I try to go spotting at MCO at least once per week, usually during the afternoon.
I enlisted in the Navy and will be leaving Orlando for Chicago in late August. I will be rated AT, or Aviation Electronics Technician, responsible for maintaining the avionics systems on the U.S. Navy's many aircraft. I hope to end up in an E-2C Hawkeye or a TACAMO (707) squadron. When I get out of the Navy I will find a job in the airline industry, most likely related to my previous job in the U.S. Navy.
Aside from aviation, I enjoy watersports (jet-ski) and swimming. On extended spotting trips around Florida, you can also find me enjoying Florida's sunny beaches getting a tan. In the summers of 2000 and 2001 I marched with a globally-competing drum and bugle corps, Spirit of Atlanta. In 2001 I was the drum major of the corps and was featured in a PBS special last August (re-airing on Thanksgiving).
VirginLover From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 958 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4759 times:
Hi! I'm Catie, I'm one of the few females on here. I'm a "young'n" by age- almost 17, and a senior at my high school here on Long Island, but I've been on these boards since March of 2000. I came to this site in hopes of finding Virgin Atlantic pictures, a newly rooted obsession after my trip that Februrary- it still hasn't died, but I'm 90% sure I'll be reinstating that obsession in 3 weeks! D Besides airliners, I play both Varsity Badminton and Bowling (Hey, it's what works for me) and I enjoy spending times with my friends. I hope to attend one of many colleges I have picked out next year and major in Marketing and a foreign language; possibly German or French. However, the thunderstorm is rolling in, so I'm off!
Bruno From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 853 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4745 times:
I am Bruno. I live here in New York just on the other side of the Verrazano Bridge here in Bay Ridge. I help run a family owned small business that's been in our family for over 50 years. I am a huge aviation buff and my favorite airlines is American, JetBlue and Alitalia. My hobbies outside of aviation is women, fishing, shooting (at the range), and playing chess.
If you care to know my politics, I am a republican and I HATE government waste!
As far as all the cutie girls here Leopold, they would be RealHigh, Sophiemaltese, Pilotica737 and Virginlover. However, I think they are all too young for you.
You are giving too much credit to Alpo1. I think you can rip that guy in to little cracker crumbs in terms of debating.
KROC has an opinion on every issue and likes to talk a lot. He still has good intentions though.
Twaneedsnohelp will have the ADL knocking at your door if you say anything bad about Israel.
EGGD is a good kid.
Flpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4745 times:
Well, what a cool thread for once.
I just graduated rom a small liberal arts college in Ohio with a degree in French but I live in Providence, Rhode Island.
My primary interests include commercial aviation, aviation photography, travelling, staying active, sports (mostly hockey and tennis), and anything social.
I am very lucky and have managed to combine two of my interests into work: I just started workinh for Air France at Logan Int'l (BOS) 2 months ago. I started off in passenger service and now they want to work me into the position generally known as "flight dispatcher". Like 737doctor, I feel lucky to be working for such an airline espcially given the current general economic conditions (as well as those within the airline industry).
As for travelling, let's just say I am far from a deprived kid. 2000-2001, I had the awesome opportunity to study abroad in Toulouse, France, which was the best 9 months of my life. I will encourage any college student to study abroad regardless of whether or not you speak another language. While others in this forum may disagree, I think it's so important to know that other cultures are so much more rich than our own (American that is). I got off topic there, but I love to travel, period.
I grew up playing lots of sports...though I love hockey and tennis the most. I stopped plyaing hockey in high school...didn't get big enough lol. I'll always enjoy a Boston Bruins game!
Socially, I love to be around my friends. I have found that I like to be around people who are "real", i.e. people who don't put up an act. I am very good at being able to tell who is being 'real' and who isn't. I am what some may call a social drinker...I don't drink a lot but I can when I'm around the right group of people. I don't see alcohol as evil or as something that should be restricted...as long as one can maintain some self control, I'm cool with it. I love to hang out at home, at other people's homes, (loved hanging out in a dorm room), at a cafe (especially in France!)...and I always enjoy good honest conversation.
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 24, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4723 times:
Country: United Kingdom
Occupation: Computer Science student (Had some dodgy part-time jobs in between)
Hobbies: Commercial aviation, Computing, films, internet, spotting at LHR and SOCCER!(Football)
In Arsene we trust!!
: KROC You have got to be kidding me. Anyways, I don't want this thread to stray off topic. Welcome back Leopold. BTW, I told you KROC likes to run his
: EGGD is a good kid. .........and Bruno is a good liar
: Ben88-- I said 'generally known as flight dispatcher', i.e. ensuring the turnaround of the flight/getting the flight out...aka manager at USAirways...
: Hey all , my name is Patrick , I am 16 years old, living in the city of Graz and I am aiming towards a career as a commercial pilot. Thats why I am h
: OK Ben88...I see why you were wondering what the heck I was talking about... And I didn't see your profile until after posting...I guess we're in the
: oh and please excuse all the "I hoped" typos above..its nearly 2 am and I have to work tomorrow - I AM TIRED !
: Hello Leopold, I'm russ and I'm kind of a jackass. I like Sex and the City, Israel, and staying up late at night. I want to be rich when I grow up and
: Did I mention that.. about 6 months ago I lost my sense of humour?
: EGGD, I found your sense of humour over in the Civil Av Forum. You still got it!
: KROC is pretty popular on here, so there must be some reason for that. Come on now Russ. Cut me some slack. I'm not a bad guy. I've had your back more
: haha, its a compliment. I don't know you very well, but all these other people do and they like you. I took you off my respected users list? thats mat
: Welcome. You'll find Singapore_Air to be one of the funniest guys here................... .......after reading one of Arsenal@LHR's posts. -----------
: EGGD, I found your sense of humour over in the Civil Av Forum. You still got it! Dude, If you found it, YOU must have it. So please, send it to me (pr
: Hello! My name is Eric and I am a 17 year old high school student preparing to go into my senior year. I have always had a love for airplanes since a
: allow myself to introduce...........myself. Name's AC320, friends call me Justin (which is my real name for the slow people here). I'm getting close t
: My name is Greg. I was born in Brooklyn,NY, though Queens is where I live now. Since I was around 5 or so, planes have been a love of mine. My house
: Hello Leopold Im Jose, 19 years old from Puerto Rico Sophomore at Embry Riddle and during the summer an Ocular Sciences employee. Chepos
: Im Brian. I am 20 years old. I am a sophmore going to Northern Arizona University. I currently am about a 1.5 weeks out from taking my Private Pilot c
: I'm Boeing4ever, I don't know many people here, then I do know some notorious users with whom I have intersting debates with . I'm of Polish decent an
: I'm DeltaRules, I'm about 15 & when I'm away from my computer, I enjoy flying, travel, most forms of Auto Racing, the NFL, skiing, swimming, biking, a