It was 1998 and, for some reason, I was at the FAR
website. The pictures link brought me to a.net (incidentally, it still links to this site.) I was hooked, starting with looking at early eighties liveries on Asian 747 classics that I remember flaring over my house in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, right across Pearl Harbor from HNL
. I browsed the database before venturing into the forums about a year later, around the time I first started working for XJ
. I lurked for a couple of years before before joining just after 9/11.
In the near decade that I've been registered, I've logged only about 150 posts, but I've always been an almost daily visitor. (I don't write much in any of the forums in which I'm a member.) But I can remember all of the best discussions, including one of my favorites. A certain user was complaining about how badly his uncle was treated on an HP
flight, saying the the agent basically threw an insulting 5 dollar voucher at him for his troubles. Everyone called BS
and was asking for proof of the voucher. Another member finally provided it-
I laughed so hard I had to save it. I recently found it while looking through some old files on my hard drive and laughed again.
Ahhh... The memories.
Nature forms us for ourselves, not for others; to be, not to seem.