ThirtyEcho, I was just shown how to check the trim for takeoff by actually looking at it a few days ago, and I think I may adopt that one. I haven't really been flying long enough myself to adopt too many quirks, so some might be just what I've learned from my CFI. I've seen him blow on the stall horn a few times, but I'm not doing that. Besides, I'm too short. He also says, "Pressure's green, tac is up, airspeed alive," EVERY TIME you take off. He says people tease him about it all the time but I find myself thinking it even when he's not in the plane.