Well, my time-line to be an A.Nutter will be something like this :
While I was in my Mom's belly, in 1972-73, she took a flight across the Andes, IIRC in a LAN Chile's DC-6.
That was probably the first time I "heard" an aircraft engine.
When I was 2 years old, we took a short flight ( less than 500 kmts. ) on board of a DC-3 of "TAMU" ( Transporte Aereo Militar Uruguayo / Uruguayan Military Air Transport ). Despite I was only 2 y.o. I still have "mental pictures" of that flight, the square windows, a small fuel truck on the road shortly after we took off, and a heavy rain when we landed in the city of Salto, in the NW
Almost all the weekends of my childhood I was in a house of a relative who lived directly under the approach path of the main runway in Montevideo, and I remember at that time MVD
was served by several European carriers with wide-bodies, like KLM, SAS, Iberia, Air France, and probably I'm forgetting others. I remember clearly the sound of the old heavies taking off a few hundred feet above my head. During this time I also flew short sectors inside Uruguay in EMB-110 Bandeirante ( I still remember the cockpit panel was visible since there was a curtain instead a door, and was open ), and I flew also in one of the TAMU's Fairchild 227, a "twin" of the one that crashed in the Andes mountains with a Rugby Team and inspired the movie "Alive".
Then, when I was 9, I took my first flight in a jet, when I flew MVD
on board of a LAN Boeing 732 in 1982.
I flew regularly all my life, and I was, I am, and I will be an aviation nut for ever.
With this in mind, I was looking for a collection of tail fin images on the Internet in the early 2000's, when I came across the database ( I have a confession : I had "the other database" in my favourites before A.net ), and I became a real addict to this site in 2002 or 2003. After being just an observer for a couple of years, I joined the community in August of 2005, and through this time I changed my job, I got married, I had many different things and changes in my life, but here I'm, an A.nutter in all its splendor.