Long time Fire Chief Gene Jensen retired this week. Gene, Susan and I have been the top three EMTs in Nenana for many years. I’m going to miss his knowledge and expertise. We have shared a lot of great times and a lot of rough times. Thanks Gene for all you have done for Nenana for many years!
After getting 830 hours out of a muffler, which is unheard of, the Maule flies again. At the annual it was discovered that the flame tube in the co-pilot muffler was burnt out. When I showed it to the repair shop in Anchorage they were shocked that we had been able to get so many hours out of the muffler, usually they need repair in less than 300 hours. We are on the third muffler on the pilot side. After much discussion it was determined that it would be more cost effective to buy a new one rather than repair the original. Once you start repairing a muffler that old it tends to have a snowball effect and you quickly get to the price of a new muffler. This new muffler has a couple of upgrades that will be great this winter. It should generate significantly more heat for the cabin, always nice.
It’s never good when your kids start a conversation with that line.
Several months ago the girls were asking me how I made the decision when it is OK to go flying and when it is better to wait. So we got into this long discussion about Risk Management and risk/benefit analysis. I’ll admit that I might have gotten too deep into the topic for a 6, 8, and 10 year old to understand. However, they were asking good questions and wanted to know more about why and how I know it is OK to do something. Apparently most of our conversation sunk in and they have transferred that knowledge into their decision making process. Here is how I know. Continue reading Don’t worry Daddy!→
My Uncle (Adam’s) passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer and it’s complications. He came to know the Lord late in his battle but as I was reminded by Matthew 20 that his reward is just a secure as those who have known him most of their life. Sorrowful that he is gone but rejoicing in his reward!
We have enjoyed a great time of fellowship with other ministry families from around Alaska the past week. Arctic Barnabas Ministries and Tanalian Bible Camp do a wonderful job of facilitating a time where we can recharge and share with other families from the villages. The kids look forward to this all year long and are disappointed that the time at the retreat goes by so fast (Mom and Dad are too if the truth be known). We have been able to make lasting friendships during our time at this retreat over the years.