I don’t even want to update this thread but here goes. Friend who had the surgery came back to work. I was free to go get the ratings finished up. Brother in law died. Committed suicide. We’ve all been dealing with all of the aspects of that. Covered in another thread. That took a couple of months and we’re still not finished selling some items, and well, whatever. Friend went back for checkups on the surgery the BIL stuff took so long. So I went back to the office full time for that for a while. I don’t even know what else. Broken cars, sick dogs at one point, weather. You name it, it’s happened in 2017. Oh yeah, three other people we knew well, died in the same week. That was fun. Not. Then Annual. At least that went well. Replaced the tire I chewed up practicing power off 180s sometime that feels like about a century ago. Even an airplane wreck in there. Ha. Flew only about once a month from July until now. Which absolutely sucks. Finally. FINALLY my schedule has started to free up. I took today off to finish the rest of the to-do list that was scheduled for the buddy-landed-on-a-road day AND... to go flying. FINALLY got all that stuff (including more BIL stuff) done earlier today. There’s still more but the schedule is finally opening up. So... I went flying. Yay on that. I have about a week or two here before the airplane hits the shop for new avionics. Maybe three. In my idiot head I thought it would be cold, snowy, crappy by now... and I’d grab an instructor and we’d go freeze our butts off and get this stupid SE add-on done, if I even remember how. Nope. We set a new high record of 81 today. And when I talked to one of the instructors at the place I’ve been flying with... They’re slammed. Really slammed. Oh right. People have vacation time this time of year and they’re booked — into January. And there’s wacky airline hiring going on. They even brought back another full timer they’ve worked with before and an additional part timer. Wow. Busy. My reaction to this news is not printable in mixed company, let alone getting past the censor filters here. Well anyway. At least I got the airplane up today and did some air work, and a few landings from the right seat. A friend of mine joked, “Don’t worry about it. Sheesh man, it’s not like you weren’t doing anything all this time!” LOL. Perspective. 2017 has sucked basketballs through a garden hose. Maybe soda straws. I wouldn’t mind it if I could catch a scheduling break and nobody would die and the weather would cooperate and ... JUST GET THIS DONE. Anyway. There’s the update since there hasn’t been one since August. AUGUST. Grrrr. It’s freaking November.