Woke up at 7:30 A.M. Did the morning routine, then headed for the airport. The other guys headed for the mountains, and I headed over to east of Front Range. The air didn't seem too awful bad at first, although I had a pretty stiff wind on take-off. But the flight over was more or less OK.
Well, that didn't last too long. Basically, it was just like yesterday. I honestly couldn't tell if it was better or worse. I couldn't tell if I had just accepted my lot in life or if it was a hair better. But it was still not enjoyable. I was only able to finish 13 lines before we all called it a day. It should have been a few more, but I was missing pictures more often than not. Updrafts, downdrafts, stupid flying. And this was over the plains!!! Oh well.
I headed back for Centennial...and I had my FIRST head-bump in the Aztec. It happens quite a bit in the 172, but I hit my head on the ceiling for the first time in the Aztec. Not cool. Sometimes I wonder if I'm ever goin' to hit my head on the side window so hard that I pass out. I don't like the thought of that. All in all, I had logged 2.6 hours. I was glad to be on the ground again.
We went out to Quizno's for lunch. And then I spent the early part of the afternoon working on finances! I got caught up on all of my receipts...it's pretty fun to see it all. I have spent over $10,000 in just 6 months on living on the road. Crazy. But I'm pretty close to my goals for food and hotel, so that is nice.
I found a truck on craigslist today, too, and I had my mom and dad go check it out. Mom called me laughing and said, "Well, it runs!" Ha! Dad came on the phone and said, "Go find yourself a high hill over a lake, and drive it off into it." Ha! I love it! I asked if it would last me the 5 months, and they both had no doubt about that. I said buy it! The guy was asking $1200, and I said to offer $900. He took it! Ha! I bought a truck 1000 miles away for $900. I'm pretty excited about that.
But my ENTIRE mind was wrapped up in my date with Tessa tonight!!! Agh, I was...giddy!!! After being canceled the previous two nights, I was MORE than ready! And everything pretty much went well!!! She picked me up around 6:00, and we went for a walk while we still had some daylight!!! It was PERFECT!!! I really like this girl. We just talked and talked and talked. Then we went to a little dive restaurant and talked some more! She had a few drinks, but I didn't mind...and then we started playing 20 Questions...and we were candid!!! I mean, WOW! For the second date, we were just gettin' right down to business. It was...good. It really was. I just enjoyed it all. She kept on telling me how much she liked me, and she kissed me a couple of times!!! All I could do was smile. She's so beautiful.
She insisted we grab a cab to the next place, and so we went and had one more drink. She wanted more, but I insisted that we just go home. So we did...went to her house where her roommates were and hung out some more. I didn't realize it before, but she was pretty out of it. Pretty drunk. She ended up falling asleep almost right away, and she was gone. Gone. I was pretty disappointed. I was left to myself...and could barely sleep. A different house, a foreign bed...my night's sleep was miserable...I would only guess I had a couple hours of light in-and-out sleep.
But I really do like her. She's different. She's not perfect by any means, but she's real. She's honest with me. I really admire and appreciate that.
I hate to say it, but I think I'd give up airplanes for a good woman.