We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Mindy was good on the radio. Anyone considering learning to fly should not be put off by all that radio chatter. You'll learn all that when you get your Instrument Rating. As a private pilot, you'll just learn how to fly the plane.
Having been in transportation all my life, I've always found aviation fascinating. Of course it helps when one of your cousins ultimately retired as one of American's check pilots, and your late father-in-law flew B-24s for the 15th AF. I did ultimately log 30 minutes as a student pilot, which I loved; but then I developed back issues which limit me to MS Flight Simulator when I can sit up long enough.
The docs are convinced I can beat the back issues. If they're right about that, I hope to pursue flight training as a study in the serious importance of doing something for the hell of it.