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Old 09-01-2011, 07:51 AM   #99
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Karate Kid (the real one)? A good one, but if we're willing to go back further, I much prefer Drunken Master.
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:41 AM   #100
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Well, since I have been posting a lot I will provide some background on myself also. I am 49 and my wife Carol is younger. We have two children. Our son is 13 and our daughter is 11. By profession, Carol is a Financial Planner with a boutique firm in the Atlanta area, and I am a pilot (hence the user name) for Delta Air Lines.

We inherited our Airstream from Carol's parents who were the original owners and full-timed in it. We also camp with our Weimaraner as well and have found the Airstream to be an ideal family get away machine.

Reading from the top of the thread, pilots appear to be tinkerers as a general rule and I am no exception. I am constantly tweaking this or tha with the trailer. This week it was a Wilson cell booster setup which I have been very pleased by how well it works.
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Old 09-01-2011, 09:50 AM   #101
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Karate Kid (the real one)? A good one, but if we're willing to go back further, I much prefer Drunken Master.
In the early 70's there was a TV show called Kung Fu starring David Carradine. He was a young chinese monk in the US.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kung_Fu_(TV_series)

In this show his instructor would call him "Grass hopper". As for as I know that is the origin. However it became so Iconic, that it has been used elsewhere as an endearing (or perhaps demeaning) term for an inexperienced one in need of instruction.
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Of course! Carradine... yeah...
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:38 AM   #103
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That would be the same Carradine from "Kill Bill" not to be confused with his son who is an actor also.....

Thae show, Kung Fu, was good tv fun. It is probably on Hulu now.
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Oh, I know the show well! A childhood favorite.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:06 PM   #105
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Who are we?

I originally posted to this thread eight. . .almost. . .nine years ago. While times may change, other things remain much the same. . . . .

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My name is Kevin, and I am a member of WBCCI, the Free Wheelers, the Vintage Airstream Club, and the Computer Club. I am five years older than my '64 Overlander International. The Overlander was my introduction to camping when it was new and owned by friends of my family. The original owners sold the trailer in 1980 while I was in college, and I lost track of the trailer. In 1995 I decided that I just had to have an Airstream, and after months of searching ran across the coach via a blind classified advertisement in Mendota, Illinois. It was a year later that I learned that this was the same trailer that had introduced me to Airstreaming in 1964. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Teaching has taken me to three states and a number of different communities in Rooks and Osborne counties in Kansas, Grant county in Wisconsin, and Alexander and Mercer counties in Illinois. As a teacher in an agricultural area, we still have a 10 to 12 week Summer Break which allows me the freedom to travel extensively in either my Airstream or Argosy.

Caravanning and rallys are two of my favorite summer activities - - especially when a Vintage Open House is involved - you will always find
"The Long, Long Trailer" playing in my VCR during the Vintage Open House. My Chihuahua traveling companions will welcome visitors even without the 2-kibble toll that they get from some visitors.

As a Free Wheeler with no siblings and very few relatives, traveling becomes the focus of my leisure time. The friendships that I have developed through Airstreaming have helped me to feel like I have a giant extended family. There are many times that I wish it were possible to thank my trailer's original owners for introducing me to Airstreaming 38 years ago - - unfortunately, they both passed on less than 10 years after selling the Airstream in 1980.

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I am still Airstreaming with the same two coaches and the same tow vehicles. Trading vehicles of any kind is among my least favorite activities so I tend to hold onto the vehicles that prove their worth and pamper them through the many years that they are with me. When I wrote my original message, I expected to remain a FreeWheeler for the rest of my life, but I met my soulmate about 18-months ago and we will be celebrating our first anniversary on October 4.

My spouse was widowed almost ten years ago and I was a bachelor . . . a love of RVing and travel was a large part of what brought us together. My spouse is a retired IBM representative who once sold word processors to the school where I was teaching . . . so we first met over 20 years ago. We haven't been able to get out and Airstream as much as we would like as my job search has taken so much of my time, and we have both had health issues that keep us closer to our known doctors than we would like.

As with so many teachers of elective courses, I have found myself unemployed for three years now. So many of the rural districts where I have taught have had to cut or eliminate their electives in order to have funds to support remedial efforts to meet No Child Left Behind initiatives. Having been through Reductions in Staff with three districts, I have little hope of being able to return to teaching . . . and while I hold out hope that I might eventually return to teaching that hope is quickly fading. Other than positions in sales, I find very little positive in the job market or the outlook for the near-term future.

Hopefully, 2012 will be much better than 2011.

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Well, since I have been posting a lot I will provide some background on myself also. I am 49 and my wife Carol is younger. We have two children. Our son is 13 and our daughter is 11. By profession, Carol is a Financial Planner with a boutique firm in the Atlanta area, and I am a pilot (hence the user name) for Delta Air Lines.

We inherited our Airstream from Carol's parents who were the original owners and full-timed in it. We also camp with our Weimaraner as well and have found the Airstream to be an ideal family get away machine.

Reading from the top of the thread, pilots appear to be tinkerers as a general rule and I am no exception. I am constantly tweaking this or tha with the trailer. This week it was a Wilson cell booster setup which I have been very pleased by how well it works.
Iíll bet we have talked many times. I worked at Seattle Center from 71-93 and at Denver Center from 93-04.

I also just purchased a Wilson signal booster. I bought it for the house because we live in a weak signal area. However I plan to install it so I can easily disconnect and take in the trailer with us.

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