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Type rated on A330, B747-400, B747, B757, B767, B737, B727. International Airline Pilot / Author / Speaker. Dedicated to giving the gift of wings to anyone following their dreams. Supporting Aviation Safety through training, writing, and inspiration.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Motivation Appreciation


"I am given the opportunity to express my appreciation, each and
every day. Let me never miss the opportunity to do so, giving rise to
all I want to unfold - throughout my day."


 

Saturday was more fun that I can express. As you know I flew back to Bensenville, Illinois, to Aviation Universe  for a book signing and talk.


 

We will be seeing more of Aviation Universe, but for now let me tell you what a fabulous store this is. How do you find them? Fly into O'Hare, and they're just on the west side of the airport. 10 minutes away. I think you should add a visit to Aviation Universe on your bucket list. And follow them on Twitter @AviationUnverse

Mike, Lora, and Richard

 Lora, Richard, and Mike... thank you for the great time and support. And Tim for the ride back to the airport and my gift(s) too.

I also got to meet Twitter Favorites! Andrew Smolenski, who introduced me to Lora and Aviation Universe. Thank you Andrew! Mike Miley from the mytransponder.com dropped by and said hello and picked up a couple books. And Rob Marc an official Airplane Geek from JetWhine.com joined us. He had a very big microphone that he kept sticking in my face. I suspect we may hear more from him. Oh.... and he gave me my official, "I'm a Whiner!" button.

Let me tell you a little about this store. If you want anything aviation... they've got it! If they don't, they'll get it. They are also in the process of creating an on-line store, so you can shop from home. I will be shouting about that when they go live. 

 

But here's the deal... imagine the coffee shop from Friends, filled with really cool airline stuff. That's the feel. This is a community store and a place you could hang out all day while you're transported through aviation history. There were so many cool things. 


 

For all the crazy things we do in our lives, I am forever grateful for the opportunities that are given to me to reach out and meet new people. Travel 3500 miles in two days for a two hour talk? Who would do such a thing? I would. And I would do it again, because there are some really great people in this world that we should meet. Lora and Richard are two such people. 


Despite the adversity thrown their way, they embraced it and took off on their own adventure... Aviation Universe is a place to visit, and support.

Oh... and if you're an airline employee, during the summer months you can get a crew rate at the Airport Hilton for $59! What a deal. Then catch a cab to the Aviation Universe store!


By the way, you missed a great show. I did a little striptease choreographed with the adventure of the industry from the moment the aviation bug bit, followed by the effort, expense, and energy spent in pursuit of our dream to fly. The setbacks along the way. The shift in the industry. Furloughs. Bankruptcy. Mergers. Lost pensions. When could drama be so much fun? It's all about the visual.

How much fun did you have this weekend?


Enjoy the journey and every moment in between...

XO Karlene

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17 comments:

  1. Terrific to see there are still some great aviation shops around. We had a couple here in PHX but I feel that the Internet sort of ran them out of business. They just couldn't compete with the online ventures, which is very sad.

    Hope the store continues to do well. Looks wonderful. Might have to pay them an in person visit.

    Thanks for letting us know about them.

    Denise :)

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    1. Denise, I don't think the internet will wipe out Aviation Universe because the locals love them and soon their on-line store will be up soon. You will have to pay them a visit and tell them I said, Hello!"
      Thanks for your comment!

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  2. I have stayed at that Hilton, and it cost a LOT MORE, not being an airline employee!

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    1. Oh... I know. First glance reservation was $169. AAA was $129. So when I got there, they gave me the airline rate, it was quite the nice surprise. Next best is AAA. A very nice, quiet, comfortable and all amenities hotel with a great gym. :)

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  3. You are a constant source of inspiration, Karlene. Your energy is legendary! And used for such great things. Congrats on discovering Aviation Universe and participating with them. Cool.

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    1. Thank you so much Linda. I'm smiling because honestly... do you mean a constant source of exhaustion? :) Hope to see you soon!

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  4. Karlene, sounds like you had a blast!! The next time I am headed to ORD, I will have to check this place out.

    As for your last question, I had a blast this weekend. I met with a friend who needs no mention Saturday night and had a great time, then went flying Sunday.

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    1. Definitely check them out! I am so glad you met with your friend, and were able to spend some quality time together. And in the sky too... nice. Thank you so much for your comment!

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  5. What an amazing store! Definitely on my "to-do-list" next time I go to Chicago!

    Thank you Karlene, for everything you do to promote safety, keeping dreams alive and inspiring so many people, me included. I know I am very thankful for all that you do for the aviation community.

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    1. Cecilie, with the way you travel about the world, I suspect you will be there. And... tell me, and I'll join you.

      Oh... and thank you so much for giving me the reason to keep moving forward. I really appreciate your kind, and heartfelt words.

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  6. I certainly didn't have that much fun this weekend, but then I was working my 'day' job. Glad to hear your signing was good and the people were excellent. :)

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    1. Thank you Heather! Those day jobs sometimes consume us. But... one word and one book at a time... one foot closer to the door.

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  7. They are doing great!!! We really appreciate them.

    Joel Vargas

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    1. That is so nice Joel. I know they appreciate you too!

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  8. K-

    Should drop in today, only going to be 100+ degrees today in the Land o'ORD...

    "Fly the Wing" arrive?

    Tim

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    1. Good Morning Tim... 100+... I love it! Only 70 here today. No book yet. Checking door daily. :)

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  9. Bernese Mt Dog not happy...I'll rattle Lora's cage re: book.

    Life good?

    Tim

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