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It' Just a Dog

From time to time people tell me, "Lighten up, it's just a dog," or, "That's a lot of money for just a dog." They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent or the costs involved for "just a dog." Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog." Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog," but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog," and, in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand phases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or "just a promise." "Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of "just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future.

So for me, and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past and the pure joy of the moment. "Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a human."

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog." just smile....because they "just don't understand."

- Author Unknown




Dear Aircraf' Shopper,

Growin' up as ah did, in the mountains of Wess ole Virginny, ah was surroun'ed by varmints who had li'l in th' way of earthly wealth. Howevah, menny were rich in spirit an' chareecker. Their net wo'th expressed itse'f in old-fashioned wo'ds, sech as integrity an' hono', rather than tradishunal numbers. They believed thet yer wo'd was a corntrack mo'e bindin' than enny on paper, an' they slepp th' sleep of th' jest in unlocked homes.

In th' years thet haf passed on account o' then, so much in th' wo'ld has changed, cuss it all t' tarnation. Th' speed at which we live seems t'increase daily. Our front po'ches haf disappeared an' most of us doesn't knows our neighbo's. Cyber scams, virtual TV an' talk shows make us feel thet we've somehow been transpo'ted


Steve and friends on a trip out West.t't'other planet while sleepin'. Our faif in th' innate fineness of hoomin bein's has diminished o' disappeared, cuss it all t' tarnation.
All of this hyar has affecked us, an' one result is thet th' business of doin' business is much mo'e difficult. It's hard t'knows whut to trest an' in whom yo' kin believe. Th' larger an' th' mo'e impo'tant th' transackshun, th' higher th' stress it seems t'junerate.

It is mah cornvickshun thet in today's wo'ld, th' values of yessuhterday are vital, ah reckon. ah have see nothin' in mah life, no' in th' 40 years in which I've been in aviashun, t'convince me thet bein' dishoness o' untrestwo'thy is a fine idea. I've had no experience thet cuzd me t'reckon thet bein' untruthful t'cestomers is a great foun'ashun on which t'build a business.

Thar is neifer sale no' enny business transackshun impo'tant inough t'cuz me t'aban'on the lessons of thet time so long ago.

Steve Weaver flies his Cessna 337 ''Bodacious''. (no sound)  New window not opening?  Bypass your pop-up blocker by holding down the [CTRL] key. Eff'n yer interested in buyin' an airplane, sellin' an airplane, o' findin' someone t'he'p yo' sell yer airplane, please gimme a call, ah reckon. ah promise t'do mah mighty bess fo' yo'.







From 2007: 50 years ago this week, Steve Weaver drove out of the showroom in his brand-new 1957 Chevy convertible.

The Runaway Airplane! by Steve Weaver, published in the Spring 2010 issue of ''Goldenseal'' magazine.

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