Well the Stats are in, and they are telling. Looking back on the most popular Cap’n Aux posts of 2012, I have to say, it truly is “the best of the best!” So, for you cheechackos*who may have missed them, or you sourdoughs who wanna relive ’em, without further ado, here’s the Top 8** (Note: apologies for the occasional difficult fonts to read; some older posts were written in my original web design, which may conflict with the current one.)
The notoriously ill- (or prophetically-) timed Gone with the Hurricane posted the very same week of last year’s Hurricane Sandy debacle. While the story was about my experience evacuating seaplanes during Hurricane Hugo in the U.S. Virgin Islands, late ’80s, it turned out to be a very poignant story conveying life in the midst of a natural disaster—at a time when the world was focused on the trials and tribulations of the Eastern U.S. Seaboard.
By a factor of two, this one consistently comes in at Number One. A bit of a head-scratcher, it may be due to the similarity to the famous book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Nevertheless, it’s filled with hilarious “squawks,” or pilot mechanical write-ups, followed by Maintenance Control’s smart-aleck replies!
Dedicated to the memory of my good friend Steve Wilson, a career Alaska bush pilot, this is the true story of a watershed moment in my career—and my life. A fiction version of this episode appears in my novel, The Last Bush Pilots.
Remember my viral vid, A Day in the Life of an Airline Pilot?
(Which, sadly, I had to pull.) Well, here’s 30 years!
Zen and the Art of Landing
2nd in popularity (so far) to A Day in the Life of an Airline Pilot
Santa Drops In
A charming Christmas poem… about a midair with you-know-who!
*Cheechacko:Tenderfoot, greenhorn. (If you’d read my book The Last Bush Pilots, you’d know this!;-) From Chinook jargon, originally a reference to someone new to Alaska or the Yukon. chee (“new, lately”) + chako (“to come, arrive.”)
**Woulda done Top 10 if Google woulda given me that data!
***The watch is still ticking—and remains the best 3rd world piece of junk I’ve ever owned!
——————————————— HAPPY VALENTINE’S MONTH! Folks, you’re gonna be so busy reading thru these posts, I’m gonna take the month off and travel thru the Philippines! (And maybe do a little golfin’ ‘n skiin’ around the States, too.) No doubt, I will return with LOTSA bloggin’ material! I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my daily adventures on my Cap’n Aux Facebook Page (facebook.com/CapnAux) and thru Twitter (@Capnaux) so be sure to check in!
(Note to all would-be burglars: Vicious attack cat Tarzan remains on duty prowling my premesis, as does my teen son, 6’3″, 230lb, Kickboxing & Glock handgun specialist Tim!)