In Praise of Dan John

By Camilo on April 30, 2015 0 Comments

Dan John is fitness guru. He is also a genius teacher. I say this not because he is the most credentialed, good-looking, accomplished, best-selling this or that. He may embody some of these things, but I have a different reason to praise him this way. I claim that he’s a genius teacher because he reduces fitness complexity to simplicity, … Continue Reading


Is the United States Christian?

By Camilo on April 29, 2015 0 Comments

There are many Christians in the United States, so the knee-jerk obvious answer to  this question is “yes.” However, I did not by the modifier “Christian” refer to the percentage of the people claiming to be Christian in our country. I refer to something different. See Connecticut’s Fundamental Orders, agreed to in 1639. They specifically … Continue Reading

Aviation, Germanwings

Germanwings Successfully Down the Memory Hole?

By Camilo on April 22, 2015 0 Comments

The Germanwings mishap/murder investigation has gone very quiet lately. Major media focused on aircraft design, interviews of past girlfriends, speculation into mental illness, pilot training, and self-disclosure protocols for pilot medical qualifications. Nobody addressed the real issue: pilot trustworthiness. In what we in the U.S. call “general aviation” (GA), pilot suicides are rare, but not … Continue Reading

Aviation, Pilot Trustworthiness

More Pilot Stories

By Camilo on April 20, 2015 0 Comments

A common question between pilots in an airliner, especially on day 1 of a trip with someone new, is “Where did you start?” We all want to know the past experiences of the pilot next to us. If his (see note below) background is civilian, usually he followed this path: desire to fly/leave current job; … Continue Reading

Aviation, Pilot Trustworthiness

Pilot Stories

By Camilo on April 9, 2015 0 Comments

I’ll start with the conclusion: the civilian path to flying an airliner is analogous to the path to practicing medicine as a doctor: years of expensive schools followed by years of low pay and very hard work. At the end of each process, you have a professional with mad career buy-in. He’s earned it. Let’s … Continue Reading