Things are proceeding nicely at the new A&P job. Did I remember to mention that? Anyhow, I recently started job number three, albeit just a handful of hours each week - Monday, Tuesday, Friday nights and Saturday midday I'm learning the basics of the airplane mechanicing trade. So far it's all really basic stuff, but it's interesting nontheless. Today was changing out the bulbs on wingtip position lights. Simple enough - sorta like changing the bulb on a taillight except everything was easier to get to and all the parts cost ten times as much. Eeep! but anyhow - come in, do the job, and out in half an hour - counting gab time with the boss and my friend at the avionics store! I can't recall when I've had a shorter workday! (Well, not counting the 8+ hours at the other job I'd just in from, or the web work I need to do for the lodge tonight, but still...)
Oh, one more thing. If you're scared to fly, DO NOT under any circumstances ever look at the innards of an airframe. I swear, the things look like they're one step removed from tinfoil on the inside! You know how you can stare at a big ol' passenger jet seemingly just hanging there in the sky as it comes in to land, and you just can't quite wrap your mind around how it manages to stay up there? It's the same thing on the inside, especially once you start handling the parts. It's just a mess of thin aluminum stampings riveted together - any one of which feels about as substantial as a coke can. That such a fragile-seeming assembly can actually stay in one piece under the pressures of flight is just plain astounding! And yet... it does.