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Great idea. However I have many stories and will have to pick and choose. (Free trips for getting bumped, beating Clarks Black Friday deals to Hawaii, getting essentaully locked out of a U.S. airport terminal while guys walked around me with rifles as I tried to sleep - Yes, U.S. airport, the time I thought we were going to crash into the ocean). Oh the stories I have :slight_smile:

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Many years ago I was on, I think, a DC9.

The Stews (that’s what they called them then) rolled up the center aisle carpet.
It exposed a small window in the floor where they could see if the landing gear was down. It was.

It was done so well, there was little concern among the passengers.

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I spent a month at Douglas technical school for the DC9. That window was not to see if the gear was just down, but down and LOCKED. It was rarely used because the panels around the gear were designed to catch the air stream and SLAM the gear into place. Bright orange labels were aligned and easily seen from above indicating a secure lock.

A few feet behind those viewing windows [under the carpet] was a large panel [2x2 as I recall] which was emergency access to the primary hydraulic system. The hydraulic tank was open to cabin pressure, so the flight engineer could literally add water–or any liquid–to the tank in the event of serious hyd loss.

Douglas designed many “just in case” backups.

While backpacking through the Philippines, I met a local dive instructor who offered to take me on a free dive trip if I could help him practice his English. We ended up spending the day exploring the breathtaking underwater world of Malapascua, and after the dive, we exchanged contact information. A few months later, he messaged me to let me know that he had gotten a new job and had saved up enough money to travel to Europe, all thanks to his improved English skills. It was a fulfilling and unforgettable moment from my travels.


I was on a travel website investigating Hawaiian locations. I met a guy named Jim who worked in radio on the islands. I too had commercial radio in my background. He said if I came to Kauai to look him up. I did. I went to the radio station where he worked (travelers radio, that tells you all the things todo on the island). When I entered I asked for him. The secretary said he was out doing a remote and to leave my name and where I was staying and he would call me.

I said my name was ‘Lavarock’ and when I did, a head popped out of the back room and said ‘Lavarock. That is an odd name…’ (my last name is somewhat unique). All I could say was ‘Thanks’ in a questioning tone, I mean what else can you say to a comment like that? He asked if I was from the mainland, I said yes. He asked if I was from the East coast, I said yes. He then asked if I was New Brunswick, New Jersey. I said no, Highland Park (the next town over). He looked me over and said that I was too young. Was my Father in real estate and I said yes. He then said “My parents bought a house from your Father back in the 50’s.”.

So I ask you, which is stranger, meeting someone 1/4 way around the world who knew of your family, or that someone knew who their parents bought a house from, 40 some odd years before?

Nothing so strange, but ~1991 I was sent to Hickam AFB for reserve duty. I rented a car, and there were a lot of coupons that came with it. I’m sure the idea was that no one goes to Hawaii by themself, so providing a free xxx would result in one paid xxx plus one free xxx. Well, I was by myself, so I got a couple of free harbor cruises, dinners, etc. The cost saved was more than the cost of the rental. The daytime cruise/snorkling was a lot of fun as it was a relatively small group, and mostly not couples. The other benefits were nice, but not nearly as memorable.

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It’s incredibly rewarding to hear success stories such as this one. Being able to make a difference in someone else’s life just by using language skills. :blush: It’s a reminder that we all have the power to make a positive impact to the world, and that even the smallest acts of kindness can have a huge effect.

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In the summer of 2020, I went on a solo journey to Spain. Little did I know that my travel guide from https://gowithguide.com/spain would become more than just a source of information. She would become a friend. Maria wasn’t just reciting facts from a guidebook. She infused our tour with personal touches. We laughed over tapas. Our connection deepened by every passing day. She became more than a guide, she became my confidante.As my trip neared its end, Maria dropped a bombshell: she was leaving her job as a tour guide. But there was a silver lining. She confessed that she had feelings for me, and soon our friendship blossomed into something more. We explored the Alhambra hand in hand, I realized that Maria was the one. Back home, we continued our relationship. Maria moved to my city, and soon we were planning our future together. As I look at Maria, now my fiancée, I’m grateful for that serendipitous encounter in Spain.


Wonderful story. Good luck and best wishes.

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Thank You robert.