To continue my habit of occasional thanks, I would like to next shout out to my day-one homie, Mr. Nick C. Nick, who is a large part of how this platform came to be. An innovator in his own right, Nick has toyed with ideas for apps and started working on a project with me a couple of months ago that, hopefully, we will have released in the future.
Nick is one of the first friends I knew would be there for me through thick and thin. The amount of therapy bills he could have racked up on me by now would be enough to cover his costs of flight training. But, regardless, Nick is always there, irrespective of the problem or situation. You can genuinely feel how much he cares for those around him, a trait I find so rare elsewhere.
Nick did not have a single thing handed to him on his path to becoming a commercial pilot. Somehow, he managed to find a way to grind through a full-time Airport Operations job at the world's busiest General Aviation airport while steadily building hours. Since then, he has overcome significant adversity to fly base out of his home airport for his dream airline. To those who don't understand, this would be like playing for the New York Yankees after growing up next to Yankee Stadium.
I am thankful for so many things when it comes to Nick. He is my go-to man for advice, always listening with an open heart. Nick is aware of the pain I have gone through so many times and looks at me no differently than before. When he has free time, he often shows me a thing or two about how to fly a Boeing 737 NG on a Flight Simulator. The list honestly goes on and on.
I was honored to be a part of his wedding, naturally at the best place in the world you can think of for aviation. His wife, Tara, is such a perfect complement to his personality and goals. The way they support each other, particularly with both working in airlines, inspires those who may think it's impossible these days. Oh, they even got a dog (shoutout Charlie).
So, Nick and Tara. There is honestly so much more I could say. I am so thankful and grateful to have you both in my life. I look forward to many years of fun times with your future family. I will be the "Cool Uncle," mark my words.