Yes, it was my birthday on Oct 2, and my 'ladies'—meaning two daughters and spouse—gave me the best present ever! Apparently they've been scheming about it for months, the minxes; but who am I to complain? Not I! No, sir!
So what they gave me was a voucher.
No, not one for books, CDs, fancy electronics, haircuts, car accessories or anything else you might come up with. Instead it was was for an introductory lesson in helicopter flying in a Robinson R22, at a flying school down the Gold Coast. For someone whose list of to-dos includes learning how to fly helicopters at a very high level of priority, this is just about as cool as it can get.
Don't know when I'm going to go to cash this in, but it's valid for 6 months, and so I have until the end of March 2010. Something to look forward to, and I intend to enjoy the looking-forward just as much as the doing it. I fully intend to brush up on my helo theory—something I've spent some time on a couple of years back—so I get the best possible value out of this.
So, to my ladies: a very public THANK YOU!