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June 18, 2017 / Ryan Edward Roberts

Mom Care, Dad’s Can Die

Just saw an ad on TV by a company called Bright Star. They provide home health care. The entire ad talked about “Mom”; how they can help take care of her as she gets older.

Very clearly left out was “Dad”. No dad depicted by the actors. No mention at all of caring for anyone except “Mom”.

So apparently Bright Star only cares for mothers. I guess dads dont need health care or maybe they just think dads should just be sent to a nursing home.

And today is Father’s Day…

June 11, 2017 / Ryan Edward Roberts

The Carbonaro Stage

Watching The Carbonaro Effect because I had nothing else to do. I hereby conclude:

IT IS SO OBVIOUSLY FAKE AND STAGED!

It isn’t even descent magic tricks. It’s just edited TV, simple to make. We’re just suppossed to play dumb and act like it’s “live”.

I watch plenty of “reality TV”. I love it. This show pretends to be, but it’s only stupid and insulting.

May 25, 2017 / Ryan Edward Roberts

I Love Trump’s Guts

President Trump stood in front of every leader of all the NATO nations today. He spoke words that were direct, 100% accurate, and badly needed to be said. Many of these presidents and chancellors standing directly behind him represent a smug, arrogant mentality that the U.S.A is something to ignore; that they are superior somehow. They are all politicians, and they were all obviously wanting an event that made them look good. Trump doesn’t care, he was there to say what needed said.

You could see this all over their smug faces as the president spoke. Many years ago these nations all agreed to spend at least 2% of their nation’s GDP on military defence. In 2016, of the 28 NATO members, only 5 met this requirement: The U.S, U.K, Estonia, Poland, and Greece!

Here is what our president said:

“I have been very, very direct with Secretary Stoltenberg and members of the alliance in saying that NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations. But 23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying, and what they’re supposed to be paying for their defense,” said Trump.

The man has guts! It is also referred to as LEADERSHIP.

May 10, 2017 / Ryan Edward Roberts

If You Want To Be a Pilot

I truly love flying airplanes. I have had a great career so far, having flown for freight companies, business charters, and now as a captain for an airline. I have served as chief pilot for several operations, and as the director of operations for another. But I am living with a huge regret and burden; I borrowed way too much in student loans.

Do NOT borrow more than flight school costs. I decided after flight school to enroll at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. I wanted to get the best education. I ended up with about $58,000 in student loans, in 1998. I was not able to make the payments on these when I got my first flying job, as it only paid about $15,000 a year. This resulted in additional fees and interest, which caused the balance on these loans to grow faster than my income. I paid when I could, but the bottom line is these loans ended up totaling over $190,000 just from fees and interest!

My college degree NEVER made any difference in my career in getting any job that I ever interviewed for. I DIDN’T NEED THAT COSTLY DEGREE. In fact, I have never needed any degree at all to have had my career.

A civilian aviation career is unique in this matter. One needs a college degree in order to enter into many fields, such as a medical, engineering, or teaching career. But flying airplanes does not. After paying for your flight training to simply get your licence, it is mostly an on-the-job training field.

I know many, many pilots who owe between $100,000 and $200,000 in student loans. The blame lies mostly with the colleges. They paint rosey pictures of graduating and becoming this instant Captain flying large jets making bookoo dollars. That simply isn’t realistic. The majority will have the opportunity to make over $200,000 a year, but only after flying for at least 10 to 20 years at a fraction of that income. Most pilots do not see the “big” money until the last 5 to 10 years before retirement, if ever.

I also blame the Federal government for allowing such huge loans. I believe student loans should have caps based on the chosen career field.

Ultimately, I have to accept blame for my own decisions. But I did this because I thought it was what I was suppossed to do.

If you are set on being a pilot and still want a degree, then make sure you attend a State university where you will pay in-state tuition. Keep the costs at a minimum! Otherwise you will be spending the rest of your life paying it off.