Fly Boy: Being Human, An AR August Challenge

Real Estate Agent with Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 CA BRE# 01261476

When I was in 6th Grade, my teacher had us make

a Vision Board.

It was 1979 and I was introduced to goals by this project.

I have no clue what I put on that board ...

except this:

it was covered in photos several photos of 

The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet


Yep, the plan was to join the Navy and fly jets.


My grandfather on my Dad's side was a WWII pilot and the flew for United Airlines and I always wanted to be like him. Well, my Navy career was to never be, due to a severe accident. (Most folks don't know I'm partially and permanently "disabled", I never speak of it and it's rarely caught).

Maybe one day I'll blog about it?


fly boy NelsonMy bride with her fly-boy 2015


But, prior to and since my accident, I have always flown planes. I flew my first plane, a Piper Cherokee when I was 10 years old. I also flew Piper Tomahawks and Cessna 172's ...and still do to this day.




This video is of my 2015 flight over the

La Jolla Coastline and my beloved UTC where my home and real estate office is

(see photo below).




Thomas J Nelson Realtor I typically fly once per year with an instructor and have been lucky enough to do it both over the

San Francisco Bay, including Alcatraz, The Golden Gate Bridge and through the SFO flight path as well as over the beautiful La Jolla Coastline, Mission Bay and Mexican Border. One day I'll take the rest of my exams and ground school and get licensed. But, divorce, remarriage, having a son in college and the Great Recession have kept me conservative on spending the money more than one "birthday" flight per year for now.






5,000 feet above San Diego

University Towne Centre (UTC-La Jolla) from my cockpit. This is where I live and keep my real estate office.






I've also been known to jump out of planes at 13,000 feet and free fall

for 60 seconds at 120 MPH...oh yeah!

Oh by the way, August is my Active Rain anniversary month,

it's been 9 years in The Active Rain for me this month! 

I appreciate all my

friends here and referral partners.

I even enjoy you scalawags that I

debate and butt heads keeps it saucy! 




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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow loved this post, when I was in Airborne school they used to say to us... keep in mind you have to have something wrong with you if you jump out of a perfectly good airplane:) looking at that picture reminded me of the "good old days" no help needed jumped out on my own:))Emdre

Aug 31, 2017 11:09 PM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Thomas. Wow, what a story. This is a pretty terrific tell.

Sep 01, 2017 08:06 AM #2
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

kids in college can prevent a lot other fun activities, but it will pay for itself.  In the mean time a birthday flight sounds like something to look forward to.  Thank you for sharing Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro .  And... are my mistaken in thinking you grew up on the peninsula around San Carlos?

Sep 01, 2017 08:15 AM #3
Lee Potts
Aloha Group Maui - Lahaina, HI
The smarter we work, the luckier you get.

Great post !!

Sep 01, 2017 02:05 PM #4
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Your excitement about flying came right off that screen! My dad got his pilots license way back when and he would take me up in a cessna or piper. I love those memories. We would fly over my house and tip the wings to say hello. He would show me the maps and explain how things worked. What fun.

Thanks for sharing.

Sep 02, 2017 03:09 AM #5
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

What an exciting avocation. Thanks for sharing and I hope you can keep enjoying the heights for a long time to come.

Sep 02, 2017 06:11 AM #6
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

This is a very nice post Thomas. I came here via the link on the challenge page. I enjoyed getting to know a little more about you and your most interesting hobbies! : )

Sep 02, 2017 08:53 AM #7
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

I've never jumped out of a perfectly good airplane...yet :)

Sep 02, 2017 10:54 AM #8
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, I love this story, Thomas and now I'm dying to know your disability - the nurse in me, married to a quadriplegic always comes out when the word disability is brought up!

Great story and I love the skydiving photo!!

Sep 02, 2017 08:06 PM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Thomas - thanks for sharing that.  I had comtemplated the same thing since my father was a pilot in WWII.

Sep 03, 2017 11:24 AM #10
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Congrats on your AR anniversary and thanks for sharing a little background with us.

Sep 04, 2017 08:01 PM #11
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