Rant Air – Welcome Aboard!

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March 23rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

The other night, as I struggled to sleep soundly in my hotel room in lovely downtown Odessa, Texas, I had a really cool dream.

I dreamt that I had driven to my local camera shop, cashier’s check in hand to put my money down on the ever-backordered Nikon D3. After waiting for a few minutes to talk to Howard (my normal camera guy), I told him that I had brought him my deposit. He said, “Well, I’ve got one here! You can put the deposit down and wait if you want to, or you can take the one we have in stock right now!”

In the dream I was giddy…grinning ear-to-ear. What luck to show up at my camera shop of choice expecting to put money down on a new camera to begin a month’s worth of waiting, only to be told I wouldn’t have to wait!

I landed in Burbank yesterday with a plan for my afternoon off. Home I went to change. Then to the bank to draw the cashier’s check for my deposit on the new D3. Then to the camera shop (I hit every red light on my way there). Sidle up to the counter to talk to my good buddy Howard.

“Hey, Howard. How’s it going? I’ve finally saved up enough to put money down on a D3. How long do you suppose it will be before you guys get one in stock?” I asked.

Howard laughed. He laughed the laugh of a guy who was thinking: I have no idea exactly when we’ll see one. What he said was…

“About three hours ago.”

Giddy. Ear-to-ear grin.

I have yet to put it through it’s true paces, but let’s just say that I am absolutely overjoyed with this camera. It is LIGHT YEARS beyond my D200 in speed, sensitivity, sharpness, and construction.

You might say I’m D3lighted. D3lerious, even.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jeannen // Mar 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm


  • 2 gcalvin // Mar 24, 2008 at 7:56 pm


  • 3 Marvin // Mar 25, 2008 at 3:34 am

    I’ve wondered if you ever got out to West Texas. I’m originally from Odessa, born and raised and now live in Waco, TX. Actually took the 730a MAF-DAL today on my way back from Easter. Good stuff.

  • 4 Keith West // Jul 16, 2008 at 7:39 pm


    Stop by http://www.howitflies.com, tell us about your plane and consider uploading some of those great photos.

    The site is a kind of Wikipedia for aircraft- articles that anyone can edit or comment on featuring facts, opinions, photos and videos of
    airplanes. Whether someone is gathering information on a plane they would like to fly or buy, or just wants to think about flying on a rainy day, it will be a fun resource.

    It hasn’t really launched yet, but I’m asking some web savvy pilots such as yourself to come by and give it a try. I would appreciate any comments you might have.

    Keith West
    How It Flies

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