First, to those of you who remember me from RB3D days, I sincerely apologize for the way I disappeared without proper goodbyes and an orderly transfer of duties. At the risk of TMI, I owe you an explanation: I got depressed. It seemed like it happened overnight, but in hindsight, it was a long time coming. When my computer crashed, I didn’t even bother trying to fix it. I stopped caring about much of anything. It took months to climb up out of that hole (okay, years, actually LOL). By then, I was too embarrassed to try to salvage my relationships with JG1 friends. That is just cowardly, though; so here I am, saying I’m sorry, and I miss you guys! If any of you feel that you deserve an individual apology, let me know, I will give it to you.
Now, if that isn’t all strange enough (for those of you who don’t know me), here’s the really strange part: I don’t have my new rig set up (Digital Storm computer, Warthog HOTAS stick and throttle, MFG pedals), and won’t for a couple of months; and I’ve never flown RoF (current old laptop can’t handle it, or any modern sim). In fact, I haven’t done any simming since RB.
I still want to find out if I would be considered for membership in JG1 – RoF. I flaked out on you guys and want to know if I can be forgiven for that. I need something to look forward to. I’m now temporarily(?) retired so I can be with my dad full time to take care of him, as he can’t do much for himself anymore, but living in a “facility” would be torture for him (some of you might even remember him, too: JG1_Schmerz). It’s weird not having a regular job, and spending all my time with one old guy (okay, I’m old, too; but he’s r-e-a-l-l-y old :-D). I’m going stir crazy :-P, and no hobby except actual flying (can’t do that right now) has ever been more fun for me than being a member of JG1. So, I hope you’ll consider me for a “provisional” membership in JG1, i.e., provisional in the sense that I need to get all set up and competent enough in RoF to be a reliable wingman before being considered a full member. If any current member objects, I’ll withdraw my application; I don’t want to cause any trouble within JG1.
Hope it’s not too much to ask, but, if accepted, I’d like to use my former JG1 nom de guerre, Wilhelm Reinhard, in honor of that JG1 flieger, although I have no ambition to be rittmeister again; didn’t want to be in the first place LOL. As I recall, everyone else who had both the time and willingness to do the administrative work required by the job was already performing important functions for the geschwader.
Direct answers to the questions in the application guide:
Time zone: Pacific
TeamSpeak: will try to install after posting this (Microphone: yes)
TrackIR: not yet, planning on it; need to experience and understand the native view system first
Current sims: none
Thanks for your consideration, and