After being a member of Airplane Owner and Pilot’s Association for more than 12 years, today I finally got around to canceling my membership. I first joined AOPA when I started seriously considering taking flying lessons in the early summer of 1999. Of course, I began my lessons later that summer and got my license on April 3, 2000. I flew on and off until 9/11 after which flying became more complicated and I couldn’t fly frequently enough to stay current. I maintained my membership over the next decade because AOPA is a good¬†organization, but also because I worked hard to get my pilot’s license, and being a member of AOPA was a reminder of what I had achieved.
But the truth is, I almost never use its services any more. They produce a great magazine that I receive monthly and end up tossing almost right away because I have no time to read it. (The last few months, I’ve been giving the magazine to the Little Man because he likes the pictures of the airplanes.) So I called them this morning, expecting the customer service¬†representative to talk my out of my cancellation. In truth, the conversation went much like this:
Customer service: How can we help you today?
Me: I’d like to cancel my membership as of my next renewal.
CS: Okay, are you no longer flying?
Me: Not for ten years now.
CS: I understand. I’ve taking you off automatic renewals and your membership will end at the end of July.
Me: Great, thank you.
CS: Have a nice day.
It’s bittersweet, of course. I was (and am) very proud of the fact that I became a pilot. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.
I just got an email (on my iPhone) from the executive director of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America telling me that my application had been accepted and I had been approved for membership!
How cool is that!
For a few years, I have gone back and forth trying to decide whether or not to join United’s Red Carpet Club. I fly frequently enough to make it worthwhile, but I have hesitated because I tend to get to the airport later than I used to and the benefits may not entirely outweigh the cost.
Well, tonight, I finally joined. What pushed me over the edge was a special offer that included 5,000 bonus miles for joining. That, plus the fact that I can use the clubs in both Dulles and London/Heathrow. That means I can get to the airport earlier, not rush, and then relax in the clubs until my flights are ready to board, which is nice.
I have my temporary membership card and should be receiving my permanent one in a few weeks.
My trip to Seattle for Thanksgiving put me over the 25,000 miles traveled mark for 2006. (I have just over 27,000 miles traveled this year.) That is a milestone because it takes 25,000 miles traveled on United to maintain your Premier status into the next year. Therefore, with this last trip, I have accumulated enough miles to retain my Premier status through 2007. That’s good because it will come in handy during my vacation in July.
I renewed my membership in the American Humanists Association today after a lapse of several years. I first joined the AHA back in the mid-90s. Since then, they have released an updated version of the Humanist Manifesto which I read today and with which I completely agree.