Hello, Friends around the world
This post was the hardest, humbling, and exciting blog posts I have written. Below are my views, if your views differ from mine please be respectful!
Three weeks ago, I met a guy named we” call “Bob” at my Local YMCA. I was having some trouble being motivated to work out. Anyway, I sought out to make myself stronger again since I stopped working out since I injured myself after running a half marathon. A nice and friendly lady at the Y who does the Fitpath program made sure to make me feel comfortable with using the weight machines since I get uncomfortable using the equipment. She wanted to introduce me to her friend Bob while I was there. He mentioned that he was a pilot and that he wanted to take me flying! I thought yeah right, but being the optimist that I am, I thought okay, what’s the harm in giving him my info.
Afterward, I was too overwhelmed to come back to the gym for two weeks. I knew that Bob would be there since he goes there regularly. Again, I was skeptical but thought he was an intriguing person. We walked the track together and had a nice conversation, but he freaked me out when he starting talking about his friend Barbara (“Barb”) Cooper. He casually mentioned, “I think I know who the real D.B. Cooper is!” For those who don’t know who D.B. Cooper is, he is the Pacific Northwest’s famous fugitive/skyjacker. “He”, hijacked a plane going from Portland to Seattle, flight #705 in 1971, one day before Thanksgiving. “Dan Dayton” who got labeled D.B. Cooper jumped out a Boeing 727 with a parachute and landed ironically in Ariel, WA. This person was very skilled and was able to successfully get away with hijacking a plane with $200,000 (equivalent to $1,160,000 in 2015, according to Wikipedia.com). You can watch the scenario here: YouTube Video: Skyjacker that Got Away! Little did I know, my luck would change dramatically. I just befriended a local author, and former Air Force mechanic, who wrote the book with his wife “Sue”: “The Legend of D.B. Cooper”-Death by Natural Causes.
Anyway, Bob really freaked me out when he said that his friend Barb was in his living room. I freaked out until he quickly explained that he had her ashes in his living room. I was so relieved! His close friend was born Bobby Dayton. In 1969, Bobby takes the painful but liberating journey of becoming Barb. She underwent multiple surgeries and had to face a painful recovery process. The doctors made her go through extensive psychological tests and had her dress like a woman for 6 months. She finally made it through months later. For the rest of her life, she had to take hormones. I think that this is outstanding that she made a huge risk to actualize her true self. From what I read in the book it seems very likely that Bob and his wife’s late family friend is the REAL D.B. Cooper!
Given our recent turn in history, Barb stated in the book “I did not ask to come upon this earth”… “Society dictates that I live and work as a male, but laws cannot bend deep feelings and longings that tear me down.” It makes me sad that this human being had to wait 43 years to finally be able to live the way she was meant to be. Although, my heart is filled with joy, knowing that Barb Cooper aka, D.B. Cooper spirit is hopefully at peace knowing that ALL people can marry in all of the 50 States! Even though enormous progress has been made, that still doesn’t change some of OUR attitudes towards homosexuality and gender roles. I myself, have struggled as a mom, wife, daughter, Sister-in-Law, Sister, and Aunt.
I think the important take away from this story is, We are Who We Are regardless of gender, sexual orientation, color, religion, or self-expression. Furthermore, I want to mention, that just because someone is different and chooses to go against the grain, it doesn’t give a person or group the right to bully them into submission. It is our right as American citizens to have “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We have made enormous progress we still have a ways to go!
On a lighter note, I got to be a copilot with Bob, after meeting his friends at Thun Field somewhere in Washington. I got to see their cool hangars, chat it up like I was one of the guys! I made it a stipulation to meet his wife before he took me on an airplane, I wanted to make sure he knew what he was doing. It was really cool to see where he worked on his plane, his attention to detail (which I admire since I’m the same way) and his enthusiasm. I can’t remember all the details but I was able to have a once in a lifetime experience!
Please remember to follow your heart, passions, aspirations, and dreams.
I’m excited to be on this crazy journey we call life! But I have to remind myself as one of my friends said, “Life is precious”.
Below is a visual experience, I hope to never forget!
Second to last pic! Don’t be a Cry Baby about it, 😉
Okay, drum roll, please this is the final stop when my daughter and I get to take a quick trip over I-5! I still can’t believe this happened to my daughter and I!
I leave you all with a quote: “You change your life by changing your heart”-Max Lucado
Please listen to this song, by Mackelmore!
P.S.S. Stay tuned for more colorful adventures…It has something to do with the 80s!