Honor System Donation
stand right now in 2017. Updated:
List of who has donated in
not an RV owner (in fact I don't own an airplane.
Yet...), but I rarely miss my daily visit to your site.
In an Internet overflowing with obnoxious, sneaky ads
and hidden links, VAF is a breath of fresh air. Clear
Casa Reeves utilizes a budget. No fur-lined sinks or
electric dog polishers. In the flying department
I flew the RV-6
hours in 2016. I'd love to fly more,
but I can't justify the avgas expense in this phase of my life
(the college years). Let me assure
you we're not making millions doing this site - it's insanely
expensive and time consuming to run, and nothing comes easy for any small business
with everything hanging in the wind. That's where you, the regular
reader, comes in...
the entire history of the site, I've never asked for more than
$25/yr if you're a regular reader.
I'll never ask
for any more than that. Ever.
Before I give you the pitch, here's two pilot money jokes to
lighten the mood:
1. You ever
hear how copper wire was invented? Two pilots got in a
fight over a penny.
2. Do you know
the difference between a pilot and a canoe? A canoe
tips... (Frank H. sent me this in a note)
at Marcus HS.
Freddy's Frozen Custard &
SMU: Chemistry BS
Currently in PhD program at UC Berkeley.
- one of her papers was published (below).
Imaging Acetaldehyde Formation During Ethanol Metabolism
in Living Cells using a Hydrazinyl Naphthalimide
The metabolism of ethanol to acetaldehyde has been
visualized in living lung epithelial cells using a
hydrazinyl naphthalimide fluorescent probe. Utilizing a
condensation reaction between carbonyls and a hydrazine
moeity, we demonstrate that the fluorescent probe
(Aldehydefluor-1) AF1 reacts with a range of reactive
carbonyl species including formaldehyde, acetaldehyde,
glyoxylic acid, and methyl glyoxal. With AF1, it is
possible to directly visualize endogenous carbonyl
metabolites. Here, we have applied it towards the
visualization of acetaldehyde generated from alcohol
dehydrogenase mediated ethanol metabolism, validating it
as a useful tool to study the roles of alcohol in
respiratory disease and other pathological mechanisms.
At SMU she worked in the Lippert
Research Group lab between classes, and is third from left in the pic
HERE at this
June 30, 2017...from Audrey
Dear VAF Community,
Iím off now to start life in the real world! All my hard work at SMU
paid off when I found out Iíd been accepted to UC Berkeley, one of
tied for the highest-ranking chemistry graduate program in the
country. In exchange for working for the university as a TA, tuition
is waived and Iíll be paid an additional stipend (plus health
insurance!) over 5 years on my journey to earning my PhD. But whatís
most exciting is that Iíll be spending most of my time performing
cutting-edge research in some of the most famous chemistry labs in
the world. Did you know that 16 elements were discovered at Berkeley
more)? Iím a little excited to say the least!!
More specifically, Iíll be working in the field of
chemical biology, which
involves researching new ways to use chemistry to better understand
biological systems. This leads to more effective treatments of
diseases, as well as a better understanding of how our world works.
My work at Berkeley this summer will involve
probes in the detection of copper to determine its role in
living systems. Iím so grateful and excited for this opportunity and
canít wait to get started!
Your support gave me one of the best gifts a kid could ask for: more
quality time with my dad growing up. From the bottom of my heart,
thank you all for your support of our family!!
States citizen who has EVER been in no-shit, bullets coming at you combat.
You know who you
are, and I will never be able to thank you enough for
protecting my way of life. Please enjoy the site free for the
rest of your life.
currently serving in the United States Armed Forces
- police officers (past or present)
- current Kindergarten thru grade 12
- firefighters (salaried or volunteer - past or present)
employed by Van's Aircraft
- anyone acting as a moderator in the forums
- My Mother-in-law.
- anybody currently
- the (2) renters at 'theVanCave'
(worked out a barter deal
for something I was hunting for over the years...) - Clements, Jon -
Dalton, David - Karpayev,
- - Schoen, William -
Settle, Curtis (Bill) - Thorne, Mark - Webster, Tom
You ever notice how when you visit this site you never have to
sit through a 30 second commercial, or dodge pop-up windows
selling cars or email newsletter signups? Or take a
survey. None of the
small ads on the site start talking to you. Nothing
bounces around on your screen, forcing you find some stupid
little 'X' in the corner that may or may not make it go away
(and possibly launch another pop-up). Nothing slides your
screen down halfway so an animation of the new and amazing Honda
Whatever can drive from screen left to right.
have to log in to see VAF...you can already see everything.
VansAirForce.net has been this way since it came online in the
mid 90's, and it always will, if the regular readers send in
their honor system yearly donation.
All those annoying advertising tactics help keep the sites they
are on in business. I made a conscience decision to do it
the other way around. You show up and instantly start
reading the latest Van's RV news, with no hassle whatsoever.
The experience isn't interrupted. It's that way by design,
but it does require 60 seconds of your time once a year to stay
that way. Use this site for 12 months. If you think
I've earned it,
send in $25.
Treat it like a magazine subscription.
My full time job, and this product I offer here, exists
to motivate, entertain and occasionally help you during the
purchase, construction, ongoing maintenance and safe flying of
your Van's RV kit plane. Hopefully for decades. If
I'm doing my job well you come back on a regular basis.
If you're a regular visitor, pick
a day (birthday?) and ask yourself whether the last 12 months here were
worth $2.08 a month. If the answer to that is yes, send in
$25. I will use that money to keep the site going, and to
provide food, shelter and clothing for my wife and two kids.
Just trying to
make a living here, like you do with your job. Thank you to those who help keep it
do not start threads in the forums along
the lines of 'People should donate!' Donate if you think
VAF is a good product, don't if you don't. God Bless
You either way. I would kindly ask moderators to
delete these threads if I'm offline for a bit and don't see
them. Thank you. dr
- VAF is our
family's stab at American Small Business. It provides
99% of our family's total income. As far as I know, I'm planet
Earth's only full-time Van's RV online community provider,
and we bet the farm on it.
- Ads on the
site do not pull in what some online think. I
they did....I wouldn't need to beg for money here on this
page. They basically keep a roof over our head and pay
SOME of the bills. Not all.
- During the
years this site has been online in various forms, best I can
calculate is I've spent
more than we
spent on our house
bringing it to you.
The cost of running a 'small' business is not small.
The risk is big.
How You Can Donate
A special request:
not have to have a PayPal account to donate with a credit card
(if sending from the USA - International donations will
After clicking on the 'Donate' button above, look for the link
denoted by the red arrow in the screen grab below.
Instantly ready to go
back into our local economy at the businesses that offer our family
cash discounts. You'd be surprised (source).
Delta Romeo, LLC.
P.O. Box 270321
Flower Mound, TX 75027-0321
made out to
'Delta Romeo, LLC'
Delta Romeo, LLC.
P.O. Box 270321
Flower Mound, TX 75027-0321
Sending me a check or credit card donation with "use half of
this for this year and the other half for next year" in the
memo line doesn't work for the CPA. I am required by law to
report income that comes in during the year it arrives.
*Why does VAF use an honor system business model?
The simplest explanation I can offer is because it's less work for
both you and me.
Three more reasons...
First, as a United States citizen who is VERY appreciative of those who defend(ed) my freedoms, the 'exempt from donating' category
at right is of
primary importance to me. Who would setup and maintain the list of
thousands of free combat veteran accounts? How do you verify their credentials?
This all implies employees, and an office, and status meetings,
and peer reviews, and a thousand other things that a) gets us off topic and
b) killed large
parts of my soul
in a previous corporate life. I'd have to charge much more to
cover the increased overhead, just so I could net the same
amount. It becomes an episode of ĎThe Officeí every
day. Thank you, but no. I do it this way for my own simplistic,
Second, it releases me from
the ĎI paid my money so this is the direction I demand you to go with the
siteí back and forth.
Third, this honor system business model allows those who are
lurking, still on the fence
regarding getting into the hobby, to virtually enjoy the show. For years if
thatís what it takes. This hobby is supposed to be FUN, something
sorely lacking in today's hate filled world.
Doug Reeves (and family)
VAF comes to you
a former cube worm's spare bedroom Doug Reeves
Of note: My late parent's 1980 Pioneer stereo and my 80's vinyl
used 30,000 as my 'lurker' number to be conservative. The
actual number is more like 35K-40K.
**A few auto-send $2.08 each month via their bank or credit card
- each donation like this is recorded separately, so the number
of donations shows more than the number of people who donated.
For example, in 2015 there were 2,397 donations made by 2,126
in previous years: