Since yesterday's post about by desire for a little red biplane, I have been greatly amused by the response — people going out of their way to track me down and convince me that I do not want an airplane. There's several things about all this that I find very amusing:
- People think I'm going to run right out and buy an airplane. Maybe it's the motorcycle — my judgment is obviously so far gone that I'm liable to try to do anything I dream up, regardless of the cost or consequences.
- People telling me what I want. How do you know what I want? No, really? Do I know myself that badly, and you know me so well, that you can tell me what I want? If you wish to say, "I don't think this is wise" or "Have you considered these factors?" or "I personally would want..." ...that's fine, but people telling me that I don't want one thing and want something else instead is laughable. It's even more amusing when they tell me what I do want, and they're very, very, very wrong.
- People think I have the means to do this. Ummm... sorry. Not now. Not on this budget. I don't think I could even pull off the $3000 or so that would be necessary to get my license, let alone insurance, or the cost of the aircraft itself. Of course, you might not know that. Or you might assume that, given the fact that I've bought a house, financed my college education, a motorcycle, and maintain a few cars that I might somehow see aircraft ownership as financially feasible. I don't. That's why I was asking for handouts, you see. :-)
- It's obvious some of these people who have gone out of their way to talk me out of this have done their research. This leads me to conclude one of two things:
- They've looked into this because they themselves wanted to do it, made a decision based on that data, and now want to convince me that their decision was the only logical choice, or;
- They saw that I wanted to do it, decided that was a bad idea, and went looking for evidence to support their claim.
Why do people do either of these things?
- They think they will impress me with anecdotes I haven't heard before. Come on, folks. Case in point: I ride a motorcycle. I know they call them "donorcycles" in the emergency room. Everybody has some cousin of a relative of a next door neighbor that got hurt on one. Do you think I'm going to be so wowed by the statement that "You can't pull over by the side of the road when you're in the air" or "It's not a matter of if your engine fails, but when" that I'm just going to drop the whole idea? Do you?
The other possibility, of course, is that I am indeed insane, irresponsible, a risk-taker, and that I don't listen to advice from anyone. :-)
Now, where have I heard that before...?