Brothers and sisters,
A strange and terrible thing is happening all around me. I don’t know how to explain it other than to say – people are looking at me funny. I think they are all changing. Especially non-pilots. Something is happening to them.
It seems to have started when I expressed my relief that a repair bill for my airplane was only $600. Something about the word “only” seems to have triggered something in these non-pilots.
Lately, it’s been getting worse. I explained to someone that my little data card subscriptions, combined with paper charts, were only running me about a $1000/yr. Again that look from non-pilots - as if I didn’t understand what “only” meant anymore.
Now it’s everywhere. My fuel bill is only a $150, my oil change only a couple hundred, my annual only a few thousand. I dare not even tell my non-pilot friends how cheap it all is. I mean, really, that Garmin 530 is a steal at 15K.
So watch yourselves, brothers and sisters. There is a conspiracy against big numbers I think. You should see the way they look at me: as if somehow by flying I’M THE ONE losing my sense of what expensive means.
PS – Did any of you notice how cheap a used 737 has gotten? We should look into one!