It’s All About the Money

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Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. (Sept. 24, 2004)...

The Ride of a Lifetime!

Phyllis and George would go to the county fair every year, and every year they would stop in front of the stunt plane where for $50 the pilot would take you for the ride of your life.

Every year, George stared longingly at that plane and would have the same conversation with Phyllis while standing in front of the plane and its pilot.

“I sure would like to take ride in that plane.”

“It costs $50.”

“But I would love to take a ride in that plane.”

“$50 is $50.”

And they would walk away.  The next year they would return –

“I sure would like to take ride in that plane.”

“It costs $50.”

“But I would love to take a ride in that plane.”

“$50 is $50.”

This went on year after year, until one year the pilot interrupted their conversation with an offer –

“I will take you both up in the plane at no charge – under one condition.”

“You mean you wouldn’t charge us $50.”

“Nope – the ride will be free as long as you do one thing.”

Phyllis answered, “Well, free is a good deal – what do we have to do?”

The pilot answered, “I won’t charge you a penny for the ride as long as neither of you says a single thing while we are in the air.”

Phyllis answered, “It’s a deal, after all it is free!”

Phyllis and George climbed into the airplane and the pilot took off.

He flew as fast as he could – and no sound was made.

He flipped the plane upside down and took it into a barrel roll – and still no sound from Phyllis and George.

He took the plane into a death dive and pulled the plane up just before it hit the ground – and still no sound from the passengers.

As he landed the plane, he yelled back to the passengers –

“Wow – I didn’t think you could do it!  I thought for sure you would scream, especially on that last stunt!”

George answered, “Well, it was tough at times and when Phyllis fell out of the plane after the first roll I almost said something – but you know – $50 is $50!”

Moral of the story — If you value money above all else, you get what you deserve!

(Thanks to our friend John for telling this wonderful joke at dinner tonight — I had forgotten all about it!)

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