OK.. Here’s a story that will bring some levity to the whole situation. I really needed this to brighten my day. Let’s just say this happened some time in the past…
So I’m talking to my friend Denise and she decides she’s going to come visit me. There’s nothing wrong with me seeing an old friend right? Well, let’s see. She’s beautiful, smart, funny, kind, and single and she likes me (for some weird reason I still have yet to understand).
Here’s the funny thing. She decided to take a plane from where she lives (France) to come visit. There’s nothing wrong with that considering most people would take a plane from France to the US. It’s a 5-10 hour flight (depending on where you go in the US). Yes.. Middle America.. but that’s besides the point.
She arrives this morning and I didn’t get a chance to see her until after work (late). We get into my room and her phone rings. It’s her father and man.. is he pissed. Apparently, she decided to take the jet without telling him. Not realizing that it costs 8K per hour to run one of these beauties (It’s a Gulfstream) and it’s a 10 hour flight, that’s 80K each way + landing fees + parking fees + crew lodging and food. You get the idea.
Now, as if that’s not funny enough, she just put the plane over on the hours before the next required service (A full engine tear-down). The jet’s nowhere near her home airport, it’s not under contracted maintenance in the US with any of the major companies, she’s gonna have to pay full rack-rates (well her dad will) to get it serviced before she’s allowed to take it back to France. We’re talking a minimum of 300K for this little excursion. It’s funny, because he’s screaming at her and she just keeps telling him in french, “But dad. It’s not like you didn’t need to do the service. When was the last time I took it out!?!! It’s been years!”
Needless to say, I’m laughing my ass off, she seems to think it’s funny as well. It looks like she’s going to be flying back to France without the jet while it gets serviced here in the US. It’s going back with just the crew in a month.
Her response when I asked her what she thought of the whole thing? “Serves him right for not taking care of the maintenance…” ROFL.
Just thought I’d share… It’s just one of those Homer Simpson moments.