This exchange happened almost exactly the same way in real life. It was many moons ago on my first charter flight ever as brand new Part 135 pilot when I had 2 couples for a tour over Malibu in the Bell Jet Ranger. We were fully loaded and I was a little worried with this being my first job and all. On top of that, the couple decided they wanted to go up for more than an hour last minute (after I had fueled the helicopter already, of course) and they were big people. We were right at the max gross weight capabilities of the aircraft and I wanted their exact weights to be sure we’re not over.
The guy who paid for the flight told me everybody’s weight while being very confident about how much his wife weighs. But she overheard the conversation and me asking about exact weights and suddenly became nervous. She asked me why their weight was so important and I tried to explain my situation to her without going into too much detail. She leaned over and whispered “Well, actually it’s 150, but don’t tell my husband!” She probably thought that because of her lying to her husband about her weight we now won’t get off the ground.
I had to laugh because I had already written down 150lbs for her weight anyways since I always give myself some wiggle-room and the weight he gave me for her obviously seemed a little on the low side.
Of course I didn’t tell her that.
Do you remember the fuel prices back in 2008? It probably was my biased perception, but I got the impression that when crude oil prices doubled during the course of one year, so did the gas prices at the pump. However, when oil consequentely dropped from $150 to $35, I don’t remember the gas prices falling to 1/4 of what they were at the peak. I know, I know, there’s more than the crude oil price determining the price at the pump. Where I live, about 2/3 of what I pay is taxes. But although I use my car very little, gas prices are one of my pet peeves. It’s the only retail product where the price changes daily. I mean there are other commodity markets with highly variably prices too. Like wheat, meat, coffee, cocoa etc. Yet Starbucks doesn’t change its prices daily. And also burger prices seem to be stable over the short term. I see no reason why a company can’t calculate its prices and keep them stable for a month at least. Is it just that gasoline is such a fast moving market with razor thin margins, or are they ripping us off?
Decisions, decisions. I might react similar to Chuck here, because as a libra, I tend to be indecisive. Fortunately my ascendant sign is sagittarius, which means I don’t believe in astrology!
The older I get, the less of a perfectionist I become. Especially when renovating our house last year, I learned another lesson of compromising between achieving perfection and getting things done. I have this slightly OCD type of personality that kinda runs in the family, and sometimes catch myself doing things in a way that I know are highly inefficient, but I just can’t help myself!
I think the highest level of enlightenment to achieve is to know when to be a perfectionist and when to go for the “easy way”. (Although the answer to that question does not always come from inside, especially when your wife has a different perception of what constitutes an adequate level of perfection when cleaning the house, *cough cough*).