The weather is an almost inexhaustible subject for conversation. What it’s like today, what it was like yesterday, how it’s supposed to be tomorrow, how we wish it would be like, how it was around this time last year, how those clowns at the weather forecast never get it right, etc.
And only in the rarest occasions do we talk about it in a positive light. Either it’s too cold, too hot, too dry, too wet, too windy, etc. But boy, if you think that normal people can complain about the weather, try talking to a farmer! My grandfather-in-law was a farmer, and because we don’t really have that many subjects in common, my first question to him is always what he thinks about the weather. I can hardly remember a time when he wouldn’t find something to bemoan, because even if the weather is good for one crop, it might be bad for another.
Anyway, I understand that the weather is something very important, if your livelihood depends on it. I guess pilots also have a much closer relation to the weather than regular folks!
Money is a great eaquilizer, I think. If you do something you love for money, it makes it less fun, because it somehow desecrates the act and you have to stick to deadlines, rules and what other people tell you to do. On the other hand, if you do something you hate for money, it might make it bearable, if not even enjoyable.
And then it all depends on how much money you make. Becoming filthy rich while doing something you love would be the optimum, of course. But if that option is not available (as for 99.9% of all people), would you rather make a lot of money working a job you hate, or make enough money to get by, by doing what you love?
Well, I guess you know which option we here went for!
By the time you read this, Mike and I have already been skiing a week, hopefully with lots of snow! Right now, as I’m typing this in advance, the weather forecast doesn’t look too bad, not a lot of sun, but at least enough snow. But we ski in almost any type of weather anyway. It’s an outdoor sport, after all! Except when it’s raining, that’s the only type of weather that makes us pack our stuff and leave the mountain.
It seems people have been dancing rather erratically recently here where I live. Last week we had sunshine and 20°C so you could even sunbathe outside. The last couple of days it was snowing again, with the occasional intermezzo of sunshine. But then, it’s April, so what would you expect.
By the way, does this “April weather” phenomenon exist in other places of the world too, or is this only a European thing? Come to think of it, does it even exist in other parts of Europe too, or is it just some Austrian thing?
Spring is around the corner and we always have similar discussions around this time at my dayjob as well. Sometimes I get out of washing aircraft by pulling rank but not often.
Hearing about Sun ‘n Fun, which seemed to have neither fun nor sun was heartbreaking though. If you had your aircraft smashed, write me an email with N-number and I’ll send you a free Chicken Wings book as consolation.
Thank goodness for instrument flight! That way you don’t really have to clean your windshields anymore…