“Okay, I guess,” I said on my way to preflight the liquor cabinet in the dining room.
“You don’t sound very enthusiastic,” she said as she followed me into the dining room. My wife can be very perceptive.
“It was okay,” I said, draining some of the liquid from one of the containers to check for contaminates and octane rating. It was 80 proof.
“What does your instructor say?” she asked.
“He says I do okay. But I bet he says that to all the students,” I added with a smile.
“You don’t know yourself how you did?” she asked.
“No, I really don’t. I can’t tell how I’m doing. What’s for dinner?”
My buddy Tom Benenson penned those words for Flying magazine way back in July, 1974. Yes, that was long ago. But read Tom’s marvelous column, “Bench Mark,” and you’ll recognize that you, me, and all pilots-in-training have faced the same challenges since the birth of flight.