Fit to fly, and so is my airplane
“My eighth day, actually. I’m shaping up for my flight physical.” Throughout the fall I’d biked daily. When snow arrived, I’d switched to skis.
“You’re already in shape. What could they possibly find wrong with you?”
“Who knows, but why take chances? Just as preventive maintenance keeps the Flying Carpet healthy, I’m optimizing my own fitness to ensure passing. Which reminds me, I want to lose a few pounds so let’s skip dessert tonight, okay? Oh, and avoid stress for the next few days.” Jean rolled her eyes.
“Speaking of flying, Greg, would you drop me in Tucson Wednesday for tennis regionals? And pick me up on Sunday?”
“Sure; we can land at Scottsdale for my flight physical on the way down.” I’d hardly made the offer when it struck me: What if I fail and can’t get Jean to Tucson? So much for avoiding stress…
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Photo: The Santa Cruz River irrigates farm fields near Tucson’s Marana Regional Airport. See additional photos, here.
©2011 Gregory N. Brown
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