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That look. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
That look.
I went flying with a friend today in his Tiger. When we turned downwind to land at Weiser, I noticed a plane which looked an awful lot like the Duchess stuck in the mud next to the runway.

When we landed, I discovered that it was, in fact, the Duchess, and it was very, very stuck. The entire right main wheel was sunk in the mud, at least a foot or so down.

See, Weiser doesn't have paved taxiways. And it's been raining for weeks - it's spring in Houston. When it's dry, we taxi down the grass along the runway, but when it's wet, you wait until there isn't anyone landing or taking off, and you taxi back down the runway, then turn around and takeoff.

I don't know the name of the woman flying the Duchess. She's about 19 or 20. Daddy bought her a block of 50 hours of Duchess rental (at $152 a hour), and she just got her first airline interview. She's tall, blond, and attractive. She was taking her tall, cute, blond boyfriend flying.

Except that she hadn't wanted to wait to back-taxi, and she'd tried to taxi down the grass to the end of the runway. And it really, really hadn't gone well. The Duchess is a 3900 lb airplane. The grass next to the runway was too wet to walk on. In many places, there was standing water.

So she'd made it about 750 ft down the grass, and then gotten stuck. She'd kept going for a while, judging from the amount of mud kicked up on top of the wing by the right prop, but eventually she came to a stop.

When I got there, there were 3 flight instructors, the owner of the flight school, and the boyfriend milling around next to the airplane. She was sitting in the airplane, because, "I don't want to get my shoes wet!" (gee, perhaps you should have thought about this before trying to put 3900 lbs of airplane here!).

After some mulling around, and some experimental tugs, it was decided that the plan was this: One flight instructor in his pickup truck pulling it backwards by the tail tie-down, and the other two instructors and I were going to push up on the wing to lift it out of the mud. I was standing by the wingtip, sinking up to my ankles in cold mud, waiting for the tail to be tied up, and she was just sitting there, giving me a look of total disdain.

Every woman has seen that look. It said, "You don't deserve to call yourself a woman." And I responded in the same way I've responded since I was in third grade - I was ashamed.

I was ashamed of my hair, full of airplane grease because I'd spent the morning working on Michael's airplane. I was ashamed of my big breasts, and my big belly, and my big butt. I was ashamed of my baggy jeans, muddy to the knees. And my soggy, muddy tennis shoes. I turned red, and turned away.

And then the tail was hooked up, and we lifted, and the strap broke. And it was tied up again with heavier rope, and this time we lifted, and he pulled, and it came free. She didn't even thank us - just loaded the boyfriend (who had just stood around watching the whole time), and headed out again, without ever getting her shoes wet.

It was hours later before I thought about it or her again. And when I did, I was angry - at her, for having the nerve to look down on the people helping her out of the mess she'd put herself in, but more at myself for allowing her to make me feel that way.

You'd think that at 32, I'd be past this.

Obviously, I'm not.

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acelightning From: acelightning Date: February 28th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
darlin', i'm 57, and i ain't over it yet either... *sigh*
acelightning From: acelightning Date: February 28th, 2005 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)

(found the song lyrics...)

Joy Drop - Beautiful Like Me

If I was beautiful like you,
Oh, the things I would do!
Those not so blessed would be crying out "murder",
And I'd just laugh, and get away with it, too - like you do.
If I was beautiful like you,
I would never be at fault;
I'd walk in the rain between the raindrops, bringing traffic to a halt.
But that will never be,
That will never, never be;
'Cause I'm not beautiful like you -
(heavy distortion) I'm beautiful like me.

If I was beautiful like you,
I'd be quick to assume
They'd do anything to please me - why not?
I see the reaction when you walk into the room.
But that will never be,
That will never, never be;
'Cause I'm not beautiful like you -
(heavy distortion) I'm beautiful like me.

If I was beautiful like you,
I'd have so many friends
Always fighting for my time, to be next in line,
So if I hurt one, I wouldn't have to make amends.
But that will never be,
That will never, never be;
'Cause I'm not beautiful like you,
I'm not beautiful like you -
(heavy distortion) I'm beautiful like me,
I'm beautiful like me...

skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: February 28th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: (found the song lyrics...)

Okay, I'm going to have to go get that song...
acelightning From: acelightning Date: February 28th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: (found the song lyrics...)

i think it came out in about 1999. the name of the album is "Metasexual". (i suspect the song is kind of a one-hit wonder, though.)
xulon From: xulon Date: March 1st, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: (found the song lyrics...)

I don't think any of Joydrop's (all one word. Sorry - normally I try not to be such a pedant with other people's spelling/typing, but having the right spelling helps when you look for something online) singles charted especially well (at least here in Australia), but Metasexual is probably one of my favourite albums, and well worth listening to if you can get your hands on it. They released one more album, Viberate a couple of years later. As far as I can tell, they've broken up now.

As for the incident above, you showed a great deal of self control not to react to it at the time. At least you have the satisfaction of knowing you proved yourself to be a better person than her.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: March 2nd, 2005 06:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: (found the song lyrics...)

g'day, mate! although i'm in New Jersey, i have three very dear friends in Melbourne, and another friend in Sydney. i've been to visit Melbourne twice, but ran out of money before i could see anyplace else in Oz. but i'd go back in a heartbeat if i had the money.

as far as i know, the only one of Joydrop's singles that got on the charts here in the US was "Beautiful Like Me" - i heard it on the radio, and it just blew me away. but i never heard anything else from them, except maybe on fringie little college stations. (i used to work in radio myself, and i got my start at a fringie little college station.)

skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: March 1st, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: (found the song lyrics...)

Found it on amazon. Thanks. :)
nurzrachet From: nurzrachet Date: February 28th, 2005 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
You know why you feel like this? Because you're a good person and tried to help. You should have left the c*nt sitting there with her scrote-in-tow to think about how stupid they were.

I've had a great deal of experience with the "beautiful people" who think they're better than everyone else. They're used to getting all the attention. They're used to getting the best tables, seats, meals, favors, and everything else in life. Men hold doors for them while letting the same door slam in others' faces. At work, the pretty staff members get treated better by the physicians, even if they're totally incompetent. I'm no raving beauty, so I've never gotten attention in any shape or form. Yeah, so I'm a little miffed about it, so what.

I used to have a very close friend who was a "beauty." Whenever we'd be in a restaurant, when the bill came the waiter/waitress immediately looked at her and not me. When I brought it to their attention that the fancy credit card they just ran belonged to me and not her, I would get the up and down look (I'm sure you know what I'm talking about). Needless to say, his/her tip would be adjusted accordingly. Anyway, this "beauty" is no longer a friend after I discovered a pack of lies over the years, including an attempted move on Vommy.

I tell ya what, if you're a beauty and you ask politely for my help and act appreciative, I'll do whatever it takes to make you happy. But if you're a c*nt sitting in an airplane that's stuck in the mud because of your own stoopidity, you're gonna sit there until your ass seals shut.

I hope you run into her again so you can tell her what an asshole she is. Better yet, fuck up her plane and let her take off and rid the world of one more spoiled brat.
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: March 1st, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
The trouble with that is that it wastes a perfectly good airplane.

I'm sure they'll find some other method of autodarwinating.
From: ex_inviolet697 Date: February 28th, 2005 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Sad that the males involved in the rescue effort were mentally tripping over themselves to impress her.

Take heart: when her looks expire, she will have (and be) nothing.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: February 28th, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find it somewhat interesting that you decided all the other participants were male, since I didn't mention their gender...
From: ex_inviolet697 Date: February 28th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find it somewhat interesting that you decided my reply implied all the other participants were male. :)
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skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: February 28th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, if you don't read inviolet's blog, you should....She's been doing a series of post on this.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/inviolet/84934.html is probably the most recent one.
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From: ex_inviolet697 Date: March 1st, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
*most flattered*
From: ptomblin_lj Date: February 28th, 2005 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with mr_magicfingers. In the spirit of "you never think of the best come-back until after it's long over", you should have said "I don't want to get my shoes wet either" and walked off.

If that FBO allows her to use the remaining block time on the Duchess, they're idiots.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: February 28th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
They won't walk away from that much money.

Know why?

They don't own the Duchess. It's a leaseback. So if she breaks it, the owner pays for it. There's no risk for the flight school.

Why _do_ people agree to put their planes on leaseback?
From: ptomblin_lj Date: February 28th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I figure people put planes on leaseback because they want to own more airplane than they can afford. The fact that the plane inevitably ends up trashed by a succession of people who don't give a shit about it never seems to enter the decision.

Personally, I can't afford a plane, but I *might* be able to squeak by with a share in something not too expensive. But I'll be damn careful to make sure the other people in the partnership understand the concept of "pride of ownership", as well as the concept of "better than just barely legal maintenance".
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: February 28th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's worse then a marriage.

At least if you're married, after a big fight, you get the great make-up sex.

In most partnerships, that doesn't happen.
From: ptomblin_lj Date: February 28th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
It doesn't happen in most marriages, either.

(Says the guy who's been married twice.)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: February 28th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
As a chick who's never been married, I'll have to take your word on it.
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: March 1st, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know what's useful and part of the "I wonder what the Bastard would do?"-ish?

Having a mobile phone with a camera on it. It means you're always carrying a camera. If you use (in Houston T-Mobile and AT&T Wireless) GPRS, the photos taken on the camera phone can land on your webserver within seconds of being taken. Plus an email to the owner of the plane with linkage to the said photographic evidence...
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: February 28th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)


Now that is a job I'd have actually enjoyed. Damn, why do these things happen when I'm away? I could have saved you a whole lot of hassle!

I'd have made sure to accidentally brush my muddy jeans against her perfectly clean clothes and perfectly clean boyfriend.

The thing is - don't ever be ashamed when things like this happen.
Instead, ask yourself the question,

"What would the Bastard Operator From Hell Do?"
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