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Young achiever

I went to high school with a kid named David.  David, two years my junior, told many outlandish lies, typically in response something you’d said to him.  David once asked me what I was doing over the summer, and told him I was taking a few flying lessons in a Cessna 150.

Tilting his head back to breathe deep from the humidor of his own wisdom, David recalled for me his boyhood days of flying lessons in a puddle jumper.  But now that he was flying the New York to London route for TWA, he was certainly long past all that.  Life had become the rush of multiengine jets soaring over the sea with five hundred innocent lives vouchsafed to his hand.  The only difficulties with his job were a) getting back to high school on time for classes (tough on Monday mornings), b) fighting the jet lag, and c) bearing the financial burden of maintaining apartments in both New York and London.  Other than that, he had pretty much come to terms with being TWA’s only 15-year old airline pilot.

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