>A large two engined train was crossing America. After they had gone some >distance one of the engines broke down. "No problem" the driver thought, >and carried on at half power. Farther on down the line, the other engine >broke down, and the train came to a standstill. > >The driver decided he should inform the passengers about why the train had >stopped, and made the following announcement: > >"Ladies and Gentlemen, I have some good news and some bad news. The bad >news is that both engines have failed, and we will be stuck here for some >time. The good news is that you decided to take the train and not fly." It wouldn't have been bad if you HAD been in a plane, Slightly the same thing happened with my father and I. We were flying from Philadelphia to San Francisco on one of those huge four engined planes. Shortly after take-off we felt a huge rumbling. The crackle of the intercom came on, and the pilot said: "Attention passengers, engine number one is experiencing some problems, so we will be shutting her down. We apologize for the inconvenience, but the flight will now be a five and a half hour trip, instead of the usual five hours." There was a mild groan from the passengers, but it was interrupted by the same rumbling. "Passengers, we again apologize, but enginge number two is now experiencing a malfunction. It too will have to be shut down. The flight will now be a six hour trip." A louder groan, which was again disrupted by an even louder rumbling. "Again, we apologize, engine three has burned out. We will arrive in San Fransisco eight hours from the take-off time." Understandably, the people in the plane got fidgety, and my father said, "I sure hope engine number four doesn't go down." "Yeah," I said, "then we'll be up here forever."
(From the "Rest" of RHF)