Excerpt from Winging It! With Dr. Paul: Forty Tales Your Flight Instructor Never Told You (copyright © 1989 by H. Paul Shuch)
But then, so did we. Within a year, we were starting to look like a real airport. One hundred members, a 2500' turf runway, full-length parallel taxiway, seven rows of hangars, lights, restrooms, irrigation, windsock, the works.
When Joe put up For Sale signs on the adjacent parcel, we began to think expansion. Trouble was, this was inferior land. Gently sloping and oddly shaped, crossed by gullies and streams, it would hardly do for a cross-wind runway. But with a little imagination we could see it subdivided into homesites, each with taxiway access to the airport. Visions of moving vans danced in our heads.
On completion of some preliminary surveying and several serious sketches, a few of us went to pay Joe a visit.
"Ten thousand an acre," he announced without batting an eye. We were incredulous. Rocky and rolling, this land couldn't even be farmed. "But you just sold us the other parcel," I stammered, "for thirty five hundred!"
"Yes, I know," was his sly reply. "That one wasn't next door to an airport."
Yes siree, Farmer Joe sure knows a lot about land.
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