Think your day is busy? Try this: Wake up before the sun to start coffee and breakfast. That’s coffee and breakfast for 8 people (not including you). Serve breakfast, say goodbye to guests. Go through the rooms, gathering up piles of towels and sheets and empty the garbage. Make yourself lunch for later and clean up the kitchen from breakfast (and now lunch). Shower and get ready for work! Where’s my lunch? Where are my keys? And where is my flight bag?
Flight bag?! Yep! Because not only do you run a B&B, you’re also a pilot, on call for a charter company, flying a King Air to god-knows-where, god-knows-when. But, “that ain’t nothing” when you’re Rick Runnels. He’s only happy when he’s “going Mach 2 with [his] hair on fire”.
Speaking of Top Gun, Monday was the 30th anniversary of the day the movie was released. Top Gun was the go-to movie for us in the early to mid-nineties (side note: us kids got to watch an edited version – no sex scene!). Rick had already been flying for about 15 years when it came out and had started his own charter business– and that’s NOT because he’s old, it’s because he started flying really young! He bought a Pitts Special (a super duper fancy flying machine, in which you go upside down and up and over and around and probably backwards), in 1982, 4 years before Top Gun, so basically Maverick’s got nothing on him.
After several decades, Rick settled down – wait, let me rephrase that – retired from flying. However, this just in! He has taken back to the skies, as mentioned before, in a pretty swanky King Air. They won’t let him fly it upside down though, and don’t dare him to try. We may be playing a little guessing game in the future… where is the Pilot Innkeeper? Stay tuned!