SevenCubed - 3:14 pm on Mar 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
Flying-- private vs commercial!
There are a few forms of flying for recreational purposes. Private Pilot's license, Recreational license, ultralight's, base jumpers in wing suits, skydivers. All done for the shear joy of the experience.
The difference between the above, and a commercial pilot, is that the latter wakes up each morning laughing at the concept of being paid to fly, something s/he would in many cases gladly do for peanuts -- like bush pilots in Canada's north.
As a private pilot license holder myself since 1986 I have only ever had two better experiences, one was witnessing the completely natural drug-free childbirth of my two daughters. The first one is a little fuzzy because they had to give me oxygen as I was passing out. But the second time I was calling the play-by-play while my wife (ex) was screaming, telling me she was dying, and shaking her fist at me saying "this is your fault". Second daughter was a very healthy plump dumpling, so large, so painful it was have been, tisk.
The other experience, the ultimate one, happened in 2006, but I cannot talk about it.