For a number of years I flew every week on business and regularly took off from Burbank Airport to go home. Immediately after liftoff the pilot is required to slow the engines to reduce noise. At the same time, the plane passes over a cemetery. I would stare out the window at the headstones passing beneath, feel the roller-coaster drop in my belly, and whistle.

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