Professor #2 replied:
>At one time I thought the ultimate would be an endowed chair--which was a
>first class seat on a 747. This is wackier.
Personally, I can think of a lot of dorm rooms that I've lived in far
less comfy than a BA First Pod or a UA First Cabin. But frankly, I'm
with you on the endowed chair angle. Here's the first thing I'd go
buy with my Internet IPO Lottery proceeds: United PassPlus: a
lifetime of unlimited first class travel for you and a companion
worldwide for $1,010,000 (in 1996 dollars).
PS. See also www.airplanehome.com, one geek's homebrew 727 conversion
>... retired airliners are profoundly well designed, high tech
>aerospace quality sealed pressure canisters that can withstand 575
>mph winds and seven G acceleration forces with ease, will last for
>centuries with minimal corrosion management effort, are highly fire
>resistant, and provide superior security. They're among the finest
>structures that mankind has ever built.
...and Twentieth Century Castles, www.misslebases.com, Atlas & Titan
missle silo homesites.
>Thanks for your interests in our unique underground properties.
>Built at a cost of millions, these heavily reinforced historic
>structures were designed to withstand nuclear attack. They bring new
>meaning to the word "shelter". Centuries from now they will remain.
PPS. I've been mightily frustrated searching through my personal
archives to counteract the effects of bitrot; the "secret" page
describing PassPlus has since been long taken offline (it used to be
http://www.sirius.com/~eps/UA/UA/passplus/pdindex.html). IIRC, it
included your own ticket stock, unlimited free drinks and headsets in
coach, and several other discounted versions : $40,000 off per year
after 70 years for seniors, $250,000 unlimited for five years, and,
of course, the real bulk of the program: bulk mileage purchase. It
works like an FF plan in reverse; instead of paying full fare walkup
coach, you can prepay approx $0.30/mile and come out ahead.