a good excuse

Friends of mine returned from their honeymoon, during which they visited the Sossusvlei sand dunes in Namibia. They went as part of a tour group and there were two planes to take them back, except that one wouldn’t start. So first the pilot of the other plane tried whacking the engine with a hammer. Then they found that the solenoid had broken so they fixed that. Then they saw the battery was dead so they were stuck. The pilot announced that they would have to switch planes because “not enough things are working on this one.”

That strikes me as a good excuse to use for general things — it would all work out if enough things were working, but…

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