"But the Klapmeiers refused to let their jet dreams die. ... So the Klapmeiers asked their customers to do the unthinkable: write a no-guarantee down-payment check for $100,000 on a jet that won't enter the market until 2010 and whose final price, currently $1.2 million, could easily go 30% higher. Already, 546 customers have sent in their $100,000 checks. Bingo: $54.6 million in zero-interest development capital."
See there? Nothing to it! All you have to do is ask!
I would have thought that that paragraph would have had to begin with "Once upon a time" and end with "And they lived happily ever after"...
Nonfiction online: "How Verbal Self-Defense Works" at http://people.howstuffworks.com/vsd.htm ; "Why Are Old Women Older Than Old Men And How Can We Fix That?" at http://www.seniorwomen.com/articles/articlesElginOld.html ; Religious Language Newsletter archive at http://www.forlovingkindness.org ; Fiction online: "We Have Always Spoken Panglish" at http://www.sfwa.org/members/elgin/Story-Panglish.html ; "What The EPA Don't Know Won't Hurt Them" at http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/epa.htm ; "Weather Bulletin" at http://www.sfwa.org/members/elgin/Weather.html ; "A Quorum Of Grandmothers" at http://www.sfwa.org/members/elgin/QuorumOfGrandmothers.html ; The Communipaths at http://www.jackiepowers.com/SuzetteHadenElgin/TheCommunipaths.html . More stuff at http://www.sfwa.org/members/elgin/SiteMap.html ; LiveJournal blog index at http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=ozarque ; Art Gallery at