When I started my first real A&P job I worked with some ancient guys outta Lockheed & Douglas.
They sent me to town to buy flight line. I came back six hours later and stated I looked everywhere but couldn't find any. They didn't get it.
The next day I was sent for some propwash. Six hours later I came back empty handed but offered to go to the city to look for some the next day.
Homer looked at me and said something like, "What would you do if I asked you to go get a skyhook?"
"Shouldn't take more than a day or so to find one of those."
Our side of the airport
had no city water
. We hauled water
in. After that I got to haul water in the trailer for a month - so much for being a smart a**.