An aircraft radio is also a window to other people's lives, thoughts, and experiences that can be everything from heart-wrenching and touching to endlessly amusing. As I was getting ready to leave Kalispell, Montana, one summer morning, a flight instructor in a Cessna 150 taxied in front of me with a stuck mic. He was a pompous sort, telling his female student in patronizing tones that this flying stuff wasn't easy, but he had tons of flying experience, so she didn't need to worry. Another pilot and I tried frantically to get his attention to tell him to fix his mic, but he was oblivious. He took off ahead of us, leaving two very annoyed pilots in his wake. I remained highly irritated as I looked around and took off, still hearing his condescending instructions in my headset. But then, a miracle happened. The tone of the voice coming through my headset suddenly changed dramatically.