Fifty bucks!

Fairground picture

"Edna, I'd like to ride that helicopter," said Buddy to his wife as they walked together through the fairground past the helicopter ride.

"I know Buddy, but that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks!"

"You say that every year, Edna," protested Buddy. "But I'm eighty-five now. I might not get another chance!"

"Fifty bucks is fifty bucks," replied Edna.

The helicopter pilot, who had been listening in, said, "Excuse me.  I couldn't help but overhear what y'all were saying.  How about I do you folks a deal?"

Edna looked at him suspiciously.  "What sort of deal?"

"Well," replied the pilot, smiling.  "How about I let you ride for free, under one condition?"

"What condition?"

"On the condition that neither of you says anything during the whole ride.  Deal?"

The old couple agreed and got into the helicopter.  The pilot took off slowly but then suddenly did a loop the loop, followed by an inverse dash, and carried on in this fashion for ten minutes.

When they eventually landed, the pilot turned to Buddy and said, "By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I'm so impressed!"

Buddy replied, "Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Edna fell out, but you know, fifty bucks is fifty bucks!"