As a painter and decorator David Baines-Jones is used to moving around the country.
But the 64-year-old got a shock for his latest job - when he was asked to catch a plane and travel nearly 4,000 miles to Chicago, America’s Third City, to paint a wealthy client’s home.
And to cap it off, he was given first-class tickets for the flight from a man who grew up alongside him in Calderdale.
For David, who is currently engaged in painting properties in Edgerton, it was the first time he had travelled by plane.
The laconic Yorkshireman, who is a Decorator of Distinction and a City & Guilds Master Craftsman, said: “I get around the country but it was the first time I had been abroad on a job.
“It was great to get inside an aeroplane for the first time and especially enjoyable as my client paid for first class tickets.
“I got to meet some of the air stewardesses. They made quite a fuss of me as they knew it was the first time I had flown so it was all good stuff.
“I was there for several weeks painting away on his property.
“I’ve known him since he was in short pants as we grew up together and he must have been impressed as he wants me to go back.
“Chicago was wonderful, I really enjoyed seeing some of the sights and going up the towers.”
His only sadness was having to leave his wife Mary behind while he worked.
David learnt his trade the hard way, spending six years as an apprentice during his training at Huddersfield Technical College, and says he started his vocation as a teenager.
“I will have done 50 years next year,” he added, “and I’m not ready to hang up my brush yet.”