All my thoughts are turning towards the holidays. This year we will be home but I know what it’s like for the many that need to travel to see their loved ones. My dear sister-n-law, Gail, sent me an email when she was flying about the country recently. This email is too funny not to share with you. I really cracked up when I read this because I can clearly see this happening. Isn’t it strange how we humans act and react sometimes to what we call “our space”? Enjoy the story “Let the Journey Begin”.
Let the Journey begin
By Gail Dickson
I am a shameless people watcher….I admit it and feel it is just my part in a grand social experiment. There is no place better to do this then on public transportation….British Air was a perfect start, While it is at the higher end of the “public” spectrum it captures a great cross section. Our seat mate was a great start….she wanted me to trade seats with her….odd I thought…she’s in a window seat and I’m in the middle…why would she want to trade…Hah! She didn’t want me to trade with her, she wanted me to trade with her husband who was 3 rows back. I of course said no, wanting to save them from having to crawl over Mike to use the “loo” and more importantly to save me from having to crawl over some stranger who doesn’t understand that I use the bathroom line for more “people research”.
There was a lot of eye rolling, shoulder shrugging, and “harrumphing”, but she finally flopped down in her seat. That was when the battle for the arm rest began…. eventually she fell asleep and gave up my share. That was only to be replaced by Chatty Cathy and her new best (male) friend who talked their way to London…. the entire plane is sleeping and they are talking … well not the entire plane….me, Mike and the lady next them, who looked like she got hit by a truck when we landed, spent a long night. Across from Mike there was a guy who put the airline blanket over his head and spent the entire flight re-breathing his own CO2, His eyes looked weird when he finally re-appeared.
The man in front of Mike was retired Air Force and was on his way with his wife to spend 3 months in Italy visiting her family…. Lucky guy….all the pasta you can eat FREE!
The flight attendants didn’t escape my scrutiny…. we had a rather “sturdy” lass who, while keeping Mike in wine, spent a good deal of time regaling one male passenger with what could only be interesting “flight attendant stories”. The wine was free, but Mike only had one glass…must have been terrible stuff!!!! Lots of ASU students returning to India….I told Mike to get to know some of them as they might be helpful the next time he has to call in a computer problem!!!!
Eventually we landed … my new Air Force buddy gave the pilot a “C” … said something about coming in “hot” … that didn’t sound good, but I didn’t ask for an explanation.
So here we were…two yanks on British soil. I wanted to pop by and say hello to Kate and her hubby, but with the baby coming and us having to get on our way it just didn’t work out.
Off we went in a car with all the equipment in a different place … I guess that’s what you get when you rent cheap!
Ta Ta for now