Soo.. random thoughts while traveling home….
For those of you who don’t travel for work, and you think “business travel” is glamorous, please read on. Life on the road is not all that great, so please give a bit to those you know who travel frequently.
I am on the plane now (finally, after a 1 hour delay). We are far enough up in the air for me to safely use a computer without bringing the airplane down and risking the lives of myself and all the other passengers on this plane. It is a small plane, and the “others” on the flight are within very close proximity of me…. thoughts of them swirl about in my head….. a random sampling below:
- The woman and child behind me…black woman maybe in her 40’s and her 2 year old girl-child. The woman keeps telling her kid to cover her mouth when she coughs (actually, she sounds like she is hacking up a hairball). The ironic thing about it? The mom has the same annoying hack, and doesn’t cover her mouth. I just want to turn around, look at the both of them, and say “lead by example” to the mother, and tell the kid “cover your mouth – do as your told, not as you see”. I’ll consider myself lucky if I arrive home without contacting the swine flu and/or whatever the folks behind me have.
- The woman in front of me looks so much like a man. As a matter of fact, I didn’t know/think it was a woman until she got up and went to the bathroom and I saw breasts (small breasts, but big enough for me to know its a woman, not a man). Seriously, she is has short hair (reminiscent of the 90’s short haircut that screams “I’m a woman in a mans world”) and the side of her face is a bit hairy… I can clearly see now she is a woman.. but honestly, when saw that she ordered a beer I thought for sure she was a guy. I wonder if she has two cats……
- There is a man a few rows ahead of me that is very tall. He also has very long grey hair that is in a pony tail. Even though he appears to have a lot of hair, its a very small pony tail. I can’t help but look, which requires me to stretch my body and neck to look over the woman who looks like a man (previous bullet point). How come no one in his circle of family and friends have told him that it isn’t a good look for him?
- Now the kid behind me is crying… for what reason I have no idea… just because. If I had a nickel for every time the back of my seat was kicked by a child, I would probably not need to travel for business anymore (I’d be a wealthy person). This is why I choose not to travel AND/OR avoid travel at all costs during the holidays or in the summer.
Finally, the plane is starting to decend… a SF weather report from the captain.. seat belt signs illuminated… almost home! Now I need to put the computer away before it starts interfering with the airplane radar capabilities.