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30,000 feet up and nowhere to go

30,000 feet up and nowhere to go

by jturkin on January 10, 2011

2hours and 20 minutes into a 2 hour late, 4 hour flight, I couldn’t help but stretch my legs and consider, had we left on time, I would’ve touched down by now. Wait a second… I started the last post this same way.

I finished watching a movie and walked all the way to the back of the plane to use the bathroom. I swear, turbulence is always at its worst when you go to the bathroom. Why is that? I always feel like it’s my fault, like my trajectory is throwing us off course, somehow.

On the walk back, I couldn’t help but glance at what my fellow Southwest Flyers were spending their time on. I saw,

3 kindles, 2 iPads, 6 iPhones or iPods (one can never differentiate these days), 9 laptops and 4 babies. Some of these babies couldn’t have been older than a month. Tiny little peanut-heads.

I also came across people watching everything from Avatar to Pinocchio, Mad Men to the Office, some Urban comedy to something British. I chuckle at a kid watching the Social Network next to a friend of his on Facebook, of course. (this flight had a $5 fee for 4 hours of internet – the internet shuts off after we lower ourselves below 10,000 feet)

It’d be fair assesment to say at least 60% of the passengers are sleeping or resting their eyes.

When I returned to my seat, I found the gentleman sitting next to me listening to Ace of Bass on his iPod. I didn’t know they ever converted Ace of Bass from cassette tape to MP3, but that’s awesome. He also has ordered 3 teas in our short time together. I would call you a racist if you pictured him to be an Asian-American… but it would be a very accurate assumption.

So, what’s next? Some writing or more movie watching? Something productive vs. something pointless. Laziness, despite this self-imposed guilt, you win again.

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