© 2010 Lynsey

347 – Flying friendly skies


Periodically I have to travel as part of my job. I clamber on board an aircraft and away we go. Simple as that. I still find the experience exciting and amazing. I try to be cool about it, of course, one must at least pretend to be a worldly-wise sophisticate. Inside there’s this little kid who wants to jump up and down on the seat like Tigger.

I find flight miraculous. I know – well, I’ve read about the physics that it’s just the air pressure lifting and all that stuff, but what’s that to do with being able to get to Auckland and back in a day? In my parent’s day you would’ve been hard pressed to do it with an overnight stay. And I got served a cup of coffee – or would’ve except the turbulence made water the beverage of the day. That’s ok, think about it – water – at 32,000 feet. And a muffin. I mean, this is astounding. Maybe not to people who travel the world every day, but for me this is akin to magic.

Not everyone has a great smile like the person in the photo. I don’t understand how people can treat the cabin crew so rudely. It’s like they’ve paid for their ticket, and this somehow gives them permission to act like spoiled brats. I do wonder how their parents brought them up. Another reason why I’m happy to land and gratefully leave the aircraft. One of the joys of travel I guess.

Manifesto
29. Every day eat, drink, rest, work, exercise, play, love, create for your own good. And the good of others.
41. Every day use your mind. It is the greatest technology ever created.
48. Every day there are things you canít change. You can change the way you think about them and deal with them.

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