Its really funny.
People watching, that is. Listen, I get it. I find myself in new airports constantly. But, never have I ever (no not the drinking game), looked in complete loss of direction. Circa 2003, I had just started with Comair. Our class instructor in the CVG
training center, took us on a tour of the CVG
airport. You know, when it was still a hub for Delta. Anyways, as we approached the C concourse, he made a joke about how people who are lost in airports, look directly upwards hoping for a sign from god to tell them what direction to head. 10 years in the airline industry later, he wasn't making a joke per se, but rather where to look and try to help out the poor lost soul...erm..passenger.
If you are ever bored and need to kill some time, I recommend websites such as epicsnaps.com, damnyouautocorrect.com, and dearblankpleaseblank.com. Not only do I want to pass on some procrastinating websites, but I want to share with you a common picture that appears frequently on epicsnaps.com. For those who are fans of the show, most of you know the professor from Futureama. Take for instance this picture:
Below this, he would appear and say "I don't want to live on this planet anymore".
Because, face it. People are stupid. Not individually, but as a whole. Think: mob mentality. You get people going, its hard to stop it. In fact, Ron White (comedian) once said "there is not a pill you can take, there isn't a surgery you can have. You just can't fix stupid". I paraphrase, but it makes complete sense.
Which takes you, the reader, back to when I was departing PHX
. I was in queue for the TSA
out of Terminal 3, and this gentleman about 3 or 4 people in front of me notices that a passenger in front of him takes his shoes off. The first gent looks very quizzically at the person in front and turns around to make a joke about this guy taking his shoes off and notices that the four of us have already removed our shoes.
"Wait." he says, "why are you taking your shoes off?"
"because you have to" this lady in front of me replies.
* tactical facepalm*
As I am boarding the plane, I take my seat in 3A (thanks to my buddy who had SDCd to an earlier flight out of PHX
). Even though we are late departing, our wonderful F/A comes to each of us to hand out PDBs. Woodford and coke, is freshly squeezed and in my hand within minutes. Now, mind you, I just stepped off an aircraft, that by all intent and purposes is a mainline aircraft from BOI
on another carrier. No wifi, no service so to speak, and certainly no PDBs. So, considering I am on a Skywest CR7 from PHX
, I finish up my last couple of e-mails and texts and as I am shutting down my phone, I see that delightful little wifi symbol. But in my brain, it doesn't register that this CR7 is wifi-equipped. Or the F/A distracted me by welcoming us aboard a United Expre...oops...she meant Delta Connection flight to Los Angeles.
I had forgotten to turn off my wifi on my phone, so when I powered up my phone after we were above 10k feet, I noticed the wifi had reception on my phone. Strange. Lets have a look-see. Gogo Inflight. Now I am uber-confused. But, low and behold, there it was. The beautiful Delta blue Wifi On-Board sticker on the side bulkhead.
Its an epidemic. I swear. People not giving two clicks about who and whats going on around them. At least if im not paying attention, I at least will apologize while quickly getting out of the way. Sadly, I am not most people. These folk tend to congregate in the hallway with at least 25-30 other people and make walking down the only corridor an extremely difficult task.
So now, I am sitting here watching people just stand in the way and watch people in a rush weave their way through the crowds.
The popcorn is almost ready. The upgrade from LAX
has cleared already. I think I am going to enjoy this trip.
Talk to you all soon!