Pleasures of Air Travel

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3 a.m. Chicago O’Hare. 

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Time period: Sept. 5- Sept. 30, 2019

Here’s a poem I wrote about air travel a year and a half ago.  Seems appropriate, so I’m reblogging it. Complain, complain.

Open Letter to the Airline Mucky-Mucks:

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Open Letter to the Airline Mucky-Mucks

To Whom It May Concern:

My carry-on’s too heavy to lift above my seat,
so I had to put it under, now there’s no room for my feet.
I request some water (though I’ve been twice rebuffed,)
to take an antihistamine, for my eyes are puffed
from the perfume of my seatmate, which also made me cough.
So I’m already hurting long before lift off.
I’ve squeeze marks from the narrow seats, I’m shivering from the draft,
and when this ride is over, I must board another craft!

Two hours later, two states up, I face another battle
trying to find a decent airport meal here in Seattle.
On my muffuletta sandwich (priced $15.93),
I look in vain for olives, which there don’t seem to be.
My Tim’s potato chips are stale, the sodas are all flat.
The Wifi that they advertise does not know where I’m at.
Air travel’s an adventure but not the one I sought.
I forget this lesson once again, refusing to be taught.

One hour left ‘til I lift off to wing my way on east,
I buy a drink and steel myself to board your winged beast.
I hope this time my seat mate fits in his own seat
so I don’t have to deal again with the impossible feat
of leaning out into the aisle, avoiding every ass
of passengers and stewards that brush me as they pass.
I bitch, I whine, I grouse, I cry, complain and moan and sigh.
‘Til by now I’m sure you wonder why I even fly.

I must admit I’ve asked myself the same as I’ve been talking.
The only reason I have found is that it sure beats walking.

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

26 thoughts on “Pleasures of Air Travel

  1. slmret

    Ah, yes — I used to have to fly somewhere in California every week, then changed jobs and flew to Denver or farther almost every month. It’s no fun any more! Love the guy wrapped in blanket — and the girl next, with her mirror and two neck pillows! Great captures!

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      1. slmret

        It looks pretty comfortable, isolated from the hubbub around the terminal! Last time I flew was on the way to the Arctic on a quick trip to see polar bears — and before that, to the Antarctic. They were vastly different flights — Air Canada, and LAN Chile — with very different service levels! It’s one of the things that kept me from doing much travel since!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Used to be so thrilling. I remember the first flight I ever took. Nylons, heels, all dressed up. Sat in the smoking section! Don’t miss the smoke. Quit years ago. But at the time it was always the funnest part of the airplane.

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      1. slmret

        I was about 8 years old for my first flight — a DC3 from LA to Boston — such service, such comfort. Yes — everybody dressed up, and it was almost party time! No more! Living in Sacramento, I flew to SoCal (in jets) on business — walking into an airplane was almost like walking into the office!Oh, the stories I could tell!

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          I took a flight from Hawaii once that had the pub up at the top of a circular staircase. We had to overfly Denver and land in Puebla in an airport that didn’t have stairs high enough to get up to the airplane door, so we spent the night there. The stewardesses got so tired that they just opened the bar and put food out and let folks come get it. I happened to have on a pants suit the same color as the stewardesses and people thought I was a stewardess and would order things as I walked by, so I just started delivering drinks and food. Fun. The next morning the weather in Denver was better so we flew on.. Loooong flight.

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          1. slmret

            Nowadays, they’d tip you out into an empty airport for the night! The first time I flew to Alaska, we tried to land 3 times, then flew on to Sitka for fuel. Watched a Russian plane come in and leave, then flew back to Juneau, where we joined the top of the stack, and circled again — I think it took us aboaut 3 or 4 hours just to land! Again — oh, the stories fliers could tell!

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong

    I dug out my flying pictures. Since we so rarely travel, I just got lucky. I love the way they take away brand new products they JUST SOLD YOU and after they take them away, they will sell you the same product IN the departure area because apparently they are legal as long as you buy them from the “right” vendor!

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      You just write about the pleasures of travelling in your motor home with your dogs and cat.. Lucky you. I love traveling in our motor home with Bob driving. have you seen the new ‘Little Homes” made entirely of recycled plastic? They are gorgeous.. Some have th erounded forms of adobe homes.

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  4. Taswegian1957

    I don’t think I could do the long flight from the UK to Australia again in one hit. 24 hours is a long time to be on a plane. I’m lucky because at least I usually fall asleep on a flight. Wi-Fi at Sydney & Melbourne airports where I’ve sometimes had to wait several hours for a connection does at least work but flying is my least favourite means of travel. I still have unpleasant memories of our flight back to Australia from Singapore and in particular some very unhelpful Jetstar staff in Melbourne.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Yes.. I’ve done that flight to Australia three times now and wouldn’t want to repeat it. The first time I was actually put off the plane in Hawaii because the man in the seat next to me stole my wallet and passport, and they didn’t want to confront him about it. That plane also stopped in Fiji as I recall it. The second time I don’t recall any stops…just a direct flight from Mexico to Adelaide. A killer.

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      1. Taswegian1957

        OMG Mexico to Adelaide, didn’t even know there was a direct flight! I can’t get a direct flight to Adelaide from Hobart that’s why I always seem to end up spending half a day in Melbourne or Sydney airport.

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          Perhaps I had to change planes somewhere.. can’t remember. Just knew it was a looooong flight. And I was seated next to a BIG guy who was the manager of a rock band also aboard.

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