Posts Tagged ‘airplane’
I’m so used to going to big public stores I’m a little rusty at holding doors open for people. I’m halfway through when I remember and then have to back out so there’s room for people to get by me. It’s a confusing mess for a moment before it becomes clear that I’m trying to be polite.
I grew up in a house with only one bathroom so there was an occasional emergency. I did pee out my bedroom window once. It was at night so I think running outside to pee would have attracted more attention somehow? Fortunately no cars drove by at the time.
Plus, this week is Biff’s 7th birthday! To celebrate, all Biff books are crazy on sale for only 7 bucks each! Go check them out in the store!
One summer I came home from a fair with 5 or 6 helium balloons. I tied them all together and then started adding weights. I tied on some sticks, a Star Wars figure, a couple green army men and other stuff I found. I kept experimenting until I found the right combination to achieve neutral buoyancy. The whole thing would float in the middle of the living room at whatever altitude I would put it in. I took it outside and paraded it around the neighborhood like some sort of pet. I had a yard stick with me and I would give it a little push and it would float out ahead of me. I would catch up and push it off in another direction. I was walking down my driveway when the wind took hold of it and slowly sucked it straight up into the sky. I stood there watching it thinking and second now it will come back down. Some 25 or so years later I still wonder if anyone ever found it.
It still creeps me out when people sit next to me in public places when there are plenty of empty seats next to nobody still available. Sometimes I think people are just running on autopilot and aren’t really paying attention. Sometimes I think they are alien spies that need to be close to me to read my thoughts clearly.
Now that hand held computers are so common I imagine we are moving into a world filled with many more minor distraction related accidents. Burned the eggs because you were checking your email. Stepped on the dog because you were watching a cat video. Hit your head on the door jamb because you were reading webcomics.
It’s such a horrible feeling when you are going to miss your plane. The whole experience of air travel gives me such a powerless feeling. I’m at the whim of a gauntlet of people and metal detectors. Any of them can decide that I don’t get to fly. Adding the fact that my plane took off before I even got into the airport just multiplies it all by stomach churning proportions.
Today’s Biff knows where he is.