Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Overheard While Traveling

Travel is a great time for people watching.  I often travel solo.  With no one to talk to, I hear what others around me are saying.  

Landing in Chicago, the young man in the row behind me was thrilled by the big planes, a 777 taxied by and he pointed and asked his companion to look.  Then a 747 - still one of the sexiest things to ever take flight, went by and he was rapturous.  The an A380 - he had never seen one.  The only full double decker is a thrilling sight.  I wished it would have been polite to openly share his enthusiasm, I have seen them all, flown on most of them, and I still get giddy when I see the giants of the sky.  

There were two people traveling together on business at the table next to me at dinner in Chicago, the tables were about 10 inches apart, making is easy to see and hear everything.  The young man was on his phone for 2-3 minutes.  After the call he started to talk.  His colleague said, I know you are stressed with the wedding coming up and all.  He said, the wedding is not bothering me, it will happen and I will just show up.  He proceeded to describe fights over who was invited, and mom insisting that he invite people he didn't know, he said he and his intended get along fine except for two things, his desire for personal downtime and money.  I wanted to say, if you can't agree on those two things, save yourself the cost of the wedding and the divorce lawyers.  Time and money, what is there left - sex?  

I watched a young mother argue with her five year old.  The five year old wanted his mother to buy him gummy vitamins.  She said, no the other vitamins are better for you.  He whined, but these are so good.  I wanted to say, buy your kid candy, he is craving sweets, unless there is a special health concern, candy never killed anyone, and kids naturally crave sweets. 

What do you notice when you travel?  


  1. how other people dress and act; some of them act like VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE. guess what - they put their pants on one leg at a time just like me; complete self-important obnoxious assholes.

  2. Some folks are stressed, some are chill, most are in-between, and some are self-important, as a.m. alluded to,



  3. I've noticed that at the airport, people all look bored. Maybe I'm projecting. While waiting to get on a cruise ship, people are happy, excited and friendly.

  4. @deedles - that's cause air travel sucks on toast.

    1. Preaching to the choir, sistah!

  5. I also love when I overhear conversations. And I love to people watch.