During those sleepless periods over one or another of the world’s oceans, I often thought of writing a book detailing my experiences. It would be the perfect travel manual for the neophyte global voyager and at the same time forge a bond with the select few who have traveled at my pace! If I put a humorous spin on my misadventures, then it might actually end up being an entertaining book! If I was not careful, this book might even end up on a bestseller list!
Now I have always observed situations and made mental notes to be used later. In fact, snippets of this literary masterpiece were actually written in-flight. I am certain that some of my past employers would cringe at the thought that I was working on a manuscript instead of a corporate spreadsheet or a client presentation! That will teach them not to have a “comp time” policy!
Many of the stories you are about to read are parodies or at least some type of humorous exaggeration. Yet every episode described actually occurred to a certain degree at some point in my travels. Most of you will have shared some of the frustrating experiences that I paint in words. I only hope that you were able to find the same humor in the situation that I did. If you are the type of person who cannot see the funny side of these situations; please ask to be seated next to somebody besides me on your next flight!
For those of you who have sworn to write a book about your travel experiences, I salute you! The life of the wandering scribe can have its rewards! I am impressed by your tenacity and vision. I am, however, most thankful that you never got around to it. Hey, who needs the extra competition at the airport bookstores anyway?
Over the years, I have had the distinct privilege of meeting many wonderful people on airline flights. These souls have each taught me something about life and the way we look at. They have shared unique perspectives about their work, their families, and their cultures. They have been the little old Asian lady in the seat next to me, the Dutch newlyweds across the aisle from me, or the charming Nigerian purser orchestrating the performance of his charges on a Boeing 777.
Life is not perfect and you discover that firsthand when you travel to five countries in one week. Yet if we approach every situation with open eyes and open arms; we will find that humor is waiting to be had. Around every corner there is a reason to smile, an opportunity to chuckle, and a chance to share a smile. Humor can heal all things, even missed connections and lost luggage! It is the one fabric that we all share in this tapestry called life!
I will leave the philosophy lesson behind us now and will turn my fingers to entertainment. Besides, there would be no living with me if I won the Nobel Prize for Literature! Still, if any of you are past winners or sit on the board of the Swedish Royal Academy; who am I to turn down the nomination? Just drop me a line in care of my publisher.
Now, we have a flight to catch together! Ladies and gentlemen, I invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy our book! We will be cruising at about 60,000 words today, the weather at our destination is tropically sunny, and we even anticipate an early arrival! We will check back in with you once we have touched down at our final chapter.
Uh, check that last announcement folks! Ground traffic control informs us that we have to pull back to our gate area! Seems we forgot to load the meal service carts!
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