Missed opportunity or respectful distance? At dinner with a group of good friends. Robert Duvall, the iconic actor, and his wife are sitting in a booth enjoying dinner in our restaurant. I walked by, eye contact, and a nod. End of story but it was pretty cool.
Another freaking backpack. I am sitting in my aisle seat, minding my own business. Two guys yucking it up in the aisle. The front one spins around to laugh at something his buddy said...and smack!!! His forty pound backpack slammed in to my shoulder. Dude!! Pay attention, you idiot! He did apologize but still, don't be an idiot in tight spaces. End of rant.
Ok, another first for me. Flight fully boarded, everyone settled in, cabin door closed but jet bridge still in place. In usual fashion, the captain comes over the loudspeaker, normally to welcome travelers, give some flight and weather info, etc. Nope, not this time. He announced that he wasn't feeling well and decided to remove himself from this flight, which he then did. They reopened the cabin door, he put on his captains hat and coat and he left. Before leaving he announced that he had worked with Delta pilot staffing office and another pilot had just landed and was pulling into a gate just four slots down. We were only delayed about 30 mins. So, kudos to the captain for recognizing/admitting he was not fit for duty and kudos to the captain and #Delta for taking care of business promptly and professionally.
On my flight this morning I was lucky enough to get an upgrade to 1st class. The service in flight was very good. I had an aisle seat and occasionally the attractive stewardess would have to lean across me to serve my seatmate, brushing against me. When we landed and I walked passed her she smiled and winked at me in a very friendly manner. I just realized I was sexually assaulted. I should alert the media and hold a press conference. This abuse of authority must be stopped in its tracks. That light touch, smile and wink was unwelcomed (ok, not really ????) and unwarranted. I will exercise my rights in this democracy and push back and get some attention. The abuse of power in our airways by flight attendants and anyone else who serves the public on terra ferma or elsewhere need to be trained to understand that these unwelcome ???? advances have gone on for too long and must be stopped!! I now understand the actresses whose fannies were litely patted by an invalid former President. I get it. I really do. It is a travesty. Travelers unite!!!! On a side note I hope to see that flight attendant again at some point to confirm my experience. ???? Just sayin'.
l am sure it is just me but there is something that is just not right about seeing a young traveling attorney/Jr executive, wearing a very nice three piece dark suit and a walking with a forward lean because of a twenty pound backpack protruding foot from his shoulders. It's hard to stand tall and impressive when hunched over...just saying. ????
Ok, I fly a lot and try to keep things in perspective but this one is tough. I board my flight, assigned to a coach seat on the two seat side of an MD88. I prefer aisle but got the window seat. I am tall and broad with a few extra pounds but I stay within my allotted space in my seat. I approached my row and see a problem. The guy in the aisle seat weighs at least 400 lbs and is bleeding over the armrests on both sides. He got up to let me in my seat and then sat down, overflowing on top of me...and he smells. I settle in. It is only a twenty one minute flight, I tell myself.
In the long run, I think the USA is going to be just fine....