Flying is Cool.

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As I type, I’m on my way to San Antonio, Texas.  You know it’s the home of The Alamo (which I’m sorry to say is on my ever-growing list of disappointing national landmarks).

The good news is I’m not walking.  Or taking a canoe (which is good because I’m only on swim/not drown lesson #3).  Or riding a horse.  Or going by train.  Or even driving.

I’m flying.How Do Planes Work?  Seriously?

In a giant metal tube with tiny little wheels thousands of feet above the earth (it might be Kentucky or maybe Georgia… hard to tell… all clouds look alike to me).

As a proud member of the human race, I’m always amazed by our ability to fly.

Who was the first genius to even think this was a possibility.

I can eat peanuts, read a magazine, listen to babies cry, and cruise the internet all at 10,000 feet (and don’t forget you can use the bathroom in the middle of the sky… and while it may be gross (and cramped), it still impresses me).

I’m equally amazed by how put out and angry other passengers are about flying.

In the sake of full-disclosure, it should be noted that I never flew before 9/11.  My only experience with air travel is with the new security measures that have been put in place to keep us safe… or annoy us (I’m not sure which, but I blame you Mr. Laden).

People complain about the airports, parking, the lines, security, and paying for checked baggage.

My thought is… shut up.

And if you don’t want to feel hurried, get to the airport earlier (duh).

Get over yourself and what you perceive to be a huge inconvenience.

Walk 1,500 miles one time and then you won’t mind waiting 12 minutes for your luggage at the baggage claim.

Flying is a gift.

Basically it’s just like sitting in a lawn chair.  Except you aren’t in your backyard.  You are 8,000 feet above ground.

And you are hurtling through the sky at 500 miles per hour.

Did I mention, you get free peanuts?

And internet (how does this work?).

Flying is a privilege .

Why do so many people think it’s their right?

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8 Responses to “Flying is Cool.”

  1. Karen Marcus
    on Mar 4th, 2010
    @ 7:14 am

    How easily we forget our preflying roots.
    I am headed to San Antonio on this Friday as well, for the ASCD national conference.

  2. Angie
    on Mar 4th, 2010
    @ 7:48 am

    I live in the great state of Texas, so I will be driving to ASCD. Ironically, you will probably get there quicker than I do because it will take me 5 hours. Hope to see you there!

  3. Angie
    on Mar 4th, 2010
    @ 7:49 am

    BTW- How did I get assigned this pink guy with the poor dental work? One of these days I will actually figure out how to change it to my picture (my parents paid for braces).

  4. Dave
    on Mar 4th, 2010
    @ 10:10 am

    Are you there for a Googel conf. or ASCD? I would love to attend either…maybe one day!

  5. sarahwww
    on Mar 4th, 2010
    @ 11:17 am

    You’ve seen this?
    Pre- view before sharing with the sensitive

  6. Diane
    on Mar 4th, 2010
    @ 4:45 pm

    Personally, I love to fly. Because it means I’m headed somewhere fun for vacation! I even like to hang out in the airport. Because I’m on vacation!

  7. ZeroTX
    on Mar 6th, 2010
    @ 6:43 am

    I’m afraid I disagree with you about the flying process. I think the security checks are a bogus indignity that need not be thrust upon Americans. Profiling would get us a lot closer to actually stopping terrorism (how many non-muslim, non-males, non-arabs, not between ages 20-45 have blown up planes?).

    I also love San Antonio, but there’s no reason for disappointment about the Alamo. Everyone can tell you that there’s not much to see, but at the same time you still should see it, at least briefly. The rest of the city in my opinion is pretty and chock full of interesting things, great food, good music, etc. Take a tour of the missions if you have time, budget a couple of hours for “El Mercado” (the market) and enjoy some street vendor tacos there (the real thing), buy some baked goods at Mi Tierra (which is also a 24hr Tex-Mex restaurant, but if you want authentic Northern Mexican, order the “cabrito.” If you have the kids along, visit Fiesta Texas — the best theme park I’ve seen outside of a Disney park.

    Enjoy your time in the best state in the union and the only state with heritage as an independent nation.

  8. Ashley
    on Mar 7th, 2010
    @ 8:50 pm

    Even though taking a canoe sounds like fun I can see the appeal of the plane. Whether or not the airlines are bombarding their customers with security measures you made a valid point about the time differences. Drive for what seems like forever or fly their in a few minutes? Flying starts to sound good and with family vacations, field trips and other group journeys the less time “on the road,” sort-of-speak, the better.

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