So I’m waiting for a plane or two yesterday as I traveled south for Christmas, and I actually had a lovely time. It all started during the three hours I had to kill as I awaited my first plane (don’t you just love those holiday delays?), so I dug out this cd that a friend had sent me years ago and somehow I’d never got around to watching. It’s of the first six episodes of this FABULOUS show called “The Book Club,” and I can’t think why I never watched it before. It’s about an American writer in Scotland who begins a book club in an effort to get laid (well, meet people, but she’s REALLY missing intimate human contact with the opposite sex). The show is hilarious and a bit sad and very well written and done. So I sat at the gate giggling and trying not to seem too crazy as I watched my new favorite show (though I did get a few side-long stares, I think it was pretty obvious that I was watching something or other and thus amused from external sources). I don’t know if that show is still on in England, but if it is, lucky you guys who can watch it all the time!!
After this, I wandered over to the book buying place and bought a Stephen King book called Cell. Now I used to love Stephen King’s books when I was a teen/early twenty-something, but then he went all . . . I don’t know, just not the same, not as good. I think the last book of his I read was It. I flipped through the Dark Tower ones, didn’t like, and tried to read the Atlantis one, again, not so much. But this Cell is like the King of old, so I thoroughly enjoyed reading it on the next couple flights and the bits awaiting inbetween.
While waiting at the second airport, I was sitting and reading when all of a sudden I heard this big booming man-voice say “blah blah PECKERHEAD” and I almost fell off my chair. Now that’s a word you don’t hear in Massachusetts! I hadn’t heard it in I don’t know how long, so it kind of made me feel all warm and nostalgic for home. Lest you all get the wrong idea, I personally don’t say that word, but it’s something you hear around from whence I hail, so it was pretty interesting to hear it again. I was also happy at that airport (Atlanta) to hear friendly voices and greetings (again, not something you hear too much of up in New England). It was . . . just nice.
Also in Atlanta, some airport employees were carolling from gate to gate, using Christmas tunes to calm the savage delayed traveler beasts, no doubt. And that was fun, too. They got us all involved, booming out “FIIIIIVVEEE GO-LDEN RIIIIIIINGS” at the appropriate time during their very personal and a bit offkey but very fun and festive rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Good times.
After they left for the next gate, we all were looking around at each other having just shared this singing with holiday glee experience, and I noticed a lot of military people lounging around in or out of uniform (not naked, just in jeans or whatever). And that made me feel proud and . . . well, safe. I figured that even if there was some terrorist plot about to unfold on our flight, that these people would know exactly what to do to keep us all safe. So I felt comfy and happy and proud of our men and women in uniform. I wanted to say so outloud, like “Thank you” or something, but I was afraid they’d think I was insane or that that was somehow inappropriate. So I met their eyes, nodded, and smiled in what I hope was a way that conveyed my pride in them and my gratitude for all they have done and will do to keep me and our country free and safe.
Arriving hungry and tired to my destination, I was swept up in a big and warm momhug, and that’s just the greatest thing going in my book. Then she took us out for raw oysters (one of the things that I miss with a passion in Massachusetts and has become a momvisit tradition), beer, and general laughter and good times. I was too tired and contented to blog last night, but I couldn’t wait to get online this morning to share my lovely day with all my lovely 360 friends!! We’re decorating the tree tonight with carols and eggnog (spiked, of course!), and I’m very much looking forward to that!