Airport Observations

by Bill Brenner on March 1, 2012

When traveling, I enjoy people watching — especially in airports. Some observations from the Virgin America terminal in San Francisco…

Mood music:

–The TSA lady who frisked the young woman with two kids in tow seemed to be enjoying herself a bit much. The mom stared stoically into space while her kids got a first-class education on freedom and privacy in America.

–The line at the Peet’s Coffee stand is about a quarter mile, and the kid crying behind me isn’t helping the impatient, caffeine starved grown-ups manage very well. His parents seem perfectly at ease though. They’re ignoring the kid, which is probably why he’s crying so much.

–The terminal has some very comfy leather chairs. But they are bolted to the floor and not even remotely close to the power outlets.

–The waitress who served me breakfast was freakishly cheerful considering the crush of starved. impatient humanity around her. It was actually an inspiring example of grace under pressure.

–Lots of flights are delayed. Not because of the weather, but because so many people haven’t shown up to board on time. That means the San Francisco fog has mucked up traffic. Or it could be that these people are just rude and inconsiderate. Good thing they don’t hold up planes indefinitely for stragglers.

–The Peet’s coffee I finally got to purchase really hits the spot. But it’s not nearly as awesome as the Vietnamese coffee I was introduced to at lunch yesterday. I must learn how it’s made and what kinds of beans are needed.

–I’m grateful as I sit here. The RSA Conference and B-Sides was exhausting but a smashing success. I got to see a lot of people I usually only get to talk to in cyberspace. But I’m even more grateful that I’ll be seeing my wife and kids in a few hours.

Seize the day, friends. And if you’re traveling by plane and fish is on the menu, order the cheese and crackers instead.


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TR Kelley March 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

People who let children scream, whine, fuss and disrupt the public peace (stores, airports, etc) are one of the few things that will still set me off, even under the safety of medication. I usually must augment my earplugs with shooter’s muffs while stifling the urge to slap the whole family senseless. Yes, I do carry that kind of ear protection. The world is too f-ing loud. undomesticated children are a BIG part of that.

Lori Jeanne March 1, 2012 at 9:00 am

Keep it up! I am mostly staying on the sunny side of the. Street during chemo after 5 weeks of radiation trying to keep OCD under control.
Than you for just being you and sharing your life:-). Lori

Rick March 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm

As a frequent flyer, I fully appreciate this article. When I get home again, we can meet for a nice chat on this one. Plenty of horror stories for you!!

Keep up the Great work!!

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