I remember defying gravity encased in a long titanium-steel tube weighing 90,000 pounds cruising at an altitude of 30,000 feet shoehorned into my pocket-sized seat with a couple hundred of my closest strangers.
And, I remember getting a chuckle or three from the occasional semi-snarky Southwest Airlines spin on those usually yawn-inducing federally-mandated pre-flight announcements. As evidenced by this recent passenger video post, though, these announcements are taking on a somewhat more prickly edge these days. Which, vaccination or no, makes me content to limit my own travel right now to non-mass transit modes, thank you very much.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is one of my occasional Random Thoughts posts on the state of travel in 2021. Here's another: Weird Scenes Inside the Security Line, Chapter 1.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in a small Wisconsin blue-collar town, Mike Starling ditched the assembly line for a long, sometimes circuitous career working with words, sound and images. His original music is heard on numerous recordings and soundtracks, and his stories and photos have been featured in books, films, mags and other media. Among his other interesting career moves, he has edited a beer magazine, played bass in a reggae band and sold potato chips door-to-door. Inspired by the life-altering events of 2020, he launched a year-long web-based project called I Remember Travel in January 2021.
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I REMEMBER TRAVEL
Journeys in sight and sound by Mike Starling
All text, images and music in the I Remember Travel weblog ©Mike Starling unless otherwise noted. Music published by Bean Hoy Music (BMI). All rights reserved.