12/24/2013 What a Time We've Got
I love the new airline rules allowing electronics use from gate to
gate. Sadly, my monster "laptop" blasts past the two pound weight limit,
thus relegating it to underseat prison during takeoff and landing. I better finish
this shortly. But my music and reader are out whenever I want!
We're descending into Orlando and I'm in 17A on a
deadhead from Baltimore. I pulled away from wordsmithing the airspace
video for a moment of pondering the view. An ocean view, it turns out,
as this arrival takes us East of Jacksonville.
We're so spoiled in so many ways. It's sad that the experience
around flying is so maligned which makes it easy to forget how
incredible the flying is. In the billion+ years it's taken life to reach
this capability we're only now just arriving. How cool. Let alone the
coolness of paramotoring.
So here I was, in pressurized comfort, reclined, sliding along over
an expanse of ocean below at 400+ mph. It was an angry ocean, too, with
whitecaps biting and frothing in what had to be a strong wind. They must
have been big given my distance above them. I'm glad I wasn't down
there. Then a small airplane appeared much, much lower. He was little
more than a white spec whose outline was barely discernible. Don't have
an engine failure, I thought -- even a life raft won't be
fun in those seas.
His presence is what moved me to take stock of our incredible fortune
to be doing what we do--fly. I doubt many readers of this don't fly so I
think it's safe to say that we all enjoy that passion. And this was in
an airliner--something that has become mere transport. The coolness of
our personal little flying machines is off the charts in comparison. Of
course I wouldn't want to do Charlotte - Orlando in one.
It was just one of those moments that exposed how incredible is this
fleeting thing we call life, and let me revel in my participation in it.
Yes, I might only get a couple dozen more years but today is the
youngest I'll ever again be. It's nice to take stock in the simple
Just a passenger enjoying the view from 17A, taking stock of how life really is