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They Had the Wright Idea

Look how far we've come! What would have taken months of perilous voyage now just takes hours of mundane leisure. At your fingertips lies countless options of entertainment: music, movies, games.

But looking out the window I can't help but bob my head to ELO's Mr. Blue Sky (why indeed did you hide away so long, Mr. Blue?). Wouldn't it be hilarious if my flight neighbor woke up and saw my Jay-Leno-esque head and NO ear buds? Each time I notice her stretching out her arms I wonder; is she yawning or reaching for the call button? "Yes, ma'am, there's a horribly spastic man sitting next to me. Could you kindly ask him to stop or at least transfer him to another seat?". Wouldn't that be something? It's not all that unlikely though. I'm surprised they don't boot me off right now. "And we at Delta would like to wish you a very safe and pleasant swim! Coffee or tea?".

Sure would save time just wearing a giant button that said that. It'd also give those poor girl's facial muscles a break. Just HOW many hours are spent wearing that plastered on smile?

Originally the Wright Brothers experimented with the idea of flying, simply for convenient's sake, and relentless human curiosity. Imagine if I were to trade places with one of them right now. I wonder what he'd think of the lady, near the front, indulging in a ginger ale. "Well at least they have good drinks on this flight!". It's hard to fathom what Mr. Wright might say...

NOTE: This came to me while on my flight back to the states...

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  1. Date: 4/22/2013 7:51:00 AM
    HA! This was truly entertaining, Timothy. I love the chaotic (not really the right word but close enough) feel of this. Great title as well!

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/22/2013 8:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I understand it's not quite as "flowing" as I usually write. The sorta "on the spotness" of it, is what I was trying to capture. Glad you enjoyed it... for whatever reason flying has inspired a lot of poetry from me.
  1. Date: 4/20/2013 11:16:00 PM
    Timothy...well, I was entertained by your tale! I do love traveling...not the flight itself, but seeing a new place. Been around quite a bit. The plane ride is trying for me. I'm claustrophobic and the thought of being in a "big heavy tube filled with people" as Richard put it, makes me go on the verge of panic. Lots of prayers get me through. Glad you had a great flight and had time to write this lovely reflection. :)

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/21/2013 12:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I didn't mind the flight so much. Yes, it gets a bit claustrophobic, but the concept of being so far above ground intrigues me enough through the flight. Happy you liked my quirky tale.
  1. Date: 4/20/2013 8:00:00 AM
    This is delightful. It really is pretty amazing when you think of this big heavy tube filled with people flying through the air. The Wright brothers have a lot to be proud of. Glad to see you are back safe.

    Hicks Avatar Timothy Hicks
    Date: 4/20/2013 3:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It's good to be back in the states! Looking back at my flights I'm still amazed I was miles above ground for hours and hours.