Integrated Wisdom

Facts on a Plane

What you can learn when there’s so much time and so little to do…

Flying across the country to see my grandchildren is a pain in the you know what…

But I love my grand-kids. I sit next to wife and try and behave for five hours knowing the annoyance will be more than worth it and I only have to undertake this ordeal four times a year. If you’ve done it, you realize that the five hours will give you a headache from the canned air and a sore bum from worn out leather and misshapen wires.

I am a planner when it comes to long journeys. I always carry the proper provisions with me:

  • 24 oz of airport water (at a price that would buy me two veggie burgers)
  • 2 protein bars
  • a bagel with veggie cream cheese
  • two new magazines
  • an old Nero Wolfe novella

So, you would think I’m set…hardly.

By the time we take off I have already eaten the bagel and am starting on the first bar. I have finished Trail Runner Magazine and the print in The Economist has gotten smaller over the years (funny how that happens). But the worst is when I start the Nero Wolf book (Black Orchids) and after 38 pages realize I have read it before (not funny when that happens).

I decided to find out what everyone else was reading. I began looking around for something to read, and that started my quest for Facts on a Plane. Here are some of the things I learned:

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