Passing time while waiting in the airport

I spent several hours in the airport the other night waiting to pick up family members whose flight was delayed.

While there, I was able to ponder several important questions, such as:

  • Why do they have so many uncomfortable chairs here?
  • Why are escalators so much fun?
  • How much longer is this going to be?
  • Are some people really doing their Christmas shopping here?
  • Are the clocks even moving right now? What can I do to waste some time?

In order to waste time, I came up with some deep and insightful thoughts to share with you here about these important subjects:

The chairs

Airports have so many different types of chairs, but most of them are really not very comfortable when you have to sit in them for a long time. Many of them have stiff arm rests that get in the way, some are too hard, and some are just weird.

I should add that some are decent for relaxing or even sleeping, but for a place that is designed for people to wait around, most of the chairs really aren’t very comfortable.

What even is this chair? I couldn’t figure out how to sit on it.

The moving stairs and sidewalks

I don’t understand why anyone does not take the moving sidewalks at the airport. They are faster, fun and they make me feel important. I can’t be bothered with walking on the normal ground, I need the ground to move me!

It’s always disappointing, too, when you get off of the moving sidewalk and have to walk on the regular ground. Sigh, I guess I can have to walk like a regular person again. I think more places should have moving sidewalks.

Wouldn’t they be great at the grocery store for when you want to get your shopping done quickly? It would help you move through the store, and it would get slow moving shoppers out of the way.

Escalators are also fun. It’s fun to ride on stairs and look around at other people while you try to act like you are not looking at them.

Look I’m in a garden.

Things to do for fun

The airport I was waiting in had a lot of art in one hallway, so I took photos of myself in the artworks to see if I could look like I was in them.

I also was able to take photos of myself in other places in the airport just to try to look like I was in different situations.


Now I’m in the water!

Are you crazy! Have you seen the prices in the airport? I will buy a snack or something to read, but who is buying all of these other items? Some stores were suggesting people do their Christmas shopping there. I get that you have time to waste so you may want to shop, but who can afford to buy anything there?

If I had that much money, I would have just bought my own airplane so that I wouldn’t have to wait around in the airport all day.

People watching

This is great for passing the time, unless most of the people around you are sleeping. You can still make up stories in your head about the people you see, though.

One guy sleeping in one spot near me, for example, was definitely a former spy who now works as a llama farmer. One person was waiting for a long-lost sister, and another was an airport chair salesperson.

Writing a column

It may not be the best column ever written, but at least it was a good way to pass the time. Thanks for your help!

I did a lot of thinking!

Adventures in moving a sofa!

My wife and I recently bought a new sofa.

While I know this sounds fun and glamourous, it actually created much more work than I expected.

Our old sofa had served us well for many years. It was great for watching television, napping, serving as a bed when family members stayed at the house, acting as jumping pad for grandchildren and even taking on the role of a scratching post for our cat. That last part was frowned upon by my wife and me, but the cat had grown quite fond of it.

Our feline friend also enjoyed leaving her extra hair on the sofa, as well as knocking small items underneath it.

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A weekend at home turns into a drive across the country

Last weekend, I was all set to have a nice quiet few days at home.

I had dealt with a minor health problem for a few weeks and then had to work the two previous weekends. I was tired and I was ready for two slow days of working in the yard, doing some writing, watching television and relaxing.

So, of course, I drove from Ohio to New Mexico instead.

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A cold morning can warm your heart

On Saturday, I did something I really didn’t want to do.

And wouldn’t you know it, the whole thing turned out great. My intuition never fails to be wrong.

The event was to help a group that was handing out food boxes. I don’t volunteer to help with anything nearly enough, but every time I have helped with a food drive before I have enjoyed it.

This week, though, it was very cold and I had been busy all week with work. The last thing I wanted to do on a Saturday was to go stand outside in the cold.

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No electricity, no problem!

The power went out in my town recently, and I found the whole experience to be rather interesting, enlightening and cold.

When the power first went out, I did the only sensible thing I could do, which was to stare at my computer for a few minutes while I tried to figure out what was going on. Did my computer break? Was my work saved? Is this somehow my fault?

My wife and I are both currently working from home, so we were able to determine that the power went out in the house. Then we learned it was out all across the city. It was concerning to hear the power outage was so widespread, but a relief to know that I most likely would not be blamed.

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Don’t believe the lyes! A few important questions about liquid hand soaps

Like many people, I enjoy washing my hands.

Although to be clear, I don’t believe that most other people like washing my hands, they generally prefer to wash their own.

And in 2020, I have been washing my hands even more than usual. All of this hand washing, though, has caused plenty of hand wringing due to the handful of important issues involving liquid hand soap in the world today. 

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When life is getting you down, look up

Some days, you just need to look ahead and look up.

I have been trying to remember that lately, as life seems pretty challenging at times.

  • The whole COVID-19 situation has changed life as we know it, at least for now, and it continues to go on and on.
  • The political situation in the country is insane.
  • And work seems to be busier and busier all of the time, which doesn’t leave as much time for writing.

But here I am today anyway, trying to make sense out of a few things that have been on my mind:

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What foods do you eat just so that you can eat the foods that comes with them?

I went to the grocery store yesterday only because I discovered we had whipped cream in the house and I wanted something to eat with it.

As I was shopping for one dessert item and somehow ended up with more than $100 of other groceries (how did that happen?) I started thinking about how much I love whipped cream. I honestly don’t like pumpkin pie very much, for example, but if I can put whipped cream on it, I will have three pieces.

I was also thinking about other foods that I really only eat because they come with another food. I am going to share a few here, and we’ll see if you agree with any of these or have any others to add to my list. Continue reading “What foods do you eat just so that you can eat the foods that comes with them?”