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The Autobiography of Russell
Life from a different perspective
Missed oppotunities; the flight home (being creepy; security, again)
Remember how I said I'd never let another opportunity pass? ... I did. I let at least two of them get away from me while I was on the trip for work. I need to start coming up with introductions, generic conversation topics, and more guts to act on them.

There are also times when I can be considered more than a little creepy. Take the flight home as one.

Southwest has an open seating policy. They board the plane in three groups based on how soon you checked in for the flight. When I got on I started down the aisle looking ahead for anyone that looked kind of cute. I spotted a red haired guy with a decent amount of facial hair sitting next to a window with the middle seat open. I asked the older gentleman next to the aisle if the middle seat was taken to which he said no. I stowed my luggage several compartments back then took my seat in the middle.

During the flight I made of point of leaving my elbows on the arm rests a little. At one point when the red haired guy was sleeping his arms jerked outward onto the arm rests where mine were. At this point my upper arm was flush against his but he was still asleep. It was... nice, but I didn't try anything further, nor did I move away either. A while later he woke up but didn't move his arm away. It was like that until he pulled out his book again (I want to say it was "Great Political Thinkers" but I cannot find a cover that matches what I saw; hardcover, mostly white, looked a little old-ish, fairly big) near the last half an hour of the flight.

Anyway... I have things to do. Yet again on the flight back I had trouble with security (Gallon-sized bag instead of quart-sized, although I only had to leave like two or three (of like 8 or 9) items behind anyway; seriously, though, one quart is 32 ounces, and all of my bottles were 3 ounces or less. But, anyway, I'll have to find some smaller containers to fill with shampoo, etc, or something). I also need to get replacement deodorant from the store (I was almost out anyway at least).

Current Mood: restless restless
Current Music: None

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sisyphus238 From: sisyphus238 Date: July 14th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I never know how to play those scenes either.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: July 14th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I had something figured out after it really was too late.

After the plane docked I was thinking I could have introduced myself and asked if Las Vegas was his home or just visiting. I probably couldn't have made a very good topic out of his book, though. :(

And the single guy at the table in the airport restaurant (the other opportunity I passed up)? I could have asked if one of the other three seats were taken then asked where he was headed to, what brought him to that city/airport, where home is, etc.

Next time... next time I'll at least know where to start.
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zimzat From: zimzat Date: July 14th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
these new TSA regulations are just plain dumb

I agree. I just wouldn't tell them that to their face (sadly). Democracy go bye bye. Actually, never mind democracy. Popular candidates usually specialize in nothing more than being popular and looking pretty to the press. I haven't seen many politicians willing to risk their neck and 'career' (which it really shouldn't be in the first place) to do the right thing for the people.

I HATE open seating

At first I thought it was a little wonky, but then I took advantage of it on the way back and got to sit next to a cute guy (even if nothing happened, the little 'accidental' touching was refreshing). It's not that bad.

... Dagnabit, I want me a cuddle buddy. Here.
Ok, time to stop thinking about that and get to the store.
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zimzat From: zimzat Date: July 15th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, it sounds like open seating on Southwest works a little differently.

They group passengers into three groups, A, B, and C. Each group has about 1/3 the capacity of the plane in it. Which letter you're in depends on how early you check in to the flight (up to 24 hours before the plane leaves). Then at the gate people in each group line up in front of their letter, so within in each group its a first-come first-seated type thing. They load all of A first, then B, and lastly C. It's not just one huge group of people pushing to get on the plane.
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