Here, I had this nice aisle seat, a movie to watch -- well, finish watching -- on my laptop, a good drunk on from a party at the House of Blues (I <3 free booze), and then this woman walks up to me with a kid in a baby seat and the other holding her hand.
"Unfortunately, we're sitting next to you," she says.
It could have been worse. The woman's mother was out of earshot a few rows up with the twin of the youngest child. The Viper believe it or not was Mr. Helpful as the woman was getting the baby seat strapped in and was Mr. Accommodating when she apologized for the hassle.
"Oh, don't worry about it. My brother has twins. They're a handful," I says.
However, I am not now nor have I ever been Mr. Patience. The older child started coughing, a deep, old-man cough. Mom gave the child her cell phone to play with. Shortly thereafter, that phone landed precariously close to the Crumple Zone. Right before takeoff, the child says, "Hi!" As if I had just sat down. That was the last time I thought she was cute.
When the captain turned off the seatbelt sign and said the use of approved electronic devices was now allowed, I put on my headphones and started to watch the rest of There Will Be Blood, a nice family-oriented film. I was blissfully unaware of the sounds around me for the next 90 minutes.
My eyes were bleary after the uplifting finish of the movie and I was ready to sleep. I took off my headphones and put my computer away and put my head down on the tray table and closed my eyes.
When I was young, I had chronic ear infections and often had to plug them with cotton when there was leakage and wear earplugs when swimming. Those nice little lumps of bees wax would have been nice.
The soon-to-be-formerly cute one alternated her coughing fits with moaning and crying throughout the entire four-hour flight. It was pleasant. Increased cabin pressure collapsed the skulls of Mr. Helpful and Mr. Accommodating. Thanks to utter exhaustion and the free hooch earlier, I managed to sleep for an hour or so, but that was that.
Your Comments Commented Upon
Thanks for all those fine comments from the last post. Let me allay your questions and concerns.
Chia asks, "Wait... is Johnny whiskey or bourbon?"
Answer: Johnnie Walker is Scotch. Scotch is whiskey, but Bourbon is also whiskey and then there is Irish whiskey. Johnnie Walker is The Usual for the Viper.
Admitting he was not the runner I passed, Vanilla says, "Since you can't take that bottle with you on the plane you can feel free to drop it by the Planet Hollywood tonight and I'll take care of it for you."
Answer: Fat chance. I finished that bottle and spilled ice all over the floor and then ... erm ... fell asleep in the middle of There Will Be Blood.
Ted asks, "107 degrees???"
Answer: Yes, but it's a dry heat.
Tomorrow As You Know
The Summer Solstice Challenge is Saturday. My mind is ready, but my body is not. My comrade in this
Don't forget to run well and drink well ... always.