December 9, 2018, Arlington, VA-
So often, a plane flight is viewed as an unpleasant nuisance-especially with the small seats, misplaced luggage and human drama that are so highly touted in the travel media.
My flight from Phoenix to Atlanta was taken in a middle seat, but it was in between two quiet, pleasant gentlemen, who were busy with their own affairs. In front of us was a woman whose husband was diagonally behind me. I was glad to be the relay person, a couple of times during the flight, as she handed him what he needed. Next to her was another couple, mid-40’s, attractive and probably fairly recently connected-they had the air of teenagers about them, in a charming way. I am not a stickler about PDA, within reason; it’s what people do when they are attracted to one another.
Hartsfield- Note to myself: Don’t go for the pizza, next time. It’s been a long time since the staple food had a bland taste. I’ve been spoiled, I guess, by the pizza of the East Coast, Chicago and across Arizona.
I kind of like getting smiling eyes and mouths from attractive ladies, even when the chance of anything further is nil.
Whilst waiting to show my boarding pass to the agent, I watched a young girl, about 11-12, tell her mother that they should go right to the agent, with their passes, as their section had already boarded. Mother insisted they go to the back of the line. A kind gentleman, whose turn was next, intervened and convinced the mother that it was okay to go on to the check stand. Score one for a child’s dignity.
The flight to Reagan National was again a sardine can, with me between a quiet young man and lady, who also kept to themselves. Five rows in front of us, a couple had given their toddler her own seat, but graciously took her to lapland, when the last unseated passenger appeared. A flight attendant delighted us all, post beverages, with her heartfelt and well-sung rendition of “The Christmas Song”. The older girl I mentioned above, happened to be seated diagonally across from us. The look of joy on her face, at this performance, was priceless.
We got in to Reagan National ten minutes early and my transit,from baggage claim to hotel, was bing, bang, boom. Reagan’s taxi stand is supremely well-oiled; the captain matching travelers, efficiently, with Virginia, DC and Maryland cabbies.
I found Comfort Inn as expected- a teensy bit worn, but clean and warm, a bargain for the next three days.