Archive for August 28th, 2012

A Friendly Flight

August 28, 2012

That’s me in the middle with the sport jacket and bowtie. Scott is the second one on the right. In between us is my sister, Cindy (now Cyn). Doesn’t every eight-year-old get suited up for his birthday?

Yesterday, I got to my airport gate for my San Diego-to-Minneapolis flight about an hour and a half before takeoff. There were only a few other people waiting at that point. I sat down, opened my laptop and chose the airport’s free wifi network. I opened my browser and saw that I wasn’t connected to the Internet. Restarting my computer didn’t help. That struck me as odd considering that a guy with gray hair and a visor sitting in the row across from me and five seats down was actively using his laptop.

Finally, I gave up and decided to go buy a bottle of water. I stopped in front of the visor guy and said, “Excuse me, are you connected to the Internet?” He looked up at me, and without hesitation, said, “Are you toying with me?” As he spoke, I was so startled that I physically (more…)