I seem to spend a lot of time in airports and airport hotels … It ain’t all ‘show’ in this business, folks.
At this moment (10AM West Coast time Tuesday July 24, 2012) I’m sitting in LAX – Los Angeles airport near gate 57. I’ll leave a sticker under my seat, if you want to look it up later. There are hundreds of people swarming around me. Many texting, many talking on the phone. Random insane people yelling at themselves, or perhaps Bluetooth, it’s hard to tell. Everyone seems unaware of everything else happening around them. I’m completely alone in a crushing crowd of people, but I’ll only be here for another moment or two.
There’s a guy eating an egg McMuffin … 30ish, trucker beard & trucker hat. Punisher t-shirt, Mountain Dew cap … Really expensive watch. He’s staring out the window and sighing heavily every so often.
Young lady checking out jewelry Ina store window, playing with the straw in her chocolate milk.
Young couple having a quiet spat while an older couple are kissing passionately right next to them. Surreal.
My point is, if I have to have one, we are speeding past everyone. Like planes zooming across the country we are here and then we are gone. Anonymous faces, anonymous souls passing us every day, every moment.
It’s not terribly profound, but what if we just slowed down and laughed together for a few minutes?