Thursday, November 13, 2008

camping advice

A night's sleep in JFK is not unlike rugged camping.

Gather bedding from your surroundings
pineboughs, leaves, maneuvered rows of uncomfortable chairs, rolled-up sweatshirts for pillows.

Seek protection from the elements
throw another log on the fire, dress in layers, plunder your carry-on for sweaters, gratefully accept a fellow-traveler's jacket.

Respect local wildlife
string up food so it is out of reach of bears, keep all belongings tucked under your feet, brush snack-crumbs onto the carpet for resident airport-sparrows, stay clear of business men who lurk in airport bars. If approached by one, roll into a ball, avoid eye contact, and dial 911.

Enjoy the sounds of your surroundings
coyote, owl, third-shift staff, floor buffers (and other nocturnal creatures) , the wind through the pines, CNN TV, loudspeaker announcements (attention all passengers,,,), CNN TV, moans of uncomfortable sleepers, and did I mention CNN TV?

Leave only your footprints behind
douse campfire thoroughly, check under seats for candy wrappers, dispose of Starbucks cups properly, recycle wafer-thin airline-issued "blankets".

Greet the sunrise
with a jaw- cracking yawn
with a toothbrush but no toothpaste
with major bed-head
with re-issued boarding pass clutched in your hopeful hands.

Remember: the joy is in the journey!


Anonymous Alleluiabelle said...

Absolutely hilarious. I just love reading your posts. I really do. You have such a connection with the pen, or should I say with modern technology, the keyboard.
Love & Blessings,
Nancy C.

10:33 AM  

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