Traveling With The Good and The Bad

Filed under: personal by Daniel Moch on permalink

Things I'm thankful for when I'm on the road.

Things I'm Thankful For When Traveling

  • Online check-in and ticketing

  • Random acts of kindness to help calm a screaming toddler

  • Regarding above: The Netflix series Llama Llama

  • Also regarding above: The children's series Paw Patrol

  • Car rentals with CarPlay support, and that Apple finally got it's crap together re: Maps

  • Staying with family rather than at a hotel

  • A toddler sleeping mid-flight

  • Getting to show my family new places or, as the case may be, places that are old to me but new to them

  • The folks I'll get to see at the destination

  • People watching on the way

Things I Would Prefer Be Different When Traveling

  • Lackadaisical bag-check attendants, who one might think are duty bound to not care about people's boarding times, etc.

  • The feeling of panic between when your toddler starts screaming like a banshee and when the aforementioned acts of kindness are perpetrated by various other passengers/Good Samaritans

  • The mild sense dehumanization that accompanies any trip through the TSA line, but especially the ones with long waits and grumpy uniforms

  • Turbulence

  • That heartless master, the airplane seatbelt light

  • $4 cans of soda

  • However much a well drink costs mid-flight (I won't pay it unless the Mrs. tells me that I'm being insufferable and I should have a drink for her sake)

  • My own crankiness and overall unpleasantness toward others, especially my wife