It's obviously been a while since I posted a blog. I'm sure the hiatus will continue for a little while longer as I get settled in, get associated with Pax River, and a visit from Teh Bear (YAY!).
Flying for almost 24 hours and driving for 8 hours gives you a lot of thinking time. It's too bad I don't have a little scribe in my head to write down all the ridiculous thoughts I have.. I think that at least a few of you would be highly entertained by the things that run through my mind. So, I'm going to try and recall some of those things.
-An air terminal isn't your bedroom. Just because there are benches doesn't mean that you need to make it your bed. Eventually, the rest of the people on the flight will show up and you'll be taking up 2 extra seats. If you want to sleep, the floor space is ample and just as uncomfortable.
-How does storing my carry on's under the seat in front of me and opening my window shade have any effect on take off/landing? Is the pilot using my window to see out of? I semi-understand the put your crap under a seat thing, because if something bad happens, no one needs to be hit in the face with my hard-back book. But, lets be honest, if something bad happens, I'm sure that my stuff being under the seat in front of me will actually only trip me up while I'm trying to jump out of my seat to shove people out of my way to get off the aircraft.
-There is no comfortable way to sleep sitting up. I don't care if how cushy my neck pillow is or that I brought my own blanket. Seriously. I can't actually get rest while sleeping sitting up.
-There are many, many comments you have to keep to yourself because you aren't really able to tell the people who would "get" your comments, and you don't want the people on your flight to think you're "crazy"...
-After being overseas for 2 years, everything you do feels like the first time again. Eating the fast food you always used to eat, feeling the rain on your face, stopping for stop signs, going into your favorite stores, paying exuberant prices for gas... And you don't care if its bad for you, cold out, or expensive, you do it and like it because you're home.
-(In a photographer's frame of mind) You will drive around places that you haven't been to in a while and think, "Wow, that would be an excellent shot." Except you are on your way to an appointment and you won't have time to stop.