Thursday, November 30, 2006

A Positive Thought About the Holidays



I love the democratic effect of the holidays.

You have to be at the airport, though, to appreciate it.

Think about it. When you're traveling, spending your time in the airport and on your way to LA or Chicago or a big city, you get to stride down the wide open concourse, walk past the sophisticated boutiques, the plentiful restrooms. Starbucks is yours. Everyone seems well dressed and educated. They read books. They have good haircuts and thick watchbands.

When you travel to East Podunk, you have to hang a left out of the main concourse and hike 300 yards down a dark bowling alley-type tunnel to find your boarding area. People sit on the floor. They have mullets. They are overweight and they eat Cheet-o's. There's no air conditioning or heat or food or rest rooms. You know you're going to a place where Nielsen doesn't even have a family.

But during the holidays, people go home. They go back to East Podunk, West Overshoe, Poplar Bluff, Grand Rapids. All these Rolex people with the good suits are standing around in the bowling alley area with the peasants.

It's a nice feeling.

Tune in next time for negative holiday feelings.

Title: Christmas Sucks.

Love from Mary Poppins,
b

5 Comments:

At 4:37 PM , Blogger Mark said...

Bring on Christmas, becky style!

Your post was eerily in tune with my train reading today -- The Corrections. This bit from a scene in the St. Jude museum of transport:

"What Gary hated most about the Midwest was how unpampered and unpriveleged he felt in it. St. Jude in its optimistic egalitarianism consistently failed to accord him the respect to which his gifts and attainments entitled him. Oh, the sadness of this place! The earnest St. Judean rubes all around him seemed curious and undepressed. Happily filling their misshapen heads with facts. As if facts were going to save them! Not one woman half as pretty or as well dressed as Caroline. Not one other man with a decent haircut or an abdomen as flat as Gary's."

 
At 5:08 PM , Blogger Becky said...

That is eerie, Mark. I read that book and enjoyed it.

b

 
At 12:45 AM , Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

I read over your posts I'd missed over this last month last night and have returned to comment today - I just loved catching up Becky - I loved the description of your Dad and the rat and of your brother's antics. But everything you write is always good. The humour as ever biting and very, very funny. You and your brother together must be a comedy show all on your own - I'd love to be there!

 
At 6:46 AM , Blogger Becky said...

Well thanks, Chief. You are very kind.

b

 
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