Thursday, 1 May 2008

Booking through Thursday [Another pic from my daughter's recent hike in Utah.]
This week's question:
Quick! It’s an emergency! You just got an urgent call about a family emergency and had to rush to the airport with barely time to grab your wallet and your passport. But now, you’re stuck at the airport with nothing to read. What do you do?
And, no, you did NOT have time to grab your bookbag, or the book next to your bed. You were ... grocery shopping when you got the call and have nothing with you but your wallet and your passport (which you fortuitously brought with you in case they asked for ID in the ethnic food aisle). This is hypothetical, remember ...

First, I have to say, if you're flying Qantas, you don't need anything. The in-flight entertainment system, with TV and movies on demand, is just brilliant. Shameless patriotic plug!
But to answer this BTT, I'd buy three or four magazines on home decor, interiors, that sort of thing. Magazines with good-looking pictures and non-demanding text.
I just can't read books on planes, not even on the long flights to and from Australia, which can be up to 15 hours. I used to take books in my carry-on bag, but don't bother any more.
My kids gave me an iPod shuffle for my birthday last year — one of those neat ones with the clip — and I treated myself to some noise-cancelling headphones. So I plug in and drift off.
But I guess I wouldn't have that with me at the supermarket, would I? Or if I did, it wouldn't be charged ... and my headphones would be at home ...

PS (added later): I'd love to be able to knit on board. So soothing, so therapeutic. It's a shame my little bamboo dpns are seen as potential weapons. C'est la guerre. Sigh

7 comments:

cj said...

Wouldn't that be the truth - when you need it, it would be dead. That's the drawback of electronic knick knacks, isn't it?

cjh

teabird said...

Now we all know that we should NEVER leave the house without the MP3 player (and the charger)!

Jaimie said...

I like music on a plane too because that noise gets to me and it helps when your crowded in with strangers for long periods of time. I would also buy magazines over books.

Chris said...

I love home decorating magazines. Nice ideas I'll never do myself.

Maree said...

I can't read on planes. I'm a nervous flier and spend most of the time staring out the window. At the airport, if it was big enough and had a bookstore, and if I had a long wait, I'd go browse. :)

Table Talk said...

This didn't work fro me as an hypothesis as I can't travel and I never leave the house without at least one book. But I do love a good magazine, so I might well sign up for your idea if I ever was in that position.

trish said...

I totally want to learn how to knit! Now that's something you could do while waiting for the plane and worrying about your family member!