Today I am on my way back to the Midwest for my cousin’s funeral. I never would have thought I would be saying this as he was only 20 years old. A complete shocker to me and my family. I admit I am having a difficult time wrapping my head around this and feeling somewhat anxious as I travel back East.
My anxiety has kept me from sleeping, so, as I sit in the various airports crossing the country, I am people watching… and there is a lot of people watching to be done! Young, old. Big, small. Immense. Slow, fast. Military. Families. Bachelorettes leaving for Las Vegas.
Everyone seems to have headphones on. White ones usually indicate an Apple product. One such set just walked by attached to someone singing to whatever they were listening to. (They probably shouldn’t give up their day job… American Idol contestant they are not.)
As I sit in front of the flat screen tv at my gate, CNN announces that the CDC has released guidelines for how to deal with a zombie epidemic/breakout. Seems I (we) should have food, water and a first aid kit. This seems remarkably over simplistic to me. Shouldn’t we have this already?
**** Newsflash! Today is supposed to be the beginning of the apocalypse. ****
CNN just reported it on the flat screen, so, it must be true…. right? Do you think I will need food, water and a first aid kit? What should be my last meal today? Yikes! Am I only gonna get to eat from an airport food court? This could be my last blog entry!
What an anticlimactic end to my life it would be…. We have an apocalypse and I am sitting in an airport… not riding my motorcycle or hanging out at my local watering hole with my friends…. nor am I camping somewhere among the red rocks of Utah.
I think the Detroit Airport (DTW) has become my favorite of all the ones I have been through. Dallas / Ft. Worth (DFW) used to hold that honor with JFK and London Heathrow as the worst.
DTW seems to be new. Shiny. Modern. Right smack in the middle of Concourse A is a water fountain. The fountain is one of those that intermittently but in a series of patterns shoots streams of water up and out of the base of the fountain. Children stand around it fascinated.
I think I will go over to the Harley Davidson boutique. Yep, a Harley store in the airport. It is actually one of two that I am aware of…. Chicago has the other. No bikes for sale, just shirts, jackets, key chains, mugs and any other chotchkies they can squeeze the bar and shield on. (5/26/11… Due to weather… I was rerouted through Minneapolis on my way home… they have a Harley store as well.)
My favorite feature of DTW is the long hallway between Concourse A and Concourses B/C. It is a tunnel. The walls have the appearance of brushed aluminum. There are moving sidewalks on either side of the tunnel. The best part…. the walls change color! Blue. Green. Pink. Red. The music pumped into the tunnel is surreal new age-y…. I stood there for twenty minutes just watching. Well, two hours of my four hour layover down…. two to go.
RIP Andrew. I will miss you. XO
All pics are from DTW Airport and were taken with a cell phone… if you want to see more… click here… http://wp.me/pyPkl-cf