During my recent trip up to Seattle to pick up the Vanagon, the plane was taxiing after having landed, and an announcement was made explaining that there were a handful of people onboard with connecting flights leaving very shortly, and so it would be appreciated if the rest of us would remain seated while they deplaned first. I chuckled aloud when the plane came to a stop and, just like usual, everyone immediately jumped out of their seats to jockey for that silly coveted spot in the aisle.
Fast forward to yesterday morning, when my return flight to LA had just landed, and an announcement was made, this time asking everyone to remain seated so that a couple in the rear of the aircraft who had gotten sick during the flight could get off first. The plane came to a stop at the gate, and amazingly, no one moved an inch as we all watched the two unfortunate sickies hobble towards the front.
I'd like to think that yesterday's show of compassion was really just that, but the cynic in me wonders how may of the passengers stayed put out of real concern for the ill, and how many just didn't want to risk the slightest bit of contact with them. As the two slowly made their way towards the exit, an unmistakeable lean-away on either side of the aisle moved along with them, its wake lingering a bit longer than sincere compassion would allow. It reminded me of that idiotic "wave" thing that poser-fans like to do at sports stadiums. Probably a lot of the same people, I imagine.
Of course, a true cynic would wonder if the two sickies weren't just faking it to get off the plane before everyone else. If so, I'll admit that it was a brilliantly executed plan. Ballsy as hell, but nonetheless brilliant.
So anyway, 2013 is now upon us, I'm back in LA, and ready to resume this insane conversion project. Here's hoping I finish before 2014...