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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

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….

Well if I'm going to be stuck at the airport for a while and presuming I have enough money, I'd buy some random book from an airport shop. I once was stuck at an airport in Cancun for 8 hours. I read Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood during the wait.

But okay I think the point of the question is what would I do besides read. Well crosswords maybe, although I have trouble finding ones that aren't so easy that they bore me and aren't so hard that I can't even get started.

I've been known to curl up and sleep, or just people watch if all reading is taken from me. Usually I don't have enough brain power to do any writing, but maybe some journaling if it came down to it.

Other ways to pass the time include taking those moving walkways as far as they'll go, exploring the nooks and crannies of the airport (Did you know that the Amsterdam airport has a museum in it?), and perusing the assorted trinkets at the duty-free shops.


Melody said...

Oh wow, it's awful to be stuck at an airport for 8 hours!!! I know I'll be bored to tears and would definitely shop around and look at things.

I've never heard of an airport that has a museum in it! So interesting!

Aaron said...

Lauryn and I were stuck at an airport once and we bought a couple books of Sudoku puzzles. That gets really old after a while, though, so I'd definitely buy a book.

I agree with finding interesting things to see. Dallas-Fort Worth and Denver both have been really artistically and architecturally enhanced and are a lot of fun to explore.

Then, if you're lucky, maybe you have a laptop with you and the airport has free wi-fi.

I mean, it's all hypothetical, right? :-)

Rhinoa said...

Haha I forgot about the moving walkways! I must read Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood at some point. I do like crosswords but I generally suck at them so I try sudoku and other games.

Kim L said...

melody-yeah, the museum was pretty cool although being stuck forever at that airport definitely wasn't.

aaron-If a airport has some sort of tram or train, then you have pretty much endless entertainment. :-)

rhinoa-really? I find Sudoko harder than crosswords. Maybe because I've only done Sudoko a few times and crosswords much more than that. And definitely read Divine Secrets. Its sort of chick-lit, but its worth the hype, because it is just so dang funny and sad at the same time.