Then I also read this article in the New York Times. Whew, I thought I was the only one:
The aircraft was indeed an interesting one. One of the overhead baggage compartments was held together with masking tape. Halfway across the Atlantic you decided to turn Flight 121 back because your altimeter wasn’t working.
You are to blame for this post...everyone loves the idea of a possible horror story. Just for your information this is not one. But here goes anyway.
(Available on Amazon:Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell)
Should I be afraid?
There have been occasions when I have asked if I should have been scared out of my socks. For example, should I have paid attention when we experienced the following?
We do not fight these things but have learned to simply expect the unexpected. I would not have anything to talk about if everything went smoothly. Who wants to hear about the perfect trip? I can make you go to sleep by singing.
Should I be afraid? Well, I read that Gladwell's book on an airplane and I can't go back.
Stay at home?
My good friend says that my husband and I should not be allowed to leave the house. The world is not ready for us to travel. She may be right. Even the last trip had it's scary moments.
When we came home from Cancun last weekend the pilots seemed (to me) to be taking the scenic route. This was after I had finished the book, talked about the book and had time to process the book. It occurred to me that the people flying the plane may have been playing video games. We would be flying along and suddenly we would change direction. I don't believe I have ever had that happen.
When we boarded the plane in Phoenix, we were on the same plane that we had flown from Portland to Phoenix on at the beginning of our trip. The landing gear sounded like a barking dog. I had not finished reading the book so I didn't think much about it at the time. But coming home was another thing. The landing approach coming into Portland was unnerving. I finally decided the wind was blowing aloft. The pilot was never heard from the whole trip and I wondered if he even existed. And that fool landing gear just kept on barking. I had read Gladwell's book. NOW I was scared. For the first time I was scared!
It really is Malcomb Gladwell's fault!
Do I like being afraid?
No, I don't, not at all. I want you to know that I have never been white water rafting or deep sea diving or rock climbing nor have I jumped out of an airplane. I am not that kind of adventure junky. I am unwilling on occasion and even stubborn about getting myself in danger of any kind. I didn't like going fishing on a rickety boat in Mexico. But, it seems to me, I am just going along, minding my own business and stuff finds me. What is a person going to do?
In my particular case, the person is going to take the ride and write about it...if she gets home. Tell my children I love them if I don't come back. And I am going to be very careful about what I read.
Still, life goes on.
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This guy should have been afraid!
Another wonderful book by Gladwell...I love them!