Booking Through Thursday: MAYDAY!

Mayday! May 1, 2008

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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….


If it was a true emergency, I’d probably be too distracted by it to enjoy a good book anyway.  More than likely I’d hit the gift shop and pick up People magazine or US Weekly- something mindless that I could flip through and look at the pictures would probably be enough if I was anxious about whatever was happening. Maybe I’d pick up a Sodoku or a crossword puzzle book.  Maybe I’d pick up USA Today.  I might also watch the in-flight movie, assuming there was one.

If it was a work emergency, or family drama that didn’t involve anyone being sick or hurt, I’d seek out a book.  Most airport gift shops and book stores are limited in their selection to the blockbusters, the mass market fiction, the stuff I typically pass over or have already read.  But I’m sure I could find something to read in a pinch.  And I’d be really pissed that I left my bookbag at home!  What would you do in this situation?

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9 Responses

  1. I write poetry in my journal. It pours out!

    Here is my BTT post!

  2. Hi,

    I would pick up one of those blockbusters from the gift shop. I like books with deeper meaning but sometimes, when your a flying or lying on the beach, you want a page turner so you can tune out all the stuff going on around you. You know..the drink cart going up and down in those tiny, narrow aisles.. or the guy next to you snoring away..

    I simply have to have something to read and the SkyMall catalog doesn’t always cut it.


  3. I would probably write something in my journal as well.

  4. I’d probably sit and examine my belly button. It can provide hours of entertainment!

    Seriously, I’d handle it like you would, Lisa, and pick out something at the gift shop. Any old rag would do in that situation.

  5. I think I would go for escapist “brain candy”… here’s my post:

  6. You make a good point about not being able to concentrate if it was a true emergency. I’ve not seen anyone else mention that yet. Hmm…perhaps I’ll have to rethink my reaction.

  7. I would buy a book if I found myself in that unlikely situation. Happy BTT.

  8. I guess I would buy one of those Nora Roberts books since I’ve never read one, or just scan through old photos to pass the time (I keep my digital camera in my purse at all times).

  9. I’d pull out my MP3 player that I keep in my purse and listen to whatever book is loaded on it. If I didn’t happen to have that on me, puzzle books sound about right. Knowing me, even that would be hard to get through for all my fretting.

    I’ll shoot you off a couple of paragraphs this weekend about my book group. Thanks for asking me.

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