Mayday! May 1, 2008
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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