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A man of many words. Profane, profound, loyal to a fault and a right rat bastard. I love the finer things in life: expensive cigars, cheap women and all the salted, cured meats I can eat. A friend to dogs, lover of humanity and despiser of people. If I were King the world would be a better place, because, well...I would be King! Oh, and I like ice cream.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Why Sometimes I LIKE Flying

Commercial air travel these days is largely a pain. Late flights,oversold flights, missed connections, lost luggage, non-existent bad airline food, cramped seats.

But, sometimes you get a cool moment. The other night I was on the Red-Eye from Vancouver to Chicago. The skies were clear all the way to the deck. It was a moonless night and not much light pollution so the stars were in full view. Way off behind us to the northwest was a line of thunderstorms, lightning flashing below our altitude.

That in itself was beautiful to see. But then a meteor flashed overhead. A "Wow" moment!

You don't get that with your feet stuck on the ground.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mike, you have a gift for writing and describing the sights you have been privileged to witness. I enjoy the tales of your travels and the wonderful pics you have uploaded of places I know I'll probably never see. The scenery you described about your flight to Chicago reminds me of a passage of scripture...Romans 1:20..."For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." God Bless.

Athens, Ohio