Airport musings

Trip Start Oct 02, 2011
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Trip End Oct 27, 2011


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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Well, what else is there to do at the airport, except muse? So while waiting to board the big bird across the little pond I've been thinking about Prof Heisenberg’s principle.  That is, will the initiation of this self-observing travel blog affect my travel experience?  Undoubtedly.  Maybe my pleasure in any art that I'll see or food that I'll eat will be diminished by thinking about what I’ll say in this blog about the museum or the restaurant.  Thus I'd thus lose the direct, primary experience that I'm planning to write about!  I’m sure that’s some sort of metaphor for life in the age of texting and YouTube.  Well, like it or not, I guess I’m part of it.

 But wait!

On the other hand, it could be that there will be positive effects too.  Maybe the fact that I have the responsibility of a blog will mean that I’ll be more deliberate, more observant, more reflective.  It could thus be a de-zombieing experience, particularly for the deadly routine parts of travel .  Maybe I’ll have some interesting, if not profound, observations about the boring flight in the dark that goes on forever.  Since I’ll be experiencing it not just through my eyes, but with the surrogate eyes of all the (highly theoretical) blog readers.  After all, I have responsibility to inform, to enlighten, or at least to try to entertain.

Who knows.  But if nothing else, I’ve already made the interminable wait for the plane to start boarding more interesting!  At least for me.
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