Flight Delays are the Worst

Daily Prompt: Earworm

July 10, 2013

Write whatever you normally write about, and weave in a book quote, film quote, or song lyric that’s been sticking with you this week.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us INSPIRATION.

My grandparents got stuck on a flight today. They’ve been sitting in the plane for about four hours now while the plane’s navigation is ostensibly being examined. Apparently they took the plane for a trial run on track after all the passengers were seated and then realized that something is wrong.

Flight delays are a necessary bane.  I know I’d rather my grandparents fly on a plane that’s been deemed safe and reach a couple of hours late than have them leave right now with a risk of ending up in Norway tomorrow morning. Or stuck in a blizzard. Or stuck in a Norwegian blizzard. Anyway, what’s worrying is the fact that my grandfather needs a wheelchair and both my grandparents are diabetic – flight delays mean food delays, and food delays mean problems.

So my question(s), Airway Authorities, is this: What is your system for plane checks? Do you not conduct regular checks? Why was a plane almost allowed to take off before you decided to check it? Do I have my grandparents for a few more years due to the happy accident of that trial run? And, if it was a planned check, why was it not conducted while waiting for the passengers to board? Do you really not care? Exactly how extreme are your budget cuts anyway?

I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and as much as I would rather not be one of those people who gripe about “the System” all the time, I was too sorely tempted to blame the plane people than to act mature. And as we all know,

“The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oh, just got a message saying the flight’s ready to take off. About time, too. Hopefully everything will turn out all right. And so ends the gripe-of-the-day.

Three Things Inexplicable About Love

Friday, June 28, 2013

Trifextra: Week Seventy-Four

This weekend we are asking you to play around with the following quote:

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.
–Henry JamesWe want you to follow the same general structure of the above quote.  Feel free to change the subject–tell us what’s important about coffee or houseplants or whatever you’d like.  Or else change up the modifier–instead of telling us what’s important, tell us what’s sexy or overrated or pernicious.  Your last three lines should closely echo James’s, giving us the same answer three times.


Three things are inexplicable about my love for him. First, that I love him. Second, that I love him. Third, that I love him.