Monday, March 21, 2011

Bon Voyage-

I love flying, I really do. I love the atmosphere of the airport, airport food, the magazine stands, the boarding passes, sitting at the gate with a bunch of strangers, boarding the plane, and finding out who you’ll be sitting next to. That’s my favorite.  Maybe I’ve seen one too many chick flicks but there’s something exciting about the possibility of sitting next to this complete stranger and having this “connection” right off the bat. Let me tell you about my cutie. It was freshman year and I was flying home for winter break. This cute guy sits next to me, we exchange “hi”, “nice to meet you” and such. Being extremely sleep deprived from finals and looking haggard, I decide whatever I’ll just fall asleep. Drifting in and out of sleep I notice the cutie is fiddling with something in his bag and he keeps looking over at me. For some reason I thought I had seen him handling something black and of course being on a plane and the ever paranoid Americans that we now are I think in my half-dazed state “Oh crap this guy has a weapon. I am going to die!” So I wake up all alarmed and finally look over and see he was just picking up his “this is a chick magnet”dog. I fall for it without a doubt. And for the remainder of the 1 and a half-ish hour flight we bond over his dog and fill each other in on bits and pieces of each other’s life. The cutie, originally from socal was attending SFSU. He told me about his family, his roommates, possibly becoming a fire man, there was attempted eyelash batting, and finally as we’re getting our bags he offers to help me with them, which I gladly say yes to. I don’t know about you but there’s nothing more exciting than knowing you’ll probably never see this stranger again which I think makes it all the more special. Kind of lets you let your guard down with them. And makes for a good story, I hope.  

Pushy vegetarians-

I’d be lying if I said I had no pet peeves because let’s face it, we all do. Well one of mine is pushy vegetarians. I totally have nothing against being a vegetarian, I mean I was one for three years and I haven’t eaten red meat in 5. But it's the pushy ones who are my pet peeve. I can’t decide if they annoyed me more while I was a vegetarian or now that I’m not! There are people who are already on your case about not eating meat when you are a vegetarian so why be pushy and little miss know it all informing people on reasons why they shouldn't eat meat. Just like I don’t want to hear reasons why I should eat meat, I’m sure we all don’t want to hear reasons why we shouldn’t. It’s a personal choice. Simple as that. Eat a cow, don’t eat a cow, eat chicken, duck, buffalo, or whatever (or not) your little heart desires but don’t try and push people to one side or the other. It’s annoying and just turns people off. The pushy little vegetarian, I’m sorry, vegan in my class last semester thought she’d take it upon herself to inform us all on how easy it was and blah blah blah. Sorry girl, I like milk and ice cream and pretty much would take it through an IV if I could but that would probably lead me to overdose on lactaid pills and well that doesn’t sound like a great idea. Anyways, let me eat what a want to eat and I’ll let you eat what you want to eat. If I want a grilled cheese from in&out I’m not going to sit there and tell people not to eat the double double just because I feel bad about eating a cow. All you’re making them want to do is stuff the meat patty right into your mouth. I don’t think you’d like that very much.