NOTES ON A PLANE – Part Three -by Rich R

November 14, 2008 at 12:52 am 3 comments

ED NOTE- As Rich is “strapped in for the duration ” he experiences the “dark and the loud “of fellow travellers!


The people! What a mix! Young, old….abrupt! Everyone traveling somewhere… just like me. We will be landing in Dakar, Senegal but the stewardess said only a couple of people would be getting off.

There were two very annoying women about 4 rows behind me that wanted as many people as they could to hear their conversations. I’ll call them “Harvard, ’96” and“Lived there, ‘97”.

“Harvard, ‘96”
“I don’t want to see Europe any more. Glad we are going to South Africa. This is weird to be together on this vacation!”

The funny thing was… “Lived there, ‘97” did not even know “Harvard, ‘96” the way the conversation went!

“Harvard, ’96” rattled off all sorts of guys names….Bob, Michael, Carmel…the list goes on. “Lived there97” knew them as well. Heck, “Lived there 97’s” living room faced the one guy’s bedroom window so she had a lot of stories to share. Ones, she said she wished were hers. They both giggle. It’s really funny how people, I guess complete strangers, finally meet and share “activities” on a plane. Sounded like most of Harvard knew both ladies.

Both divorced….seemed they lived the same life style – cocktail parties, operas, theatre, art reviews…yet so tired of ‘shallow relationships’. They just did not supply her with the things she wanted.

My thoughts? Just not enough bedroom windows to watch instead of television.
I need to get away from these 2 ….can’t take the giggling…both looked in their mid to late 20’s, dressed to the 9’s. I put my earplugs in and could still hear them at times.

Then there was “Mel”. Looked a lot like Mel Gibson yet much softer. Followed by his (excuse the expression) blonde bimbo wife, baby in his arms and 2 kids about 6 and 8 years old following attentively. Mel is making sure everyone sees him and his trophy family! After getting the group back into their seats way back in the plane, Mel keeps walking up and down the plane with the baby in his arms. Looking and smiling at everyone who looks up.

Here we go – the “Harvard’s are at it again!”

Harvard ’96 They shouldn’t put so much money into those buildings. They should put it into books and computers and save the rest for the poorer neighborhoods.

Lived there, ’97But they all don’t have electricity.

Out of the blue, Harvard ’96 says “Well then just get rid of plastic bottles! All it’s doing is just polluting the place.”

These women are, in my opinion crazy! Comments, statements that make no sense yet they want everyone to know how “educated” or “uneducated” they are! All they cared about really was the name Harvard.

Walking to the back of the plane, people are sleeping, reading books, watch the movie or just staring into space.

Where all these people came from, I wonder. What were their life experiences? After the Harvard girls, I’m not sure I really want to know.

There’s another ‘bimbo’…so to speak! Maybe a ‘gold digger’ as they used to call them.
Leaning on the shoulder of a gentleman much older than her!

The lady in her late 60’s, glasses on the tip of her nose, reading over them…gold chains, a ring on every finger, almost platinum colored hair from a bad dye job! All impressive to who?

There’s a young couple – hanging onto each other – looking like they’re out to save the lost souls in South Africa.

The guy with bright red shirt (almost glowing) – nasty beard, jeans, cell phone in his hand reading who knows what! Circling the area – talking about wines coming out of storage….huge gold watch on his right arm! Talking louder about the white wine that must be sold immediately! He owes someone, he has said over and over as he walks in a panicked circle around the plane! Too much to do…the plane is not moving fast enough.

The guy in the corner, definitely African. White top and pants that match! Pill box hat and 2 gentlemen in 3-piece suits sitting by him…watching his every move. Must have been someone special from South Africa. They didn’t even let him go to the bathroom alone. One always had to follow.

The young couple, giggling over pictures on a laptop!

The list could go on and on! These have impressed me in some way or form. Caught my eye and my mind enough to have me take them into this writing.

Sleep time – just over 8 hours to go and we will land in Dakar, Senegal Africa!
Then 8 more hours to Cape Town.

Entry filed under: Africa, personal opinion, travel.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Loraine Ritchey  |  November 14, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Rich .as I am reading your thoughts my mind is still raw from my own journey ….I don’t think I ever want to see another train or plane for a long time…my hat is off to you for finding a constructive way to deal with the mind numbing boredom of these journeys….. I look forward to your observations and photos of Africa….

  • 2. renee dore  |  November 14, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    I haven’t read the article yet today but want to take a minute to thank Rich and Loraine for sharing parts of the world with us on this blog. The writing and photography have been both entertainig and educational. It’s nice to know there are people who have this type of talent here in our city- and living in Charleston Village. Thanks for taking the time to write the travel series you both have done. Renee

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  November 14, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    you are welcome Renee and yes thanks to Rich for sharing…. I will have the introduction up on Monday on Traveller ( BUYER BEWARE!!) some tips for travelling here and abroad……

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