Head Phones

People, you really have to be careful what you do in the privacy of your head phones. I think some forget that their bodies are still in the public view when their heads are lost in music or a phone conversation. The gentleman across the aisle from me on my recent flight, had a great goodbye exchange with his wife, complete with all adjectives. I couldn’t hear her part, of course, but his was enough to fill in any gaps.
Once in the air, he connected to his computer and his air guitar was perfect. His eyes were closed, so no one could see him. Actually, he just couldn’t see anyone see him. It reminded me of a baby playing peek-a-boo. If they can’t see your face – you can’t see them, or so their infantile logic tells them.
When the beverage cart came by, Mr. Air Guitar bought two vodkas for the one hour, twenty minute flight. I anticipated things getting a lot more interesting. Instead, he mellowed out and faded away. He would have been snoozing shortly, I’m sure, if the flight had been just a little bit longer. We were blessed with great tail winds and arrived early. I put forth great effort not to show my amusement as he tried to get his carry-on luggage out from under the seat in front of him. I could tell his befuddlement was turning to embarrassment. I so wanted to lean over and say, “Close your eyes and none of us will see.”
The best part came a few minutes later. The flight attendant instructed those who had valet checked their carry-on to wait at the top of the jet-way for the bags. He followed me out and got right in line behind me, waiting several minutes for the bags to arrive. Of course, he already had his, the one from under the seat.

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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