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A. pays the seven dollars for a beer,
the flight attendant takes his twenty
and says that she will bring change shortly.
He pops the top and pours the beer with care,

waits for the foam to go. With seatbelt tight
and armrest lost to someone on his right,
he can barely move. He is snug as his son
in a denim carrier on his chest all those

years ago, and as content. He is safely
out of touch, can do nothing for anyone,
nor be asked to. He can lift his plastic cup.
He can sip beer through the remaining foam.

He can lower the cup. He can do no more,
so lets himself feel no more need be done.
Alone a while, and glad to be alone -
A. was away, and now is coming home.
A note on air travel.
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fredfree Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010
cheers to that. (:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
:ahoy:
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steve2727 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010
it's great to come home /after being away!
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010   Traditional Artist
:nod: :thumbsup:
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steve2727 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
:)
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
They can now "get you" in the air, I am told. Wifi permitted? Phones allowed mid-flight? I used to like the feeling of having to be out of touch with NO responsibility, but I guess this is gone now. :(
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
Yeah, that is changing, but it hasn't come to all carriers or all flights yet. In flight was one of the last pure refuges. I loved having a cell phone in my pocket to call home when I was delayed in Philly a couple weeks ago - compared to finding a pay phone in the old days - but it's also good to have those out-of-touch places.
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
I can't remember the last time I saw a pay phone, and I was just at LaGuardia yesterday. I wonder if they're disguising them somehow.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
That's a good question... they must still be there somewhere. I'm still getting used to people striding briskly along with ear pieces, apparently talking to the air. I do sit or stand and hold my cell to my ear like Alexander Graham Bell intended!
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
Phone clenced in hand. The only way to be!
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partiallyHere Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
weirdly, explains to me why i can sleep better in another place than home.
i think you understand what i mean.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
hi there! yes, i think i do. freed of obligations - including the obligation to sleep - sometimes one can sleep.
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partiallyHere Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
hi
but when one sleeps, one wakes up so early! :D
see ?
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
:D that's what i was thinking! just sent you a note on that topic!
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Bark Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Writer
I relate to the feeling of release from letting go of the need to control... realizing that you can do nothing, and being allright with it, at least for a while. nicely written!
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
thanks very much! it's not a feeling that comes all that often, it seemed worth trying to get down on paper. uh - pixels!
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hoaxeye Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Seven bucks for a beer and no armrest. Shoulda got snockered at the airport. One could always put the arm around the stranger to the right. " I love ya, man". One way to get the armrest back.

Excellent work. I don't drink any more, but I do miss the shenanigans.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thanks, James. I don't know what it is with armrests, the other person always gets two and I get one.

One beer on the plane for me - beer in the airport and you may end up having to use the airplane lavatory!
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hoaxeye Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You need to make the other passenger lean away from you. (as far as they can get) Some cabbage and sardines might do the job. As for the lavatory, don't be afraid to use the sink, everyone else does! lol.
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