An airplane seat that fits like spandex

TravelSome notes on our last days in the U.S., and return home in Brazil.

• My U.S. driver’s license was expiring this year. (We have legal residence in Ark.) Was in and out of the revenue office to renew it in 20 minutes. Even passed my eye test without glasses. But the license is good for only four years. Also checked on my voter registration: I’m still good to vote. I will definitely be voting in November, 2012.

• My uncle and aunt phoned and cancelled their camping trip. The contact on the phone said there was no activity at the campground: Everybody was staying in their campers under the air conditioning. Smart people. Parents and high school coaches ought to take a hint, doncha think?

• Seen on a TV ad: 1 out of two American men will get cancer, 1 out of 3 women. Nobody seems to find that strange. Just the way things are? It’s lifestyle, my friends, plain and simple, much of it because of diet (processed foods, fastfood). Other countries don’t have these statistics.

• Last Sunday evening’s attendance at the Mt. Juliet, Tenn., congregation was 1004. It’s unusual to see such a large congregation that is also faithful. Hats off to elders who guide the church and keep the numbers from driving doctrine. Also serves as an example that the truth doesn’t prevent growth. One daughter-in-law grew up there, and now both sons and wives are a part of that congregation.

• When The Maiden is xrayed three times in a row as the three of us go through security in airports, do you think the powers that be might have some hidden criteria for choosing who gets zapped? Can three times be a coincidence?

• We just missed the Weylan Deaver family as we left Nashville yesterday. They were supposed to drive through Music City today or tomorrow on their way to Polishing the Pulpit. Last year, we met up in Jackson, Tenn., for lunch together as they made their trek from Texas to the event.

• Businesses are hanging on to their monies rather than investing and hiring, because of uncertainties in the economy and government. Are churches doing the same? If elderships act like business men, they might. But now that churches have budgets, bills, and buildings, they act more like businesses, one suspects.

• Monitor on the airplane, after landing in São Paulo: “We hope you enjoyed your flight.” I don’t want to be a complainer, but how can a person enjoy 9 and a half hours in a chair that barely reclines and fits your body like spandex? (17.9 inches wide, with 5 inches recline, according to SeatGuru.) Yes, I paid to endure such unpleasantry, for lack of a better option, but please, Big Airline Company, don’t make me pretend I’m supposed to enjoy it. That would constitute masochism, love of self-inflicted pain, and a masochist I am certainly not.

5 Replies to “An airplane seat that fits like spandex”

  1. Glad you all made it home safe and okay. God is good, all the time! Just think when we meet him in the air on our way to Heaven, won’t have to worry about the size of the seat or the expense, ’cause he paid it all…appreciate you and your family.

    Ron

  2. Just glad to know you’re on the ground safe. Wish we could have intersected in TN. Maybe next time. The western diet is a killer for sure. Sorry for the spandex.

    1. I needed an attention-getter for this entry, so I figured that would work. One of these days we’ll hook up “face to face” (have you seen the Greek behind that one?)

  3. Good to have seen and been with you folks while you were in the “Friendly City”!! Also good to know that you made it back all OK, except for the “Spandex” God Bless
    V & E

    abraham

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