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Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2006

Dave!I used to think that the saddest thing I'd ever seen in an airport was a woman crying because she couldn't get a flight out to her sister's wedding. That was replaced by a man who was crying because his flight home to see his first baby being born was cancelled. That, in turn, was replaced by a woman and her kid sobbing uncontrollably as her husband shipped off to Iraq. And there have been many other travel-related tragedies along the way that were plenty sad as well. It's a cosmic karma balancing-act to offset the many happy reunions that take place at airports... or so I would guess.

But all of that pales in compare to the sadness I witnessed today.

As I was waiting at my gate, a kid was wandering around with his Microsoft Zune Media Player. This was only a little sad, I grant you. But things escalated once I heard what he was trying to do: find another Zune owner to share music with. But, alas, there was nothing but iPods as far as the eye could see.

Yeah, it looks like the "wireless sharing" feature that Microsoft was hyping is really panning out.

Assuming you can actually find another Zune owner.

   

Okay, my flight home out of Seattle has just been delayed for the third time. Now THAT'S officially the saddest thing I've ever seen at an airport.

Because I'm tired and hungry and I wanna go home!

Perhaps I should pass the time by counting the number of people I want to run up and bitch-slap... starting with this obnoxious bitch screeching into her mobile phone next to me... oh, and the idiot sleeping across four seats while there are people having to stand because all the seats are filled... and we can't forget the kid running his suitcase into the wall again and again and again while their parents do NOTHING... and that crotchety old fart working customer service whose treatment of a woman speaking no English is abysmal... and... and...

Bleh. I could be at this all night.

But I hope not.


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Comments

  1. diane says:

    Ha ha! I was totally prepared for something serious…and WHAM! You snuck in with the Zune dig. ;)
    I seem to see a lot of fighting couples at O’Hare. What’s funny to me is that my (now ex) boyfriend and I made it through 8 hours of being stuck in LaGuardia on friendly terms, and then broke up promptly on our return to Chicago. I guess we figured there was no need to air our dirty laundry.

  2. adena says:

    Well, sorry to tell you, but I’m fairly certain you’re going home to an abysmal storm. At least there’s one here. And usually when there’s one here, there’s one there.

    It’s grey grey grey, rainy and cold.

    The airport sounds more fun.

    (Actually, it really doesn’t…but, I thought I’d be nice and PRETEND that you’re having a better time…)

  3. I really thought you were going to tell me a sad story, but instead you slap Micro$oft around.

    Well, I guess that’s okay too…

    Hope you make it home soon!

  4. James says:

    Poor Zune. It gets no love.

    I love the CNET video review where they compare it to the iPod, and it holds its own against it, except for the fact they’re comparing it to the first generation iPod.

    I don’t care that my once-sleek black iPod is now dinged and scratched; they’re just battle scars of love.

  5. RW says:

    Happy and safe travels home, Dave.

  6. Neil says:

    Wait until you start traveling around Christmas. Then you’ll really see the “Spirit of the Holiday.”

  7. Bre says:

    Oh Microsoft! That really is tragic!

  8. Rick says:

    Hey, didja happen to catch the non-Christmas trees all over the airport! It made the national news the last couple o’ days! A rabbi threatened to sue if the airport wouldn’t put up a six-foot menorah, so they took everything down and said screw it, we don’t have time to deal with this shit! Yer gonna love it on tv!

  9. Hilly says:

    Airports – the ultimate aphrodisiac.

  10. ms. sizzle says:

    should i run over with some food and booze, stat?

    in 3 oz bottles of course.

    :) sizz

  11. Laurence says:

    1/ One more child who doesn’t obviously love by his parents… :-)

    2/ Have a safe travel…

  12. NetChick says:

    Those are some sad stories… Hope you finally got home in one piece!

  13. Eve says:

    Re: Zune — HA HA HA HA, I’m peeing my pants right now. I just got the 80g iPod video and I am totally in love with it.

  14. This is the time when having a cane comes in handy. I totally would have “accidentally” bumped the sleeping guy then guilted him into moving.

    Be safe!

  15. Bice says:

    Zune users are such sad little creatures. They need they’re own telethon in order to raise public awareness of their lonely plight.

  16. I’m with Bre. The bigger tragedy is that someone actually bought the Zune in the first place.

    I heart my mini.

  17. Wayne Hall says:

    FYI: I have decided to buy a zune. Probably in Jan/Feb time frame.

    I’m just sayin.

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