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Posted on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Dave!So there I was, walking through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport feeling quite satisfied after a date with a Qdoba Veggie Burrito when I heard "DAVE!" being shouted out.

Now, I am not so vain as to immediately think that every time I hear my name it's somebody is calling for me. The odds, after all, are pretty remote given that "Dave" is a fairly popular name. Perhaps if my name were "Heinrich" or "Flavious" I'd be more confident but, alas, I almost never assume somebody is calling me when I'm away from places I'm known.

Like a big airport, for example.

But it turns out that I was the Dave in question this time because it was Brandon and Death? from Down With Pants! It was an almost surreal experience given that I've tried to meet up with Brandon for years and had a couple of near misses from past travels... twice in L.A. and another couple times in Seattle. But it was also a nice way to spend an airport layover.

Happy coincidences like this happen more often than you'd expect. Running into fellow blogger Timothy at the Apple Store in New York, for example, was pretty freaky-cool. And I've been recognized a couple of other times in airports too... mostly thanks to the Blogography T-Shirts I'm usually wearing. Such is the power of blogging, I guess.

Anyway, it has been a very long day and I have to get up early in the morning, so the remainder of tonight's entertainment will be provided by Ashton, a young kid who was a fellow passenger on my flight. Ashton likes to talk. A lot. And at very high volume, non-stop. Fortunately I had an iPhone full of videos to watch, but was privy to his antics as we landed in San Diego which went something like this...

ASHTON: I see lights outside there are a lot of lights outside and they are different colors and there are lights out there I have to go potty.

MOM: You can't go potty now, they've locked the doors while we land.

ASHTON: I have to go potty I have to go potty I HAVE TO GO POTTY REALLY BAD!

MOM: I'm sorry, but you'll just have to hold it.

ASHTON: I HAVE TO GO POTTY REALLY BAD I have to go potty and if I don't go I'm going to pee my pants I'M GOING TO PEE MY PANTS I'M GOING TO PEE MY PANTS!!

MOM: It's only a few minutes. You can hold it until we land.

ASHTON: I CAN'T HOLD IT I'M GOING TO PEE MY PANTS there are lights outside and they are getting brighter hey we're going down now and the plane is going down down down to the airport going down. [ INSERT MORE NONSENSICAL RAMBLING HERE UNTIL WE LAND AND THE SEATBELT LIGHT GOES OFF ]


MOM: Ashton! Wait! Come back! You're not going to get into the potty!

DAVE2: Oh I think they'll be glad to let him in given the alternative.


ASHTON: HAH! I found a potty that wasn't locked because you can tell they're locked when the handle was down but the handle wasn't down on one of them so I tried to open it and the door opened because they forgot to lock it and the handled was up so I got in and could use the potty and they forgot to lock it so I got in and I didn't have to pee my pants because I tried the one with the handle that wasn't down and it opened are we getting off the plane now people are moving and we're leaving the plane and I didn't even get to listen to all of my book but that's okay because I can listen to it later and... [ ASHTON FADES AWAY AS I RUN TOWARDS THE AIRPORT EXIT ]

Some children really should come with off-switches, and I have a profound respect for Ashton's parents that they manage to get through life without one. Hopefully he does sleep from time to time, though he never seems to run out of things to say, so maybe not.

And now it's time for sweet slumber so I can get up entirely too early in the morning.

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  1. Sue says:

    My kids can out-talk Ashton, which is why we don’t fly anywhere.

  2. Avitable says:

    Don’t lie. That was Ashton Kutcher, wasn’t it?

  3. kilaX says:

    Random encounters like that are just so neat! I always get a little buzz when I have one. I guess it just reminds me the world is a small place afterall 🙂

  4. Hilly says:

    I think it is so awesome that you ran into Brandon like that! All of my time living about 45 minutes away from him, I never met him either.

    Now, about that kid…oy.

  5. I used to have one like that. Endless energy and LOTS of talking and questions. I think after a while you sort of half listen and kind of say “yep” whenever you feel like the kid is expecting you to respond. Unless that makes me a bad mom, in which case I totally always listened to ever single word of her rambling. She has settled down now but still tells the longest most boring stories ever sometimes, just with less energy behind it.

  6. noraisins says:

    I have an Ashton, only I call him Kevin. We went on a 4,000 mile road trip this past summer and I learned the answer to some very important questions.

    1. It is possible to talk for an entire week without stopping.
    2. There is always something to say – even if it is just “Chocolate Milk!” 25 times in a row.
    3. “Don’t lick your mother while she driving” apparently means the opposite of what I thought.

    What was even better was that he never once went to sleep during the drive time.

  7. Mitchell says:

    Ha! thats pretty awesome. It’s only happened to me once, at the Vegas airport. Oddly enough, the same flight too.

    I feel your pain with Ashton though… A voice so loud and high pitched that ear-plugs don’t even work.

  8. DutchBitch says:

    That is SO cool that you ran into Brandon! I am always hoping that will happen someday to me: just running into a fellow blogger somewhere 🙂

  9. martymankins says:

    What? no photos of you and Brandon? (says the guy who forgot to take a photo from dinner at Dave Lake City 3)

  10. A. Lewis says:

    Hehehehe. You just never know who’ll you’ll meet in an airport! Or what’ll happen, for that matter!

  11. Ren says:

    When we were at the Austin airport last Friday, we ran into two people (separately) that we know. But these were people that we know IRL, not people that we’d never actually met in person. I don’t think it’s the first time I’ve encountered a friend or acquaintance at the airport, but it doesn’t happen all that often.

    On the other hand, I recall that on the handful of trips to Six Flags (DFW) that I took during high school, I always seemed to run into several of my friends from school. For years after that, I was surprised whenever I *didn’t* see someone I knew while at that Six Flags.

  12. delmer says:

    I *am* vain enough that when I hear someone yell “Delmer” I think it’s me.

  13. Sybil Law says:

    Oh my… I used to play this game with my kid – “The Quiet Game” to see who could be quiet the longest. She always lost. Still – it would get me maybe a minute of peace. Then again, sometimes I still say to her, “You know, you don’t have to say EVERY thing you’re thinking out LOUD”, when I am particularly frustrated!
    I am a great mom! 😉
    Love random meetings!

  14. Nenette says:

    yeah, a little machine gun with word bullets. I have one of those. thankfully, his ‘off’ button comes in the form of his DS loaded with his Pokemon Platinum game.

  15. sizzle says:

    Yes to off switches but not just for kids (though Ashton reallllly needs one). I’ve met plenty of adults that need their proverbial switch flipped.

    While living through his constant chatter would drive me up the wall, reading about it sure was entertaining.

  16. I frickin love this post. 🙂

  17. Andy says:

    Funny story – at least they weren’t kicking the back of your seat every time they said something like we had on a transatlantic flight to the uk.

    Funny thing is that noone has called me Dave whilst I’ve been wearing a blogography shirt…or maybe they did and I’ve also ignored it?

  18. Lin says:

    I have a talker. Only he would have talked non-stop about superheros. And having red hair. And monsters. And then there’s more superheros. My son can hold his pee for the duration of a flight!! I think it’s the red hair.

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