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They won't let you do that ...

Posted Friday, August 3, 2012, at 9:26 AM

I know I'm a bit larger than I once was - but did anyone else notice the seats in airplanes getting smaller? That was just one of the questions that flashed through my mind recently as I sat in the window seat of the last row of an overbooked airliner scrunched up tight to the wall of the aircraft in an unsuccessful attempt to lessen the pain and suffering of the passenger on immediate right. Thank the heavens it was only a two and one-half hour flight. After 10 minutes, I was ready to look around until I found another - more suitable - seat, or at the very least stand up for the duration of the flight. But they won't let you do that in an airplane.

Don't get me wrong, I love to travel. However:

When I travel, I sometimes like to pull over, climb out of the vehicle, stretch my legs, and fill my lungs with fresh air. They won't let you do that on an airplane.

When I travel, I sometimes like to venture off the proverbial "beaten path" to look at something odd, new, or infamous. They won't let you do that on an airplane.

When I travel, I sometimes like to turn the wheel over to my wife, climb into the big captain's chair right behind the driver's seat, put my feet up on a cooler, stretch out, and take a nap, confident that I am in very capable hands. They won't let you do that on an airplane.

When I travel, I sometimes like to turn off the air-conditioning, roll down the windows and let the cool evening air rush through the vehicle until my eyes are dry and tears are running back into my ears. They won't let you do that on an airplane.

When I travel, I sometimes like to take my time, see the sights, and smell the roses. They won't let you do that on an airplane.

When I travel, I sometimes like to turn the radio up and sing at the tops of my lungs - songs about riding on trains and driving up canyons and rolling on rivers and takin' it easy and takin' it to the streets and daddies singing bass while mommas sing tenor - as well as songs of praise and worship. They won't let you do that on an airplane.

That's why I drive.



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Bob Stewart is pastor of Union Baptist Church. His long-running column ranges in topic from matters of faith to observations about life in Saline County, politics and the sights to see in travels throughout America.
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