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  • I'm waiting in the Houston Hobby Airport with an hour layover. It's overcast, and I already feel like a dry Albuquerque sponge soaking up the musty Texas air. Gate 23 harbors the awaiting passengers, Destined for the post-Mardi Gras New Orleans. There is a colorful mixture of men in jazzy zoot suites, tidy dressed business personnel; scanning today's paper, and all the other odd travelers buried in their phones, tablets, kindles, and the rare book. The Dolly Parton impersonators and ipod rockers shift and hurry by. The all too weary travelers, pushing the miles limit, stare out the glass window. The steady rhythmic sound of suitcase wheels dragging mix with newly acquainted strangers sharing stories and bragging. The long distance phone calls to loved ones and friends compete with the hopeful selling conference calls bringing deals to a closed end. All these short story glimpses of melancholy faces are manifested and constant here in the Airport despite the planet's aging spins. Bilingual negotiators, skin exfoliation experts, air traffic navigators mingle on the short flight to the city of gumbo and fried alligators. Seated ADD recoveries, chatty soccer moms in their forties happily participate in the aromatic slingshot to escape. Cabin compression and the soft cloudy landscape expressions aid the ignored, yet present, homesick depression. All of us anticipating a late lunchtime in the mirrored oceans of air.
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