Airports aren’t exactly the most child-friendly places, but lots of people travel with children and end up trying to amuse them for hours on end while waiting for connecting flights.
During our marathon yesterday we ended up with two hours of dead time in Chicago O’Hare’s Terminal 5—two extra hours after we had taken the people mover, grabbed a burger at the airport Mickey D’s, and gone through security.
By some miracle Terminal 5 has been blessed with a tiny play park. There was a sign that said something about some artist group which I didn’t really get, but nevertheless: tiny play park. So Andrea started playing in there with some other children, and had two solid hours of fun, getting a lot of energy out of her system.
Watching a bunch of children from who-knows-where playing together was a treat, especially with the shape the world is in these days. “Tag! You’re it!” is universal.
So, if you happen to be a person with some pull at an airport, please consider putting in a little play park. There will be a lot of happier passengers.
Posted Saturday, 16 December, 2006 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.