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Sep 11, 2006

Travel Etiquette


In theory, it's bad manners to eavesdrop on your neighboring tables' dinner conversation, and worse yet to jump in.  And in theory, it's even worse manners to read other travelers' baggage tags to find out where they're from.  But sometimes it works out OK.

Two weeks ago in the dining car of a train crossing Canada, the folks and I were talking about sleep apnea and my plans to get a CPAP machine.  The gentleman at the next table overheard and mentioned that he used one and would be glad to show it to us.  Next thing you know -- we have new friends who have invited us for a stay any time at their spread in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Last week at an Oakland BART station I noticed that the woman next to me had luggage marked "Bowling Green, Kentucky."

Me:  Hey, I don't mean to be rude, but are you from Bowling Green?
Her: Yep!  Out here for a bike trip through Napa.
Me:  I just met some people from Bowling Green -- Jim and Susan Armstrong.  Do you know them?  They live out on a...
Her:  ...big farm!  Yes, I know them!  I used to live with one of their friends.  They have a great farm.
Me:  With a stained glass studio, even.
Her:  A stained glass studio?
Me:  Yeah, you didn't know?  That's Susan's business.
Her:  Funny, I was just looking to find someone to make a stained glass window for my front door.  Thought I was going to have to look in Lexington or Cincinnati.
Me:  Nope.  Just call Susan.
Her:  Will do.
Me:  And and tell her Phil sent you!
Her:  Will do.
Me:  Tee hee.

And never take advice from Rick Springfield.

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Neat story!

You know, I don't think I could get used to sleeping with one of those masks. I never really even got used to my TMJ bite plate, even though I wore it for maybe a year.

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Sep 11, 2006 1:10:14 AM

So it's bad to covet Jesse's girl?

I once did an overnight sleep test to see about apnea. Didn't have it enough to warrant a CPAP. But I did have to wear a tennis ball on my back for a while, in order to train myself to sleep on my side.

And I love connections like that one!!

Posted by: lastewie | Sep 11, 2006 9:10:35 AM

Jenny -- You can covet Jesse's girl all you want, but just don't talk to strangers.

Posted by: Phil | Sep 11, 2006 7:06:48 PM

I love these kinds of stories, Phil! I still remember when I was on my post-bar exam trip to a small Greek island, where I ran into a guy in a bar who looked really familiar to me. As it turns out, he studied one table over from me at the Rice Business School library in Houston for several weeks leading up to the bar exam, but we never had introduced ourselves because we went there to be anonymous and study in peace.

Posted by: Lisa | Sep 11, 2006 11:46:30 PM