Yet his seatmate does not seem disturbed. She seems impressed. I fit into the space that the airline has sold me only a little better than the handsome gentleman across the aisle from me on this flight. My seatbelt fits, barely. The tightness of the fit depends on the particular model of aircraft in which the airline chooses to transport us. Some are roomy as SUVs, others as cramped as sports cars. The vehicle choice and size are beyond our control, of course. We show up at the airport and get on a plane.
Yet, passengers like he and I live on the edge of comfort in this type of public conveyance. We inconvenience our fellow passengers not because we want to but because of the diversity of the human body, of human choices. We inconvenience our fellow passengers because a plane ticket is one-size-fits-all.here
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Some bodies have enough room to shift and lean sideways, to reach down for a bag, to pull a knee up to the chest for a stretch. Some bodies must sit very still and feel apologetic — or not. We inconvenience our fellow passengers through a combination of biology and personal choice. Like the tall and shapely guy across the aisle from me, I am predisposed to physical grandness. My father and my grandmother were big fat folks too — along with being fit and active. Would I be less deserving of comfort? I was all alone, shivering in the cold, and John asked me if I needed a ride.
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Naturally, I was hesitant but I surmised quickly that if he were a serial killer, stumbling onto me, his next victim, was an unusual stroke of luck. He drove out of the way for me, dropped me off, made sure I got into my car at the station safely and refused gas money. I will always be grateful to him and think of him every now and again. We were out somewhere when I was about 7 or so and there was a makeshift ice skating rink there.
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I thought it was amazing. The man running the rink must of felt sorry for me or something and asked if I wanted a go. I had so much fun ice skating for the first time and have never forgotten that kind man or the chance to experience something new and exciting. I had recently moved to Boston from Florida.
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People were cold, wet, tired and grumpy. When I finally made it to my car, well after dark, I found it covered with snow and blocked by a two-and-a-half-foot wall of snow from a plow. Without a shovel and feeling frustrated and teary-eyed, I searched my car for a makeshift tool. I had to resort to using my hands to clear the snow. After making a couple of passes with my arms and hands to clear the snow off my car, I looked up to see a fellow commuter not only shoveling my car out, but offering me his snow brush to clear off my windows. We made fairly quick work of digging my car out and we both went our separate ways.
On my way home, I cried like a baby from happiness and the unexpected kindness bestowed upon me.
Lou Dan, Boston. I was pregnant at my job, a high-volume, low-cost vet clinic. They effectively let me go, and not having protection or means my husband stayed home to care for our special needs daughter , I applied for unemployment. The second time around, my assessor listened to me bawling, pregnant and scared trying to figure stuff out.
After hiking to an obscure waterfall for a few hours of our weeklong backpacking vacation, we returned to our car to find that it had been broken into, belongings gone. We had our plane tickets, ID, and the keys to the car.
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