Quick! It’s an emergency! You just got an urgent call about a family emergency and had to rush to the airport with barely time to grab your wallet and your passport. But now, you’re stuck at the airport with nothing to read. What do you do??
And, no, you did NOT have time to grab your bookbag, or the book next to your bed. You were . . . grocery shopping when you got the call and have nothing with you but your wallet and your passport (which you fortuitously brought with you in case they asked for ID in the ethnic food aisle). This is hypothetical, remember….
I’m sure that EVERYONE has said this, but I find it fairly unbelievable that I would be without a book (or two, or three) or my Ipod (loaded with audiobooks), both of which I keep in my giant purse at all times. I don’t EVER just carry my wallet, why would I want to just have something in my hands (wouldn’t fit in any of my pants) when I can carry it more out of the way instead?
So in this case, I will assume that I am going be waiting then going on a flight for a period of time longer than the amount of time it will take me to finish my book. Audiobooks are great when I’m cooking, driving, working out, etc, but I could absolutely not just sit still on a plane and listen to one. I would get far too bored and not pay attention, so I would have to do SOMETHING.
Along with books and my Ipod, in my purse at ALL TIMES is my book wishlist. I would take the wishlist into whatever book store was at the airport and see if, by some miracle, any of the books were in there. If I couldn’t get 2 or 3, I would make sure to also grab some magazines (Time, Newsweek, Discover, or Vanity Fair would be the first I’d look for) and books of sudoku and crosswords, possibly two sudoku books. I can’t look at and listen to words at the same time, so the crosswords would have to be done with quiet or music, but I could listen to my audiobooks while I kept my eyes and hands busy with sudoku.