Thursday, November 29, 2012
Six in the morning. The shops at the airport already open. The departure hall decked out in tinsel and a forest of identical silver Christmas trees. On the speakers Bing Crosby singing '' It's the most marvellous time of the year " over and over and over. Purgatory must be like this. Two and a half hours before the flight goes. A very bored Angus asks a lady sales assistant what sort of person would buy a seven foot tall teddy bear. '' Guilty fathers " comes the tart response. $2600 . That's a lot of guilt . Probably also a lot of guilt inducing alcohol at the airport bar. At the shirt shop they sell Fez's. Angus wants to ask who buys them but thinks better of it.
Brad Pitt in an advert. A dead ringer for Zonker in Doonesbury. This is probably not the mental linkage that the Chanel ad campaign intended.
The word ' only ' prominently displayed in all the stores. Champagne ' only ' $220, shoes ' only ' $430, chocolates ' only ' $32. A man at the electrical outlet tries to interest Angus in a laptop. ' Only ' $3220. Angus says he'll think about it.
Angus finds there's an earlier flight to Toulouse. The first day of the new winter schedule. The plane almost empty , twenty people at most on it. Same airline. Would it be possible to get the earlier flight ? The lady at the gate doesn't even look at his boarding pass. '' You can't change your flight. It's regulations. If you wanted to be on the seven thirty you should have booked yourself on it ". She's sitting under a sign that says " To fly. To serve ". Angus finds this wryly amusing.