Try a little kindness (on an airline flight)


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I am sure you have noticed, when you are leaving the plane, one flight attendant and one pilot standing at the cockpit door.

Say this next time:

To the flight attendant: “Thank you for your excellent service.”

To the pilot: “Thank you for getting us up and down safely.”

I am going to do that on my next flight. (Then again, I tend to over tip as well.) But remember, they have a hard job. Plus they have to be ready for all kinds of urgent or emergency situations. Their job is intense, too. Sometime Google “humorous flight announcements” to get an idea of how some of these workers try to at least lighten things up. They also become the brunt of the joke many times because passengers can be super annoying.  (One of  my favorite examples of this is a YouTube video of the flight attendant trying to deal with electronic devices.)

Stop and consider all the people in your daily life who “serve” you in pretty much thankless, and under paid*, jobs. Then think of the ways in which our health and safety depends on them. Why not try a little kindness?


*(Incidentally flight attendants make a lot less than you might think. The average is around $20 an hour and as glamorous as you might think the job is, it is not easy work. Pilots make a decent wage but driving these modern jets with all the high tech involved is challenging  and even more so when it’s back-to-the manual-controls in an instant. Remember Sully?)


Giant of the Senate

My daughter, Matrika, always gives me wonderful birthday gifts. In 2010, she surprised me with tickets to see the Minnesota Twins in their new Target Field.  There was my first iPod, inscribed “Happy 70th Birthday, Dad”. My North Face winter jacket saves me every time I am dumb enough to venture out in a Minnesota winter. I could go on and on but won’t. You get the idea

True to form, this year she sent me AL FRANKEN GIANT of the SENATE. I haven’t finished it yet, but probably will today.

With chapters such as “The Year of the Bean Feeds” and “The DeHumorizer™” the book is very easy to read. I found out many things about our State and Al’s real concern for its people. He even danced with Ojibway at a Red Lake pow wow.

I think I will make a rare printout of this photo Matrika took of us in 2007 at the Minnesota State Fair to tape inside the cover of my new book. I treasure this picture. I am very proud of this Minnesotan.


Franken was (is) a great comedian. He was a founder of Saturday Night Live. He and his partner, Tom Davis, whom he met in high school at Blake, became a hit team around the country. He has written some very funny books, too.  I found myself laughing out loud reading this one

I don’t mean to brag–wait, I do–we have two of Congress’ best Senators. Amy Klobuchar , our Senior Senator, must have jumped for joy when Al joined her in the Senate.

Read this book. You can get it on your Kindle. Go to the library. Remember hardcovers? Unless you are a talk radio listener, you will love it! I promise.

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