The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of Travel #26


Tempest said...

About 2 years back I stopped on a 6 hour layover in Cincinnati on the way to Rome, Italy.
Bored stiff, lousy food court and colorless joyless ambiance.

There was an empty Air France jet on the ramp. Inside the terminal waiting area a door opened and out walked a male Air France purser followed by a number of young female Air France Flight Attendants. Each one of them was gorgeous (slim to) -all appeared under 30 and I had no doubt looks played a part in hiring. Perfect hairdos. Just the right amount of makeup, little scarves tied around their necks.

Took my breath away.

Watched the purser across the waiting area giving his instructions to his crew members in French.

I'll never forget that moment in of all place -an airport in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Travel being what it is today -you appreciate those moments.

Marshall P. Smith said...

After reading the post by Tempest I want to take an Air France flight!

Nate said...

Air France used to have some gorgeous menus.

Vanwall said...

Yeah, the food was fantastic for airline fodder.

swac said...

Weird, there's a recent animated United Airlines ad that features a guy going off to slay a dragon (I'm not kidding) and its Asian motif is remarkably similar to this image.

Marshall P. Smith said...


French food . . .

I didn't think about that.

Now I really want to fly Air France!