I took four flights yesterday. On three of them, my seatmate started talking to themselves. Not a deep, philosophical conversation, but just continuous commentary every now and then. And in the end, all three of them ended up starting a conversation with me. This leads me to believe that the reason they were talking to themselves, out loud, is because they wanted me to jump in and say something.
Now I figured on my first flight it was obvious enough I didn’t want to talk. For one, it was still dark outside, in which case it’s a sure bet that I don’t want to talk. I had a hoodie on (and even put it over my head), put my headphones on, and closed my eyes. But that didn’t stop my seatmate from tapping my shoulder as I was trying to sleep to start a conversation. She started the conversation with “so, what do you think of the Continental/United merger?” Really?!? After a conversation that spanned nearly two hours, she at least had the courtesy to say “I hope I didn’t prevent you from sleeping.” Cricket…
On the other two flights where my seatmates were talking to themselves, it wasn’t quite as ridiculous. It was more along the lines of them making about five comments about how nice the scenery was, followed quickly by “so, heading home?”
It’s not that I’m always anti-social. It’s just that I didn’t get any sleep the night before I was flying, and I just wanted to sleep and be left alone. Fortunately there was a familiar FlyerTalker that I actually wanted to talk to on one of the flights, and at that point I was well rested.
On a completely unrelated note, I saw Grown Ups and Dinner for Schmucks in-flight yesterday. Grown Ups was absolutely hilarious (I can usually stop myself from actually laughing out loud, but there were some scenes where I just couldn’t help myself), and I thought Dinner for Schmucks was just awful, and I’m a huge Steve Carell fan. And I remember a few weeks ago I mentioned that I fell asleep during Toy Story 3, and I do feel the need to apologize for that, since a few readers called me out on it. Yeah, I saw the whole movie the week after I made that post, and the movie was brilliant. I almost shed a tear. Evil Lotso Bear!