i like my boyfriend and airplanes and that’s about it
Nothing. Outside the window, there’s nothing. Only the red position light glowing against cloud innards and the swept wing. Then the landing gear comes down. The flaps extend. From the void, city lights appear like wildfires. The passengers have been blind since the plane descended into the clouds, so how did the pilots find their way?
Make Everest Great Again
When Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary became the first people to summit Mount Everest, they were, with good reason, optimists. Sixty-eight years later, their impossible achievement is routine, and conditions on Everest are unacceptable. Sherpas are treated like commodities. Inexperienced climbers are trying their hand at the tallest mountain in the world with few restrictions in place to stop them from putting themselves and others in danger. Expeditions often show little concern over their environmental impact. Things can change, but everyone on the mountain has to be open to change.
10 Utah Airports, Arbitrarily Scored
After almost half a decade (I could have said four and a half years, but half a decade sounds longer) flying around the same state, I’ve landed at a fair share of its airports. And I have some things to say. No sources or real arguments, just anecdotal personal experience. Here they are. Utah airports, arbitrarily scored.
How I Kicked my OCD Symptoms
Senior year of high school—my first time in New York, which is an OCD nightmare. Pills on the street. Strangers constantly pressed against you. And probably the most stressful environment for someone with OCD (read the next two words in a spooky voice): the subway. I would much rather fall over than hold on to anything, thank you very much, especially knowing someone from my class was probably dared to lick one of the poles. Or maybe that was a helicopter. I forget.
Everything Except an Airplane
The giant is dying, and he’s never looked so small. Once steady at the controls, even between the jaws of storms beyond understanding, Charlie’s hand now shakes under the weight of a cigarette. Eyes that saw the beasts give up and turn their backs are poison pale. And the voice that tells the devil, “Not yet,” with his back against the wall has told him so for the last time.