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Dannydoyle
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Ok now I am old. Now I am telling stories of how things "were back when". Geeze.

Anyhow I have been noticing how travel has changed so badly. Not the traditional ways of expensive or connections or what not. Not security or inept airlines but rather passengers.

What I mean is that you can't even talk to people in airports any more. Before cell phones and I pads or whatever tech is latest and greatest you actually got to meet people at airports! INTERESTING PEOPLE GOING COOL PLACES!!! But now with tech so out of control you have a bunch of people looking down experiencing life through a small screen the size of a playing card. This is how they watch most of life. Nobody talks to each other, just people hundreds of miles away on a small screen.

Then you have those super sad people who are sitting on the floor next to a plug or walking around looking for a plug desperately seeking power to connect.

Well it is just my little lamenting of how things are progressing. I liked talking with people at the bars in the airports. I liked hearing where they are going or where they are from. Feel free to make fun of me. I guess I deserve it.
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Once again we agree, Danny. I have come to hate flying and that is one of the reasons for it. Maybe we'll meet up in an airport bar one day- I'll talk to you!
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Maybe they didn't like the conversations and were driven to dealing with their electric devices and wall plugs.....LOL.....Just kidding. I'd love to talk with you guys in an airport.
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It's that way everywhere, not just airports. You go to lunch with people, especially the young ones and you can't even have a conversation, because they're on their cell phones.
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You guys have been lucky.

I have to dodge those f******s on a road, streets, walkway etc becouse they are too busy to look up and not bothered where they are going or anybody/anyone coming.

One of these days I am gonna bash into them.

I've seen mothers so busy texting while pushing a pram on a narrow footbath with busy traffic. try walking in a traight line without looking ahead.

No can do.

Sometimes I wonder whose in control. the person or the gadget ??
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I tell ya, if there aren't already, there will be journal articles about this soon. Psychology, addiction, etc. People are dying. It's extreme, indeed.

How about the guy walking past waving his hands in the air, talking away and there's nobody in front of him or beside him? Bluetooth plugged into the other side of his head- the side you can't see. That got me a few times, now I just recognize it, you know? I think one of the first I saw of those was in an airport.
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I guess people have an absolute right not to talk with me in an airport. Heck it is probably a smart thing.

I guess I just live in a part of the world where people still talk to each other.
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On 2014-02-09 01:00, Dannydoyle wrote:
I guess people have an absolute right not to talk with me in an airport. Heck it is probably a smart thing.

I guess I just live in a part of the world where people still talk to each other.


There's somewhere in the world where people want to talk to you? Smile

(j/k, of course)
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And when they get a call in the middle of your street magic routine!
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...and you wish you had Gazzo's nerve so you could pull his response!
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Dannydoyle
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On 2014-02-09 04:51, Mr. Danny wrote:
And when they get a call in the middle of your street magic routine!



Yea hard to complain about that when working the street.
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I told a friend I wanted the same phone plan the Indians who drive cabs and collect trolley's in supermarket car parks here in Australia have - because they are talking on their phones non-stop as they do their job. I thought they must pay so little for calls - turns out they are doing call centre work at the same time as they collect trolleys and drive cabs.

I have a mobile phone, landline, ipad and home internet all with Australia's biggest phone company and it takes hours to get through to them on the phone - next time I need to talk to them I'll just hail a cab.
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You could just try interrupting them with a question. Some people might be more than willing to engage in an interesting conversation. Others won't, preferring to get back to their game of Candy Crush or Angry Birds, but that might not be a bad thing either.
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I had a wonderful conversation with the person in the seat next to me on my most recent flight home from Denver. She had some interesting books with her including "The Power of Myth". I asked her about and it and the conversation just flowed from there. You can still have good conversations. You just can't wait for idle moments and incidental eye contact in order to start them.

This one flight didn't change my opinion of air travel though. I travelled extensively for work in the late 90s especially. I didn't mind it back then but loathe it now. Longer line-ups, ruder staff, nickel and diming at every turn, and flights frequently overbooked... Every policy seems self-serving on the part of the airlines and the passengers are just cows to be herded and milked.
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I think magicians should be booked by airports. They spend a lot on entertainment.

"In-flight entertainment is right up there in the priority list of travellers,"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25975458
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I remember back in the day when I would spend lot of my time on intercontinental flights standing in the back of the plane, smoking and flirting with the flight attendants. These days I don't smoke, and we aren't supposed to congregate at the back of the plane. Instead we stay in our seats.

I'm also rather shy, and generally didn't used to strike up much conversation with my neighbor. But I also find it strange to eat alone, so I usually chatted with my neighbor during meals. These days we have little monitors in front of our faces, and instead of one or two movies we have "entertainment systems" with dozens of movies, TV shows, documentaries, music and games, and people pretty much watch those monitors throughout the flight--even while eating. (I personally don't watch anything while eating.)

So yes, I'd agree that flying is less enjoyable, and less social, than it used to be.
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Reminds me of a girl who crossed the road right in front of my car, without looking. She appeared to be texting all the way across.
But her lack of attention to danger came to a sudden halt when she walked straight into a lamppost on the other side. Just deserts indeed !

Trouble too, nowadays, is that people live behind closed doors and high fences, and have no time, or interest, in each other.
Where I live, my neighbours fences, on both sides of our house, are so high that I feel as though I'm living in a coffin when I go out into the garden.
And, as for friendliness, I haven't seen my neighbour since before Christmas - and their house shares our driveway, so we are about ten feet apart !
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Here's a hopefully-uplifting tale.

My wife and I moved into our current house in 2005. We met our neighbors and were friendly enough where we said hello when we passed each other, and took each others' trash bins out when we went out of town, but nothing much beyond that.

A couple years ago, my wife and I exchanged homes with a couple from Rome for three months. (My wife and I both work from home, so we can get away with stuff like that. The Roman family needed to come to Boston for a semester, because he was an academic who needed to collaborate with some colleagues in Boston.) In Rome, their apartment had a huge terrace that was shared with their neighbors. The weather was usually pretty good, so we often spent time on the terrace, and we met our Roman neighbors pretty early on.

They were amazing people, and we really learned what being a good neighbor was all about from them -- Italian style. By the time we came back to Boston, we were almost apologetic to our neighbor. We wanted to have her over for dinner, get to know her, and all that. But we thought it might be a little weird. After all, we had been neighbors for about 5 or 6 years already, so we thought the sudden push to be neighborly would be... weird...

Fortunately, our neighbor in Boston had the same revelation! The Romans who were staying in our place had the same kind of relationship with her. So now, we're much more neighborly. We have her over for dinner at least once every week or two, and that kind of thing.

So... human/human contact isn't strictly dead. Just on life support. Smile
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