Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Seeing Angel

As my flight was taxiing in from the runway at O’Hare, I happened to glance over and see Air Force One parked on the other side of the field. Then I remembered that Bush was in Illinois to sign the highway bill.

I’ve always wanted to see it up close or actually go aboard it. The chances that that will happen during the present administration are about as likely as me winning the Mr. Universe contest. The closest I’ve been to it was when I lived in Albuquerque and Clinton came to town several times. My office was right at the end of the east-west runway of the Albuquerque International Sunport, which shares the land with Kirtland Air Force base, and we’d go outside and watch it land. The people I worked with were staunch Republicans so they’d go out and threaten to moon the plane. They didn’t have the nerve, though, in the end (oops — bad pun).

Fortunately the arrival and departure of the current primary passenger of Angel (the Secret Service code name for it) didn’t disrupt my flights. I don’t care who’s the president; I still think it’s a cool plane.

The rest of the trip, by the way, was uneventful. I wore a big Bark Bark Woof Woof shirt…just spreadin’ the love. Hey…get one of your very own and help me spread it even more.