Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Flaneur in O'Hare

Seen in the Chicago airport Children's Airport Museum:

Haikus are simple
But sometimes they don't make sense

Bet you $5 you read my shirt

A father and son looking very bored together, lounging on the painted benches at identical uncomfortable angles (I tried) while father stares at his eyelids and son stares at his handheld brain numbing device.

An evil twin. Two "identical" children in identical clothes with identical haircuts, but one obeyed his parents and was nice to the other kids and the other crushed his drink, wouldn't pick up his backpack, and pushed another kid. Some might say he was acting up in order to be different from his brother, but maybe the other one was....

Some families line up their luggage in a neat, orderly line. Some are kind of spread out over the bench with sweaters, hat, and computer bag on the bench, backpack and carryon near it, stroller to the side, and ... is that a diaper I smell? Yes, it is. One father thought it was a generic pile of luggage and left his own backpack with someone else's stuff. The mother came back later to get it and shake her head at her husband.

And now, back to our nomadic existence wandering the terminals.

*(from Wiki)
The term flâneur comes from the French masculine noun flâneur – which has the basic meanings of "stroller", "lounger", "saunterer", "loafer" – which itself comes from the French verb flâner, which means "to stroll". The term is concerned with a derived meaning – that of "a person who walks the city in order to experience it", a meaning largely developed and elaborated upon by Charles Baudelaire.

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