I’m in St Louis, Missouri at the moment. After two easy legs with two different crews (both of them great), I’m a few hours into my 11-hour layover. I just had to look up the definitions of Justification and Rationalization. I fear I have used these interchangeably for far too long. The reason this is necessary? I had to see which one I’m guilty of at the moment. Here’s the deal: I have to be up so incredibly early tomorrow morning, but I’m worried that I won’t be able to fall asleep anytime soon. I figure one thing that would help (other than a good workout or a drug like Ambien, which I have never and will never take) is to make sure I fill my tummy with a lot of food.

You know- you have a big meal and no matter what time of day it is, your body is busy digesting your food- this means that your blood is being used elsewhere and that’s why you get drowsy and want to nap. This is my understanding, at least. Can one of my medically-minded friends please correct me if I’m wrong?

I needed to see if I was justifying or rationalizing ordering a slice of butter cake for dessert. It’s important that I figure this out, for some reason. Maybe it’s one step closer to being a decent writer? I have such a long way to go.

Justify– To provide an acceptable explanation for.
Rationalize– To justify an immoral act, or illogical behavior.

I learn from these definitions that I’m justifying eating the dessert, if my reason for doing so is acceptable- unless one considers the act of eating dessert on a full stomach either illogical and/or, immoral. This makes me wonder if health is in anyway tied to morality. So I’m still a little confused but am leaning a bit more toward justification, in the case. Or perhaps I’m justifying a rationalization? This just got deep.

Life has been going quite well. Yes, I dropped off the face of the earth, but here I go, posting again. I’ve spent so many layovers in June in Washington. This meant so fun visits into Seattle, but also an amazing hike with my friend and fellow flyer, Jordan. You’ll have to wait on those pictures- they’re at home on my other machine. Tonight I’m in Brighton. I just finished a three-day work assignment today, and I start another one tomorrow.

I have some fun plans in the works- and I can’t wait to tell you more about them as they happen. Two non-work trips are in the making. I’m talking about bucket list item number 72 (Stay for 7 days in New York City) and working toward number 84 (Go to Scotland 25 times) as I have begun to make plans for Scotland 6. I can hardly wait for these two trips! The first, coming up this September.

Even though Scotland 6 won’t happen until next year, I’m going to be able to visit some more places where my ancestors came from. Also, I may have some crashpad roommates joining me for the adventure. I’ve had people tell me before that they’d love to go with me, but nobody has ever followed through. It would be fun to share the journey, but at the same time, I find great value in traveling alone. So no matter what ends up happening, I’m looking forward to another great adventure.

Ok the real reason for this post:

I had an amazing experience at work yesterday, the Fourth of July. I was working a flight from Denver to San Francisco and as I greeted the passengers. Two of the passengers boarded the plane with musical instruments. One carried a guitar, and the other a fiddle. My coworker, Melody, asked them if they’d be willing to play a song on our flight. Much to our excitement, they agreed.

After our completing our service, I got on the P.A. and told the passengers that we had a special surprise. I then called Adam and Jon to the front and asked them to bring their instruments. The played a couple musical numbers- they are amazing! Such beautiful music and both highly talented- they make the perfect duet! Jon asked me to record it on his phone. During the second song, they decided to walk through the cabin. It was brilliant! The passengers ate it up!

I sent them a message later that evening, asking for a copy of the video. Here it is:
For more about Adam and Jon (or to get their CD), check out http://adamageejonsousa.com. These guys are great! I plan on stalking them.