I love airports. If I could, I would live in an airport hotel. They offer so much possibility. You can go anywhere around the world from these ports of freedom. I have my favorites (Atlanta is actually on my good list – I like the underground tunnels) and my not-so-favorites (Detroit). But by any measure, I love Tampa International Airport.
It has decentralized security so you never have to wait too long, it has a nice flying pattern (you fly in or out over the bay), and it has first-hour-free parking. Random? Probably, but I love driving up to the top floor of the parking garage, which is above the rest of the main terminal, and just watching the planes take off or land beneath the open skies. I think people lose sight of the fact that a miracle of sorts is happening when a multi-ton metal tube full of 150+ human beings, luggage, gas, food, drinks, etc lifts off from the ground and stays in the air for hours at a time and then lands safely.
But one more reason I love airports is best summed up in the intro to Love Actually:
Did you know Brandon, Florida has Florida’s largest 4th of July parade? It’s true! In fact, our governor, Mr. Rick Scott (aka Lord Voldemort) was planning on being a part of our little shin dig up until the Thursday before. He cancelled because he was afraid of protesters. It is a testament to his horrible job rating when a republican governor can’t even come to the BRANDON 4th of July parade … but I digress.
What I really wanted to discuss was another group who actually did show up this past Monday. The Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy have long marched in our parade. This year I was struck by the realization that these people are celebrating the fact that their ancestors tried to overthrow our Republic. The 4th is the day when our country comes together, leaving behind the rich and poor dividing lines, the republican and democratic ideology and celebrate the fact that we are a free, united nation.
So why were these people marching in this parade? They had several flags, but none of which were the American republic flag. These people were not celebrating our free and united nation, they were clinging to a group that tried, unsuccessfully, to tear our nation apart.
What are your thoughts? Appropriate or not?
(See my rant on the Confederate Battle Flag, which was also in abundance at the parade.)