Everything I Need To Learn In Life I Learned At LAX
Sitting at LAX, pushing 7 hours, waiting for a new plane after my plane conveniently decided to stop having a break system. I suppose that's important.
In the 8 different locations I've been in (in search of Starbucks Chai, the shoe shine guy, and power outlets), I've somehow dealt with a lot of people. Some life lessons:
DON'T treat the guys in suits different than the folks in sweatpants. You never know who you're talking to.
DON'T be late, it will make you stressed out (Jason Castro from American Idol was not having a fun time in his sprint through security).
DO: Develop rapport even in tough situations that have a 1 minute shelf life: the very stressed counter attendant made a lady smile when she said El Salvador (the travelers home) was a beautiful place.
DO: Make friends. The shoeshine guy in terminal 4 rocks. Tip him well.
DON'T take up 3 seats next to a power outlet with your bags when you aren't using a power outlet. When space is limited only occupy the space you need.
DO: Smile often and easily, even if it's not necessarily a 'smiling' moment.
DO: Laugh at your predicament with others in the same one...makes everything a little easier.
DO: Thank God for Wifi (even if it costs $5.99).
DON'T: Make travelers pay for their own food when you make them sit in a bloody airport terminal for 7 hours. PEOPLE NEED TO EAT DINNER, especially when your lack of airplane made them cancel plans with a very attractive date.