I’m sitting, at the gate. 6 am.
Slumped in the seat, I unstrap the day-to-moment: alarm, bleary-eyed 4 am shower, the pack-up, the last once-over of the room, the tip for the cleaning lady, the hotel checkout including erasure of the $18.95 wifi overcharge, tip for the bellman, cab, boarding pass, security and of course, the slow march down the corridor with the bag. The bloody bag, wheels now up, exhausted from the trek, is resting peacefully.
Sigh. It’s ok.
I twist in the ear buds, find Today’s Chill playlist and turn inward, deep into the Head.
30 minutes till boarding.
There’s a stir in the waiting area. Ladies chattering.
Hair gelled and swept back. Fitted black sport coat. White starched shirt. Skinny black tie. Slim fit, boot cut, stone-washed jeans. European style boots, fine polish. Accessorized with a smart brown leather case, Louis Vuitton-like with a fancy French handle like Porte-Documents Jour. As he passes by check-in, there’s a whiff of Tom Ford oud wood eau de perfume which fills the waiting area with its rose wood, cardamom, and tonka bean alchemy. Ladies swoon, now fully under the spell.
He takes the empty seat next to me, and sets the Porte-Documents Jour neatly on his lap.
I slide my bag under the seat, out of sight. Jesus. Mr. Dandy had to sit here? [Read more…]