Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Bizarre moment from the Des Moines airport: As I sat down at a table in the cafe, I picked up the paper that had been left behind by another traveller. After reading for some minutes, I slowly realized that the paper was dated December 4 of last year. Had it really sat on the table that long? Did the cafe really go uncleaned for 5 months at a stretch? Or was it only the reading material that got passed over? I can imagine a restaurant in LAX being so busy night and day that a newspaper might have been occupied every time the cleaners came through and so survive from December through May, but Des Moines? Surely they must have a few dead hours late at night to do a cursory clean-up.


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