Going to the airport for reasons other than the usual provides an entirely new perspective on the place: Suited beings traverse the empty corridors looking nowhere but ahead; strange desert-themed gift shops offer the best in plastic souvenir ware such as rattlesnake heads encased in glass, while other "high end" shops offer such necessities as chile-shaped Christmas ornaments and painted ceramic dog figurines in various stages of repose; unwatched television sets bearing witness to no one serve up some distant sporting event; people talk loudly into their cellular phones, only to be drowned out by the computerized voice warning visitors not to accept carry-ons from strangers. This is a place of transition; the people are here only to wait or to be transported to... More >>>