Two weeks ago I flew to El Paso to give a House of Worship security seminar and I also spoke at a church that was dedicating its service to law enforcement. Both events went very well.
The thing is...... I recognized during the flight to El Paso that I have certian habits. I'm sure most people have routines and thought processes like, what seat they prefer or hoping they don't sit next to a crying baby or, if you're an introvert like me, sitting next to a "talker." I was literally the last person on the plane and was forced to sit between two body builders. I had no arm rests and the three of us touched shoulders for 3 hours. But just to be clear... I noticed something else that caused me to question myself. When the flight attendant comes around to offer the free beverage, I always order the same thing. With out hesitation or thought, until now, I order a ginger ale (Canada Dry to be exact). Why this is odd is because I don't drink it any other time. I don't buy it for the house nor do I order it at restaurants. Just when I fly. I have flown many times to many places over the years and every flight I drink a ginger ale (Canada dry to be precise).
I am now in a dilemma. I see the flight attendant walking down the aisle and I start to argue with myself. Do I order the same drink or do I change it up and cause the airplane to crash? How stupid I felt because I'm not a superstitous person nor do I suffer from OCD but there I was..... wasting brain power on the ginger ale (Canada Dry to be specific). I once took a trip to Malaysia and was on an airplane for 36 hours and yes..... all I drank was ginger ale (Canada Dry to be clear). She approches and smiles a "I'm not happy but must smile for my job" smile and looks at me with the anticipation of an easy answer to, "What beverage do you want to drink on this flight?". I could just NOT drink anything or say, "suprise me" but that would make it worse.... she might give me a ginger ale (Canada Dry to be accurate) and then I would be forever doomed to drinking this beverage, ginger ale, which is a carbonated soft drink flavoured with ginger in one of two ways. The golden style is closer to the ginger beer original, and is credited to the American Doctor Thomas Cantrell.The dry style (also called the pale style) is a paler drink with a much milder ginger flavour, and was created by Canadian John McLaughlin.
................ I ordered coffee. We landed and I'm ok. Well, relatively speaking any way.