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We all know Mr. Obvious or have met one in our lives. I find these people to be entertainment and so, I documented a humorous encounter with Mr. Obvious with a twist at the end of this short story.
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Every four years there is a gradual increase in national attention given to New Hampshire. Dozens of national and international press agents converge on the city of Manchester. Although he was slightly shorter than the average man. Obvious. but you just can’t put your finger on their . I overheard a few women comment. I really didn’t want to be a party to his endless trivia. he had a full head of dark thick hair and most of the women were impressed with his slim build and fashion style. The airline representative made an announcement that there was a slight delay due to a mechanical issue on the plane. Even more annoying than Mr. I presume that he studied aeronautical engineering at “Flighty University” because somehow he knew exactly how to fix the plane and determine the coincidental boarding time. One of the small but well appreciated novelties of having frequent flyer status is the option to board the plane first.C. sending some of the most distinguished political commentators to this most envious of states. I don’t always take advantage of this benefit. the nation’s first state which votes in the primary election for the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates. due to the short flight duration down to Washington D. I sat in my traditional window seat and noticed a well-dressed man in a navy blue suit. Have you ever seen someone in person for the first time and they look incredibly recognizable. Obvious would probably strike up a conversation with every passenger while leading into and walking down the jet way. This announcement turned out to be the perfect introduction for Mr. just before the 2004 New Hampshire primary election. Obvious himself was the simple fact that he was right. formal white shirt and classic tie walk down the narrow aisle. but I knew full-well that Mr. There were no first class seats or special considerations on this plane. She recommended all passengers stay nearby in case we needed to board more immediately. The assigned plane for our journey was a small jet.Mr. Obvious dave magee © 2013 My departure flight was scheduled for late morning on a Saturday.
It took me twenty-two hours to get Mumbai. but most people are perfectly capable of managing these tasks on their own. The well-dressed man sat directly behind me as dozens of passengers passed by. and much to my surprise. He went about helping those around him by carefully and methodically finding space in the overhead compartments. They tend to be more concerned with ensuring that their personal bags have enough space and that other people’s things don’t infringe. Mr. then Mr. I looked up from the magazine and noticed the flight attendant was making a gesture to finalize boarding. . The flight took place when strict guidelines were still in place as a result of the catastrophic events of September 11th. but this flight from Manchester. I have flown countless hours across the Atlantic Ocean and around the world. Much to my chagrin. Besides. the man boarding the plane fit this description for me. More to the point.C. One was too big for the compartment above and he complained loudly to the poor flight attendant who was required to check the luggage below the plane. Mr. And if the overhead compartments should fill up. Obvious have ulterior motives in helping others with the carryon bags.. Obvious dave magee © 2013 name or where you may have met them? Well. he was the last one to board the plane on this day. Obvious was probably late to nearly every event he had ever been invited. all passengers were required to be seated for the remainder of the flight as our commercial airline entered Washington D. It is my guess that Mr. Obvious is kind enough to carry the bag to the flight attendant for baggage check under the plane. New Hampshire to Reagan International Airport in Washington D. Then along came Mr. Obvious wasn’t a bad guy. most people prefer to manage these tasks on their own. He selfishly ignored the basic travel protocol and had two carry-on bags. India.C. airspace. Obvious planted himself right next to me even though the plane was half-full. the seat next to me remained unoccupied. Obvious.Mr. Helping someone with a physical disability is a good thing. Obvious. The anticipated flight path would take us over New York City and then shortly thereafter. people like Mr. but please Mr. was the longest of all flights. normally a one and a half hour flight.
I had prepared my noise canceling headphones and a book while Mr. Although I majored in geography at college. Obvious felt that I was in need of a geography lesson. using state of the art computer software specifically intended to support geographic information system (GIS) analysis. However. when someone you are sitting next to on a plane has noise canceling headphones accompanied with a book. Obvious dave magee © 2013 The plane departed from the gate twenty minutes late as predicted by Mr. Mr. and I had taken off from Manchester airport at least three hundred times. tiny little water landmarks of no significance. “Only the most skilled photogrammetric technician would be able to pick up these items using sophisticated stereoscopic aerial imagery. but I didn’t want Mr. I was in for an education. “Why?” and “What did I do to deserve this?” The flight attendant created a distraction by offering a drink. Obvious. Obvious was rearranging the overhead storage. Mr. I reached for my headphones. ortho-rectified with survey quality ground and elevation control and image enhancements with false color. Obvious leaned over to have a look out the . For those of you who have never connected the dots. I sat there wondering to myself. Obvious did not know. which at twenty-four thousand feet. I remember thinking to myself. at what was now twenty-eight thousand feet above sea level. it would be an accurate guess that ninetynine percent of the time these pre-flight preparations signify that the individual wants to be left alone during the flight. which is another subtle hint to the neighboring passenger that it is now “quiet time”. My “teacher” was comfortable and gracious enough to lean over me and point out the landmarks through the window that I was adjacent to. the landmarks were hardly identifiable with the naked eye. had lived in New Hampshire for the past five years. he pointed out “Horse Pond and Brooks Pond”. thereby introducing a brief moment of silence. Moments later we were in flight. and just when it was acceptable for “approved electronic devices” to be turned on.Mr. Just before I was able to position the headphone comfortably in place. Obvious to challenge my fourteen year career in GIS. This is the one fact that Mr.
Obvious dave magee © 2013 window again. It is worth noting that the final approach. all passengers were required to be seated for the remainder of the flight for the sake of national security. The aerial tour of New York City skyline from thirty thousand feet was next on the Mr. and it is certain that any unplanned change in the aeronautical approach would have most certainly alarmed national security.C. rendering our civilian aircraft a threat. tipping my glass of water and then cleaning it with my napkin. This is due to its’ proximity with the Pentagon and other significant landmarks around Washington D. Obvious. which pilots often make to one of the primary runways at Reagan International. He had already taken the liberty to assure some of his fellow passengers they would have no problem making the connection at Reagan International. By law. Obvious. but because of Mr. The flight path was very specific at the time. I’m not sure why the flight attendant pursued this course of action. Obvious asked the flight attendant if she was going to have a problem making her connection. Obvious had to explain it. Obvious.C. Wait! There came about another distraction! The person in the seat across the aisle from Mr. air space. skyscrapers suddenly became “recognizable”. is probably considered one of the more challenging aeronautical skills to navigate. The flight attendant took the passenger’s information and said she would ask the pilot to verify the gate and departure. She could have saved a lot of time and given immediate gratification to the passenger had she simply turned to her right and asked Mr. Mr. but Mr. I had seen New York City a few hundred times from the window of a plane.Mr. walking paths and green areas. lakes. Of course I knew this. This significant parcel of geography. located smack dab in the middle of some the most expensive real estate on the planet was none other than Central Park! Thank you Mr. Obvious sight-seeing tour. Obvious’ perception and comprehension was quite impressive on all matters. The announcement by the pilot came on the intercom that we had entered Washington D. It was in this moment that my annoying and ignorant neighbor was kind enough to point out a large rectangular patch of land comprised mostly of trees. .
Obvious leaned over to take one last look out my window in order to point out the Washington Monument and the Capital Building as if I had never seen them before. his constant presence in personal space and presumptive nature of maintaining an endless knowledge of nearly every subject second only to God. The crowds in the aisle of the plane proceeded to exit. jetting above the buildings near Arlington. Mr. Then he stood back up in the aisle and said out loud.. I was completely confused by his statement. and unexpectedly. I actually did learn something. .Mr. once the pilot parked the aircraft. Air Force One is much smoother. I turned to face him. the runway was finally visible and we were on the ground in seconds. since Air Force One maintains departure and arrival at Andrew’s Air Force Base. So.” I guess George Stephanopoulos would know. I was not willing to ask Mr. which meant he really was a nice guy. It was the man in the suit who had sat behind me the entire trip. “Actually. but other than that. Proponents for Ritalin finally have an argument I might be willing to support. As we waited for the door to open. clearing room for me to stand up. It was just his annoying way of going about helping people. and the skill of the pilots were definitely tested.” It was obvious to correlate Air Force One with Washington D. left and right again for our final and very swift approach to the landing strip. which made him possibly the most annoying individual I had ever encountered. However. Within seconds the pilot made a hard right turn. and he spoke. It was the most unusual approach to any major international or even regional airport that I had encountered. Obvious dave magee © 2013 The Embraer jet was small enough to meander along the Potomac River. Obvious for an explanation. Mr. “I bet Air Force One would have had a hard time with that approach to the runway. I stepped into the aisle. he did help the other passengers with their bags. a hand touched my shoulder. As predicted. Obvious was the first to enter the aisle for no other reason but to ensure that no one violated his carryon bag. Virginia. I would estimate that we were flying at approximately five hundred to seven hundred feet above sea level as we banked right. For the sake of time and my sanity.C.