Sunday, May 21, 2006
Po hits the road again
Pearson International Airport (YYZ), Terminal 2, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5:05 p.m., May 5, 2006.
For reasons that still make little sense to me or anyone who knows me, my carry-on baggage always has a little stuffed animal hanging off of it. Depending on my mood, it might be Eeyore of Winnie the Pooh fame, Po from the Teletubbies, or any other little critter who happens to be nearby when I pack my bags.
This silly little tradition of mine serves a number of purposes: It makes travellers around me smile. It helps grease the skids when I go through security, and it lessens the distance between me and my brood. Travel is, by definition, a lousy way to spend time. But a little touchstone here and there can help take the edge off.
As I write this, I'm preparing to head off on another wild adventure. I'm crossing the continent later this afternoon and evening, on my way to Microsoft's WinHEC conference. Po is all ready to go. May we both have a quick, easy and productive trip.
Your turn: Do you take little pieces of home with you when you travel? Do tell.