Have you noticed the way people dress when they travel these days? It’s not something that would have normally occurred to me, that’s for sure. I blame my frustration on Netflix. 

See, I like to watch shows throughout my day. I keep things on for background noise, even when I’m working at the computer for hours on end.  The only time I don’t really have something on is when I’m actively teaching.  Because of this I go through some series pretty quickly. Mostly I leave on shows I know well, like The Office and Scrubs, but every now and then I need somebod new. I chose Mad Men as my last one, and it certainly for me thinking. 

I don’t know if you’ve ever seen this show, but it takes place in the ’60s and ’70s at a high end New York advertising agency. Everyone drinks and smokes and sleeps with everyone. Most of the time I really just wondered how the people didn’t simply just die from cirrhosis and lung cancer. A reason I enjoyed watching it was the fashion and seeing the current events of the time unfold through the eyes of the characters. 

Anyway, there’s a lot of traveling on the show and I could help but notice that people dressed up for it. On planes men worse suits and women wore skirts and heels. Travel was an event, something special.  It wasn’t taken for granted or seen as commonplace. Nowadays people are practically in pajamas on a plane. The thing is, an airplane is just as amazing to me now as it was to people 40 years ago. Still a Brobdingnagian piece of metal is in the air. Flying. Safely. It’s amazing! I know the physics behind it. Don’t care. It’s amazing. 

So, even if you don’t have a special lot of bus pants to wear when you travel (The Big Bang Theory is good to watch, too), consider at least dressing like an awake grown up when you fly. Treat something hat amazing with respect.  

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