just a reminder that the experience of flying is intentionally miserable

take a traaaaaaaaaiiiiiin

My sister's getting married this fall and my mom was all "you're fully vaccinated, you can fly!" and I was like

why the fuck would I want to spend an entire day being miserable when I can spend an evening, a full day, and a morning being happy?
why the fuck would I want to set foot and spend hours in the hellmouths we call airports when I can stroll into a gorgeous Beaux Arts station 20 minutes before the train leaves, have someone take my luggage to my room, and then amble on board?
Why the fuck would I want to spend four hours squeezed into a tiny seat with a drunk guy drooling on my shoulder when I can lounge on a couch and watch a national park scroll by my picture window?
Like as far as I can tell, the only real reason to take a plane over a train is if you're in a hurry.

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