This post is about some amusing things I heard at my home airport in Maryland, aboard my flight, and after arrival yesterday in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, where I am leading a major event for my work.
I traveled comfortably, in a pair of Wranglers and Nocona Rattlesnake cowboy boots.
Arriving at the airport whilst checking in
- [Airline agent inquired]: Do you have luggage to check? Why?
— because I can’t travel without at least one change of boots each day for the five days I will be there. [I think she actually believed me, but I couldn’t tell]
- [a guy taking off his wing-tipped dress shoes in front of me asked]: Do you have to take your boots off to go through security like I do?
—No; I enjoy being wanded, frisked, and delayed
- [kid with Mom] Mommy, what are those things on his feet?
Honey, those are boots
Mommy, where’s he going?
I don’t know
Do you think he is going to ride a horse?
I don’t know
Mister, [looking at my boots then at me] Are you going to ride a horse in Texas?
Kid, thanks for noticing the boots. No, I’m going to ride a horse in Arizona.
Aboard the plane
- [Flight attendant said:] Nice cowboy boots!
Why thank ya’, ma’am!
- [Woman on aisle seat in my row exclaimed:] Those are some boots!
No, there are only two
- [Sneaker-wearing guy waiting for the toilet asked:] Don’t those things (pointing to my boots) get hot?
No, but they look hot!
Upon arrival in Phoenix
- [Good looking young guy who sees me at baggage claim says:] Man, those a really cool boots! I’ve always wanted a pair of boots like that. Where did you get them? I got them from a cousin who owned a boot store in Oklahoma. I have seen them on-line for a decent price at bootbarn.com. [He smiles and says that he will get himself a pair.]
Welcome to Arizona!