No, it isn’t me. I’m in transit from Auckland to Shanghai via Tokyo. After a tremendous flight on Air New Zealand, I’m too full to be the fat guy in this lounge. Fortunately, some other guy has picked up the slack and punctuated his performance by walking around on his iPhone wearing a Karate Kid inspired Japanese headband while yapping away to his buddy about his lounge experience loudly on speaker.
I detest people who use speaker phone in public places, scoff at parents who let their children play their video games with the volume on the subway, and want to write a strongly worded letter to Southwest passengers who watch the free in flight entertainment without headphones. Who raised these people? How are they not more embarrassed with themselves? Why is self-awareness an overlooked attribute?
Each time he walks by, I get closer to telling him how rude he is. I have no problem addressing issues such as this but think better of confronting someone in airports. In 2004, I got into an interesting altercation with a University of Texas fan on his way to the Rose Bowl to play Michigan (Vince Young single-handedly beat us). The ish talking to a turn for the worse when he decided that pushing and yelling was acceptable airport behavior. I diffused the situation before both of us ended up in the airport lockup.
As I type this post, I’m hearing his Facetime ring again. Maybe it’s worth getting strangled to prove my point because if I don’t tell him, who will?