I find the people I encounter on planes absolutely fascinating. Today I met Caroline Pitts on the Delta airlines flight this morning. Caroline, originally from East Orange, but now of Atlanta, Georgia, and I talked politics for the two hours from Newark to Atlanta (the first leg of my trip to Johannesburg, South Africa). She was one of the members of the Obama Campaign team, and we talked about community organizing, political apathy and the galvanizing effect of social media and networking tools.
We both talked ‘shop.’ She talked education. I talked mobile and marketing. She was particularly interested in my opinions of Obama’s oratory skills (she recommended I send Obama an email about eliminating his ‘ums’ and ‘uhs’ when he speaks). I was riveted by her stories about the unparalleled efficiency of the Obama political machine.
Before I knew it, we were touching down in Altanta and heading our separate ways. I gave her my card and she promised to call or send me an email (she claims she’s gonna tell my wife what a good catch I am). Yeah, she was 60-something, but I think she was trying to get some…can you blame her? Who doesn’t want them some married, father of three swimming in debt? Shoot, I’m sexy!
They just made the boarding announcement for part II of my trip (Atlanta to Dakar, Senegal).
I wonder who I’m sitting next to next. I hope they’re interesting. If not, I can always sleep.