“Where’s your luggage?” asked the friendly, over-cologned Middle Eastern airport shuttle driver.
I was traveling even lighter than I usually do as I headed to Midway Airport in Chicago; the second city’s, second airport. Besides picking up friends, this would be the only time I was heading to the airport and not exactly flying anywhere…well not anywhere in particular.
We had one other pick-up to make on the way and a couple of nuns entered the van. So, two nuns, a Muslim, and a Jew are headed to the airport…okay, that’s not the first line to a joke, it is just how it was. It was a real party van.
So where was I going? Well, first let me tell you where I’d been a week earlier.
I had received a comment on my blog about a photograph I’d taken. The comment was from the CEO of one of the largest media companies in the United States. You can understand why I thought I was being spammed at first, but, nope, it was real.
Cut to a few days later and we were having lunch. He commented on my entrepreneurial/unconventional yet logical spirit and how I’d managed to get off the beaten path and was really living the life I wanted. He actually had me semi-pegged fairly quickly. He said they are always looking for new, innovative ‘people’ and he wanted to introduce me to a few people. Well, I am always open to meeting people.
Later that afternoon, I met some other executives and one in particular said he was flying that weekend just for a photo shoot around Lake Michigan.
I said, “Cool.”
He said, “Would you like to join us??”
So back to the van full of nuns. They got out at the regular airport terminal to board their passé commercial airline while I was shuttled to this special small exclusive terminal for private planes. Oh yeah. We flew in his private four-seater plane around the Lake Michigan for two hours. It was immensely cool. It was a beautiful day with cobalt blue skies and low winds so it felt incredibly invigorating yet very calming at the same time.
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