The Coastal Wind
A little more than a month back, I was driving home from the office, feeling sick. I hadn’t had the greatest day (nothing horrible, just minor annoyances), and I knew I had at least an hour of traffic to sit in before I could just lay down and do nothing.
Then, out of nowhere…
My route home is takes me under the airspace of DFW Airport and Love Field, so I usually see something in the sky. But very rarely is it the CH-47 Chinook, the Helicopter That Should Not Be, and my favorite thing in the air. It’s quite frankly ugly, doesn’t look like it should be able to fly, and makes me think someone designed it right before they had to pitch it to the armed forces.
It’s a huge, goofy-looking chopper, but it’s been a vital component of the armed forces since the Vietnam war — and even in this day of drones and robots, we’re still producing them. They’re large, ugly, and lumbering… and every time I see one of those things Forrest-Gumping its way across the skies, I can’t help but be happy. My right hand instinctively goes up in salute.
What about you, folks? What one silly thing makes you smile, no matter how bad your day has been?