When I fly to St. John’s today, I will be commuting for over 12 hours and flying for over 9.

A couple of weeks ago, Westjet sent out this very disturbing message:

“We want to let you know that on some of our aircraft, we’re doing some system maintenance to the live seatback TV system. If you are travelling with us in the next few weeks, you might find yourself on a flight without seatback TV. We are very sorry for any inconvenience, and we anticipate having this temporary problem fixed soon.”

This wouldn’t bother very many people, but it bothered me. You see, I have self-diagnosed ADD and I need to be constantly entertained. CONSTANTLY. The only thing better than the little tvs on the plane would be a child-free flight. And if I can’t have that, then I have to have TVs.

I took a Wesjet flight last week and the TVs were working, but I’m about to fly nine hours to Newfoundland, I can’t take the risk. Minutes before I get on the plane, I thought I should share with you everything that I am bringing with me, just in case.

This list is not exaggerated.

  • Laptop.
  • Nintendo DS.
  • IPhone.
  • Ipod Touch.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.
  • The new Matt Gill CD.
  • All my Juno interview materials.
  • The audio of an interview I was supposed to transcribe months ago.
  • I also downloaded about a dozen podcasts and the latest albums from The Fray and One Republic.
  • Chips.
  • The pilot of LOST. (Because I like to freak out the people beside me.)
  • A rented copy of the documentary Tapped.
  • Camera

Do you think I brought enough? That should amuse me, right? Here’s hoping.*

I would like to send out a preliminary sorry to everyone around me. If I talk to you out of boredom, I am no happier about it than you!

Mike Morrison


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