30 Thoughts EVERYONE Has At The Airport

30 Thoughts EVERYONE Has At The Airport

We all know the ups and downs of traveling at airports.

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The airport. Such an experience. Having to go to a place at least two hours early to get on a flight. Lovely. That being said I don't mind the airport, I actually find most times relaxing, unless I'm delayed, but these are some common thoughts I think everyone has while passing through.

1. "Why is the security line so long?"

Rude. Just rude. Come on people get moving.

2. "Which security line should I go on?"

Let's try to predict the rate of each line. Whichever is fastest, that is the one.

3. "I'm not going to make my flight because of this security line"

Yup. This is it. This is the end. Going to miss my flight. Never going to get there.

4. *TSA yells* "Please don't yell at me. I hate being yelled at."

Please don't. I'm serious.

5. "Got to be quick or I'll hold up the security line"

I'm going my fastest. I swear. I'm already so nervous.

6. "Oh my god they hate me. Everyone hates me on the security line"

I'm sorry I'm so slow. Please don't hate me.

7. "Why do I have to take my shoes off?"

I'm uncomfy about my feet.

8. "These plastic bins stress me out"

I need three. I feel like I'm taking up the whole line. Everyone definitely does hate me.

9. "I hope my bag isn't too heavy."

Yikes. I forgot to weigh it. Hoping for the best.

10. "Rolling carry ons are so fun"

I feel like a superstar rolling my bag around on a mission.

11. "I wonder how many people pass through this airport daily."

For real though. How many? Like at 5 a.m. there is already over a few hundred.

12. "I wish these horizontal conveyor belts existed EVERYWHERE."

Life would be awesome. I could get from point A to point B without taking a step or moving at super speed.

13. "When are we going to board?"

When? Didn't they say we would board like ten minutes ago.

14. "Why aren't we boarding now?"

Let's go already. I got places to be and people to see.

15. "How come I always get delayed?"

Every. single. time. Why me?

16. "Will I ever not get delayed?"

I just want to get to a place in a timely manner for once.

17. "I just want to get there already."

Can we skip the flying part?

18. "WHY do I have to check my bag at the gate?"

How is there not enough carry on storage on the plane? They should fix that.

19. "I wonder where they are going."

What's their purpose for being at the airport at the same exact time as I am?

20. *Gets to airport three hours early just in case* "I got here way too early."

Nervous habit.

21. "Do I have time to go to the bathroom?"

I board in five minutes, but I really do not want to use the plane bathroom.

22. "Should I buy this $5 water?"

How much money do I have in my bank account?

23. "I'm going to buy this $5 water. I need it."

I might die of thirst I need it.

24. "Who still buys magazines?"

So many magazines in the airport. Who actually still buys them?

25. "They have some random shops at this airport."

Never heard of that store before. What do they sell?

26. "Why are you hogging the charging station? I need it."

Just need some power in my devices before this plane ride.

27. "Hopefully I'm not sitting next to a crying baby."

Please I beg. I just want to sleep.

28. "I do NOT want the middle seat."

Window or aisle. No in-between please.

29. "Please call my zone already."

Call me now. Please. I want to go.

30. "Why is everyone lining up already? What's the rush? We are all going to the same place anyways."

We all will get the plane. I swear.

We are all in the same boat at the airport.

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I Visited The "Shameless" Houses And Here's Why You Shouldn't

Glamorizing a less-than-ideal way to live.
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After five hours of driving, hearing the GPS say "Turn right onto South Homan Avenue" was a blessing. My eyes peeled to the side of the road, viciously looking for what I have been driving so long for, when finally, I see it: the house from Shameless.

Shameless is a hit TV show produced by Showtime. It takes place in modern-day Southside, Chicago. The plot, while straying at times, largely revolves around the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. While a majority of the show is filmed offsite in a studio in Los Angeles, many outside scenes are filmed in Southside and the houses of the Gallagher's and side-characters are very much based on real houses.

We walked down the street, stopped in front of the two houses, took pictures and admired seeing the house in real life. It was a surreal experience and I felt out-of-place like I didn't belong there. As we prepared to leave (and see other spots from the show), a man came strolling down on his bicycle and asked how we were doing.

"Great! How are you?"

It fell silent as the man stopped in front of the Gallagher house, opened the gate, parked his bike and entered his home. We left a donation on his front porch, got back to the car and took off.

As we took the drive to downtown Chicago, something didn't sit right with me. While it was exciting to have this experience, I began to feel a sense of guilt or wrongdoing. After discussing it with my friends, I came to a sudden realization: No one should visit the "Gallagher" house.

The plot largely revolves the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. It represents what Southside is like for so many residents. While TV shows always dramatize reality, I realized coming to this house was an exploitation of their conditions. It's entertaining to see Frank's shenanigans on TV, the emotional roller coasters characters endure and the outlandish things they have to do to survive. I didn't come here to help better their conditions, immerse myself in what their reality is or even for the donation I left: I came here for my entertainment.

Southside, Chicago is notoriously dangerous. The thefts, murders and other crimes committed on the show are not a far-fetched fantasy for many of the residents, it's a brutal reality. It's a scary way to live. Besides the Milkovich home, all the houses typically seen by tourists are occupied by homeowners. It's not a corporation or a small museum -- it's their actual property. I don't know how many visitors these homes get per day, week, month or year. Still, these homeowners have to see frequent visitors at any hour of the day, interfering with their lives. In my view, coming to their homes and taking pictures of them is a silent way of glamorizing the cycle of poverty. It's a silent way of saying we find joy in their almost unlivable conditions.

The conceit of the show is not the issue. TV shows have a way of romanticizing very negative things all the time. The issue at hand is that several visitors are privileged enough to live in a higher quality of life.

I myself experienced the desire and excitement to see the houses. I came for the experience but left with a lesson. I understand that tourism will continue to the homes of these individuals and I am aware that my grievances may not be shared with everyone -- however, I think it's important to take a step back and think about if this were your life. Would you want hundreds, potentially thousands, of people coming to your house? Would you want people to find entertainment in your lifestyle, good and bad?

I understand the experience, excitement, and fun the trip can be. While I recommend skipping the houses altogether and just head downtown, it's most important to remember to be respectful to those very individuals whose lives have been affected so deeply by Shameless.

Cover Image Credit: itsfilmedthere.com

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14 Things Not To Forget On Your Next Vacay

Every time I go on a trip I always forget at least 1 things.

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There are all sorts of things that we forget to pack when we go on vacation. How can you remember all the little details when a fun-filled trip awaits you? Not to worry! Here is a short list of items that can be easily forgotten. Pull this list up when packing for your next trip and be relieved when you haven't forgotten a thing.

1. A Phone Charger


2. Toothpaste/Toothbrush



3. Your Favorite Pillow



4. Socks/Underwear



5. Glasses/Contacts



6. Sunscreen



7. A Bathing Suit



8. Lip Balm



9. An Umbrella



10. Sunglasses



11. Money



12. Snacks



13. A Jacket



14. Extra Shampoo/Conditioner



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