Long-haul sleepless and broke and broken

Kiev Boryspil Airport: From 6AM – 10AM I slept 30 minutes at check-in’s tile floor.  The flight ladies of Ukraine’s international airline woke me 15 minutes before they’d help me…  Not sure why.    I was pissed but know better than to fuck with the airport staff.   They hated my flirting.  I hated their ugly faces.  I probably stunk by now.   It had been 5 meals, 15 beers and 40 hours since my last shower.  I brushed my teeth though. That’s half a shower.

I dragged my haggard self through check-in to the gate and laid in pain until the delayed flight finally boarded.  I woke to another ugly woman’s mean mug.   This was a long punishing morning  I bought Ukrainian vodka to give friends, hoping to distract myself.   But I was just as sweaty and mentally distraught in the duty-free shop as I was by the fates.  I’d end up leaving  the vodka in the NYC taxi.

The plane ride ranked high in all-time shittiest flights.  I have many.  I decide to long-haul sleepless and broke and broken and with dead electronics and dying insides.   Its because I try to maximize time before departure.  I hate it but wouldn’t change it.   Nothing in this world is free.

I had an Hasidic Jew next to me.   My mind was slap happy and hysteric with internal monologue.   I asked him questions about the giant torah on his lap and the curls he didn’t have and the Jewish faith as a whole, whole heartedly interested, half awake.     He spoke Yiddish, or Hebrew or some other dialect of gibberish, staring down at the page, dancing his fingers at it like he was casting a spell.   He didn’t have any prayer-remedies for crying babies,  I asked.  He laughed.  I seethed, then slept.


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