This is one of the greatest bits ever. And to really *get* it, you have to watch or listen to it...you can't just hear about the gist of it from a friend. Louis CK just truly, absolutely, 100% nails so many things about modern society here.
But there's a "but" coming, and here it is: All this connectivity really does become a problem when things go wrong.
I'm shanghai'd, or waylaid, or stranded, or whatever it is for a few days. As fates go, that's not so bad...especially considering I'm in Florida in January. Considering there are people in the world with actual problems -- and considering that even the emperors of Rome and Greece didn't have flush toilets, or warm showers, or BCS bowls to watch -- I should keep that in perspective.
But the suck factor is the expectation on the other end.
Friday? Really?!?! REALLY?!?! Can't you just fly standby? I mean, today is Monday!
Yes, it is.
What about Orlando? Fort Lauderdale? Miami? Nothing into Bradley or Green? What about Manchester?
Got it, got it, got it, and got it. And no. Honestly, no. And JetBlue is terminating the inbound calls to them, not the other way around.
One of the funniest/strangest things I saw last night was the number of "instant logisticians" at the airport. Suddenly, everyone around me knew a lot more about flight operations than JetBlue did, and they also knew more about the jobs of the people at the flight counters than those people did. They were also expert meteorologists.
I knew better than to get upset. I believe that 'upset' has a purpose (just look at how pissed Andrew Luck was in the second half on Saturday) but I also believe that 'upset' is worthless when it's not going to change your on-the-ground reality (pun possibly intended).
But as much as I love Louis CK, being stuck in a beautiful climate with modern amenities and ample chow can actually suck sometimes.
Because there are several employers involved here. There are appointments. There are meetings with clients. There is day care, there are medical appointments, and there are reserve unit duties. There are lots of messy explanations coming, and lots of same-answers-to-the-same-questions-type-stuff coming.
The wonderful modern world provides (which I love), and it also demands. I'm generally okay with the tradeoff, and I wouldn't trade places with even a relatively well-off Roman from 2500 years ago.
But I sure wish I could've made it into Logan last night.