Wait For It… a blog by Andy Ross

Today’s Inspiration Thought

Posted on June 5, 2010


Think about the humble bumblebee. There’s a story that says the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly. It’s too fat and hairy for its little wings to get it up off the ground. The laws of aerodynamics say a bumblebee’s flight is impossible.

And, yet, despite being told what it can’t do, the bumblebee does fly. It reaches beyond its limitations, and it soars.

You are like that bumblebee. You are fat and hairy. You have spindly little legs and giant, black eyes. Just like the bumblebee, no one believes you can do it. And yet, somehow you can fly.

Well, wait, no. I guess you can’t fly.

But, like the bumblebee, you can convert pollen into delicious honey … You can’t really do that either. You make a buzzing sound, maybe? I don’t know. You gotta meet me halfway on something here.


Welcome Aboard!

Posted on June 3, 2010


Welcome aboard aboard Flight 209 non-stop from Akron to Orlando.

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Folks, I’d like to welcome you aboard Flight 209 non-stop from Akron to Orlando. I’ll be your pilot today, Captain Wally Briggs. If, for any reason, something should happen to me, which it won’t, my copilot is Alice “Legs” Mulrooney. She’s a very capable, beautiful first mate, and in the rare, miniscule chance that I become incapacitated, she is more than ready to take the controls.

It looks like we’re gonna have clear skies all the way to Florida, where the temperature is a breezy 82 degrees. Should be a smooth flight, unless I have some sort of health scare, which again is highly unlikely.

My personal doctor just this week gave me a clean bill of health, and he thinks we’ve finally got my heart medication balanced out. Plus, I recently gave up caffeine and replaced it with energy drinks, which I assume are much healthier.

On top of that, our entire crew is ready to handle even the most improbable emergency. “Legs” Mulrooney, for instance, has over twenty years of flight experience. We first worked together when she was the most stunning flight attendant I had ever seen.

Speaking of health, by all appearances, hers had held up extremely well. I did catch a glimpse of some sun-damage where her blouse is missing a button, but the muscle tone down there more than makes up for any concern.

If you take a look at your in-flight magazine, that’s “Legs” pictured on page 27 in the advertisement for the airline. Hopefully, her vibrant smile and intelligent eyes give you the same confidence I have in her in the near impossible case that the old ticker gives out.

Ever since Alice here got her commercial pilot’s license, there’s just something about her that’s both exciting and humbling. She’s like an Amazon—powerful yet feminine. As she’s leaning past me right now to stow the wheels after takeoff, even I—a seasoned, manly pilot—feel schoolboyish butterflies in my stomach.

Actually, the butterflies are in my chest. Kind of a tight feeling to the butterflies. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to take a moment to loosen my tie so I can breathe.

Please enjoy your complimentary XM Radio, and the crew will be in the aisle soon with beverages. If one of them could bring me some water and the tiny white pills from my bag, that would be much appreciated.


[Author's Note: Heeeyyyy!! This is my 100th post!]