Friday, December 5, 2008

Airport Blues

From the Tribune news service:

Bush International Airport will have karaoke booths installed for fliers just in time for the holidays.

Just when you thought airports couldn't get any more annoying. So now as you page through New Yorker for the second time or ponder if you can make a functioning noose out of single-ply toilet paper you can relax to the sultry sounds of intoxicated travelers singing out their pain.

Expect such holiday favorites as:

  • "O Come Connecting Flight"

  • "It's the Most Horrible Time of the Year"

  • "I Won't Be Home for Christmas"

  • This effort to provide some entertainment--even if it is amateurs--is a step in the right direction. The move makes sense for airports. Having karaoke provides entertainment beyond the ever-cheerful CNN feed at a minimal expense. There will be prizes. Would a "Go to the front of the line" pass be out of the question?

    Whatever happened to the lounge bands? Airports need a resurgence of groups like Murph and the MagicTones to soother our travel blues.

    I'll be staying away from the airports this holiday season and singing my Christmas tunes like everyone else. Alone in the shower.