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About planecrush

I am a freelance theatre director and world traveler based in Milwaukee, USA. I am passionate and slightly irrational about the following: classic literature, film, and theatre; travel, aviation, wine, shoes, fascinating people and places, beauty, art, my dogs, and peanut butter.

One Year with a Warrior

One year ago, we didn’t know if we would ever actually get to meet him.   The prognosis was grim. We knew that *if* he survived delivery that he would have to immediately go into open heart surgery. We knew … Continue reading

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Cairo, Chapter One

I​ ​land​ ​in​ ​Frankfurt​ ​at​ ​2:30.​ ​My​ ​flight​ ​to​ ​Cairo​ ​doesn’t​ ​leave​ ​until​ ​7.​ ​The​ ​first​ ​coffee​ ​shop​ ​I​ ​pass​ ​has too​ ​long​ ​of​ ​a​ ​line.​ ​I​ ​keep​ ​walking​ ​and​ ​order​ ​at​ ​the​ ​next​ ​one.​ ​The​ ​barista​ ​is​ ​young​ ​and good-looking,​ ​and​ … Continue reading

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Brief Encounter, Milwaukee edition

“Are you happy?” he asks. I smile and vocalize something between “mmhmm” and clearing my throat in an octave not quite human. I am banking on him not knowing me well enough to press it. He doesn’t. He just keeps … Continue reading

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Did Southwest Really Give This Grown Man A $50 Voucher For Throwing A Tantrum?

<a href="http://time.com/3027263/southwest-airlines-kicked-family-off-plane-after-dad-tweets-complaint/&quot; title="News Story To Which I Am Referring" Ok. I wasn't there. I don't personally know the Operations Agent involved, but here is my opinion (that you didn't ask for but are nonetheless receiving): When I worked for Southwest, … Continue reading

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The Worst Play Ever

PLAY: “Tho It Were Ten Thousand Mile” BY: William H.A. Williams DIRECTOR: Maureen A. Kennedy PRODUCING THEATRE: The Irish American Theatre Company of Cincinnati, Ohio Please note: This is a script review, not a production review…but I couldn’t always help … Continue reading

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Public Service Announcement

The more I travel, the more I reinforce my belief that people are inherently stupid. I spend the vast majority of my time in airports, and the vast majority of that airport appreciation time is spent responding to brilliant observations … Continue reading

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Swiss Air Hates Me, & Other Tough Life Lessons

Originally posted on You Know I Can't Hear You When The Engines Are Running:
I would like to talk to you about a serious problem plaguing the non-revenue standby lifestyle. It’s called the weight restriction. There are many reasons…

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