Six Hours, One Pen, Twenty-Five Interesting People

Marble_Jeans_Composition_BookI would have been a wonderful Eagle Scout if scouting didn’t discriminate against girls.  Why do I think I’d qualify?  Because I like being prepared, that’s why.  Take today’s WordPress Daily Prompt “Terminal Time” that asks you to talk about how you would kill six hours in an airport without your electronic devices.  While I have to admit that I would prefer reading or playing games on my iPad Mini, I could definitely fall back on the old fashioned methods of amusing myself.  I always carry with me a miniature composition book and a telescoping pen.  (Did I mention that I love gadgets?)

I love composition books.  I don’t know why.  I just do.  They aren’t as ugly as they used to be.  They come in colors now.  Maybe it’s because they are just so darned utilitarian.  The heavy covers give you a good surface to write on.  The pages are stitched in so they don’t fall out.  They don’t have those annoying wire spiral things that get caught on your clothes.  Good old stitching has never been beaten.  I use the mini ones because they fit in almost anything I have with me.screenshot_324

The pens are fun, too.  They telescope, with the barrel sliding down on itself for storage, the point retracting so it doesn’t leave ink all over the place.  They take up just a tiny bit of room, so I always have one with me.  With those tools I’m always ready to jot down a great idea, leave someone a note, doodle, or write the next great American novel.

I’d get out my trusty notebook and pen, do a little writing for my journal, and then I’d amuse myself by creating short character sketches of the people around me.  One of these days I’m going to get around to writing another mystery novel, and you can never have enough characters.  I love to collect odd names of people, interesting physical characteristics, patterns of speech, and family dynamics.  Everything is fodder to a writer.

When I got tired of writing, I would strike up a conversation with one or two interesting people who were waiting like I am.  I’m an introvert, but I’ve learned to how to “interview” people and get them talking.  Then I can just sit back and enjoy sharing their life with them.  Most people don’t have a good listener in their life, so I get to hear very special stories.  It’s my way of paying it forward, by giving people a quiet, safe way to share themselves and release a little of the tension in their life.

Yes, I could amuse myself greatly for six electronic-less hours.  How about you?  Would you go through withdrawal or find a way to have fun?

Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another.  Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.

10 thoughts on “Six Hours, One Pen, Twenty-Five Interesting People

  1. Really great story, Chris. Love the telescoping pen 🙂 And you say “write another mystery novel”? I’m an ardent fan of mysteries. I’d like to know more about your novel.

  2. I think you are much better at filling your time without your electronic devices than I would be. I’d wander around the shops, having brief conversations with people. Maybe find a lounge, find someone who looks lonely or interesting in some way, sit by them, have a beer or wine, then see what came of it. Worst case – find someplace quiet, sit down and nap. Or just people watch.

  3. As I was just sharing with HuntMode, I would be hard pressed since most of my books are on my e-reader now, but I would head to the nearest place to buy a book to keep myself amused.

  4. Like you, I would amuse myself by observing, writing, or perhaps I would be going back through nostalgias, recalling past adventures! I once wrote a draft of a poem whilst I was waiting for over 2 hours in a hospital for my appointment….

  5. Ah Chris, like you I have a pad and a favourite kind of pen…different from yours. I love to watch people. Places of transition like airports and stations are food for the imagination for many hours. I love to watch people, notice how they look and move, listen to how they talk, make up stories about who they are and where they are going. I watch the scenes of arrivals and farewells- lots of emotions. The teenagers trying to be cool and fending off fond embraces, the pecks on cheeks of those who know each other less well or perhaps are well past days of passionate embraces… I love it all! So time would pass quickly….

  6. I prefer all varieties of spiral wire bound notebook and a regular blue medium ball-point pen, but I too could while away many happy hours filling pages with thoughts, ideas, and personal stuff 🙂

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