It is cold. It is raining. Self’s lips are chapped.
She has actually been busy, this morning. And now it is half past noon.
Self has just begun Khaled Hosseini’s follow-up to The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns. As she reads, she encounters a barbed exchange between mother and daughter. The male under discussion is the father of the daughter (Her mother is the man’s mistress) An excerpt:
“What a stupid girl you are! You think you matter to him, that you’re wanted in his house? You think you’re a daughter to him? That he’s going to take you in? Let me tell you something. A man’s heart is a wretched, wretched thing, Mariam. It isn’t like a mother’s womb. It won’t bleed, it won’t stretch to make room for you. I’m the only one who loves you. I’m all you have in this world, Mariam, and when I’m gone you’ll have nothing. You’ll have nothing. You are nothing!”
Then she tried guilt.
And on that edifying note, self will now call dear blog reader’s attention to the exciting events of a little over a week ago, when self’s Delta flight from Narita to San Francisco returned to Narita, two hours into the flight.
Self was wondering why the web seemed strangely quiescent over this incident. Even her fellow passengers received the news of the return to Narita calmly, without complaint (In fact, the loudest complaints might have been those emitted by self — no profanity, only a clutching of the head and “I don’t believe this!”)
Today, self decides to google “Delta” and “Narita emergency.” And here is what she finds:
- From Japan Today, 24 August 2010: “Delta Flight Returns to Airport Due to Lavatory Failure”
A Delta Airlines aircraft returned to Kansai airport early Monday, some 10 hours after departure, as its lavatories stopped functioning twice on its way to Seattle, airport officials said. According to them, five of the six toilets of Flight 182 stopped flushing shortly after leaving the airport around 6 p.m. Sunday, prompting it to land at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture to have the problem fixed.
- And here’s something from the National Terror Alert Response Center website, dated May 17, 2010:
A Delta Airlines Boeing 747-400 … performing flight DL-620 from Tokyo (Narita) to Minneapolis, Minnesota with 407 people on board, was enroute about one hour into the flight, when two male passengers were observed carrying a plastic bag containing some liquid into a lavatory, raising concerns with the crew. The captain ordered the two passengers to be detained and decided to return to Tokyo for a safe landing. The passengers were taken into custody by Tokyo police.
Laboratory tests revealed the liquid was not dangerous at all, identifying the liquid as urine.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.