Please try harder not to look like the Unibomber.Posted: November 10, 2009
A few months ago, I wrote about how people made choices regarding their looks which those closest to them really should address. Today, I return to that topic to address a specific choice I saw two men make at the airport last week.
While waiting for my flight, I saw a man seated nearby wearing a hooded sweatshirt. He sat slumped in a waiting area chair with the hood pulled up. He also wore dark sunglasses. He looked very Unibomberesque.
Unibomberesque is not a look I think people would deliberately pursue. It certainly is not one I want to see boarding my plane.
Since I knew I’d be writing about him I made it my mission to try to get a picture of him. I moved several times to try to get a photo of him. The “I am reading and responding to a text message and not taking your picture” technique did not work out, I couldn’t get close enough to him. I switched to my regular camera but the photo was too blurry using the zoom and no flash.
A woman came and sat with the Unibomber. Didn’t she see what I saw? Why wasn’t she saying anything? I think “baby, you’re looking far too Kaczynski” would have been appropriate.
A second man, also wearing a sweatshirt and sunglasses came and sat in the waiting area a few seats over from the first Unibomber. Two Unibombers on my flight. Great.
Unibomber two didn’t have a girlfriend. I’d guess he had a mirror back home though. Unibomber two, self assessment can be important.
Both Unibombers boarded after I did. Unibomber two sat directly in front of me. Where else would he sit? He leaned the seat back during the flight, which I think is not really cool just in general, but is especially uncool when the guy behind you is trying to draft a blog post about you on the back of his e-ticket printout.
Each of us would tell a friend who had a piece of lettuce stuck to their teeth. I’d tell you if your fly was open. You’d tell me if I grabbed two different shoes while I was getting dressed this morning. When we do things like that for each other, we’re appreciative for the help. We feel good for having given that help and for protecting our friends from needless embarrassment.
I am asking each of you to add a check for Kaczynskiness or Unibomberesqueness whenever you look at your friends or family members. Please be especially vigilant on this with people going to the airport.
Thanks for your consideration on this important manner.