Daraius’ Diary: Our Winged Horses

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Daraius:  We’ve got a great team at Million Mile Secrets.  But I miss writing as much as I did in the old days!  So here I am writing about stuff that I really care about (and which isn’t all miles-and-points related).

“O! for a horse with wings!  ~William Shakespeare”

I love living in a time when it’s not only knights and nobles that have access to these magical winged horses!

One of my favorite things is to watch airplanes whizz by as they come in to land.  I feel gratitude run through my body and my heart pounds faster as my eyes dart to follow the plane in the sky!

Daraius' Diary Gazing Into The Sky
When I Look Up To See a Plane, I Feel Goosebumps All Over My Body!

Last week, as I was driving to Chicago’s O’Hare airport to return my rental car, I pulled to the side of the road just after going through the toll booth.

The sun was setting and the sky was painted with different hues of orange.

Daraius' Diary Gazing Into The Sky
I Took a Moment to Soak in the Beautiful Backdrop of Nature and the Marvel of Human-Made Technology Flying Through It

And then the planes whooshed by!

My ears rung with the growling of the engine & my head quickly moved from side to side to follow the plane as it flew by.

I felt alive!

Daraius' Diary Gazing Into The Sky
After All These Years and Flights Around the World, I Still Watch in Awe

The combination of the gracefulness of the plane’s descent together with the loud savage sound of the engines gave me goosebumps…and a big goofy smile on my face.

My hands shook with excitement!

Daraius' Diary Gazing Into The Sky
What Makes You Feel Like a Kid Again?  For Me, It’s Airplanes!

Bottom Line

I don’t need to actually get on a plane to get excited and grateful.

Watching a plane take off or land fills me with immense appreciation and gratitude that I have the means to do what birds do.

And surf the web and go to the bathroom while doing it!

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That construction is fun to navigate at O’Hare. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Boeing 727 crammed inside the Museum of Science and Industry. The tour guides allow you to control gear on the plane! I’m sure you’d get a kick out of that.

Hear the mighty engine roar

See the silver wing on high

Quite poetic if you ask me…thanks Daraius. I am sure that some would have said that Shakespeare was hackneyed and cliché. History no longer remembers them. It is the poet’s legacy that lives on.

You’ve helped me tremendously over the years and I’m grateful for that. What I love most about getting your emails is seeing how your readership has grown. I remember when this was under 9k – “If you liked this post, why don’t you join the 20,000+ readers …”

This is the dawning of the age of a-daraius,

age of a-daraius,



Me grateful too, for that goofy smile on a venerable name that’s put forward so many helpful posts and tutorials…… You’ve helped even a lowly adjunct professor type like me to be now planning nearly free travel around the globe, even without tenure and all the perks that ordinarily go to the Lords of academia. I’ve even just figured out I may be able to deploy my stash of AA miles to fly back to Tehran 🙂 (via Qatar airways) Small $, big travel.

Yup, the age of da-Daraius….

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